Fall Rodent & Wildlife Prevention Tips

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Fall Rodent & Wildlife Prevention Tips

A rodent infestation is the last thing you want to deal with going into the holiday season. Not only are these pesky creatures creepy and persistent, but they can also be incredibly damaging to your home and health. Even a small infestation can wreak havoc – from chewing walls and wires to spreading diseases, the consequences of a rodent infestation are no joke. Knowing fall rodent and wildlife prevention tips could keep you from dealing with these dangerous pests.

Particularly as temperatures drop and rodents look for warm places to spend the winter, it’s important to take a few preventative measures and keep these destructive pests out of your home. Fortunately, rodent prevention doesn’t have to be difficult! Here are our top tips for keeping rodents out of your home this fall:

Seal off any cracks or holes.

When cold weather hits, rodents and other pests will start searching for a cozy place to spend the winter. A home that is warm and easy to get into is a prime target for rodents. Taking the time to fix broken screens and seal off any cracks or holes with caulk can help prevent these pests from sneaking indoors this fall.

Properly store and dispose of trash.

If there’s one thing rodents love, it’s trash. The variety of rotting materials make an excellent food source for rodents and wildlife, which is why so many pests target unprotected garbage cans. By promptly disposing of your trash in a sealed trash can, you can cut off a potential food source for rodents and other pests.

Store food in airtight containers.

Food out in the open is like a buffet for pests and wildlife. Storing your food in airtight containers can prevent rodents from getting into your goodies, while also making it more challenging for them to find food near your home.

Fix any leaks or damp areas in your home.

Like most other creatures, rodents need a water source to survive. So, that leaky pipe or constantly damp basement is an oasis for wildlife. By fixing leaks and solving moisture problems, you are cutting off a potential water supply and making it more difficult for pests to infest your home.

Regularly clean your counters and floors.

Throughout the day, crumbs and small bits of food may collect on your countertops and floors. Even if you hardly notice the tiny mess, rodents and other pests – like ants – could snack on these crumbs. Regularly wiping down your counters and sweeping or vacuuming your floors can deter rodents by making it difficult for them to find food.

Remove clutter throughout your home.

Rodents and other pests often prefer to live in spaces with plenty of nooks and crannies, which makes a cluttered home the perfect spot for them to nest. Boxes, piles of clothes, old furniture, and other random and seldom-used items can all become great hiding places for rodents. Clearing out clutter makes it more difficult for rodents and other pests to build a secluded nest.

Clean up your landscaping.

That pile of leaves next to your home may not seem like a big deal, but it could be sheltering rodents or wildlife – which makes it that much easier for pests to enter your home once cold weather hits. If you have large bushes or piles of leaves near the foundation of your home, you may not notice that rodents are hiding out so close. Cleaning up your landscaping can prevent pests from going unnoticed.

A rodent infestation is a serious problem. While these tips can help you prevent rodents and other pests from entering your home this fall, we still recommend seeking professional help as soon as possible if you are facing an infestation.

If your home is riddled with rodents, contact Interstate Pest Management in the Pacific Northwest today! Our highly trained pest control specialists can help safely remove pests and build a personalized prevention plan to keep rodents out for good. Just give us a call today!

Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Work?

Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Work?

Pest control can be a tricky and time-consuming task. Sealing off cracks in your home, setting out traps, regularly checking for signs of an infestation – it can all feel like a full-time job! That’s why so many manufacturers are constantly trying to find innovative ways to keep pests off your property.

One such innovation is a device called an ultrasonic pest repeller, which was first introduced in the 1950s. While these interesting devices have been around for a long time and seem promising, are they actually effective? To help you determine whether ultrasonic pest repellers are a worthwhile investment, the experts at Interstate Pest Management will help answer that question.

What are Ultrasonic Pest Repellers?

Ultrasonic pest repellers are special electronic devices that release high-frequency sounds designed to repel or injure household pests. Most are intended to be plugged into an electrical outlet, which would make them very easy to set up and use. Manufacturers claim that these devices can repel pests over a 1,000 square foot radius or more, even through walls.

Are Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Effective?

