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How Eden Pest Will Prepare you for Spring

Eden's Spring ServicesGreen pest control begins with prevention. Eden makes Washington and Oregon pest control simple with its Enhanced Service Program. In this program, a technician visits your home every other month to inspect your property, identify signs of pests and conditions that could attract pests to your home or business. If needed, the technician will apply a preventive or control treatment to strategic areas of your property based on the time of year using products with the least toxicity.

Spring Pest Control

When the weather begins to warm in February and March, Eden’s Enhanced Service Program addresses pests that overwinter near your home, paying particular attention to dripline areas and the soil along the foundation of a home or building, as pests like rodents, birds, earwigs and spiders often spend the winter here. A dripline is the path that dripping water creates around a property, from the foundation out to the gutters.

The pest control technician also eliminates spider webs and sacs around the exterior of your property to control and reduce springtime arachnid populations, as well as inspecting the structure for possible rodent entry points.

Prevention using integrated pest management techniques is always simpler and less expensive than facing an infestation. Learn about the vulnerabilities around your home or business by scheduling an inspection and free estimate with an Oregon or Washing pest control expert at Eden Pest today.

Portland Rodent Control: How to Determine if You Have a Rat Problem

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Rats are one of the most problematic pests in the U.S. Portland rodent control specialists explain that rodents damage property, contaminate food and spread diseases. When it comes to local rodent control, Portland residents and business owners have to deal with two non-native species – the Norway rat and the roof rat. By knowing the signs of a rat problem around your home or business, you can quickly take measures to control the problem with the help of a specialist.

Signs of an Infestation in Your Home or Business

Rodent droppings: Unlike mice, rats tend to eliminate waste in certain areas of a building. A dropping is smaller than a paper clip, about the size of an olive pit.

Scratching sounds: Rats tend to navigate buildings via spaces inside the walls and ceiling. If you have a rat problem, you may hear scratching noises in the wall or above your head.  

Smooth holes: Rats make smooth-looking holes in yards. If you fill a hole and it reappears, you may have a rat problem or a break in your sewer line – both concerns worth investigating.

Chewed wires: Rats like to gnaw on everything, including electrical wires. If you find a wire stripped of outer insulation, exposing the copper wiring, you most likely have a rodent problem.

Pest Control: Portland Rat Prevention

Making your home or office seem unfriendly to rats is the best way to prevent an infestation. The following are simple techniques everyone can use to deter rodent trespassers.

Block entrances.

  • Seal holes around the exterior of the building that are ¼ inch or larger.
  • Fix or replace broken screens on windows and doors.

Store food securely.

  • Never leave food out in the open.
  • Store pantry items in metal, glass or hard plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Avoid leaving out pet food.
  • Immediately clean up spills and crumbs.

Maintain a tidy landscape.

  • Keep the landscape weeded, mowed and free of debris.
  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed, and cut back branches that overhang the building.
  • Pick up any fruits, vegetables or berries that fall to the ground.

Make trash cans inaccessible.

  • Elevate your outdoor trash cans and keep them away from tables, chairs and piles of clutter.
  • Always use the lid on outdoor trash cans.

Keep a clean home and office.

  • Regularly vacuum, dust and take out the garbage.
  • Wash dirty dishes daily.
  • Avoid clutter.

If you suspect you have a rat problem, call a Portland rodent control expert like Eden Pest right away. Let the pros handle the problem so you can reduce your risk of exposure to the diseases rats can carry.

[ Photo by: Infrogmation, on Flickr, via CC License ]

Oregon Pest Control Team Offers Integrated Pest Management

Here at Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, our Oregon pest control services are not the same as pest extermination because we provide our commercial and residential clients a more natural solution to pest management. Consequently, this solution is safer, more effective and longer lasting than traditional extermination techniques. One of the main approaches our green Oregon pest control company uses is Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an intelligent approach to managing and preventing infestations.

