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


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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