While the idea behind ultrasonic pest repellers sounds wonderful, several studies have shown that these devices are not effective in the long run. In fact, these devices are backed by so little evidence that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gotten involved multiple times. From 1995 to 2018, the FTC and other organizations have warned, fined, or filed lawsuits against manufacturers for false advertising on these products.

Yet, despite these negative reports, ultrasonic pest repellers are still commonly sold – and many have great consumer reviews. So, why is there such a big difference between studies and consumer reports? The answer is because these devices might work, but only for a very short period of time. The initial noise can scare off pests, which can make it seem like the ultrasonic pest repeller is doing its job. However, once the pests realize the sound is not dangerous, they will continue to infest as if it isn’t there.

If you are struggling to keep pests out of your home or property, don’t depend on unreliable devices like ultrasonic pest repellers. Instead, contact your local pest control experts! At Interstate Pest Management, we are always happy to help you create personalized plans to identify, treat, or prevent infestations. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Are You Prepared for the Early Arrival of Yellowjackets?

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Are you prepared for the early arrival of Yellowjackets?

Nice weather this spring has allowed for yellowjackets to start building nests earlier this year in the Portland and Vancouver area. This means you may notice some larger than normal nests once August arrives. Until then, diligence is the best defense, so here’s what you need to know to keep them away from your home this summer. 

 

How to Keep Yellowjackets Away

A quick walk-around inspection of your home will catch yellowjackets before their nests get too big.

 

Don’t Leave Food Out

During a BBQ or picnic, make sure to cover all of your food and drinks. Yellowjackets are drawn to proteins and sugars so if they’re left out, they’re sure to swing by.

 

Seal Garbage Bins

As mentioned above, yellowjackets feed on protein and sugar, making your garbage can an attractive food source. Make sure the lid is always tightly sealed to help deter yellowjackets. If you want to take it a step further, you can store your garbage bins in a shed or garage. 

 

Eliminate Standing Water

Along with food, yellowjackets also need water to survive. Bird baths, clogged gutters, and other sources of standing water give these stinging insects the water they need. 

 

Seal Cracks and Crevices

Inspect the soffits on a regular basis. Make sure to seal up any holes that would allow the yellow jacket access to a wall void. 

 

Adjust Your Wardrobe

Yellowjackets perceive dark colors as a threat and are attracted to flowers so consider wearing light-colored clothing with simple patterns to avoid attracting these pests. 

 

Avoid Fragrances

If you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, consider skipping scented soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Yellowjackets are attracted to sweet-smelling scents. 

 

Plan Your Garden Carefully

Planning to incorporate flowers or fruit trees to your landscape? Blossoming flowers are very attractive to yellowjackets and other stinging insects. Consider planting your bright colored flowers away from the home and refrain from using other brightly-colored decor. 

 

Yellowjackets will also visit plants that have aphids for both the honeydew as well as the aphids themselves so make sure you don’t have aphids.

 

Note, before working among bushes or other landscape it is recommended that you stand back and observe the area for a moment. Look for yellowjackets that are flying directly into the area. Yellowjackets that are returning to a nest know exactly where they are going and do not hesitate to go straight to the entrance.

 

This flight pattern will look different from a yellow jacket that is visiting a bush because of water or food. If you see a yellowjacket fly straight into a bush without stopping. Continue to watch it, if additional yellowjackets are taking the same flight path coming or going, then you most likely have a nest in that area and it would be wise to contact a pest control professional.

 

Yellowjacket Removal Services

We hope these preventive measures work, but if it’s too late and you find a nest on your property, don’t attempt to remove it on your own. It’s best to contact a licensed pest control professional like Pioneer Pest Management. These stinging insects are notorious for being aggressive and inflicting some serious pain. Even scarier–a group of them will convene and attack multiple times. We can safely remove the nest and relocate it to another area so you can get back to enjoying your summer.

Are Boxelder Bugs Stink Bugs?

Although boxelder bugs are quite pungent, they aren’t the pests that we commonly refer to as stink bugs. Stink bugs actually belong to an entirely different group of insects. To learn more about these nuisance bugs including how to prevent them, here is some helpful information below.

What are Boxelder Bugs?

