PUBLISHED ON March 3rd, 2011
Ask any Portland pest control service and they’ll tell you: The Pacific Northwest is home to many disgusting home invaders.
From bats and bed bugs to rats and spiders, Portland pest control problems can be… unpleasant for many homeowners. If you’re new to the area you may be wondering what types of infestations professional pest control companies see most often. The following are the top three most disgusting pests found in the Pacific Northwest.
Probably the most irritating of household pests, bed bugs can be found in carpet, linens, pillows, couches, drapes, clothes – just about everywhere. Their bites cause inflammation and itching, and they are extremely hard to get rid of. While bed bugs do not transmit diseases to humans, their habit of burrowing into mattresses and snacking on victims while they sleep gives most people the creeps – many people say they would avoid a friend or cancel a date with someone who had bed bugs.
Also known as the common brown rat, Norway rats can grow up to a foot and a half long, and are known for contaminating food supplies, chewing through electrical wiring and ruining the structural integrity of walls and floors. They are bearers of a number of diseases, including the often deadly Hanta virus, which causes internal bleeding and respiratory failure. Their droppings are even considered a biohazard.
Even though hobo spiders can help control many insect infestations, they can also become a big problem themselves. These dark brown creepers are about half an inch in length and are often found in outdoor compost and wood piles. Their bite is venomous, causing the surrounding flesh to slowly die. Always wear thick gloves and long-sleeve shirts when clearing yard debris.
Homeowners who encounter any of these nasty Northwest pests should consider calling a professional pest control company for help.