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Eden Pest Knows Pests: Deer Mice Drum When Disturbed

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Washington pest control experts warn that the fall months are when deer mice tend to make an appearance in homes. If you have an infestation in your home, you may hear the mice if they get upset, are disturbed or feel threatened because they drum on hard surfaces with their tiny front paws.

Other signs of an infestation include:

  • Small mouse tracks on dusty surfaces.
  • Gnawed cardboard boxes, particularly in food storage areas.
  • Seeing small mouse droppings.
  • Noticing chewed cables and cords for electronic devices.
  • Seeing a deer mouse: Deer mice tend to have white fur on the underside of their bodies and a face and back that’s pale gray to a deep reddish-brown. They have small ears and a bi-colored tail.

Prevent an infestation by:

  • Sealing cracks on the exterior of your home and fixing window and door screens.
  • Avoiding leaving food out in the open.
  • Storing pantry items in metal, glass or hard plastic containers with lids.
  • Keeping your home dusted, vacuumed and organized.
  • Using lids on your trashcans.
  • Keeping your yard weeded, mowed and leaf-free.
  • Storing wood piles in a covered area, off the ground and away from your home. 

Tacoma pest control professionals warn that deer mice are of concern because they are the primary carrier of the dangerous hanta virus. If you notice mice in your home or suspect that you have an infestation, immediately call a rodent pest control specialist like Eden Pest. They can control the infestation and take care of the related cleanup in a way that’s safe for your family and pets.

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Marmorated Stink Bugs Making a Stink in Oregon

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Oregon pest management companies have found themselves busy with calls from orchardists and vintners during this fall season because of the alarmingly high number of brown marmorated stink bugs that have moved into Ashland and nearby areas since 2004. Because they love to eat fruit, the non-native insects have the potential to do some serious damage to crops and cause homes to smell foul.

When it comes to pest control, Oregon State University researchers are hard at work finding a solution. They share that the large population of marmorated stink bugs have started to affect organic farmers and gardeners. The fear that vintners have is that bugs will cling to grapes during a harvest and alter the taste of the wine if they get crushed. Right now, the best solution comes in the form of a machine that shakes the bugs out of trees and off vines. Some crop owners even hope that wasps lay eggs inside the stink bug eggs.

Like the native box elder bugs, which feed on maple leaves, marmorated stink bugs like to winter inside houses. The only difference is that if a marmorated stink bug makes it inside your home, your nose will be the first to detect its presence.

Identifying the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Aside from the odor released, one of the best ways to tell a stink bug from a box elder bug is by looking at the color of the antennas. Box elder bugs have brownish antennas with yellowish bands. Stink bugs have coal-colored antennas with white bands.

If you think that you’ve found a brown marmorated stink bug, compare it to photos on the OSU website. After confirming the identification of the invasive species, report it to OSU researchers.

If you notice a group of stink bugs on your property, contact an Oregon pest management company like Eden Pest. Quick action will help keep the bugs out of your home and away from your property.

 

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Eden Pest Knows Bugs: Ants Communicate With Each Other Using Pheromones

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The fall is ant pest control season. Residential pest control experts share that as natural food sources become more scarce, ants start coming into homes. As you keep your eyes open for an ant infestation:

  • Identify the ant species (a residential pest control company can help).
  • Find out how they enter your home and, if possible, seal those entrances.
  • Remove any ant attractions with regular housekeeping and not leaving food out in the open.

When an ant finds food, it communicates its location with a pheromone-rich odor trail that leads other ants to the site. As the ants march to the food, they reinforce the odor trail with their own pheromones. Ant pest control pros share that you can wipe away the chemical trails that ants make with lemon juice, vinegar or essential mint oil diluted with water.

Learn more about ants.                                                               Schedule an onsite ant inspection.

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Eden Pest Knows Bugs: Hobo Spiders Have Horrible Eyesight

Hobo SpiderResidential pest control experts share that Hobo Spiders (aka, Aggressive House Spiders) are part of the funnel web spider family and spin seemingly flat webs made of silk threads layered horizontally that form a funnel-like abode at one end. When it comes to pest control, Oregon and Washington residents should know that Hobo Spiders, despite their nickname, are not generally aggressive unless provoked or when protecting an egg case. According to experts in pest control in Washington and Oregon, Hobo Spiders seem to run really fast toward objects or people because they have poor eyesight and rely on vibrations and up-close views as a way to compensate.

Learn more about Spiders.                                  Schedule an Onsite Spider Inspection.

Eden Pest Knows Bugs: Female Mosquitoes Bite Humans, Males Don’t

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Of all the animals in the world, the tiny female mosquito is responsible for the most human deaths worldwide. Male mosquitoes are harmless as they only feed on sweet juices and flower nectar. Female mosquitoes do the biting as they require the nutrients found in blood for the development of their eggs. What make the insects dangerous are the potentially deadly diseases that they can transmit to humans, like malaria and the West Nile virus.

Learn More About Mosquitoes                                                                 Schedule an Onsite Inspection

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Summer=Vacation=Hotels=Bed Bugs?

Farewell to good old times

Bed bugs were once a fabled critter that perhaps your grandparents recounted as a childhood concern. For several decades, Americans thought the bugs were history, a problem that only people overseas encountered. Over the last decade, however, bed bugs have made a big comeback in all 50 states—in sanitary and unsanitary conditions alike—and can be a problem no matter where you book your summer travel.

Bed Bug Facts

  • In 2013, 99.6 percent of U.S. pest management companies treated bed bug infestations.
  • Bed bugs appear the most during the summer.
  • Bed bugs are harder to treat than ants, termites and cockroaches.
  • 20 percent of Americans have experienced a bed bug infestation or know someone who acquired bed bugs from a hotel or another person’s home.
  • Every region in the U.S. has an equal distribution of bed bugs.
  • 80 percent of Americans are concerned about exposure to bed bugs in hotels.
  • 25 percent of Americans inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs.
  • 17 percent of U.S. travelers inspect or vacuum luggage after returning home from a trip.
  • 12 percent of U.S. travelers have canceled trips because of bed bug concerns.

Bed bugs can:

  • Lay one to five eggs per day.
  • Survive for many months without eating
  • Pass through stitch holes and closed zippers when they are young.
  • Draw blood for up to 5 minutes.
  • Eat seven times their own weight.

While bugs have not so far been found to transmit diseases, they are a nuisance that only get worse when left uncontrolled. If you have any bed bug concerns or want to schedule a free bed bug inspection, contact Eden Pest today. 

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

Books & Bed Bugs: Pests Invading Libraries around the U.S.

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When businesses plan for disasters, they often consider hurricanes, earthquakes, fires or floods – not bed bugs, which are causing libraries around the country to close their doors. The occurrence of bed bugs in public places is a growing trend, and an infestation can shut down operations for several days while a pest control service deals with the problem.

While it can seem unusual for bed bugs to appear in a place full of books, it makes sense. The pests are hitchhikers that travel on clothing or within items and make new homes elsewhere. In regards to libraries, guests can introduce bed bugs by walking into the building with a bug on them, or by returning infested books or videos. Once they’re inside, the bugs can hide in sofas, chairs, books and video cases, waiting for a guest to take them home.

Pest Control for Bed Bugs

In addition to hoping individuals practice pest control at home, public establishments, offices and commercial facilities can take steps to help keep bed bugs at bay. One of the best ways to do this is with knowledge, staff training, professional inspections and monitoring. By partnering with a pest control company before there’s a problem, you can help keep your facility bed bug-free and control an infestation before it becomes devastating.

Learn more about Eden Pest’s Bed Bug Response Plan.

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