Home Inspection - check attic, crawl space, look for points of entry, cracked window seals, door seals, crevices, de-web the entire outside of the house and create a non-repellent barrier around the home and a second a repellent barrier. A non-repellent barrier is a product that the pests will track insdie the home and back to their home and kill them.
After that we come back for 6 visits throughout the year. At each visit we de-web and reapply the barrier and treat any problems inside the home.
Let’s talk about the most common calls we receive
Nothing is more annoying that finding ants in your kitchen cupboards, and they can feel impossible to get rid of. Lucky for you we have are very confident we can get rid of these buggers, and we have a high success rate of completely eliminating them for customers. There are thousands of types of ants, but fortunately we only have to deal with a few species in Oregon and Washington. Some of these ants can be destructive to the structure of your home, and some are just a nuisance.
Odorous House Ants
These guys are known for smelling pungent when you squish them, which is how they earned their name. They are the most common ant in Oregon, Washington, and most of the United States. You might know them as “Sugar Ants”, as they are attracted to sugar and often found in the kitchen looking for a sweet treat. Although they’re attracted to everything in your kitchen, it’s hard to get them to fall for typical ant baits, which can make them hard to get rid of. We’ve found that the best method is source elimination and exclusion combined with applying small amounts of treatment in specific places throughout the area. Most often this is under molding, in cracks or crevices, and at any entry point. What we don’t do is drown them (and your home) with toxic spray—this practice is outdated, usually unnecessary, and harmful to the environment.
If you’ve seen carpenter ants crawling out of the woodworking of your house you’ve probably also had visions of your entire house collapsing. Unlike termites, carpenter ants aren’t actually eating the structure of your home, instead they are using the wood or nearby insulation to build their nests. Unfortunately these nests are equally destructive to the structure of your home. There are many ways to prevent these guys from getting into your home. Keeping vegetation away from the exterior of your house is a big one—don’t let plants creep up your siding, prune bushes away from the base of your house, and keep evergreen limbs away from your roof. Also make sure you inspect deliveries of firewood, bark chips, or other wood materials as it is common for carpenter ants to be brought in from these outside sources.
Once carpenter ants have infested your home it’s best to have a professional pest control company take care of them. We advise people not to try treating them on their own, as often the result is that they simply get pushed to another part of the house that is harder to treat. You think you’ve eliminated them until you see them coming out of another area.
Poisonous or not, most people don’t like to find spiders building homes in the corners of their ceilings. They enter the house through usually through cracks and crevices around your doors and windows, or poorly screened windows and doors. Some of them like dark wet places like piles of wood outside, the crawlspace or basement, and some prefer the heat of the attic, subfloor vents, and corners of rooms. Getting rid of their food source (other insects) can greatly help in eliminating their desire to be in your home.
We have created a perfect habitat for fleas inside our homes. They thrive in the moderate temperatures we maintain. Because dogs and cats have a higher body temperature than humans, they usually prefer to live on our pets. However, the adult fleas you find on your pets represent a very small percentage of the ones that are living in your home and yard. The rest of them are in developing stages, and are likely to be found in your pet’s favorite play and resting places (dog beds, outside play area, furniture, etc.). To give you an idea of how quickly they reproduce, 10 adult females can create 267,000 offspring in just one month. Adult fleas can live for anywhere from 2 months to a full year without feeding, which makes the tricky to kill.
There are two separate services we either do a heat or a spray treatment. Both are very involved, customized treatments.
The biggest misconception about bed bugs is that they have something to do with how clean you keep your home. If this were the case they would be much easier to avoid! The problem is they will hitch a ride on anyone’s luggage or clothing and take over any home. We see them often in homes where someone is traveling frequently, or back and forth from college. If you think you might have bed bugs, call us immediately.
If there are small nests we will knock those down and take care of them, large infestations may take more treatments.