Ants are the most common reason to call a pest control service. These tiny insects multiply fast, and when there is a nest nearby, hundreds and even thousands of ants can begin infiltrating your home or business looking for moisture and a food source.
Getting in through the smallest of cracks, these formidable insects quickly become both a nuisance and a health hazard. Preventative action is the best route to avoiding an ant infestation, however, if you have already spotted ants in your home, business, or yard, call Family Home Pest Control for ant removal in Lake Oswego that has been proven effective for more than 40 years.
There are different types of ants found in Lake Oswego and the Northwest Oregon area, and each one has unique issues.
Carpenter ants can quickly ruin large areas of wood in a home or business. These wood destroying ants look for moist, rotting wood where they begin to carve out a nest. Once a nest is established, they tunnel into the surrounding healthy wood and, in the process, cause further damage to wood frames and infrastructures. In addition to removing wood while tunneling, they also increase the level of moisture which attracts mold and decay.
Carpenter ants can cause damage that costs thousands of dollars to rebuild and repair. Preventative pest control is the best option to avoid this expensive damage.
Odorous ants are the kind people often refer to as sugar ants. This type of ant forages for food night and day. The smallest crumbs can attract them, and before you know it they are in your pantry and cabinets, infesting any food containers they can get into. These ants spread bacteria they pick up while crawling over unsavory items and deposit that bacteria on countertops, tables, and other food-prep areas without the homeowner’s awareness.
Odorous ants can ruin large stores of food, sometimes costing hundreds of dollars to replace.
Proven Ant Removal in Lake Oswego
Our exterminators are experienced at identifying the type of ants in and around a home or office. We know where and how to look for them. Once we identify an ant problem, we tailor a targeted extermination plan to rid your home of those specific types of ants.
Keep your home and your family safe with proven ant removal in Lake Oswego and the Greater Portland Metro area.
How do you prevent pests?Pest prevention depends on what you’re trying to prevent. Some best practices we always advise customers to follow are to keep all food items (including those for pets) in air-tight containers. Make sure there are no leaks in your home (including the attic and basement). Mechanical exclusion involves sealing off all entry points into the home. This is difficult for homeowners to accomplish without help, but you can keep your lawn and surrounding areas clean and free of debris. If there are any trees or bushes that provide roof access for pests, move these away from the home or trim them shorter than the roof line.
How do you control pests?Our exterminators use the right method for the job. We take into account the property, pest type,
and residents of the home. Certain methods aren’t used when small animals or children are present. We always target our efforts as well. That means identifying paths your pest uses, where they are present, and using their feeding areas and times against them to achieve the fastest and most complete results.
How is pest control done?
There are three types of pest control procedures:
- Biological pest control: This uses chemical agents and may involve baits, pheromones, sprays, and repellants.
- Physical pest control: Exterminators manually remove pests and use control methods like barriers, sealants, and environmental manipulation to control pests.
- Mechanical pest control: Mechanical devices include traps, bait stations, and other devices designed to prey on the behavior of a specific pest.