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Spooky Pests to Watch out for this Month!

Spider Pumpkin by JoshBerglund19, on Flickr.comWith Halloween decorations up everywhere, Oregon pest control experts warn you to not let real pests convince you that they’re fake or only around temporarily. While rats, bats, ravens and spiders are Halloween staples, some critters truly deserve a spot next to the witch’s brew…in rubber form, of course. You don’t need to look farther past this list to find a scary costume idea for you or your kid.

Scariest Pests on Earth

Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

If you’re ever in the rainforests of Central or South America, don’t be ashamed if you screamed and run away after seeing the Goliath birdeater tarantula. As the biggest tarantula on the planet, this arachnid weighs about 5 ounces has a leg span of nearly 12 inches—about the size of a male adult foot. When the tarantula feels threatened, it will make a sound by rubbing its hairy legs together to warn you to stay away. If you don’t heed the warning, it will sink its fangs into your skin. Fortunately, the tarantula’s venom isn’t that toxic to humans.

Weta

Endemic to the islands of New Zealand, some species of weta are among the heaviest and largest insects in the world. They look like a cross between a cricket and a cockroach with huge legs, and can live in a variety of environments. While most weta eat other insects, there is a species that eats flowers, leaves and fruit. Like many insects, weta are more scary looking than dangerous. They’d rather run away than bite you. (Yes, they do bite.)

Assassin Bug

This insect makes other insects scream and run away. True to its name, the assassin bug waits patiently for its prey before ambushing it. The insect has a curved beak that it stabs into its prey and secretes a flesh-dissolving enzyme found in its saliva. The assassin bug then uses its beak to drink up the victim’s slushy innards.

Scary Northwest Pests

Black Widow Spider

If your Halloween costume is black, has eight legs and a red bowtie, there’s no doubt that you are a black widow spider. The black widow is small, but the neurotoxins in its venom pack a powerful punch. Washington pest control experts warn that its venom can be up to 15 times more toxic than rattlesnake venom, although fortunately the volume of venom injected is less. These spiders usually would rather play dead or run away than attack you, but they can be vicious when guarding their eggs. 

Rodents

Rats and mice aren’t cute when they infest your home. In addition to potentially harboring dangerous diseases, the creatures have unsanitary habits and have the rude practice of gnawing through items like bags of food, electrical wires, drywall, paper and cardboard boxes with your seasonal clothes.

Bed Bugs

Like many pests, bed bugs are nocturnal creatures. When they’re in your bed, the blood-sucking bugs inject an anesthetic-type of compound that numbs your skin as they feast. As if the thought of bugs crawling all over your skin at night isn’t bad enough, bed bugs multiply quickly and are nearly impossible to kill using only chemical pesticides. Fortunately, expert integrated pest management control techniques do the job.

If pests are making your life a living nightmare, contact the Washington and Oregon pest control experts at Eden Pest right away. In addition to keeping yourself safe from the dangers that pests may pose, our professionals use integrated pest management techniques that include natural pest management solutions to protect for your family, pets and the environment.

[ Photo by: JoshBerglund19, on Flickr, via CC License ]

Eden’s Top 5 Summer Pest Control Blog Posts!

Summer time (Algarve)

With outdoor activities, barbeques and traveling, activities that attract pests, summer is a busy time for Washington and Oregon pest management companies. Summer is also the time when readers flock to Eden’s blog when they need tips about repelling and reducing their exposure to summer pests. The following is a look at Eden’s most popular summertime pest control blog posts. Check them out for your Oregon and Washington pest management needs.

  • Natural Pest Control Tips for Spiders: Hate spiders and chemical pesticides? This post offers a variety of ways to repel and eliminate spiders naturally using ingredients like salty water or aromatic essential oils.
  • Summer Party Lighting: How to Discourage Outdoor Pests from Swarming: Some pests think your deck lights are an open invitation to loiter on your property. This post discusses simple ways to illuminate the outside areas of your home and keep bugs at bay.
  • 3 Signs Your Hotel Room May Have Bed Bugs: The first thing you should do when you check into a hotel, regardless of the number of star or diamond ratings it has, look for these warning signs. One hitchhiker in your luggage can bring you weeks of frustration when you return home.
  • A Wasp, a Bee, or a Hornet? It Makes a Difference: Not all yellow and black flying insects are the same. Learn the difference between bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps so you know when to be concerned.
  • 5 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay: Mosquitoes can do more than make you itch. Those that carry the West Nile virus can make you sick. Learn how to repel mosquitoes so you can enjoy the outdoors in peace.

