Ticks are more than annoying bloodsuckers. Some transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick paralysis. As more people spend time outdoors, Washington and Oregon pest control experts want to make sure that you stay healthy while enjoying nature. Before you head outdoors, arm yourself with the following tick-related knowledge.
Know How to Identify a Tick
Ticks are arachnids and have two body segments. They have six legs along their abdomen during the larval stage. Adults have eight legs. Adult ticks are 3 to 5 millimeters wide, but an adult female can grow up to 1 centimeter wide after feeding.
Ticks live in forests, gardens and dunes. They generally stay 3 feet or less above the ground. When a tick is ready to feed, it will climb to the top of tall grasses or the edge of branches and wait for a host to cross its path.
How to Tell if You Have a Tick
Humans generally do not feel tick bites, and ticks are good at hiding in hard-to-find places, like your hair. If a tick bites you, your skin may become a little red or swollen.
When you remove a tick from your body, place it in a in a sealed container and keep it in the freezer in the event that you develop symptoms of a tick-related disease, which include:
If you develop any of these symptoms, seek medical help.
How to Tell if Your Pet Has a Tick
A pet with a tick will scratch, lick or groom itself excessively in the affected area.
If you find a tick, promptly pull it straight out with a pair of tweezers or a tick removing tool. Then wash the site with soap and water, and apply an antiseptic. If you notice ticks nesting on your property, call Eden to schedule a free inspection. When it comes to pest control, Washington and Oregon residents can count on our green techniques to keep your family and the earth safe.
Think all Oregon and Washington pest control companies do the same thing? Think again. It is not unusual for pest control professionals to have different practices in regards to their approaches and services provided. By knowing when to enlist professional help and what to seek in a contractor, you’ll get rid of your pest problem sooner and save yourself from unnecessary stress.
There are effective techniques that you can do to prevent a pest infestation at home, such as keeping landscaping tidy or being smart about trash disposal. When you encounter certain infestations, a professional can often control the pests in a faster, safer and more effective manner. Hire a Washington or Oregon pest control company when:
Some pest control professionals have a spray-and-kill approach. While this works sometimes, a good Washington or Oregon pest control company performs an inspection to identify the pest and create a targeted plan to control it. When you work with a green pest control provider, the company uses the least toxic methods possible to keep your home and surrounding environment safe.
When shopping around for an Oregon or Washington pest management expert, learn about their approach. Oregonians found out the importance of this the hard way in 2014. According to the Statesman Journal, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) investigated 505 potential pesticide violations and issued fines to 34 “pesticide applicators.” One company misused a pesticide, causing thousands of bees to die in Eugene. Another used a chemical spray that caused dozens in an Oregon community to fall ill. The ODA found that many applied pesticides in negligent or careless manners, or allowed unlicensed technicians to perform work.
A good pest control company:
When seeking a pest management company, shop around for the best value, not the cheapest price. In the end, you’ll find that reputable professionals—like those at Eden—provide effective services that help prevent re-infestations and keep you and your family safe. Give Eden a call to learn more.
‘Tis the season for boughs of holly, merry wreaths, cozy fires and freshly cut Christmas trees—not accidentally bringing bee hives, termites, spiders or other pests into your home. Before bringing outdoor elements into your home, Washington and Oregon pest management experts urge you to inspect them well for unwanted guests. Put the following tips on your holiday checklist to help ensure the season is memorable for the right reasons.
The surprises in your home should be under the tree, not living in it. If you accidentally introduced pests into your home, use a vacuum to get rid of them. For a major infestation, remove the infested greenery from the house right away and vacuum. If the infestation is too big to handle, call the experts at Eden.
The only bugs and rodents that kids should see during this time of year are those made of plastic. After all, the rubbery spider hanging from the ceiling is a classic. With the emergence of pests starting to overwinter, Washington and Oregon pest control experts remind schools and parents to practice integrated pest management, or IPM, to enhance the safety of their environment.
IPM is a decision making process that focuses on using the least toxic methods available to prevent and control pests. These methods include:
When an Oregon or Washington pest management expert needs to use a chemical application, he chooses one that’s the least toxic and target specifically for the pest in question.
Pesticide use in an environment can affect the growth, health and development of children, particularly because they spend more time on or close to the ground. In addition to posing long-term health risks, the toxins can also immediately affect a child’s concentration, ability to learn and health. For this reason, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends non-chemical and natural pest control solutions, such as eliminating sources of water, food and shelter in and around a building always be the first step in control or prevention.
Pest control techniques that schools and parents can easily employ to keep kids safe include:
Eden Pest offers integrated pest management and natural pest control solutions for schools that complies with EPA, LEED and Star Certification standards. Our Washington and Oregon pest control technicians make it a priority to prevent and control infestations in ways that make it possible to protect the health of our customers and the environment.
If you’ve spent a significant amount of time in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, particularly in the city’s historic cellars, you may have noticed one of the its more unflattering problems—rats. While rat infestations are common in big cities, Seattle home, business and restaurant owners are seeing more than their fair share as they exhaust their traditional rodent control methods. Seattle pest control experts explain that the likely cause is the tunnel digging that’s part of the Viaduct replacement project.
