Signs of Pests in Your House

Pests at home and work: See the signs, take precautions!

By understanding why pests come into your living space you can take necessary steps to prevent infestation.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR PESTS AROUND YOUR HOME

Cellar Temptations: Dark, damp, cardboard and other material, vents to the outside world.

Silverfish Signs and Symptoms: Holes in wallpaper or cardboard boxes, chewed clothing, and visible.

Spiders Signs and Symptoms: Webs, egg sacs, and sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Ants

Fleas

Rodents

1st floor kitchen Temptations: Warm and cluttered; garbage, food, water, people, pets.

Cockroaches Signs and Symptoms: Droppings, carcasses, egg cases, musty type of smell, sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Silverfish

Ants

Fleas

Stinkbugs

Spiders 

1st floor lounge Temptations: Warm, with people, pets.

Ants Signs and Symptoms: Small mounds of earth and holes at the foot of external walls, ant trails, and visible. Sounds of scuttling in wall cavities and activity around rotten wood.

Other pests:

Fleas

Stinkbugs

Spiders

2nd floor bedroom Temptations: Warm, with people, pets …and a bed!

Bedbugs Signs and Symptoms: Rows of itchy lumps on your shoulders and arms, tiny blood stains on sheets and mattresses, sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Fleas

Spiders

2nd floor bathroom Temptations: Warm, damp, vents to the outside world, people, pets.

Fleas Signs and Symptoms: Itchy bites or rashes on your feet and legs, pets scratching more than usual resulting in red skin under the fur, sometimes visible.

Other pests:

Silverfish

Spiders

Wall cavity Temptations: Dark, warm, woody, pulpy, vents to the outside world.

Termites Signs and Symptoms: Swarms in springtime, hollow-sounding wood walls, unexplained structural damage, mud tubes on external walls and piles of discarded wings.

Other pests:

Ants

Spiders

Attic Temptations: Dark, warm, woody, pulpy, vents to the outside world.

Rodents Signs and Symptoms: Scratching in walls or ceiling under the attic, ammonia type of smell, visible droppings, gnawed furniture and insulation.

Other pests:

Spiders

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Termites


NAME: SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE
SPECIES: Reticulitermesflavipes
LENGTH: 6mm
LIKES: Dead plants and wood
HIDEOUTS: Underground, foundations
SKILL-SET: $1 billion per year in property damages

Know your termite…!

There are over 2,300 species of termite in the world.
In the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas we’ve got two big problem wood destroyers:

The Subterranean Termite and the Dampwood Termite.

It’s vital to get a positive ID on the type so our professional employees can treat the problem accordingly.

Both eat wood and destroy your home and both have one queen per colony which can lay tens of thousands of eggs in its lifetime, so which is which?

Easy! The way we at Antworks Pest Control can tell these two species apart is by the way they build their colonies and the way they use the wood of your home.

The Nuisance

Subterranean termite colonies are hard to locate being underground.
Because they like to keep their nests moist they’ll cover their tracks.
They create a series of chambers and tunnels under your house which can lead to serious structural damage.
They’ll work their way from the ground up if the conditions are conducive!

If you have a subterranean termite infestation you might see signs of:

  • Termite mud tubes
  • Damaged wood
  • Injured trees in the vicinity
  • Hollow-sounding walls
  • Blistering and warping of wood surfaces
  • Swarmers
  • Piles of shed wings

But by the time you see these signs it’s more than likely too late for you to do anything about it using just shop bought extermination control.

You need to act fast and call us – 855-268-9675 (855-ANTWORK)!

And check out our range of services for home defense and extermination.

You Need Us, Call Us…Anytime. No Obligation. No Contract.

If left uncontrolled the situation will quickly get out of hand.

The Treatment

Our skilled employees use the same slow acting, non-repellent material they use for ants and other social insects. We’ll also treat the soil below the problem area and make recommendations to follow up.

Home Defense

When you know what subterranean termites love and how they get about it’s easy to control their return. We guarantee our pest control services with a ONE-TIME treatment that is cost effective and environmentally safe. But we also want to help you identify risks to future infestations, so why not try the following:

  • Remove deadwood or decaying timber
  • Don’t let wood on your home contact the soil
  • Keep gutters clean and avoid standing water
  • Check pipe and electrical conduit openings and seal up

NAME: DAMPWOOD TERMITE
SPECIES: Neotermescastaneus
LENGTH: 20mm
LIKES: Dead plants and wet wood
HIDEOUTS: Wood in contact with ground
SKILL-SET: Colonies can reach 4,000 individuals.
Know your termite…

All species of termites have evolved to survive environmental extremes.
The high precipitation levels we have in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas provide breeding conditions for the dampwood termite.
They’re just as much of a problem to homeowners as their subterranean cousins.

