7 portland pests that you’ll find in your home

why is pest control essential in portland?

As Portland homeowners, we love the seasons and weather that Portland has to offer. Who wouldn’t? However, we’re not the only ones that call this beautiful region home. So do millions and billions of bugs. Bugs can be pretty, interesting, and helpful in most scenarios – but when they’re in your home – it’s another story. Salt guns, long arm vacuums, glue traps: these are all things people try to control pests with or without success.

Don’t waste your money on strange and expensive contraptions when working with professional pest control in Portland, OR can get you much better results. Pest Control is an essential service in Portland. But don’t just take our word for it, see what the Oregon Health Authority wants you to know about pest control.

Want to learn what the most common pests are around Oregon State? Learn more below.

1. ants

Are you having issues with sugar ants around your house? Or big black ants? The color and the size doesn’t matter, they’re annoying all the same.

Commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, ants feed on crumbs and even home debris. Carpenter ants aren’t as common, but they can wreak havoc on your infrastructure.

While commercial and traps will keep the problem at bay for a while, they don’t treat the heart of the problem: the ant colony that’s somewhere in your floor or walls.

The only way to break up the problem at the source is to hire professional pest control – and to keep your food properly contained after that!

2. fleas

There’s nothing worse than seeing your pet scratching more than usual. Either there’s something wrong and you need to go to the vet, or, more likely, they have fleas.

Fleas are parasites that love to live under your pet’s fur. They multiply quickly and the average female flea lays 50 eggs a day in her short lifetime.

The problem with fleas is that they can get into your carpet and on to human skin. Once your health and your family’s health is on the line, it’s time to call the pros.

These professionals will help you get your flea problem under control, though getting them off your pet is up to you. Many people use a monthly pet flea treatment like this, to keep any new friends from hitchhiking inside.

3. mice

While some mice are cute in cages, the majority of them run wild and carry transferable diseases. Like rabies and the bullet list below.

However, you’re unlikely to spot a mouse with your own eyes. They’re quick and only come out when things are still and quiet. You’re much more likely to find mouse droppings, which look like chocolate sprinkles (sorry ice cream lovers).

If you catch it early, you may only have five to ten mice in your house. In other cases, they could populate into the tens and hundreds.

Mice carry diseases no one wants to deal with, like rabies. But they can also bring:

  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
  • Lassa fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonellosis

. . . and a range of other diseases. They’re small, but they can do a lot of long-lasting damage!

You can set out traps, but that’s an uphill battle. As soon as you catch one, another mouse is born in its place.

It’s much better to call and get help from Natura pest control. They’ll find and treat the root of the problem and trap/remove them with peak efficiency.

4. rats

Much worse than mice, rats are very smart animals that are famous for living in big cities. But you can find them in your suburban Portland home too.

These smart rodents are bigger than mice and you can identify them by their long, thick, pink tails.

Rats are some of the fastest reproducers out there, rivaling bunnies. Just one group of rats, left to their own devices, can make half a billion(!!) offspring in three years. That’s easily hundreds of rodent babies in one year.

And if one of those rats is carrying a disease, you can imagine the health risk that puts your family at. Rats can and do still carry the plague, which is treatable – but still no fun.

They also put your family at risk for the diseases listed under “mice” above.

Rats will bite animals and humans if they’re cornered and scared. So, it’s essential that you catch a rat pest problem as soon as possible.

They’ll eat anything they can get their hands on, so depriving them of food sources isn’t a good option.

Instead, you need to create a plan with a pest removal professional to get your life and your home back to normal.

5. roaches

Though decidedly less disease-carrying than small rodents, having roaches in your home is no fun. They can grow to the size of a pocket lighter and are just plain gross.

They’re hard to get rid of too, hence the joke that we’ll still have roaches once the world end (see the roach in Wall-E as an example).

Roaches populate quickly and leave their droppings around, so be sure to call pest control. The faster you notice the roach problem, the quicker you can get a handle on it.

6. spiders

Thankfully Portland isn’t like the south or tropical places when it comes to venomous spiders. Most of the spiders you see in your home will be harmless to your long-term health.

But that doesn’t mean spider bites don’t hurt and itch if you get them, and it’s hard to sleep knowing you’re sharing your home with creepy crawlies.

Get rid of them with one call to a pest control service, click here to learn more.

7. wasps

Speaking of painful bites, wasp stings can take a nice day outside to a day full of itching and swell in a millisecond. And if you or a loved one is allergic to wasp stings, that day can turn into an expensive ER trip.

Put your epi-pen down and call Natura Pest Control to get rid of these flying pain-invaders.

the best pest control in portland, or

All the pests on this list are commonly found in Oregon houses in Portland and the towns surrounding it. Finding them in your home doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong, but it does mean you need to do something about the problem, stat.

We’ll be happy to talk to you about your personal pest issues, all you have to do is call Natura Pest Control in Portland, OR.

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