August Spiders Create a Sticky Situation in Vancouver, Washington

Unless the light is just right, you never see the spiders, but you certainly feel those sticky strands on your face or uncovered arms and legs. Yep, you’ve walked into yet another garden spider web. And as you peel the gluey threads off, you think, now where did the spider go?

Our Late Summer Spider Invasion

Right around late July or early August, it seems that spiders are everywhere in Vancouver, both inside and outside your home. That’s because they are. All told, Southwestern Washington is home to about 500 types of spiders. They hatch in the spring and we don’t see much of them for a while, partly because they’re small, but mainly because they’re hiding from predators. By August, the survivors are big enough to be the hunters themselves.

Orb spinners get busy spinning those webs you walk into while funnel weavers create dense mats in the grass and low lying plants. Inside the house cobwebs appear in windows and corners as house spiders ply their trade. It’s a busy time for the spiders; they need to catch food, find a mate, and get eggs laid by fall, before they die.

Spiders Can Be Too Much of a Good Thing

Nearly all Washington spiders are harmless and most do a lot of good by eating mosquitos and other insects. The problem comes when hoards of spiders set up house in or around your home. To some, these arachnid acrobats are downright creepy, unwelcome guests, and walking into their webs is not a fun experience. To others, they’re a nuisance whose webs and cobwebs create constant housework. As well, there is the threat of an occasional bite, especially from the Hobo spider, which is often mistaken for a Brown Recluse, a poisonous spider that does not live in the Pacific Northwest. Hobo spider bites may cause pain and redness for half a day or so, but are not considered dangerous.

Our Natural Solution for Spider Control

At Antworks Pest Control we understand that spiders are helpful for the environment and humans, but that they can be just as helpful farther away from your home. So we take an environmental approach that addresses your spider infestation in multiple ways. First, we remove all webbing from around the house and treat the spiders’ favorite niches with an environmentally friendly spray: the house perimeter, eaves, windows, wall junctions, and doors. (Few people love opening their door to find a spider dangling a few inches from their face!) Inside the house we treat ceilings, corners, and any other hidden areas where the arachnids love to hide. We also treat your crawlspace, basement, and attic with an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) machine.

Our process works with a one-time application – so you don’t need to sign a long, repeat treatment contract. The end result is that the invading spider decides to take its eight-legged army elsewhere. You can take knocking down cobwebs off your cleaning list and walk through your yard again without getting a face full of goo. The spiders are happy – somewhere far away from your house. And the world is happy, because we got rid of your spider problem using green pest control. In the web of life, we call that a win-win!

Caught in a Growing Web of Spiders? Call Us!

The Vancouver spider season is just beginning in August; it will last through October, or until the nights turn too cool. Call us today to have a spider-free late summer and autumn: 855-268-9675 (855-ANTWORK).

Differentiating Between Wild and Domesticated Rats

One of the many services provided here at Antworks is rodent control. Small and tenacious, wild rats can wreak havoc on your home, destroying your house interior and leaving droppings. To those that are unfamiliar with rats, there may seem to be little difference between the wild rats we provide rodent control services for, and the domestic (fancy) rats that people buy in pet stores. The inability to distinguish between the two types can sometimes lead to ambivalent attitudes toward the animal and how to approach a rodent infestation. Those who are rat enthusiasts might feel a sense of fondness toward a wild rat they find in the home and start perceiving it as a “pet.” However, domestic rats greatly vary from their wild counterparts much in the same way that domestic dogs differ from wild dogs you would find in the savannahs. Though the two may appear the same due to visual similarities, there are distinct behavioral differences between a wild rat and fancy rat that vastly differentiate the two. Understanding how the two differ not only helps to delineate wild rats from fancy rats, but also clarifies why a wild rat cannot be perceived or dealt with like a domesticated rat and necessitates rodent control services.