Quick Tips for Summer Pest Control

  • Use essential peppermint oil as a natural repellent to keep a variety of pests away, including mice, spiders and mosquitoes.
  • Seal entry points into your home so bugs can’t crawl through them.
  • Keep your yard manicured, mowed and weeded.
  • Avoid leaving pools of water around your property and regularly refresh the water in the birdbath.
  • Use lids on all your trash containers.
  • Use screens with open windows and doors.
  • Keep your kitchen and floors clean.

If you have problematic pests this summer, contact Eden for a free inspection.

[ Photo by: Tiago J.G. Fernandes, on Flickr, via CC License ]

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs: Identification and Prevention Tips

Local pest control services warn about an invasive species that’s hungry for the fruits, berries, legumes and vegetables in your garden—the brown marmorated stink bug. Native to Asia, the brown marmorated stink bug got to the U.S. by hitching a ride in a packing container that ended up in Pennsylvania in 1996. In addition to the offensive odors that they produce, Washing and Oregon pest control services state that the bugs damage young trees and the crops that local farmers grow.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug vs. Rough Stink Bug

Brown marmorated stink bug nymphGenus Brochymena - Rough Stink Bug

The native rough stink bug is a beneficial pest that eats insects like aphids. It looks similar to the brown marmorated stink bug, but has a few distinct differences:

  • Outer appearance: A young brown marmorated stink bug has spines in front of its eyes and along the edge of its shoulders. Adults have shoulders that look smoother. Adult rough stink bugs have rough-looking shoulders.                     
  • Antennae: The brown marmorated stink bug’s antennae have off-white, yellowish or orange bands. Rough stink bugs don’t have any bands on their antennae.
  • Legs: The brown marmorated stink bug has one light-colored band on its legs. The rough stink bug has two white bands on its legs.
  • Wings: The brown marmorated stink bug has dark bands on the tips of its wings.
  • Head shape: The end of the brown marmorated stink bug’s head is tapered and pointy looking. The end of the rough stink bug’s head is more blunt and square.

Brown marmorated stink bugs overwinter inside homes and buildings. As the weather warms, you may start to notice the invasive species around your property. Prevent the bugs from coming into your home by sealing any cracks on the exterior walls of your home and keeping your garden clean. Sealing needs to be done in late September before the insects begin to enter.

If you see a brown marmorated stink bug, employ the squish-on-sight tactic and report the sighting to an Oregon or Washington pest control company like Eden, or get in touch with your local country agricultural commissioner.

NPMA’s Asthma and Allergy Infographic: Check it Out!

Inhaler

Residential pest management experts agree that common household pests like cockroaches and rodents can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. An infographic by the National Pest Management Association tells you more about the allergens that pests produce, when pests are most likely to be in your home and the number of cockroaches that can invisibly infest a home. If you see signs of household pests, get in touch with a local pest control service like Eden, especially if the sightings happen at the same time that allergies or asthma symptoms flare-up.

Check out NPMA’s infographic here!

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What Eden Pest Control is Up to During December

Cozy Winter Home

As friendly reminder about pest management, Washington and Oregon residents should keep in mind that certain pests are more likely to affect your home during the cold winter months. December is when residential pest control technicians stay busy with the following targeted services:

  • Rodent-related inspection, prevention and control.
  • Spider egg sac removal to prevent a spider infestation.
  • The use of dormant oil to reduce the number honeydew-producing, soft-bodied insects—like aphids—while they’re still dormant for the winter.
  • Springtime wasp and ant prevention.

Thanks to Eden’s Enhanced Service Program, when it comes to pest control, Oregon and Washington homeowners don’t have to worry about how seasonal pest trends may affect them. The program offers year-round natural protection from pests based on their specific habits. In addition to controlling and preventing pests, the proactive residential pest control program reduces the need to use pesticides—good news for your family’s health and the environment.

Give your home a holiday treat by signing up for Eden’s Enhanced Service Program. By starting now, you’ll make an important step to preventing unwanted pests that emerge in the spring and summer months. Contact Eden to learn more.

[ Photo by: Randen Pederson, on Flickr, via CC License ]

Got Portland Bed Bugs? How to Dispose of Infested Furniture

free sofa

Portland bed bugs can be tough to get rid of without professional help. An old school of thought used to be that if you had a bed bug infestation, you had to get rid of all your furniture. However, a good Portland pest control service can (and should) help you salvage as many possessions as possible with the latest bed bug control methods.

