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Carpenter Ant Removal and Extermination in Portland

Carpenter Ants Portland, OR Now that the weather has been warming up in the Portland, OR area, you can count on starting to see Carpenter Ants to pop up again.   With many pest control companies offering to treat Carpenter Ants, the most important information that you need to know is what makes our approach best for you? There have been a lot of changes in how Carpenter Ants should “properly” be treated over the last few years.  I say “properly” because many Portland companies still employ the older methods.  Why?  More often than not, older methods are still offered because that enables them to justify a higher price to the homeowner.

Everything You Need to Know About Termites in Portland

Everything You Need to Know About Termites in Portland Termite damaged interior wall Finding out that you may have a termites infestation can be one of the scariest things that a homeowner can find out in regards to pest related issues.  The damage and cost potential is huge.  Preferably, you can take measures to prevent termite infestation in the first place or at minimum, catch it while it is still relatively new and minimize the negative effects.  Below are answers to the four most common questions of Portland residents regarding termites. How can you tell if you have a termite infestation? However, you may be able to spot a tube, an approximately ½” exterior tunnel of soil, wood and debris. These tubes serve

How to Know if You’ve Got a Rat or Mouse Problem

Gnawed rodent hole Some problems, like a flat tire or broken window, are obvious and require very little investigation. Others, such as certain bodily diseases, can go undetected for a long time. Yet another group, those that provide the occasional minor hint of an issue, can leave you unsure and wondering. Rat and mouse problems can fall into this last group. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to know whether or not you have a rodent problem. These methods primarily involve something you already possess; your physical senses. More so than with many other pests, you can employ more of your physical senses when determining if you have a rodent issue. With a little help that we provide below, you will have no problem “sensing” whether or not you actually have a rat or mouse problem! Rat and Mouse Sounds There are a few other critters that could get inside you house and

How to Safely Remove Wasp and Hornet Nests from Your Home

Safely Removing Wasp and Hornet Nests around Your Home Few insects instill more fear than flying and stinging pests such as wasps and hornets. There are some times that some basic effort by a homeowner can solve the issue while other times, the work should be left to a professional due to the danger. Following are some simple distinctions and methods. Wasp and Hornet Prevention The easiest nest to remove is the one that never got started or well established in the first place.   One of the keys, regardless of type, is to take action early in the season. Their numbers are lower, nest sizes are smaller, and aggression is often less as well. The early bird might get the worm, but the early homeowner avoids the sting!

A Day in the Life of a Portland Exterminator

A Day in the Life of a Portland Exterminator Portland exterminator treating perimeter An exterminator in Portland is going to have a distinctively different workday than pest control experts in other parts of the country. If you were a pest exterminator in Alabama, you would likely spend most of your time killing ants of numerous sizes and varieties while in Arizona, you might be shaking your work boots at the end of the day to make sure that no scorpions that you might have overlooked didn’t hitch a ride home with you. Different areas have their own, unique pest concentrations.  Portland Exterminating Environment Much like other aspect of the Portland atmosphere, our pest environment is mild in the sense that we have no significant population of dangerous pests

Spider Pest Control: Summer Brings Out these 8-legged pests

Best Practices for Summer Spider Pest Control Hobo Spider Pest Control If you ask me, anything with more that four legs is creepy. Spiders, having double that amount, rank mighty high on the list of undesirable pests. Based on the amount of customers that we help every year control their spider problems, I suspect that I am not alone in my thinking. Spiders are a prime example when comparing the phrases and concepts of pest control and pest elimination. Some pests, particularly those that are colony or nest based, can be virtually eliminated. Others, like spiders, can indeed be controlled but there can never be complete assurance of elimination of the local spider population. The reason for this is that once hatched, spiders have no shared, communal living quarters. They have a wandering nature, coming and going wherever they want as an individual creature, which leads us to a common term for interior spiders as they are often referred to as “wandering spiders.”

When Are Carpenter Ants Active?

Carpenter ants in fall Carpenter ant damage The simple answer is – yes. Here are some photos of an infestation we just encountered. While spring is certainly the most active season for carpenter ants, they can be active and causing damage any time of year if they can find a spot warm enough to avoid going dormant.  Over the course six months, while you could be waiting for spring to determine whether you still have an infestation, they could be causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

Although these little critters are only about a half inch long, they can cause a lot of anxiety if found in or around a home. Silverfish consume a lot of materials and foods found in the home, yet they are able to go for very long times without eating anything. They are considered pests, and can contaminate foods, but they are not known to carry any diseases. If you are looking for possible ways to eliminate Silverfish from your home, take a look at these suggestions. We can’t guarantee any of them, with the exception of number 5.

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