Your Best Defense Against Pests

When it comes to pest control, vigilance is your best defense. You may not see more than the odd cockroach or two, but you can bet that they have families waiting for them at home. In this post, we’ll give you tips on dealing with the most common pests.

Ants and Termites

If you have an ant problem, you’ll know about it already. Ants are not concerned with being discreet; they are on a mission to collect food. Make sure that all food is properly sealed and that any sticky or syrupy mess is cleaned up as soon as possible.

Termites are more problematic. They are extremely good at hiding and often the only time you notice the damage is when it is pretty severe. Your best defense against termites is to have a professional inspection every one or two years.

That way, you’ll be able to deal with them early on, rather than when the damage is too far advanced.


Is there anything worse than opening a cabinet and seeing a cockroach? Contrary to popular belief, even the most spic and span homes can house a colony of these tenacious insects.

Your best option here is to make sure that there is no access to food. You can also try to use sprays and bait stations. It just should be noted that you’ll need to do a few DIY treatments as these seldom kill the eggs. So you could just have one generation replaced by another.

Mice and Rats

Having a cockroach in your cabinet is an unwelcome surprise; another is finding mice or rats. Mice and rats can be difficult to control, especially once they have established a foothold. You can try a natural solution by getting a cat, but that is only effective if the cat is a good hunter.

Poison can be effective but can be problematic if you have little kids or pets. Rat poison can be dangerous for dogs and cats and so is not the ideal solution unless carefully controlled. And it can poison wildlife that feed on rodents.

Traps are an alternative, but these can be cruel, depending on the type of trap. It would be better to try to lure the rodents into a central point and then trap them with a live trapping system. This is more humane because it allows you to release them far from your home.

It’s also a plus that there are no rat corpses to deal with.

Rats do love to hide in clutter and will make a mess of boxes of paper, yarn, etc. Do yourself a favor and clear out as much clutter as possible. For the things that you absolutely need to keep, consider getting some hard-plastic storage boxes that rats cannot chew through. And keep your home cleaned with food and trash cleared away.



If you keep your eyes open for signs of a pest infestation, you are more likely to catch it early on. Dealing with it during the early stages will always be a lot easier than waiting until it is far advanced. In order to supplement your efforts, regular pest inspections are also recommended.

If you need help with pest control, call in Portland Pest Control Services and find out what steps to take.

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