Social Nature
Unlike fancy rats, wild rats are not naturally sociable with humans. Wild rats may take scraps that are offered or dropped, but any attempts by a human to establish contact will be perceived as a threat and the rat will flee. Fancy rats are more docile and receptive to human affection. Though fancy rats can become feralized if left out in the wild for a long time, they are more likely to come toward you versus immediate scampering off.

In general, a wild rat will either be a varied shade of brown with a lighter brown underbelly, or solid black with a white underbelly. Fancy rats come in a much broader variety of colors: white, cinnamon, peach, tan, brown, black, and greys. Just like you would see far more colors represented in domestic cats than you would in wild cats, fancy rats are far more colorful than their wild counterparts.

A wild rat will puff up its fur in your presence, seeing you as a threat. On the other hand, you will rarely see a fancy rat with its fur standing on end. The only exceptions to this are if the fancy rat happens to have wavy fur, is scared, or is cold.

Size & Shape
Wild rats are streamlined for survival, which means they tend to look more sleek and lean. Because wild rats also have a much shorter life span, they rarely reach their maximum size of about twelve inches. Because of this fact, wild rats generally appear to be smaller than fancy rats. On the other hand, fancy rats tend to be somewhat on the pudgy side, and you will often see rolls and contours. It is also more common to see fancy rats reach the maximum twelve inches in length.

Posture and Stance
Wild rats are always on the move. Unless the wild rat is ill, you will likely see them standing on all fours, back partially arched, as if to leap forward. Fancy rats, however, rarely stand on all fours. Even when nervous, fancy rats are more likely to be seen sniffing around rather than prepping to pounce.

So though they may appear similar, major differences in behavior and temperament vastly differentiate wild rats from fancy rats. Because they are more fearful and much less friendly, a wild rat cannot be treated the same way you would a fancy rat. Just as fancy rats are not adapted to live in the wild, wild rats are not adaptive to becoming pets. Wild rats will become extremely stressed when forced into confined spaces and often experience lower lifespans as a result. Even wild rats that are raised from birth by humans lack the domesticated qualities that would make them good pets. So if you see a wild rat in your home, don’t hesitate to call rodent control. Though they may look like the cute fancy rats you see in stores, a wild rat infestation cannot be treated as harmless and left to idle. If you have a rat infestation in your home, call Antworks to provide rodent control in Vancouver, WA.

How to Spot a Meal Moth

When we hear about the need for pest control, we generally tend to think of pests such as cockroaches, termites, ants, and rodents. It is less often that we hear about home infestations caused by the infamous meal moths. However, despite being slightly lesser-known than the cockroach, meal moths can wreak havoc on your pantry or kitchen. Known for feeding, and laying their eggs in food products like grains and flour, meal moths will infest your food and become a general nuisance to your household. To better know whether you are dealing with a meal moth infestation in your home, let’s cover how to spot a meal moth and where they tend to spawn in your home.

The meal moth, or Pyralis farinalis, is a type of moth of the Pyralidae family. They are a common pest found in pantries or kitchens and feed on grains, cereal, cornmeal, and flour. Like most moths, the meal moth is mostly nocturnal and attracted to light. Adult meal moths are easily recognizable due to the coloring of their wings, which are speckled grey with a rust-brown band toward the ends. Their upper wings are considered colorful by moth standards, and the meal moth generally holds them close to the body while the moth is resting. The adult meal moth has a lifespan of around 6 days, of which it spends its adult life entirely dedicated to the function of reproduction. Within that time, the female meal moth will lay between 300-500 microscopic eggs that will hatch into larvae that are off-white in color and have a brown head.

Meal moths infest your home in one of two ways. They are either brought in with packed food items that have already been infested with eggs or larvae, or from food bought from an infested store or supermarket. Though product manufacturers take extensive efforts to prevent infestation and prevent the delivery of tainted food, meal moths can be hard to contain. Therefore, despite best efforts, infested product can occasionally slip by and make its way to the grocery aisle.