Boxelder bugs are small black insects with orange or red markings. They’re part of the Rhopalidae family of scentless plant bugs. Boxelder bugs typically emerge in spring and get their name from the fact that they’re often found around boxelder trees.

These insects can get inside through cracked screens and loose roof joints. Although boxelder bugs are mostly just a nuisance, they can leave behind repulsive odors when crushed and stains from their waste.

What are Stink Bugs?

Stink bugs are slightly longer than boxelder bugs and have wider triangular-shaped bodies. They come in a variety of brown shades with grey, blur, bronze, or black markings. As part of the Pentatomidae family, stink bugs are infamous for their pungent odors.

These pests can enter homes through your attic, siding, weep vents, and under doors. While they aren’t particularly harmful to humans, stink bugs can be detrimental to your houseplants.

How to Prevent Boxelder Bugs

The first line of defense against boxelder bugs is with prevention. Here are some helpful tips you can do to help prevent an infestation.

  • Repair or replace damaged window & door screens
  • Caulk openings around the home
  • Install door sweeps
  • Inspect weatherstripping
  • Check for cracks in your foundation
  • Trim overgrown shrubs and prune overhanging tree branches

If you already have boxelder bugs in your home, don’t kill them. Instead, use a vacuum to remove them.

Bug Control in Portland OR

If any of the above insects have infiltrated your Portland area home, Interstate Pest Management is here for you. Our experts will inspect your home, develop a personalized plan to get rid of the pests, and offer ways to help prevent future pest problems. To schedule service, contact us today!

Who’s Responsible for Pest Extermination in a Rental Property?

When renting in the Pacific Northwest, you may run into pests. Spiders, wasps, rodents, cockroaches, ants, and wildlife thrive in our area so everyone needs pest control. The question is who is responsible, the landlord or the tenant? The answer depends on local laws and your lease agreement.

Local Laws

In Washington state the landlord is responsible for controlling pests before the tenant moves in and continue to control pest infestations except:

  • If the rental is a single-family residence or;
  • If the tenant causes the pest infestation

In Oregon, the law states that a landlord is responsible for providing a pest-free environment in the very beginning and then it’s up to the tenant to maintain it.

Your Rental Agreement

Another option is to check out your lease agreement. These documents list out the responsibilities the landlord and tenant have each agreed upon when the lease began.

Rental Pest Control in Washington

Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, dealing with a pest infestation can be stressful. While most pests are simply a nuisance, others can pose health and safety risks.

DIY pest extermination methods generally only touch the surface of the problem and may lead to property damage. So when a pest problem arises, it’s best to work with a professional like Interstate Pest Management. We’ve been providing environmentally conscious pest control services in Oregon and Washington since 1963.

In order to really protect yourself, your property, and your tenants, we recommend scheduling regular preventative pest control services.

Murder Hornets and What to Look For

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Murder hornets have received a lot of media attention the last couple of summers and for good reason. This massive, creepy-looking stinging insect isn’t native to our area, yet it’s been spotted in Washington a couple of times. Keep reading to learn more about murder hornets and what to do if you see one.

Where do Murder Hornets Come From?

Asian giant hornets, often referred to as murder hornets are native to South, East, and Southeast Asia as well as eastern Russia, but they’ve recently been spotted in Washington. It’s unknown how the murder hornets first arrived in the country, but the Department of Agriculture is working to track, trap, and eradicate these stinging insects before they spread.

These hornets generally build their nests underground, inside dead logs, or at the bases of large trees.

Are Murder Hornets Dangerous?

Murder hornets, like other wasps typically don’t attack people unless they’re provoked or feel that their nest is threatened. This stinging insect has a stinger about ¼ inch long and it can inject about 28 times the amount of venom than a honey bee in a single sting, producing very painful stings.

A sting can be deadly if you’re allergic to the venom or if you’re stung multiple times so you should seek treatment immediately if you’ve been stung by an Asian giant hornet.

However, the real danger from murder hornets is the threat they pose to our honey bee population. While these pests prey on beetles, praying mantises, and other hornet species, they’re especially known to prey on honey bees. A single murder hornet can kill dozens of honey bees in just minutes, attacking adults and feeding on their larvae and pupae.

