Fake spiders next to small fake pumpkin. Pioneer Pest Management talks about the common pests during fall and what you can do to deter them.

While it’s fun to decorate your home with cobwebs, spiders, and rats this time of year, you don’t want to deal with the real thing! Read more to learn about the real-life creepy crawlers that are common in the Pacific Northwest.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, like the fictional vampires, like to feed off human blood at night. They don’t transmit diseases to humans, but if you suffer bed bug bites, you may be left with red, itchy welts. However, not all people react to bedbug bites. Some may not even know they have bed bugs. Despite their name bed bugs can also be found anywhere from couches to behind picture frames, and behind baseboards. You can typically find bed bugs anywhere their host is for long periods of time.

Bed bugs are also quite the little hitchhikers. These pests will often hide in luggage, purses, and backpacks and easily infest a new location. If you plan to buy a second-hand Halloween costume this year, inspect it for any bed bugs, or signs of eggs– which are sticky, and white in color. You can learn more about bed bugs including the damage they can cause and their life cycle in our bed bug informational page.


Rodents scurrying across the floor will likely cause any person to jump and shriek. Rodents that are common in the Pacific Northwest include deer mice, house mice, Norway rats, and Roof rats. These rodents are primarily active at night and are well-adapted to our area. Roof rats will nest in attic spaces or up high, like in trees, while Norway rats will nest in or near the ground.

All four of these rodent species are quite destructive. They will chew just about anything they can find using their sharp teeth. Rodents can also transmit diseases and contaminate your belongings and food in your home. If you have boxes of fall or Halloween decor stored in your attic, basement or garage it might be a good idea to inspect it for rodent droppings or gnaw marks.

To gain a deeper knowledge about these rodents, take a look at our rodent informational page. There we have images of the different species and we talk about their biologies and habits.


Although spiders are one of the most feared pests, most in the Pacific Northwest are not venomous. The types you should be worried about are the Black Widow and the Hobo spider. Another venomous spider in the United States is the Brown Recluse spider. However, contrary to popular belief, it is not native to the Pacific Northwest. These spiders can be found in the dark corners of rooms, garages, sheds, and more. And If these spiders are disturbed or feel threatened they can administer a painful bite. If you are bitten by one of these spiders, it is important to recognize common signs and symptoms and if your reactions are severe, you should see a doctor immediately.

You can learn more about all the different types of spiders in the Pacific Northwest in our spider informational page.

Residential Pest Control

If you are dealing with bed bugs, rodents, spiders or any other ghoulish pests in your home, contact Pioneer Pest Management. We have been providing pest control services to the Portland, OR and Vancouver WA metro areas since 2001. We understand the pests that live in the area and we know how to properly and efficiently take care of them. When you contact us you’ll sleep well knowing that your family, home or business is well protected from pests. So contact Pioneer Pest Management today for professional pest control services.