Hiring a Reputable Pest Control Company in Portland OR

Lots of places and households have had issues with pests, insects, ants and more. Many have found a solution in actually using pest control products, but in the end, those products fail if not used correctly. There are dozens of pest control products out there and one of them might seem like the right one for you, but it’s not.

Issues regarding pest control could be things ranging from a little mouse in the basement to ants climbing through your kitchen and slowly eating away your food and supplies.

In most of the cases you don’t know where the source is, but if you do, the problem is easily solvable. If you don’t though, there are various ways to get rid of cockroaches, ants and all kinds of insects in simple and fast ways.

Antworks, a reputable pest control company in Portland OR, provides professional pest control services. You shouldn’t think twice before actually going with the option of hiring professionals for your pest problem. (Learn more about Antworks by contacting them at (855)-ANTWORK) 

With problem pests, you might not be able to determine easily where the source of your pest problem is. Antworks can easily diagnose your pest problem and provide you solutions to control it. If you have a pest problem, do not waste time and start dealing with your pest control problems immediately by contacting Antworks, pest control experts in Portland OR.

Odorous House Ants Invade A Hot Tub

Forget the Picnic….Ants Invade the Spa

My job can get pretty mundane sometimes. You do this sort of thing long enough and you get to see just about everything. I have rescued computers, printers, phones, water heaters, all kinds of electronics from these ants. I have even cleared the inside (the guts) of a few hot tubs. This is the 1st time I have found a nest of these odorous house ants in the actual tub part.

Sugar Ants

3 Natural Remedies to Help Control An Ant Infestation | Portland OR

There are more than 20,000 species of ants in existence, but fortunately, in the Portland Oregon area, there are usually only a few species. They live in large colonies with workers and queen(s) and are usually drawn towards moisture and proteins. Some have great destructive potential while others are just a nuisance. Portland pest control experts share that almost every household will face an ant infestation at some point or the other. However not every household, will want to use toxic pest control methods to get rid of these infestations. Here are three natural remedies to control an ant infestation:

1. Cucumbers
Cucumbers are one good natural home remedy for controlling ant infestation. Ants naturally hate cucumbers, especially cucumber peels. Spread some cucumber peels around places where ants enter your home and you’ll see wonderful results within a short while. Natural and generally non-toxic ingredients are the in thing in repelling or getting rid of pests including ants, mites, moths, flies and other insects. People are slicing up cucumbers rather than toxic sprays which are sometimes dangerous to you and the environment. Scientists say that there are growing evidences to prove that synthetic pesticides are dangerous to humans and animals.

2. Barriers
Barriers can be made and then a paste made from garlic, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, powdered charcoal, talcum powder or chalk can be applied on it to keep ants and other insect pests away. Remember different species react to agents differently, so you’ll have to see what substance works best with the ones trying to sneak into your home. Another way of creating barriers is to grow certain plants that release chemicals harmful to them around your home. They are nice and deter pests. Some of these plants are peppermint, spearmint and pennyroyal. After a dry spell you can also leave some dry grits around ant barriers. The drones will normally take the grits back to their queen, she will eat them, and whenever she drinks water the grits will expand and she will explode. However sad that may be, it does a lot in destabilizing their colony as the workers also die out with time in the absence of their leader.

3. Borax, water and sugar
Borax, sugar, water and a touch of peanut butter could take a couple of weeks but really works. You can make a thin paste then spread it on little pieces of thin cardboard and place in areas where they are coming into the house. They’ll eat it and take it back to their colony. The paste will dry up in a couple days, so you’ll have to make more. You donít have to repeat application for long before they are gone. However borax does need to be kept away from pets and small children, although it is relatively safe, only toxic when eaten. Always put it in a place where the kids cannot reach but the ants could.

There are also other natural remedies:
Baking soda and powdered sugar mixed in equal parts is a good ant killer. Mix and spread them around the area where you see them and soon you won’t see them anymore. The sugar will usually attract the pests and the baking soda kills them.

Neem oil made from neem seeds, prevents growth of fungi, repels and kills ants. It’s nontoxic to mammals and most beneficial insects.

