SE Portland Ant Exterminator Service

Local Veteran Owned Pest Control Company

Protect Your Home and Health With Our Ant Removal and Control Services

Ant infestations can be detrimental to your home as well as your health. Many people think that ants are simply a nuisance, but they can spread diseases and destroy the structure of your home.

The first step in eliminating ants is to identify the species. Each species has specific weaknesses and behaviors. Understanding ant biology and the species is critical to developing the most effective pest control strategy possible.

Most do-it-yourself ant control methods prove to be ineffective. The Oregon Insect and Rodent Control experts can help with ant control and recommend the best solution for your ant problem.

Locally Owned and Operated Ant Control Services

Locally Owned and Operated Pest Control Company

SE Portland Ant Extermination

One of the most common infesters in local homes are ants. 

The internet is packed with ways to manage these pests, but applying these strategies effectively often requires a professional.

As expert ant exterminators, we use a combination of preventative measures, sprays, and bait to manage your ant problem. Give us a call to set up a consultation.

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(503) 784-1669

Carpenter Ant Exterminator

Oregon Insect and Rodent Control offers all kinds of pest control services including carpenter ant extermination

Carpenter ants are sometimes confused with termites, but there are differences in appearance. 

Because of the complex behavior of carpenter ants and the damage they cause, it is crucial to consult with a professional to ensure that they are dealt with effectively.

In our work as carpenter ant exterminators, data helps us understand the most effective means of managing an infestation. Here are a few facts that may assist your understanding of these pests and how best to deal with them.

Carpenter Ant Characteristics & Descriptions

Colony Size: Usually about 3,000 adults

Carpenter ants are the largest ants found inside your home.
Characteristic Description
Color Black
Length Range in size from 1/5 to 3/4 inch
Appearance Sometimes winged, sometimes not. Large abdomen and head, with a small thorax.
Breeding Carpenter ants produce large numbers of queens and males during late summer. They emerge from nests the following spring for their nuptial flights. When carpenter ant nests are indoors, mating swarms become trapped inside.
Where they live Common places to sight carpenter ants are cabinets, sinks, dishwashers, rolled-up towels, bathroom tubs, sink and toilet areas, or other places where moisture is abundant. On a bright, sunny day, ants may be seen walking randomly through different areas of the house.
Food Source Contrary to what you’d expect, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They prefer sweet things like honey, sugar, jelly, and so on.
Behavior Notes May bite if provoked, which can puncture the skin.
Signs of presence
  • It is important to try to determine whether the ants are coming from an outdoor or an indoor nest, although this can be difficult. Observing their presence is not sufficient evidence to conclude that there is a nest in your home. You may be able to make a more accurate determination based on when you first see carpenter ants.
  • Tunnels bored in wood are a sign you’ve found a carpenter ant nest. Tunnels are clean and smooth with a well-sanded appearance. Sawdust – often in conical piles – in the crawlspace, basement, or inside the home.
  • The presence of an infestation may be heard at night or in the early morning hours if you listen carefully. The sound of carpenter ants at work is similar to the sound of rustling cellophane.
Risks Carpenter ants damage wood by excavating and creating tunnels. The longer a colony is present in a structure, the greater the damage that can be done. If structural wood is weakened, carpenter ant damage can be dangerous and expensive to repair.

If you have seen carpenter ants, call us today! OIRC carpenter ant experts will locate their nest and handle the problem.

Sugar Ant Exterminator

Oregon Insect and Rodent Control offers all kinds of pest control services including sugar ant extermination

OIRC sugar ant exterminators are skilled at managing an infestation. Here are a few facts that may assist your understanding of these pests and how they are best dealt with.

Sugar Ant Characteristics & Descriptions

Colony SizeOn average 10,000 workers and several queens.

Also called odorous ants or piss ants. The best identifying characteristic is the “rancid butter” smell these ants produce when they are crushed; hence their name.
Characteristic Description
Color Brown and black
Length 1/16 to 1/8 inches long
Appearance Small black dots, unless you look closely. The thorax has no spines, and the petiole has one segment which, when viewed from above, is hidden by the rest of the abdomen. When alarmed, the workers scurry around with their abdomens raised in the air.
Breeding Sugar ants swarm to mate from early May through mid-July, and also mate in the nest, forming new colonies by “budding” off the original colony. Each queen lays an egg a day. There are seven generations per year; workers and queens can live for several years.
Where they live Sugar ants often nest outdoors under stones, logs, and in the nests of larger ants. They can also nest indoors in wall or floor voids, and around heat sources. They usually invade structures during rainy periods after honeydew on plants has washed off.
Food Source They prefer sweets, although they will eat almost any household food.
Behavior Notes They usually travel along established trails to gather food and bring it back to the colony.
Signs of presence They will swarm on food (even crumbs, spills, and stains) that has been left out.
Risks Sugar ants can carry bacteria which contaminate food. Sugar ants do not damage structures when they build their colonies.

When we spray as a sugar ant control technique, we are careful to ensure minimal health risks. 

We then spray in each crack, crevice, and along the trails ants commonly follow to ensure they are both repelled and exterminated at the source. 

If you’ve had to be on the lookout for every loose crumb lately, now is the time to call in an ant exterminator so you can relax.

Areas Our SE Portland Ant Exterminator Serves

Oregon Insect and Rodent Control is here for all your residential and commercial ant control needs in East Multnoma County and Clackamas County. 

FAQs About Ant Extermination in SE Portland

What Causes Ants to Invade Your Home or Business?

The most common issue that will cause an ant infestation is an untidy home, especially the kitchen. Sticky spots, crumbs, and uncovered trash are all potential food sources for ants. It’s important to keep a tidy, crumb-free environment if you want to keep the ants at bay.

Are Ants Really That Much of a Problem?

While some ants can just be a nuisance, sometimes the issue is a little more serious. Sugar Ants can carry harmful bacteria that could contaminate food sources in your kitchen, and Carpenter Ants could cause structural damage to your home or business. Contact OIRC today to find out how we can help!

What Should I Do to Prepare for an Ant Extermination Service?

The best way to prepare for your ant extermination is to wipe down all surfaces, and sweep and vacuum floors to remove any crumbs or food particles that may be attracting the ants. Additionally, you should store any open food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator, and ensure your trash is covered and emptied regularly.

There should be no need to move any furniture or appliances.

Will I Need to Leave the House for Ant Control Services?

There is no need to leave your home or business during your SE Portland Ant Control Service. Exterminators at OIRS will take steps to ensure minimal exposure to the items they use.

Why Do I Have Ants When my Home Is Clean?

While ants are attracted to food sources in an untidy home, you may also experience an invasion even if you keep your home spotless.

Other than for food, ants may invade your home or business seeking shelter when there are changes in the weather. Heavy rains can drive them inside looking for a dry space.

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(503) 784-1669

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