Oregon pest control experts warn that parts of the state, particularly the along the Columbia River, are infested with Western tent caterpillars. The caterpillar is a native species, but its destructive habits have already affected about 13,000 trees this summer.
Nature is doing its own type of Oregon pest management when it comes to the over-abundance of Western tent caterpillars, according to a June 2014 article in “The Oregonian.” The article states that the caterpillars are under attack as small parasitic wasps and other natural enemies feed on them.
Western tent caterpillars are the larval form of the Malacosoma californicum moth. The caterpillar is a light turquoise blue with a pair of brown racer stripes running down its back and brownish-orange fuzz on its body. The caterpillars produce one generation per year and mature within 30 to 40 days, which is when they pupate in silken cocoons.
When the caterpillars emerge in the spring, they feed as a colony and create silk tents that resemble glorified spider webs strung between tree branches. The caterpillars don’t pose a threat to humans, but they defoliate their host trees.
The best thing to do if you have Western tent caterpillars in your trees is get them away from their food source by pruning the affected branches or knocking down the silk nest with a high-pressure spray of water. Never burn the silken nest because this will do more long-term damage to the tree than the caterpillars.
The Oregon Department of Forestry recommends using non-chemical pest control methods in regards to Western tent caterpillars. If you believe you have an infestation on your property, contact Eden Pest to identify the caterpillars and control the outbreak using earth-friendly techniques.
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In April, National Pest Management Month coincides with Bed Bug Awareness Week. As the weather warms and people travel, Washington and Oregon pest control experts want to raise awareness about bed bugs and offer prevention tips that you can use at home and while on the road.
Bed bugs are among the top pest problems in the U.S. While they’re commonly found in homes, Oregon and Washington pest control technicians share that bed bug encounters often occur in public places like libraries and changing rooms.
Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in shape and color. Their eggs and larvae are translucent and pale in color. They often nest in mattresses, furniture near a bed, closets, curtains and in other areas that are out of sight.
The most obvious sign of a bed bug infestation is seeing red, itchy splotches on your skin if you’re sensitive to the insect’s saliva. If your body doesn’t react to the saliva, you may notice reddish-brown blotches on your bed sheets, which may be dried blood or bed bug waste.
Bed bugs are harder to treat than cockroaches, termites and ants. Therefore, the best control method is prevention:
One of the best places to contract bed bugs is in a hotel room. Some bed bugs are so small that they can crawl through the closed zipper of a bag or suitcase and hitch a ride to your home.
Avoid bed bugs while traveling by:
If you think you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, call Eden Pest immediately. The technicians use green techniques to find and control bed bugs that are more effective than harmful chemical treatments. To make sure your business stays bed bug-free, sign up for Eden’s Bed Bug Response Plan, a proactive program that prevents, monitors and protects your facility.
In November 2013, rodent pest control company Rentokil issued a press release regarding the dangers that rodents pose during the winter months. Eden Pest is a Rentokil-approved pest control company in the Pacific Northwest.
The press release highlighted that rodents infest about 21 million homes in the U.S. every winter. They often enter and exit homes through cracks as small as a dime. When it comes to rodent control, Portland homeowners find that prevention efforts always pay.
Rodents are carriers of the deadly hanta virus and salmonella, which a person can contract by handling an infected rodent or coming into contact with rodent waste. Rodents can also spread bacteria and trigger allergic reactions.
Rodents have sharp teeth that expertly gnaw through several different materials. In addition to gnawing through walls, they often sink their teeth into items like cardboard boxes, paper and plastic bags as they nest and search for food. Rodents are also keen at gnawing on electrical cords, exponentially increasing the risk of a fire on a property.
The best way to control a rodent infestation is to prevent one. Simple rodent pest control methods include:
If you think that your home has a rodent problem, immediately call a rodent control Portland professional like Eden Pest. The expert will inspect your home and can clean rodent waste in a way that keeps you and your family safe.
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Baby critters arrive in the spring. As this happens, mosquitoes buzz around to find the perfect breeding grounds for fertilizing and laying eggs. As if being itchy wasn’t enough, Portland pest control experts warn that people on the West Coast are at risk for contracting the West Nile virus.
To reduce the risk of dengue fever, scientists in Key West developed a genetically modified male mosquito that passes on birth defects to its offspring. The targeted species of mosquito is the Aedes aegypti because it’s a known carrier of the illness, which causes severe flu-like symptoms.
Since there isn’t a vaccine against dengue, the British company Oxitec developed the non-biting male mosquito that passes on genetic materials to prevent young offspring from reaching maturity. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve the project, the hope is to release thousands of male mosquitoes and kill off the Aedes aegypti population within a few years.
West Nile and dengue aren’t the same illness, but the viruses are similar in structure. If the Florida project is a success, there’s a chance genetically modified mosquitoes could also help eradicate the West Nile virus. Until then, West Coast residents will have to rely on tried-and-true integrated pest management methods, such as:
Eliminating sources of standing water. Mosquitoes breed and lay eggs in still waters. To prevent a mosquito presence around your home or business, empty water features that don’t have pumps; cover your pool; dump out water collected in planters; jump in puddles; and refresh the water in your bird bath regularly. When it comes to pest control, Eugene residents and those throughout the west should get rid of standing water as soon as they see it.
Planting mosquito-repelling plants. Such plants include citronella, horsemint (beebalm), marigolds, ageratum (flossflower) and catnip.
Wearing long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquitoes don’t like the heat, so they tend to come out at dawn and dusk. If necessary, use a DEET-based repellent according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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