Generally, the only times you need to get rid of bed bug-infested furniture is when you can’t sleep on it because it causes anxiety, the infestation is too great, the furniture is damaged or the piece is too old. When salvaging furniture infested with bed bugs:

Wrap it with a tarp. Purchase a large tarp (or several) and wrap the entire piece of furniture in it. Seal all seams and openings with a strong adhesive so bed bugs can’t escape. Keep in mind that this method can be expensive, and it can be difficult to find an adhesive or tape that works well.

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Use a special bed bug bag. A handful of companies sell mattress and furniture covers with zippers designed specifically for bed bug-infested pieces. Simply unzip the cover, wrap it around the piece of furniture and zip it closed. Ask a Portland pest control service about where you can purchase this type of product.

Label the wrapped furniture. Whether you use a tarp or bed bug bag, always label the covered furniture with a tag that states that the piece is infested. This lets people looking for free furniture know that the piece is tainted and helps prevent the further spread of bed bugs in your community.

If you think you might have a bed bug infestation, remember that you can call on us for a free home inspection.

[ Photo by: Robert Couse-Baker, on Flickr, via CC License ]

The Dripline: What it is, and What it Means for Pest Management this Spring

birdbath

A dripline is the path created by dripping water from areas around your home, such as gutters, irrigations systems and air conditioning units. Particularly in rainy areas such as Portland, Eugene and Tacoma, pest control experts find that poor dripline management can lead to the increased presence of pests such as millipedes, rodents, spiders, birds and others during the months of February and March.

Removing Water to Prevent Pests

Food and water are the top items that attract pests to homes. To practice good pest control, Eugene residents and others in the Pacific Northwest can prevent infestations by simply eliminating all sources of standing water from around the exterior of a home. Portland pest control professionals often find standing water in empty planters and pots, tire swings, wading pools, buckets, bird baths and water features.

Other sources of moisture include:

Standing water around the property. If water naturally pools in some areas, you may need to make adjustments to your landscaping.

Clogged gutters. Clear your gutters regularly to avoid trapping water and debris.

Gutter drains and downspouts. Make sure water gets diverted away from your home’s foundation.

Roofs. Remove moss and debris from your roof so the shingles don’t hold extra moisture. Replace any damaged shingles.

Irrigation systems. Water shouldn’t pool near your home’s foundation or spray onto the building.

HVAC units. Divert the dripline at least 2 feet away from your home so water doesn’t pool near the foundation.

With Eden Pest’s Enhanced Service Program, not only will you receive year-round protection against pests, but our regular inspections will alert you to any dripline or moisture problems around your home. During our February or March visits, we focus specifically on the dripline perimeter of our clients’ homes, as this is where many pests like to overwinter. Our technician also removes spider webs and sacs to reduce arachnid populations.

Contact Eden Pest to learn more about our Enhanced Service Program and other pest control services.

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Portland Rodent Control and Foreclosures

American Dream, after Grant Wood

Foreclosures are terrible for the families they affect as well as the economy, but rodents love them. Portland rodent control experts report that while the pace of foreclosures in the state has slowed, the rate continues to creep up and provide unintentional living spaces to some of the filthiest pests.

Unwelcome Neighbors

When it comes to rodent control, Portland residents may have to worry about the empty home next door. In 2011, more than 800,000 homes foreclosed across the U.S., and this number is expected to climb by up to 25 percent by the end of 2012. When an empty property and its landscape is uncared for, it becomes an open invitation to pests because it produces new, undisturbed nesting sites and hiding places. A foreclosed home with holes in the walls, crumbs, leaky pipes, toilets and trash provides rodents with shelter, food and water – the essentials for rodent family life.

The danger of a rodent infestation isn’t just the possibility that it will drive home prices further down. The danger lies in the possibility of a neighborhood-wide infestation. After creating a nest and producing offspring, young rodents are likely to venture to nearby homes. Rodents can travel up to a mile in a night, are excellent diggers and can gnaw their way through many materials.

What You Can Do

Aside from calling the local health department  or the bank that owns the foreclosed home, there’s little you can do about a rodent infestation on a property you don’t own. However, to protect your own home, one of the best forms of rodent pest control you can practice is prevention:

  • Keep your landscape well manicured and weeded, your lawn mowed and shrubs pruned.
  • Cut back tree limbs that hang over the home.
  • Eliminate sources of water, such as bird baths and leaky pipes.
  • Use tight-fitting lids on all outdoor trash cans.
  • Seal or repair the holes on the exterior walls of your home, including the roof, that are ¼ inch or larger.
  • Repair or replace broken or torn screens on window and doors.
  • Never leave food (including pet food) out in the open; store food in the refrigerator or in hard, airtight containers. (This applies to the outside of your home, too.)
  • Keep your home clean and vacuum the floors regularly.
  • Encourage your neighbors to practice these rodent pest control techniques, as well.