Once in your home, the meal moth will overrun your pantry. Larvae will chew through packaging to feed on other foods. They will also hide among grains they are feeding on or within various cracks they find. Though preferring grains, larva will also feed on dried fruit, seeds, and even cork. You may also find webs in your food from larvae creating silken cocoons as they transition into pupas. Larvae can even make their way to areas several meters from infested food in the pantry as they crawl around trying to find places where the can make their cocoons. Once an adult, the meal moth will lay its eggs in grains, flour, and cereal to ensure the survival of its offspring.

Once you determine that you have a meal moth infestation, there are a few options you can take to rid yourself of the pests. You can apply chemical insecticides to all cracks and crevices found within your shelves and cupboards to prevent future infestation. Or, if you are concerned whether you will be effective at removing the infestation on your own, you can contact pest control to handle the infestation. Just know that pest control or pesticides alone will not be enough to completely eliminate the infestation, and additional effort will need to be made to dispose of all contaminated foods. However, pest control can effectively remove a meal moth infestation from your pantry and prevent reinfestation in your home. If you are finding meal moths in your home, call pest control in Vancouver to get rid of these annoying pests.

Pet Risks Posed by Fleas: How Pest Removal Services Can Protect Your Pet’s Health

Fleas are a nuisance. Not only do they irritate your pets, but they can irritate you as well with their bites and dander. However, a flea infestation is more than just an irritant, but poses a serious health risk to your pets. Fleas transmit diseases as well as other parasites that can harm the overall wellness of your pet and possibly be fatal. Here are some pet diseases that can be caused or transmitted through fleas.

1. Anemia
Fleas can cause anemia or a significant amount of blood loss in pets over time, since fleas can consume 15 times their own weight in blood. This can be especially problematic for young puppies, as an adequate number of red blood cells is crucial, and can be life-threatening if compromised.

2. Flea Allergy Dermatitis
A flea infestation can cause an allergic reaction in your pets. Your dog or cat can experience intense itching and discomfort, generalized hair loss, reddened skin, hot spots, and scabs. Flea allergy dermatitis often leads to skin infections as well.

3. Plague
This is the same disease that riddled Europe during the Middle Ages. Though it is no longer common for humans to catch the plague, pets can still be infected. If a flea had previously bitten an infected animal then it can easily infect your dog or cat. Pets that catch the plague will have symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, and can possibly die suddenly.

4. FPV (Feline panleukopenia virus)
FPV is a viral infection that infects cats, and can be spread through contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids as well as by fleas. FPV attacks the lining of the intestines, causing ulcers, bloody diarrhea, malnutrition, anemia, and often death. FVP is highly infectious and has a high mortality rate amongst cats.

5. Cat Scratch Disease
Cat Scratch Disease does not negatively affect cats, but can put their owners at risk. Fleas pass CSD from one cat to another, and close to 40% of cats will carry the disease at some point in their lives. CSD passes to humans when infected flea feces is transferred from the pet to their owner through a bite or scratch, and can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, and general illness.

6. Tapeworms
Fleas can infect your pet with tapeworms if your dog or cat eats a flea that is carrying tapeworm eggs inside its body. Once inside your pet, the tapeworm hatches and attaches itself to your pet’s intestines. This can cause excessive weight loss, vomiting, and irritation.

If your pet is infested with fleas, then you should take the following precautions to rid your pet and your home of the infestation.

Part 1: Treat Your Pet

-Bathe your pet using a gentle shampoo or a commercial flea dip. After the bath, comb your pet with a flea comb.
-Treat your pet with oral and topical medication such as Frontline and Advantage.
-Wash your pet’s bedding as well as any cloth items that have been on the floor. Do this all at the same time, removing everything at once and keeping clean items wrapped in bags for 12 hours after you’ve treated your house.

Part 2: Treat Yourself and Your Home

-Clean your floors thoroughly. Vacuum all carpets, rugs, and upholstery and mop all smooth floors with a cleaning agent.
-Purchase flea control spray or fogger. Make sure to purchase product that also kills flea eggs, and if using a fogger, purchase enough to bomb the entire square footage of your home. Spray your carpets, rugs, furniture, and along walls. Don’t forget corners, edges, and underneath furniture and cushions. If you are unsure of the amount needed, or want to ensure treatment is done correctly, hire professional pest removal services.
-Spray your house again two weeks after the first treatment to kill any new fleas that might have emerged from their cocoons.

