Most household pests in Oregon are quite talented at hiding. They engage in their destructive behavior at night when everyone is asleep. Then, they disappear when everyone is up and moving around. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of one of these pests on their way to their hidden home. Or you may find evidence that they’ve been in your home. Here are some ways to identify the most common pests in Oregon homes.
Larger than normal ants, the carpenter ant can vary in color. They may be black, brown or even a reddish hue. They appear to have circles around their bodies and head made up of short hairs. Some of the ants will develop wings in the spring so they can mate and create a new colony.
Carpenter ants can bite, but they aren’t poisonous. However, they have large jaws, so the bite can be painful. These ants live in wood, which is why they have their name. They don’t eat the wood but look for weakened boards or slabs to drill inside for a safe home. They can cause thousands of dollars in structural damage to a property.
The sheer size of a wolf spider causes many homeowners to be frightened at the first glance. They have a brown color and their eyes are reflective at night. They aren’t poisonous, but their bite is painful. These spiders hide during the day, and the mother carries the baby spiders on her back for the first year of their lives. While they prefer to be outside, wolf spiders can be found inside homes, especially in garages and basements.
This highly poisonous spider is a danger when found in a house. The females are toxic while the males are harmless. Neither one has hair on their body and they are both shiny. As babies, they are brown in color with white and orange. As the spider gets older, they turn black. The females develop a red hourglass on the abdomen. It’s important to seek medical attention right away if you’ve been bitten by a black widow. The web of the black widow is quite strong, and it can be found in attics, basements, under patio furniture and anywhere it is dark. You could find a web in boxes and among other items that are seldom used, which is one reason the spider is quite dangerous to humans.
Just hearing the name can cause many people to feel the need to scratch. Bed bugs are ruthless creatures that can easily take over a bedroom or other areas of a house. They are very small, just 6mm long. They are flat and often red in color or somewhat brown. These bugs have antennae and short legs along with wings, but they can’t fly. You can find them or their white eggs along the edge of a mattress. These little pests live off humans by biting them. A person can have an allergic reaction or develop an infection from scratching the itchy bite. The allergic reaction could be serious enough to cause anaphylactic shock, which is life-threatening.
These are just a few of the pests that will be happy to make their home inside your home. To get rid of any of these pests, you need to contact All Natural Pest Elimination. If you aren’t certain you have a pest infestation, we will be happy to conduct a free inspection and provide a plan of action if pests are found.