These are just a few of the very many remedies that cannot be covered in this article. You should find out and try which you think will work best for you. While these methods are very easy to access and are a great substitute to commercial insecticides, you should use them carefully. However some infestations require more than these can do. If you’ve tried different methods and there are still ants, call an Antworks, an Ant Pest Control Company in Portland, for help.

3 Ways Ant Infestations Start | Portland OR

Similar to all other insects and animals, ants can be found anywhere. They usually won’t cause any problem to humans until they start relocating inside and attacking homes. You must have experienced ant infestation at home and noticed that a single colony can wipe out the contents of your kitchen or perhaps weaken the foundations of your house.

If you would consult an expert ant pest control company in Portland OR, still the best way to prevent ant infestations is to know what attracts an entire colony to come to your house. There are three causes of an infestation; the search for food, search for shelter, and weather.

Search for food

One of the top reasons why you can see a line of marching ants inside your home is food. Ants are great food hunters. When a single wandering ant stumbles upon a food source, it won’t be long until the whole team of ant workers arrive and start bringing home that find. If it’s a large chunk of food, you will notice that they will break it down first into small and portable pieces. They constantly search for food to prepare for the winter or rainy seasons.

They are most attracted to sweet and sugary foods. And it’s not only limited to actual sugar or syrup. Other food items like bread, grains, crumbs, root crops, and sweet fruits containing starch or glucose are also included in their food targets. Placing these food items in seemingly unreachable areas is not enough. There are only two ways to prevent ants from reaching these foods; placing them in a sealed container or perhaps, using water to isolate them.

Search for rotten or decaying wood as shelter

Just like termites, ants can establish their home either in soil or decaying wood. Carpenter ants love to chew on weak and moist wood. Once they have penetrated the outer layer of the wood, it will be easy for ant workers to destroy the inner fibers of the lumber. A newly built house can be safe from infestation because the wood used can still be tough and because of the chemicals used to treat it. But once wood has been exposed to weathering especially moisture, it begins to weaken.

Compared to the concern of losing food, it is more risky when the infestation already involves wood. This could eventually weaken the structural integrity of your house or building. It is therefore advisable to continuously maintain your house especially its wood components by repainting or retreating.

Migration because of weather

Weather can also be a factor to ant infestations. Majority of ants establish their colonies on the ground surface. When the weather gets too hot, they will move to the shaded or cooler areas. When their home gets flooded during the winter or rainy season, they will also relocate to higher and dryer areas. But ants don’t wait for the rain to come before they migrate. It’s interesting to note that they could predict when rain is about to come, usually through the moisture in the air. Ants can penetrate even the smallest cracks and openings in walls and floors. So to prevent them from migrating inside your house, these openings should be sealed.

Do you need help with your ant infestation?
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Carpenter Ants in a Portland Attic

Carpenter Ants with Eggs.
This attic showed no signs of moisture. But it did have alot of tree to roof contact.

Here in the Portland, OR. – Vancouver WA. area…..vegetation and trees do alot of growing. For the most part thats a good thing. For optimal pest control here in the Pacific North West……It’s important to keep all vegetation away from structures.

“What’s Buggin You” Segment on the Today Show

“What’s Bugging You” Segment on the TODAY Show

The TODAY Show will offer a segment tomorrow, March 28, entitled “What’s Bugging You” in their 9:00 hour. The piece will address spring pests and many of the threats associated with them. Missy Henriksen, NPMA’s Vice President of Public Affairs, will discuss termites, ants, ticks, stinging insects, and occasional invaders including stink bugs, centipedes, silverfish, and crickets.  The segment will feature a myriad of live insects and related props.A special thank you to numerous companies and individuals who responded to requests for needed show-and-tell items and general help including Adam’s Pest Control, American Pest, American Pest Solutions, Assured Environments, Home Paramount, Connor’s Pest Control,  Greg Baumann, i2LResearch USA, Oklahoma State University, Orkin, ProTech Pest Control, Liz Pereira/University of Florida, University of Georgia, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Ted Granovsky. We hope to share a clip of the segment in next week’s ePestWorld.

Thank you to all the Guardians and Contributors of NPMA’s Professional Pest Management Alliance who made this consumer educational opportunity possible for the industry.

Check out the video here http://www.pctonline.com/Today-Show-spring-pest-segment.aspx