After the initial treatment of your home, you can find many home remedies on the internet, such as sprinkling salt on your carpets, which claim to protect your home from reinfestation. However, most of these home remedies require a certain amount of time and effort while only producing minimal and unreliable results. The best option for making sure that your house is truly rid of fleas and protected from reinfestation is to employ pest removal services. A professional in the business knows exactly how to address a flea infestation and how to overcome the aggravating tenacity of fleas and their tendency to reinfest. By hiring pest removal services, you save yourself time and effort by allowing professionals to handle the job. Furthermore, you have the peace of mind that you are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that fleas don’t potentially endanger the health of your pet. So if you’re seeing fleas on your pet, get out the flea shampoo, and contact your nearest Vancouver pest removal services to get the job done.

The Risks of Purchasing a Used Mattress | Pest Control Vancouver

Just this past weekend, many of the mattress stores in town were hosting President’s Day sales on new mattress sets. For those actually in the search for a new mattress, the endeavor can prove daunting. How can all these stores seem to be basically selling the same sets, and why are there so many different options of padding material? Furthermore, when you tell a salesman you’re only looking to pay “around five hundred,” the hearty laugh and lackadaisical service you receive can prove disheartening. After three or four stores, you might start to wonder if purchasing a refurbished mattress is really so bad. Is it really any different than sleeping on a hotel mattress? What are the chances of actually bringing home a used mattress that has bed bugs? But though a lack of cash or desire to deal with salesmen might make a two hundred dollar mattress on Craigslist start to seem attractive, there are legitimate risks of bringing in pests and health concerns when you buy a mattress used, making buying a mattress new worth the hassle.

Mattresses can act as giant sponges that slowly absorb moisture from the environment and bodily fluids and oils excreted from people as they sleep. In just 10 years, a mattress can pick up three thousand liters of perspiration alone. This is not only an “ick” factor, but breeds the perfect environment for bugs, germs and mold.

Fleas are a menace. Not only do they leave irritating bites and are a health risk to your pets, but they are also tenacious. Flea eggs can lay dormant in a mattress for several months before infesting your home. Effective removal often requires hiring pest control and issuing several treatments because dormant flea eggs can continue to cause reinfestation.

Bed Bugs
This is the biggest reason as to why people are generally advised to purchase a mattress new. Bedbugs are incredibly adept at hiding within the materials of a used mattress, and can aggravate allergies. Furthermore, they are highly resilient to insecticides, making most home remedies ineffective. Bed bugs will most likely require an outside pest control company to come into your home and exterminate the infestation.

Though there may not be any live roaches visible, roaches can lay eggs within the mattress, leading to an infestation in your home. Again, this will necessitate the need for pest control to remove the infestation.

General Safety
Mattresses experience fatigue and wear on their padding and springs over time, which can lead to poor back support and pain. Furthermore, mattresses made before 2007 can potentially cause a fire risk.

So when it comes to buying a new mattress, save yourself from the risks of pests and harm, and buy new. Even if you find a Craigslist mattress that is incredibly affordable and listed as “hardly used,” there is little chance that that used mattress is going to receive the commercial de-sanitation and inspection necessary to truly deem the mattress safe and free of pests. Even when buying from a store, dishonest retailers will sometimes ignore federal requirements and ticket a used mattress as properly treated. It is recommended that when searching for a new mattress, that you check the tags for “all-new materials.” Buying a mattress new, even when the hassle of dealing with salesmen might feel stressful, will ensure your safety and prevent the chances of needing to hire pest control. However, if you do purchase a used mattress and find yourself struggling with a nasty infestation of bed bugs or fleas, make sure to choose Antworks to handle your pest control needs in Vancouver, WA.

