Pest Tips from Prime Pest Solutions

Here are some useful pest tips that we’ve compiled.

We are always expanding this section on our website – so visit often for the newest advice on controlling pests around your home and business from Prime Pest Solutions.

What is the Biggest Spider in Oregon

What is the Biggest Spider in Oregon

Detecting Unwelcome Houseguests: Signs of a Pest Infestation

Detecting Unwelcome Houseguests: Signs of a Pest Infestation

Are Pesticides Safe?

Are Pesticides Safe?

Carpet Pest Treatment

Carpet Pest Treatment

What is IPM?

What is IPM?

Ant Bait Stations Vs. Professional Grade Pest Control

Ant Bait Stations Vs. Professional Grade Pest Control

A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Pest Control Company

A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Pest Control Company

Bug Activity After Service: Why You Might See More Bugs & What To Do

Bug Activity After Service: Why You Might See More Bugs & What To Do

Wasps vs. Hornets

Wasps vs. Hornets

How Ants Find Food

How Ants Find Food

When Yard Granulation Is The Most Effective Pest Control Treatment

When Yard Granulation Is The Most Effective Pest Control Treatment

Are Ants Bad For Your House?

Are Ants Bad For Your House?

Why Foundation Treatments Are Most Effective

Why Foundation Treatments Are Most Effective

Sudden Ant Infestation

Sudden Ant Infestation

How Do Spiders Make Webs?

How Do Spiders Make Webs?

Pictures of Different Types of Spiders

Pictures of Different Types of Spiders

What is the Biggest Spider in Oregon

What is the Biggest Spider in Oregon

Detecting Unwelcome Houseguests: Signs of a Pest Infestation

Detecting Unwelcome Houseguests: Signs of a Pest Infestation

Are Pesticides Safe?

Are Pesticides Safe?

Carpet Pest Treatment

Carpet Pest Treatment

What is IPM?

What is IPM?

Ant Bait Stations Vs. Professional Grade Pest Control

Ant Bait Stations Vs. Professional Grade Pest Control

A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Pest Control Company

A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Right Pest Control Company

Bug Activity After Service: Why You Might See More Bugs & What To Do

Bug Activity After Service: Why You Might See More Bugs & What To Do

Pest Tips: A Guide to Battling Pests in Your Home

You’re peacefully carrying out your day, perhaps working in the home office or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, when suddenly you spot a movement out of the corner of your eye. The hunt begins, your heart rate quickens, and your steps are cautious. Just like that, your sanctuary is under siege.

Prime Pest Solutions knows this story all too well. We’ve seen homeowners’ battles with uninvited guests. From the damp basements to the heart of your pantry, your home is subject to a variety of infestations that can range from pesky to downright dangerous. Here are some of the most common pest scenarios you might encounter, and how to combat them.

Pests That Invade Homes

Homes, especially in Oregon, can be a haven for all types of pests. Common culprits range from small insects to vermin. Different areas of your home attract and accommodate different types of pests due to variations in temperature, access to food, and moisture levels. Knowing what pests you’re dealing with is the first step to regaining control over your living space.

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Pests in Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and unfortunately, it’s often the favorite spot for many pests due to the abundance of food and hiding spots.
Keeping pests out of kitchen areas is crucial for several reasons. Pests can contaminate food supplies and surfaces with harmful pathogens, leading to foodborne illnesses. Infestations can significantly affect the overall cleanliness and hygiene of a living space, making it uncomfortable and unsafe.

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Pantry Pests Breed Quickly

Pantry pests don’t need to travel far to find a feast. Common culprits include weevils, moths, and beetles that lay their eggs in stored food. If you’re not careful, these little bugs can take over your pantry in no time, leading to food waste and contamination.

Ants Again and Again

Oregon is home to a variety of ants, but indoor ants are typically pavement ants, odorous house ants, or carpenter ants. They are relentless in their search for food and can invade your kitchen in large numbers.

Tips for Pests in Kitchen

  • A clean kitchen makes for an uninviting atmosphere for pests:Store food in airtight containers
  • Keep surfaces, appliances, and floors clean
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and use a can with a tight-sealing lid
  • Seal all entry points, such as cracks in walls or around plumbing

Common Pests in Bathrooms

Bathrooms are notorious hotspots for various pests, especially due to the persistent moisture levels. In these spaces, you could come across unwanted visitors like silverfish, cockroaches, and even drain flies. These pests thrive in the damp environment, making it essential to stay vigilant and employ pest control measures to keep your bathroom pest-free.

