Gladstone Ant Control Services

Odorous house ants will nest nearly anywhere. Within walls, under floors, beneath cement slabs all make great homes for the ants that call Oregon home. Both outdoors and indoors can serve their needs. Outdoors ants will typically migrate to under mulch, stones, pavement, woodpiles, flower pots, or even your siding. Foraging indoors for food and moisture suits them just fine. Nests tend to be mobile which make them tricky to locate and exterminate without experience. Colonies have the ability to relocate fast and often in response to changes in weather and disturbance. Odorous house ant colonies tend to have numerous, egg-laying queens and the primary colonies may split into smaller ones for no apparent reason. Ants foraging indoors feed on any food. They can target the garbage can, pantry, or even dishes left in the sink.

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One of the most common infesters in [acf field=’city’] homes are ants. The internet is packed with ways to manage these pests, but effective application of these strategies often requires the know-how of an [acf field=’city’] ant control services professional.

As 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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Carpenter Ant Exterminator

Carpenter ants are sometimes confused with termites, but they have a different appearance. Because of the complex behavior of carpenter ants and the damage they cause, it is important to consult with a professional carpenter ant exterminator to ensure that they are dealt with effectively.
Oregon Insect and Rodent Control offers all kinds of pest control services including carpenter ant extermination
In our work as carpenter ant exterminators, data helps us understand the most effective means of managing an infestation. Here are a few facts which may assist your understanding of these pests and how they are best dealt with.
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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 anywhere, don’t worry about determining whether the nest is inside or outside your home or place of business. Give us a call today to track them down and get rid of them.

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(503) 784-1669

Sugar Ant Control

In our work as sugar ant exterminators, data helps us understand the most effective means of managing an infestation. Here are a few facts which may assist your understanding of these pests and how they are best dealt with.
Oregon Insect and Rodent Control offers all kinds of pest control services including sugar ant extermination
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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 CSugar 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 check on the health of each occupant of the home or business to ensure any health risks are minimal. We then spray in each crack and crevice and along the trails ants commonly follow to ensure that 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.

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(503) 784-1669

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