Valentine’s Day Pest Free | Vancouver Pest Removal Services

Just imagine the following scenario.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you have everything all set to have a romantic night in. Sitting on the TV stand are some romantic-comedy films such as When Harry Met Sally, Just Friends, and P.S. I Love You. From the kitchen lingers in the delicious smell of chicken parmesan baking in the oven. Your date enters your apartment, delighted by the sights and smells of the place, and takes a seat at the dinner table. You pull the chicken out of the oven and go to set it on the table. Just as you are about to set the plate down…a cockroach suddenly scurries across. In your shock and disgust, you accidentally fling the marinara-slathered chicken all over yourself, the table, and onto the floor. Embarrassed, you apologize to your date while your date stares back at you, unimpressed.

This Valentine’s Day, don’t let house pests ruin your night. With the holiday approaching in less than two weeks, there are few things less romantic than unexpectedly coming across cockroaches or other house pests. Even if what you’re planning is a get-together with friends rather than a romantic evening with a significant other, house pests can be a serious mood-killer and embarrass you in front of company. Don’t let cockroaches and other pests in your home make you look like a schmuck.

If you suspect that you might have a potential cockroach infestation, give Antworks a call and request their pest removal services. Antworks provides excellent pest removal services for many different house pests including ants, termites, rodents, and cockroaches.

Here are some signs that might indicate that you have a cockroach infestation in your home or business:

-finding cockroaches in dark, moist areas, such as behind appliances and under floor mats
-visible cockroach feces that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper
-an unpleasant smell with a strong oily or musty odor present
-finding bodies of dead cockroaches in your residence
-seeing oval-shaped egg cases, sometimes visible behind furniture and in other semi-hidden locations

Upon contacting and setting up an appointment, your local Antworks will send someone out to assess the premises and identify if you do in fact have a cockroach infestation. If it is found that your home is infested, Antworks will then go about the extensive preparation process necessary to remove the cockroach infestation, utilizing baits and non-repellant materials. Cracks and crevices will be addressed as they generally need the most attention, often being a favorite entry point and hiding place for cockroaches. And because cockroaches can be particularly tenacious to extermination, a follow up appointment will be necessary to ensure that reinfestation has not occurred. Along with ensuring that your cockroach infestation is exterminated, you can also rest assure that the pest removal services you receive from Antworks will include the best green methods and products that are effective, work great, and are environmentally sound.
Cockroaches can be particularly persistent little pests, and will often proliferate and spread quickly if not dealt with as soon as is possible. That is why if you think you might have an infestation, call your local Antworks and request their pest removal services as soon as possible.

So for this Valentine’s Day, keep your night cockroach-free, romantic if that’s what you’re hoping for, and call Antworks if you have an infestation or have questions about a potential infestation. Let the professionals at Antworks handle your Vancouver pest removal services.

The only place a cockroach should have during Valentine’s Day is if you’re planning on helping the San Francisco Zoo in a good cause by sending a cockroach valentine.

Why you should avoid using the pesticides you see in the stores.

The site of any unsightly insect, be it a roach, beetle, or the most common ant, can send many people frantically to the store for some type of treatment. Instead of dousing pests in a bunch of chemicals, many of which they’ve developed immunity too, take a moment to consider your options. According to many Portland pest control companies, often times using the pesticides, that are available in stores, can pose a lot more risk than potential reward.


Many commercially available pesticides are not environmentally friendly.


Even if the pesticide comes in a pump bottle or manual spray bottle, the misuse in disposing of leftover contents can lead to serious environmental issues. Most pesticides that you purchase at the local store cannot be processed by water and waste management facilities. Pouring even a small amount down the drain can have an impact on wildlife and pollute the environment. This is even true for when you are rinsing the containers out for recycling. In most states you have to triple rinse pesticide containers, and use the rinse water as you would when applying it normally. Even flushing this diluted mixture can cause problems. Each state, and at times county, has a specific requirement for disposal, depending on the chemical and its container. So, aside from being a possible pollutant, it is also a pest to properly dispose of it.


