Troutdale homes are just as vulnerable to pest infestation as homes in the more crowded, urban areas of Portland. The position of Troutdale at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge makes it particularly susceptible to invasions by both common household insects as well as wild animals. While many pest infestation issues are easily identifiable and manageable, common sugar ants can elude residents for days while infiltrating dry goods, counter-top food items, and even medicine cabinets. When these tiny pests invade your home look for these red flags before calling a pest control professional.
Sugar ants give off a very specific odor when crushed—some describe it as sickly sweet, others describe it as being like gasoline. Either way, the odor is pungent and memorable. This unique odor will be your first giveaway that these nuisance pests are nesting under or around your home.
If over-the-counter ant control treatments seem to intensify rather than mollify your ant issue, it’s possible that the ants started a process called “budding” in which the colony separates and reproduces at a faster rate, effectively increasing the severity of the infestation. This often happens after homeowners attempt to solve ant control issues with OTC treatments and pesticides.
If you can visually identify long lines of ants coming and going from certain areas of your house and no amount of cleaning seems to assuage them, it may be time to contact a pest control professional.
At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Troutdale’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served Troutdale area communities for several years and can create timely and effective solutions to all your wildlife and pest control issues.
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