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Silverfish Aren’t Picky

A common sight in damp environments, silverfish, or the very closely-related, firebrats, are nocturnal insects known for their silvery fish-like appearance. They feed on starchy items, and can contaminate cereal, books, paper, and walls. They’re not picky when it comes to food sources. However, they are considered a nuisance pest as they aren’t dangerous to humans.

Cockroaches Spread Filth

If you encounter cockroaches in your bathroom, it’s a red flag for a larger infestation. Cockroaches prefer warm, moist environments and are likely nesting somewhere else in your home. They can spread diseases and contaminate your personal space.

Tips for Pests in Bathroom

To avoid or handle pests in your bathroom, you need to maintain a dry, well-ventilated space.

  • Use a dehumidifier to keep moisture at bay
  • Fix leaky faucets and ensure good water sealants
  • Regularly clean all surfaces with an anti-mold cleaner
  • Seal any gaps or cracks where pests might enter

Pests in Basements

Basements, with their cool, dark, and often damp environment, prove to be a haven for various pests in Oregon. Seeking shelter from the outdoor elements, critters such as spiders, ants, and silverfish find solace in these underground spaces. Their cozy refuge provides a breeding ground for these unwelcome visitors, posing a challenge for homeowners in need of pest control solutions.

Spiders and centipedes are particularly fond of basements due to the abundance of hiding spots and prey. The cool and dark environment of basements mimics their natural habitats, allowing them to thrive. These arachnids and multi-legged creatures find safety and ample food sources as they scuttle through the nooks and crannies of basements, making them an ideal location for their survival. 

mosquitos in damp basement standing water

Pests that Love Moisture

You might be susceptible to an array of water-loving pests in your Oregon home, from earwigs to rodents.

Earwigs Like It Damp

The dark and damp conditions commonly found in basements create an ideal environment for earwigs. These insects, though not harmful to humans, are considered a nuisance pest.

Furthermore, their appearance might serve as an indicator of excessive moisture levels, hinting at potential underlying structural issues that warrant thorough investigation and attention.

Mosquitos Need Water

Mosquitos need standing water, which can accumulate in basements during the rainy season.

Mosquitos require standing water for breeding purposes. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in or near water sources, which can include any stagnant water found in or around homes, such as in buckets, potted plant trays, and clogged gutters, and basements. The water provides a necessary habitat for mosquito larvae to develop, feed, and grow into adults.

They are more than just a nuisance pest – they can spread diseases like West Nile virus and Zika.

Rodents Enjoy a Cold, Dark Basement

Rodents are another common pest found lurking in basements. They seek shelter from the outside and can easily find their way inside through small cracks or gaps in your foundation. Once inside, they can cause damage to structures and insulation, as well as contaminate food and spread disease.

Tips for Pests in Basement

To maintain the sanctity of your basement, you need to control these environmental factors:

  • Use a sump pump or dehumidifier to keep moisture levels low
  • Regularly inspect for leaks and address them promptly
  • Store items in plastic, sealable containers off the floor to reduce hiding spots
  • Keep the basement clutter-free to reduce potential nesting sites

Ways Pests Enter Homes

Understanding where and how pests get into your home is crucial to preventing infestations.

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Through Cracks and Crevices

Pests can squeeze through the tiniest of openings, and over time, they can create their own access points. Regularly inspect the exterior of your home for any such openings and seal them.

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Improperly Sealed Ventilation

While ventilation is essential, vents can be an easy entry point for pests, especially birds or rodents. Make sure they are properly screened and maintained.

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On Accident

Leaving doors and windows open, even slightly, or not maintaining proper sealing can invite pests in. It’s essential to keep track of such openings, and that’s part of Prime Pest Solutions’ service—to advise on all potential entry points.

Pests that Destroy Homes

Some pests you encounter aren’t merely annoying; they can be downright destructive.

Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter ants don’t eat wood, but they excavate galleries within it to build their nests, which can weaken the structural integrity of your home. Termites, on the other hand, feast on wood non-stop and can cause thousands of dollars in damage before you even know they’re there.

Rodents

Mice and rats can cause damage by chewing through electrical wires, insulation, and even wallboards to gain access to your home or food sources. They can also carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans and pets.

Safeguard Your Oregon Home with Prime Pest Solutions

By understanding the habits and tendencies of these pests, you can better prepare to face potential infestations in your Oregon home. Remember, the battle against pests is ongoing and sometimes best not tackled alone. Prime Pest Solutions is at the frontlines, ensuring Oregon homes stay pest-free.

With professional pest control, tailored to the state’s unique environmental factors, you can enjoy the comfort of your home without the worry of uninvited guests. If you’re facing a pest problem or want to ensure your home is shielded against potential intruders, don’t hesitate to reach out. Prime Pest Solutions is just a click or a call away.

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