Even after all the red tape regarding its disposal, it may not get the job done.


Many Portland pest control services will warn customers about the ineffectiveness of over the counter sprays, if they don’t already hear stories about it. The ever common story of “I emptied an entire can onto it and it was still going.” is a result of two common factors. Firstly, this often happens because the person used the wrong type of bug spray, and ended up dousing the pest in a chemical not even designed to affect them. Second, it is entirely likely that the chemical used in the spray was effective, decades ago, but thanks to over use, the insect has become immune to it. When it comes to things like roach and ant pest control, most commercial pesticides or bug sprays tend to not work.


Commonly available pesticides are unhealthy for your family and pets.


The biggest reason Portland pest control companies discourage the use of store bought pesticides, aside from being ineffective, they are potentially harmful to you and your family. Most pesticides, even if they do not kill the intended pest, can harm humans and animals. A miss fire of spray can end up putting pesticides in places accessible to small children and pets. All it takes is a lack of proper hygiene , or for a pet to track it elsewhere to result in accidental poisoning. When it comes to taking care of pests, especially infestations, the safety to yourself and your family can make using a Portland pest control company more than worth it. They can also often do the job without creating the awful residual smell that commercial pesticides tend to leave.


Do the old home remedies really work on ants?

From ground up chalk to coffee grinds, many Portland pest control companies have heard of many different home remedies that client tried before calling them. Some people swear by old home remedies as the best way to deal with ants, but one big question that is asked is; “How well do they really work?”. The following will examine some of the most common home remedies that people have tried or have heard of to try to deal with pesky ants.


Line your doors and windows with used coffee grinds, salt, or chalk.


At times, when service technicians with the Portland pest control companies go out for routine assessments, they tend to find traces of either coffee grinds, chalk, or salt around entrances. These home remedies are some that a lot of people try with little to no success. The science behind using coffee grinds or salt is the same behind using diatomaceous earth outside. Ground coffee and salt are so course that it can scrape and irritate the ants if they try to walk over it. The other aspect of coffee in particular, that acts as a repellent, is when coffee has brewed first, it gives off a pungent aroma that often deters ants.


The problem of course with using any of these three items, is that even if it deters the pests, it does not kill them or the colony. If they’ve already established a base inside the house somewhere, or right inside, then the grinds will do little than perhaps help keep them out of the pet feeders. Chalk, which is thought to merely mess with the chemical trails and feel weird to the ant, can only at best temporarily disrupt the ant’s line of traffic. As most ant pest control services in the Portland area can attest too, these home remedies cannot prevent most infestations.


Other types of home made deterrents that Portland pest control companies hear about:


Aside from common dry products, many people try to set up vinegar based traps or put off the pests with its odorous nature. The theory is, that much like coffee, the naturally pungent aroma can make ants turn about and walk away. The vinegar is either set in open containers or soaked into cotton balls and set at possible entry points. According to most ant pest control companies in the Portland Oregon area, the issue again with these sort of traps is that they won’t get rid of them once they are in the door. If a colony has taken root inside walls or foundations with cracks, then it will take more than common deterrents such as coffee or vinegar to get rid of them.


No home remedy offers quick results, when they have them.


Almost any Portland pest control company can tell you that few things classified as home remedies work well, or quickly if they work at all. Of the easy to do home remedies, borax mixtures yield the most results, but can take a couple weeks to do so. They also cannot handle all types of infestations, and pose potential hazard to pets and small children.


Spiders can be helpful sometimes, and a nuisance at others.

There are millions of spiders in the world, and thousands of species, each with a unique appearance and habits. Often times, spiders can be extremely helpful in keeping other pests populations under control. They eat insects such as flies, roaches, and just about any other pest that wanders into its web or path. They can even prevent other types of spiders from moving into an area. However, there are times when they themselves begin to over populate. One service provided by most Portland pest control companies is spider management. Unlike most other pest insects, these arachnid invaders often require a multistage approach in order to get them back under control. Most pests, such as ants or even roaches, tend to build nests and have communities. Spiders do not have a complex society structure and each one operates independently of others.


