What sort of pests do we have in Alaska?

April 4, 2013 5:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Pests in Alaska?” I can’t count the number of times we have heard this through the years! YES, we do have pests, and YES – even in winter. Realistically of course, our pest pressure is nowhere close to that of the lower 49 states. And, of course, the winter impact is quite small compared to their’s.

Some of the major pests of concern that we DO NOT HAVE are: Termites, Brown Recluse and Black Widow Spiders, Snakes, Scorpions, Common House Fly etc.

Some pests that we DO HAVE include: Carpenter Ants (big problem), Cockroaches (usually German), Bedbugs (including Swallow & Bat Bugs), Earwigs, Silverfish, Sowbugs, Cluster Flies, various “Pantry Pests”, Mice (along with native Shrews & Voles which occasionally enter), and Rats (in some harbor locations and other small pockets). There are some others which we deal with occasionally too, along with rare “imports” that show up from time to time, like Fleas & Ticks. In addition, our trees and shrubs are often attacked by Aphids, Leaf Rollers and Spruce Bark Beetles among others.

We are more than willing to identify your “new friend” either over the phone with pertinent questions, or in our Anchorage Office. For those we cannot ID, or for our rural branches with no office location, your local Cooperative Extension Service (division of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks) has very skilled people as well to assist you.

From time to time we deal with “invisible” pests, often a result of emotional or mental conditions which are as real to our clients as the nose on your face. We do everything we can to determine the reality of their claims, but we choose NOT to do placebo treatments, preferring to treat everyone with honest respect.

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