What to do if You Find an Asian Giant Hornet

If you spot an Asian giant hornet, Do not try to trap them yourself. Contact Interstate Pest Management. We’ll direct you toward the state officials who are in charge of trapping and investigating this hornet species. And if you’re dealing with other wasps around your home and need a reliable wasp exterminator, we can help. We’ll identify the species, locate their nest, and properly remove the nest so you can return to a safe and comfortable environment.

Homeowner’s Guide to Portland & Vancouver

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So you’re making a move to the Pacific Northwest? You’ve made an excellent choice! This region of Washington and Oregon is a marvelous place to call home, with beautiful scenery, great people, fantastic things to do, and much more. We should know, we’re locals ourselves, and many of us have lived in the greater Portland and Vancouver areas for our entire lives.

Planning and executing a successful move to an area as big as the greater Portland and Vancouver metro takes considerable time and energy–not to mention careful planning! Finding a home and booking movers are just two of the many tasks to complete when relocating to a new area. As your to-do list grows, make sure you’ve thought of everything that needs to be accomplished before, during, and after the move!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your hands on a resource that gave you a little information about everything involved with a move to the Pacific Northwest? Well, you can! By adding a little research to our years of experience as locals, we developed this resourceful guide for new homeowners just like yourself… so you can see why this is such an incredible place to live! In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • Great neighborhoods to live in
  • Local school districts
  • Where to shop and eat
  • Local attractions
  • and much more!

You deserve a stress-free moving experience. We’re excited to welcome you to your new city and ease the process with our resourceful guide. We know this is a busy time! Make the most of it by taking advantage of our insider knowledge of the Portland and Vancouver areas.


The Homeowner’s Guide to Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA

 

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Moving to the PNW? Here’s what you need to know.

Lots of people are making the move to the Pacific Northwest from all around the world, and many of them intend to settle in Portland or Vancouver. Many come for the adventure, others for the small-town feel, and still others for the excellent job opportunities and education that comes with being a Pacific Northwest resident.

Whatever your reason for relocating to this beautiful area, we’re glad you’ve decided to make it your home. We might be a little biased, but we think that this area is the best place in the world to live–but for new arrivals, this place can be a little overwhelming. With so many great places to live, things to see and do, and adventures to have it can be hard to decide where to start.

Not to worry! We’re locals, so your friends here at Interstate Pest Management have the inside scoop on everything about the area, from the very best neighborhoods to the best professional services, even down to the best restaurants in the area that you’ve never heard of. Use this Homeowner’s Guide to Portland and Vancouver to learn everything you ever needed to know about making the Pacific Northwest your home.

Homeowner’s Resources

If you’re planning a move to the Pacific Northwest, finding a place to live can prove to be more than a little overwhelming. There are so many great places to put down your roots that it can be hard to settle on just one. As locals, we have insider knowledge of the very best neighborhoods to live in–and the best real estate agents to work with–to help make home happen for you sooner than you ever thought possible.

The Best Neighborhoods to Live In – Vancouver Area

Butler AcresButler Acres is a gorgeous neighborhood that welcomes both young professionals just starting out in their first homes all the way up to established families that need a little bit more space. Families with kids will enjoy a wonderful school system, and professionals will enjoy easy access to professional parks and corporate establishments for employment.

Cascade City-ViewCascade City-View is a great area for those who like a little fresh air and a little space to call your own. If you choose this neighborhood, you are choosing a great area that offers space for families to grow as well as plenty of shopping, work opportunities, and quality schools.

Mount VistaOne of the more upscale neighborhoods in the Vancouver area, Mount Vista is known for gorgeous homes, beautiful landscapes and great schools for growing families. This peaceful and quiet neighborhood features very low crime rates and a safe atmosphere that residents love.

The Best Neighborhoods to Live In – Portland Area

North Portland: North Portland, or NoPo for short, has transformed itself from an industrial, working neighborhood into the hip, fun neighborhood that it is today. If you’re looking for a part of town that offers small business, entrepreneurship, hip restaurants and exciting nightlife, this neighborhood may be the perfect place for you to call home.