Basics of Integrated Pest Management

Eden is an IPM leader in the Pacific Northwest for residential and commercial pests. When our Oregon pest control company uses IPM, we first determine the exact source of the problem. Then our experts decide on the safest, most effective and lowest risk tactics to use. Such tactics can include habitat modification, client education, physical exclusion, pest monitoring and removal of the harborage sites. This approach helps prevent re-infestation and ensures a healthier environment. If Eden ever needs to use chemical treatments, the products with the least toxicity are selected. As a result, our clients gain safe, effective and long-term pest control.

Eden’s Winning Team

We’re a family business, and our founder, Jack Marlowe, has an educational background in chemistry and biology. Using our combined knowledge and interests, Marlowe and the rest of our team strive to protect the Northwest from the health threats and damages area pests cause. We at Eden believe in supporting and helping the community, and our Oregon pest control company is dedicated to providing quality services to ensure customer health and satisfaction.

Contact Eden today to learn more about the pest control solutions available for your home or company.

Pest Control Spotlight: Carpenter Ants

Everything in nature serves a purpose. Carpenter ants are important in natural settings, as they help break down dead trees. However, when these engineers of the natural world nest in human homes, trouble arises. The following is a look at what carpenter ants are and why it’s best to contract with a residential or commercial pest management company to rid yourself of these pests, rather than trying to eradicate them yourself.

What are carpenter ants?

There are several varieties of carpenter ants in the Pacific Northwest, but they all have a few things in common. First, they don’t actually eat wood; they just burrow into it to build their nests. A carpenter ant colony begins with a single queen, which lays just a few eggs at a suitable nesting site. These eggs hatch into the first worker ants, some of whom forage at night and return to the nest in early morning to feed non-foraging members of the colony. The queen continues to lay eggs until the colony may harbor thousands of ants.

Carpenter ants enjoy a wide variety of foods, including other insects, honeydew from aphids, fats, meats and sweets. When a carpenter ant colony reaches 2,000 members and has been around for a while (6-10 years), it may produce winged or swarming carpenter ants.      

What threat do carpenter ants pose?

The carpenter ant’s engineering prowess is a problem for homeowners. Carpenter ants hollow out smooth compartments in all types of wood – in homes, they may nest around windows, decks, porches and roof eaves. Poorly maintained log cabins are especially prone to carpenter ant infestations. Over time, carpenter ants can create dangerous weaknesses in your home’s structure.

Of all residential and commercial pest management challenges, carpenter ants are often some of the most difficult to conquer. One reason these insects are so tough to control is that they often build satellite nests that homeowners cannot find easily.

How do I get rid of them?

Considering that carpenter ants thrive in Pacific Northwest cities including Portland and Vancouver, pest management professionals recommend that you regularly check for their presence at your home and business. It’s always easier to eliminate a new colony than it is to try to destroy one that’s been around for years.

You may conduct a home pest inspection yourself or hire a residential or commercial pest management company to do it for you. A home pest inspection for carpenter ants should include a walk-around of the entire property. Be on the lookout for pyramid-shaped piles of sawdust; carpenter ants like to keep their colonies clean, so they dump out this sawdust as they create chambers. Rotting, moist wood is especially attractive to carpenter ants.

If you do find evidence of a carpenter ant colony during your home pest inspection, or at any other time, it’s wise to contact a Portland or Vancouver pest management professional, as this species is notoriously difficult to eliminate. Pest baits generally won’t work, since carpenter ants have such a varied diet. Residential and commercial pest management sprays are usually ineffective as well, since most colonies have multiple satellite nests. Fairly small colonies may be vacuumed out, but again it’s not easy to ensure you’ve destroyed the entire thing.

The bottom line for a carpenter ant infestation in Portland or Vancouver: Pest management professionals can save you time and frustration by eliminating the entire colony of ants using professional residential and commercial pest management techniques.

[ photo by: sanchom ]