Pest Info

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We know our pests!
Find out more information here about pests that are common to the Northwest and how we control them
 

Fleas

The Facts

There is not much to like about fleas. Besides invading our homes, these parasites prey on us and our pets, and are vectors of many diseases. The flea population can surge here in the summer months, as their life cycle and rate of reproduction is directly proportionate to prevailing temperatures. A single female can produce between 300 and 400 eggs in her lifetime, making for a lot of hungry bloodsuckers! Adding to the problem is the fact that after the flea larvae form their pupal cocoon, they can survive for up to 12 months waiting for a host. Something as simple as turning up the temperature after having been away from home, or the vibration from your footsteps, can trigger thousands of fleas to emerge from their cocoons in search of their first meal!

The Solution

The key to proper flea control includes treatment of the pet (if any), the home, and the yard. Research indicates that the majority of the larvae spend their time deep in the carpet at the base of the fiber, making over the counter "flea bombs" worthless because they do not penetrate and kill the early stages of their life cycle. We apply highly effective products and target areas where fleas are likely to be breeding, such as beneath baseboards and at the base of the carpet. We have specialized machines to aid us in accomplishing this, which are used in conjunction with an insect growth regulator (IGR) to sterilize adult fleas and end their breeding cycle.

Odorous house ants and pavement ants are the most common in the PDX area.  Find out more information on their behavior and about our approach to control them.

The recent resurgence of bed bugs may leave you sleeping with one eye open.  Learn why you can sleep worry free by choosing us to solve your bed bug infestation.

Most flying insects stay outside, but there are a number that have become household pests.  Learn about house flies, box elder bugs, and stink bugs here and how we control them.

Carpenter ants are them most common wood destroying insect here in the Pacific Northwest.  Find out how to identify them and learn about our approach to keeping them out of your home.

Flea eradication can be difficult for a homeowner using over the counter flea bombs.  Find out why our treatment methods provide more effective and consistent results.

Mice and rats can cause serious problems when they have made their way inside your home.  They require different methods to control for various reasons.  Find out why and learn how we use our experience to keep your house rodent free.  

We may think of birds as cute and innocent... That is until they make a nest in our home.  Learn more about how we can both evict and exclude birds from nesting or perching in unwanted areas.

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Even though german cockroaches aren't native to the Pacific Northwest, they are often brought in on packaged food items.  Find out more about their behavior and our methods to control them.

Spiders may be the king of creepy crawly and the source of many phobias.  These are definitely not something that you want in your house.  Learn about our approach to effective spider control. 

Any insect that can both fly and sting is something we definitely do not want anywhere near our home or family.  Find out about the most common stinging insects and how we keep them away.

Termites, powder post beetles and moisture ants are not very common, but an infestation can indicate a serious problem.  Learn how to identify them and about our control solutions.

Moths, beetles, weevils...  These aren't what we want to find when we open our kitchen cabinets.  Learn about the behavior of these insects and the best approach to eradication.

Wildlife can cause a lot of damage and be the vector of may diseases.  As licensed wildlife control operators, learn about common nuisance wildlife and about our eviction and exclusion solutions.

Moles are a thorn in a homeowners side when they begin to tear up a nicely manicured lawn.  Learn more about their behavior and why we are the choice for successful mole control.

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