In addition to setting out traps as part of their rodent pest control efforts, the affected Seattle homes and businesses regularly patch cracks on the exterior walls of the property so the rats prevent the rodents from squeezing their way inside.
While the city knows that its downtown residents have spent thousands of dollars on rodent pest control, it doesn’t fully understand the scope of the cellar rat infestation because it hasn’t tracked it. In an effort to help get a handle on the situation, particularly because it will drill a secondary hole to fix broken machinery, Seattle Tunnel Partners is working with a Seattle rodent control company.
The simplest way to control a rodent infestation is to prevent one. Whether you live in the city or have a business there, rodent prevention is a year-round effort that you should regularly practice.
In addition to carrying diseases, rats can ruin a business’ reputation and a customer’s comfort. If you know or suspect that you have a rat problem, contact a Seattle pest control company like Eden. Eden uses green techniques to control pests that are more effective and safer than baits and harsh chemicals.
Call Eden today to schedule a free inspection.
Spiders—whether you don’t mind them or hate them, most people agree that they don’t want them in their homes. Spider control is a task that you can take into your own hands using the following guide that Eden’s Oregon and Washington pest management experts put together.
Washington and Oregon spider control begins with identification so you know about the type of arachnid with which you’re dealing. In addition to their looks, you can identify a spider by things like its web, eggs and behavior.
Check out Eden’s spider identification guide.
If you think that a spider on your property may be poisonous leave the spider control to Washington and Oregon pest management experts. If you’re not sure if a spider is dangerous, Eden will identify it free of charge.
The best way to control spiders is to prevent them from coming into your home. Spiders enter homes for a few of reasons:
To keep spiders out of your home, try these simple home maintenance and prevention tips.
Washington and Oregon pest management experts warn that general pesticides may be ineffective against spiders and they may end up doing more harm to you and your family. Prevent and control spiders naturally with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, such as salt, water, coconut oil, vinegar or essential oil.
Check out this post to find natural recipes to use in your home against spiders.
For long-term spider control and treatment, get in touch with the experts at Eden Pest. They can recommend personalized tips to make your home seem less attractive. Eden also offers ongoing and species-specific services that prevent and target spiders.
Contact Eden to learn more and to schedule a free inspection.
When you think of Washington and Oregon pest control services, you may associate it with getting rid of pests after they infest your home. Pest control, however, is also about prevention. Preventive measures are the best way to protect yourself and your family from vector-borne diseases, which microbes from blood-sucking insects, like mosquitoes, cause.
In the last couple of decades, mosquitoes in the U.S. have gone from being an itch-causing nuisance to an insect with the potential to transmit the West Nile virus. Recently, Asian tiger mosquitoes that carry chikungunya found their way to the Americas. Oregon and Washington pest control experts warn that it’s only a matter of time before Asian tiger mosquitoes make their way to the U.S.
With the number of West Nile virus cases increasing the Pacific Northwest and the threat of chikungunya looming, it’s up to you to be proactive about prevention, especially during the warm months of the year.
Eden offers Advanced Mosquito Control that targets pests that spread vector diseases, but keeps the environment safe. Summer officially ends in October, so it’s not too late to get a handle on mosquitoes. Call Eden today to learn if an integrated mosquito management program is right for your property.
Oregon and Washing pest control experts want to make you a smart consumer and homeowner (or renter) by exploring some of the most common myths about pests in Portland. Pest control works best when you pair it with knowledge, green pest control services and common sense.
If you have a pest problem at your home that doesn’t seem to go away or the infestation is more than you can handle, contact Eden Pest. The Oregon and Washington pest control service will inspect your home and recommend a solution based on the pest and your needs. Call Eden today.
If you take a look at the boxelder bug’s mouth, you’ll notice that its beak-like shape is ideal for piercing plant tissues and sucking liquids. It also has membranous forewings that are hardened near the base, as well as antennas with five segments. Oregon pest management companies share that theses aspects makes the pest a hemiptera, or “true bug.”
Boxelder bugs are generally dark brown with red-colored veins on the wings. When the weather begins to cool in the fall, they pose a problem because they hibernate during the autumn and winter and often enter structures for this purpose. On warm days during the winter months they may emerge inside, quickly becoming a nuisance.
The boxelder becomes a nuisance during the spring when they awake and come out to mate. After not eating for several months, bugs that overwinter in a home may target houseplants for food. Once outside, they feast on sap, tree seeds, and the leaves of maple, boxelder, soapberry and goldenrain trees.
While a few boxelder bugs won’t necessarily hurt your garden, they are problematic when they form large groups on warm days often inside the structure. One o the best ways to prevent a boxelder infestation is with exclusion. This means eliminating bug-sized entry points into your home so they can’t access shelter when the weather is cool. Use weather stripping and caulk, sealing all the cracks on the exterior walls of your home, the roofline and along window and door frames.
If you find yourself with a boxelder bug infestation on your property, contact Eden Pest. The Oregon pest management company will inspect your home for entry points and recommend control techniques that are safe for your family and the environment.
One resolution that always pays and is simple to keep is to be pest-free at home and at work. Washington and Oregon pest control experts share the following tips to help you stay on track:
For more prevention tips that are specific to your property and to schedule a free inspection, get in touch with Eden Pest.