Where spiders tend to be found by Portland pest control services.


There are several varieties of spiders that can be found in and around homes in Oregon. The two main types are either hunter or web-makers. Hunting spiders roam and tend to stay outdoors, unless they are prowling in search of a mate, which the most frequent reason to find these types inside homes. Web making spiders, also tend to prefer outdoor settings such as shrubs and trees. Inside the home, if there are web making spiders, then they tend to congregate in the nooks and crannies, such as attics and cellars. Most Portland pest control companies can help inspect and clear out common troublesome areas in and round the home, as well as help establish a prevention plan to keep them out.


The hobo spider, often confused with other spiders.
The hobo spider is the most common spider pest that can lead home owners and landlords to employing a Portland pest control company. It tends to make a funnel like web in the ground, often near the base of the home and behind plant growth. Its mass of webbing is spread over the ground and, not unlike a typical trapdoor spider, it will hide in a tunnel and only attack when prey crosses the silken trap. Humans are not typically bitten by spiders unless they encroach unknowingly on their nest and make the spider feel threatened. Female hobo spiders are more likely to bite due to being protective of an egg sac. The bite of a hobo spider can cause necrotic lesions in some people, which is why they rank among the most pesky of spiders.


The Black Widow and the Brown Widow are the next two biggest pest in the Portland, OR area.


Black widow spiders are found all over the United States, and can sometimes be a problem that requires a Portland pest control service. They tend to invade dark and musty places, which makes any sort of storage, be it in an attic, cellar, or shed, the ideal environment for these rather painful and potentially lethal spiders. A close cousin to the Black Widow is the Brown Widow, which has become more of a nuisance in the Portland, Oregon area since early 2014. The Brown Widow has the body shape of the Black Widow, but the dark and light brown coloring of many other common spiders. While not as deadly as the Black Widow, Brown Widows can still be an unpleasant nuisance to deal with.

When is it time to call in a Portland pest control company for an ant problem?

A lot of people make the assumption that its easy to handle something like an ant problem. The scenario tends to play out something along the lines of walking the aisles at the store, comparing pricing and ingredients in different bug sprays or traps, making a selection and heading home. Let us say in this example the ants in question are tiny light brown ants with a darker tip to their bottoms. You go home and wage chemical warfare, either with man made or naturally sourced toxins. A day or two may pass where you feel like you’ve won. But then, they start coming back and before you know it, the problem is twice as bad as it was before.

Why this sort of thing of happens.

In this instance, you have encountered a species of ant known as the pharaoh ant. It is one of the most difficult to remove and can often become even more difficult when over the counter products are used. Unlike your typical ant colony, they respond to attacks on the queen, which is what most over the counter baits and poisons target, by budding into new colonies. Also unlike other types of ant, you won’t see it happen because they don’t swarm out to breed like other species. It almost always takes a professional pest control company to take care of this breed. There are a lot of things that blanket bug sprays and products don’t tell you about the insects they can kill, and with things like ants, just killing a few of them will not do much in getting rid of them in the long run.

Who to call and what to expect.

Portland pest control companies, like Antworks Pest Control, are staffed by knowledgeable personnel who know the ins and outs of the different species and how to treat for them effectively. They can render a comprehensive evaluation of the situation and layout the most likely to succeed plan of action. From targeting problematic areas around the perimeter of the house to issue inside that may be inviting the ants in, exterminators have the knowledge and skills to help.

When a specialist comes out to assess the infestation they will do a complete walk around. Aside from where you have see the ants, they will examine all potential areas that are being overlooked. Depending on what the pest is, they can then discuss options and plans for treatment. Once you choose what works best for your home and budget, they can usually start that day. They will also give instructions on what you can do around the home to help discourage the pests. Depending on the level of infestation and type of pest that is being dealt with, it may take a series of visits and treatments before the problem is entirely eliminated. Once it is under control though, it is often a good idea to consider having regular preventative treatments to help ensure they don’t come back.