Rodents can produce up to a dozen offspring every 21 days. If your home requires  rodent pest control, it’s best to let an expert handle the infestation. The Portland rodent control experts at Eden Advanced Pest Technologies offer green pest control practices that effectively control infestations, prevent their return and keep your family safe. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and estimate.

[ Photo by: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, on Flickr, via CC License ]

Roseburg Bed Bugs Can Be Harmful to the Family Pet

Sad Brodie

When it comes to pest control, Roseburg residents need to keep the health and safety of their pets as well as family members in mind. Stinging and biting insects, including Roseburg bed bugs, are most common during the summer months of July, August and September, so it’s vital for pet owners to be aware of the potential dangers that they can cause. 

Pests that Irritate Pets

  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Bees, wasps and hornets
  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Bed bugs

What Happens When a Pet is Bitten or Stung?

Pets often get bitten or stung in the face or paws. Fleas and bed bugs, however, can bite any part of the body. Every pet reacts differently to an insect bite or sting, and a seemingly mild reaction can progress into something worse. If your pet’s behavior or activity level changes, consult your veterinarian. 

Mild reactions: Slight swelling at the affected site; the pet may not require immediate treatment unless the symptoms get worse.

Moderate reactions: Common in dogs; rapid swelling of the affected site, lips, eyes or neck; skin may have the appearance of hives; the affected site becomes very itchy; swelling may progress to anaphylaxis.

Severe reactions: Anaphylaxis; difficulty breathing; pet collapses; rapid drop in blood pressure; vomiting; staggering; diarrhea; swelling of the larynx; seizures; death.

Protecting Pets from Roseburg Bed Bugs

Humans aren’t the only victims of bed bugs, as these pests will gladly feast on your pet. In fact, pets are more susceptible to bites than humans because of their fur coats and inviting pet beds. You can help protect your pet from Roseburg bed bugs by using an anti-bed bug liner for pet beds. You can also try using a pet-safe repellant that specifically states it helps prevent bed bugs, not just ticks or fleas. To prevent a bed bug infestation from harming your pet, follow the techniques experts recommend for your own home.

If your home becomes infested with any type of critter that could harm you, your family or pet, call an expert instead of practicing DIY pest control. Roseburg residents run the risk of doing more harm than good with the pesticides available in stores.

Here at Eden, we offer free estimates and can help eliminate an infestation of stinging insects or bed bugs in Roseburg and the surrounding areas.

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Puyallup Pest Control Tips for Rodent Proofing

City mouse

When homeowners suspect a rodent infestation, they don’t often think to contact a pest control company. Tacoma and Puyallup residents often opt instead for DIY solutions, such as poisons. The use of dangerous chemicals can backfire, however, especially if you have pets, children or backyard visitors you enjoy – these can accidentally fall victim to over-the-counter pest remedies.

Puyallup pest control experts offer the following tips to help you prevent an infestation in urban suburban and rural areas:

Rodent-proof your kitchen and garbage cans:

  • Always use tight-fitting lids on all outdoor trashcans and on indoor trashcans used for food waste.
  • Place outdoor trashcans on a 12-inch (or taller) platform; make sure the platform is at least 24 inches away from walls and structures from which a rodent may leap.
  • Periodically rinse out your garbage cans.
  • Avoid leaving food, including pet food, out in the open.

Keep your yard tidy:

  • Pick up pet waste from your yard.
  • Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables from your garden.
  • Cut back overhanging tree branches and keep shrubs pruned.
  • Keep your landscape weeded and your lawn mowed.
  • Keep woodpiles away from your home and at least 12 inches off the ground.
  • Replace your traditional bird feeder with one that has a tray that catches fallen seeds, shells and bird droppings.

Eliminate entry points and water sources:

  • Repair or seal holes on the exterior of your home, including the foundation.
  • Fix leaky pipes in and around your property.
  • Repair or replace window and door screens that are torn or broken.

Rodent problems can quickly get out of control. If you see a furry pest in your home, reach for the phone instead of the bait and call a Puyallup pest control company that uses green techniques. These experts can effectively control and prevent the re-infestation of rodents using methods that keep your pets, family and backyard guests safe.

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