It’s vital to get a positive ID on the type so our professional employees can treat the problem accordingly…and we’ve got some useful guiders to help you.

Both eat wood and destroy your home and both have one queen per colony which can lay tens of thousands of eggs in its lifetime, so which is which?

Double Easy! The way we can tell these two species apart is by the way they build their colonies and the way they use the wood of your home…

The Nuisance

Dampwood termites are found in areas with damp or soaked wood, hence their name.
They can invade damp wood that’s touching the ground and make chambers in it.
Just as with the subterranean type, if the conditions are optimal colonies of dampwood termites can become very large and can cause extensive property damage.

If you have a dampwood termite infestation you might see signs of:

  • Internally smooth hollowed out wood structures
  • Hollow-sounding walls
  • Swarmers
  • Piles of shed wings

But by the time you see these signs it’s more than likely too late for you to do anything about it using just shop bought extermination control like termiticdes.

You need to act fast and call us – 855-268-9675 (855-ANTWORK)!

And check out our range of services for home defense and extermination. [Link: http://allaboutants.net/services/]

You Need Us, Call Us…Anytime. No Obligation. No Contract.

If left uncontrolled the situation will quickly get out of hand.

The Treatment

Our skilled employees use the same slow acting, non-repellent material they use for ants and other social insects. It is also best to remove the infested wood and address the problems that are causing the wood to get wet in the first place.

Home Defense

When you know what dampwoodtermites love and how they get about it’s easy to control their return. We guarantee our pest control services with a ONE-TIME treatment that is cost effective and environmentally safe. But we also want to help you identify risks to future infestations, so why not try the following:

  • Address plumbing issues
  • Avoid areas of standing water
  • Remove deadwood or decaying timber
  • Don’t let wood on your property contact the soil
  • Keep gutters clean
  • Check pipe and electrical conduit openings and seal up

And one more thing

Dampwood termites need moisture to survive. This makes them marginally easier to treat than the other species.
Eliminating their source of water from pipes and roofs can prevent repeat infestations.
What’s more, if you keep piles of debris, soil or wood that could potentially become wet or rotten, then moving this to a safe distance from your property will also prove a good line in home defense.

Home and Garden Pests Typical for Oregon

Your Oregon home would also be home to creeping bugs, ants, spiders and fleas for most times of the year. Many of these home and garden pests typical for Oregon do not have any special weakness for any weather extreme. When the weather is favorable, they would just lay eggs and multiply. When they are hungry, they will keep feeding on a lot of things in and around your home and not just wood, when it gets biting cold they would just hide and wait for the mercury to rise and you would have one outbreak after another.

You must know that there are innumerable variants of most insects, pests and spiders that we usually have common names for. So when we talk of pest control and highlight some common insects, spiders, ants and fleas to be aware of, we are simply highlighting the species. There will be many variants, wherein some are recognized subspecies and some are just local offshoots of the larger species.

  • You would have to deal with bed bugs. Official known as Cimex lectularius, beg bugs are not unique to Oregon. They are not fatal and they don’t usually spread any kind of disease nor cause any concerning infection. Yet, they are irritating, uncomfortable and unbearable. The constant blood sucking bed bugs are certainly not the companions you want on bed. You should also know that one beg bug can lay as many as five eggs in a day and can give birth to five hundred bed bugs in a lifetime. A small infestation can become a farm of beg bugs raised by you as your blood is their food.
  • Fleas or Siphonaptera will be unavoidable if you have pets. Households that don’t have pets are not very vulnerable to fleas. Just as you would get the mattress disinfected and your bedroom as well as the house treated by pest control to get rid of bed bugs, you need to use pest control to eliminate fleas from your home. You should also consult a vet to keep your pets safe and you must clean your house including vacuuming more frequently than you do now.
  • Ticks are not as common as bed bugs but they are more dangerous. Official known as Dermacentor andersonii and Ixodes pacificus, Oregon has to deal with two types of ticks. One is the black legged tick and the other is the Rocky Mountain wood tick. The black-legged tick can spread Lyme disease. Ticks can be easily carried into your home by mice and pets.

You should also guard your home against the western black widow or Latrodectus Hesperus, hobo spider or Tegenaria agrestis, ants or Hymenoptera, carpenter ants or Camponotus, termites or Zootermopsis angusticollis and the common American cockroach.