The biggest winter pests of the Portland Oregon area.
Anyone who lives in Portland knows how beautiful the weather can be. Most seasons are moderate, never reaching too harsh of extremes. Common household pests seem to be more frequently discussed as Spring and Summer time problems. The Fall and Winter, are also times to be weary of pests. Many species, such as the infamous Box Beetle, tend to hibernate when the cooler weather sets in. This drive for finding shelter in the colder months is also a cause for other pests to spike in activity. Not all creepy crawly pests lay low during the winter. Most people think about rodents as the biggest winter pest, but in the Portland area, roaches are the prime insect pest for Winter months.
They are always always looking for warmth, even more so in the Winter.
Anyone who has ever dealt with these most annoying pests, or has known anyone how has, knows how horrible they can be. They congregate in anything that gives off warmth, especially in electronic devices, and in damp spaces. Baseboards, under sinks, tubs, and just about anywhere in the home can be a gathering place for roaches. Portland pest control companies report Winter as one of the most severe times for infestations. If the problems are not addressed before cold weather sets it, it can be even more exhaustive to exterminate them entirely. This is due to the fact that at times when you begin addressing an infestation, pests will tend to flee before entirely dying off. With inhospitable conditions present, colonies tend to hunker down instead of dispersing. Another factor to why they are more difficult to deal with if not addressed before the cold sets in, is that while they may not seem as visible at times if the house is kept cooler, they are lurking unseen and multiplying through the Winter. This can result in a horrific resurgence in the Spring when the general temperatures rise once more and make it more hospitable for inside species of roaches.
Most Portland pest control companies suggest addressing the issue at the first sighting.
Even if it is a single roach at the start of Winter, it is advisable to search or have your home inspected. Most solutions offered over the counter cannot fully handle roach infestations, and sometimes can make them worse. A true professional pest control company can help pinpoint any potential problems, as well as find the source of a starting issue. Truly expelling a roach problem requires not just killing off the current population and preventing future colonies, it is about identifying how they got in and why they came in. Many Portland pest control companies will often take a multiple step approach, not only in identifying an infestation, but also in identifying ways to prevent it from happening again. From sealing up cracks along windows, walls, and doors, to suggestions on how to properly store garbage for disposal, simple things done around the home can help keep it free from future problems all year round.