Alberta-Concordia: Long known for its quaint cottages and gorgeous bungalow-style homes, Alberta-Concordia has transformed into an exciting neighborhood for young couples and single professionals. This bicycle-friendly neighborhood blends the excitement of the city with a quaint, neighborhood feel that will have young families flocking to the area.

Hawthorne District: The Hawthorne District in Southeast Portland is a Gen-Xer’s haven. Home seekers can find beautiful Victorian-style homes as well as gorgeous condominiums to fit any style preference. This neighborhood is great for singles striking out on their own, or for young families looking for a change of scenery.

Best Real Estate Agents

If you’re looking for a home in the Vancouver and Portland areas, many qualified real estate agents can help you along the way. A good real estate agent can do much more than just show you your dream home–they can help you select the ideal neighborhood for your situation, find the best value for your home, and ensure that you’re situated in the best area to live in.

Quick Tip: If you’re looking for a great real estate agent in the Longview area, we recommend realtor Laura Yoder.

Moving Resources

Once you’ve found the perfect home, it’s time to start packing up and moving–and we can’t wait for you to arrive! But before you start moving, check out this list of moving tips to help ensure that your move to the Pacific Northwest is as stress-free as possible.

  • Hire a moving company. Although it can be tempting (and seemingly cheaper) to move without professional help, bringing in the pros can help ensure that your move goes smoothly. A great moving company, like Lile Moving and Storage, is worth the extra expense when it comes time to pack up your belongings, truck them across cities or states, and unpack them again.
  • Lighten your load. Before you start packing, go through your items to see what you can part with. Fewer items now mean much less to pack up and move later!
  • Label your boxes properly. When you pack up your items, pack similar things into boxes together to make the unpacking process simple. Once items are packed and marked, it will be easy to move them into their proper room in your new home and quickly unpack them.
  • Give yourself enough time to pack. One of the biggest moving mistakes is underestimating the time it will take to pack up your home. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack it away into boxes, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to pack your home in an organized manner to save yourself a few headaches later.
  • Pack an “essentials” box. Let’s face it: after a long day of travel, you likely won’t be up to unpacking every single box. That’s why it is important to pack an “essentials” box containing the main items to get you started during your first few days in your new home. Things like a few changes of clothes, toiletries, some paper towels and toilet paper, bath towels, and pet food if you have a pet. Then, you can bring this box with you on your travels and unpack it first!

Local Information

So you’ve successfully made the move to the Pacific Northwest area and are safely moved into your new home… now what? Now you begin your new life in this wonderful, gorgeous, delightful place that will soon become your new home. To get you started, we’ve provided a list of necessary information you’ll need to know as a new resident of the Portland/Vancouver area.

Employment Opportunities

With the unemployment rate in this area sitting around 6 percent, there are plenty of employment opportunities of all kinds for folks moving to the Pacific Northwest. Future job growth is expected to continue to trend upward, with growth in Portland expected to increase more than 30 percent over the next ten years. Any way you look at it, Portland and Vancouver offer endless employment opportunities for new young professionals and established career people alike.

“Job growth in Portland is expected to increase more than 30 percent over the next ten years.”

Educational Opportunities

Are you planning on starting or continuing your education after your move to the Vancouver or Portland areas? The Pacific Northwest is home to many quality educational institutions that can help you achieve your goals.

  • Everest College-Portland
  • Clark College
  • Portland Bible College
  • Manning Academy of Cosmetology
  • Aveda Institute
  • Portland Community College
  • Northwest Renewable Energy Institute
  • Warner Pacific College
  • Portland State University
  • Concordia University
  • and many more

Professional Services

When you move to a new place, it is easy to forget about finding new professional services for your family. Good thing we’ve got you covered! Check out this list of great professional services in the area that can help take care of you and your family in your first few months calling the Pacific Northwest home.

  • CPA: Davis and Associates
  • Financial Advisers: Nick Lemiere (Edward Jones)
  • Dentist: Highlander Dental
  • Medical Services: Peace Health
  • Hearing Aids: Obemeyer & Schrepel
  • Insurance: Patti Thorstenson of American National
  • Church: Columbia Heights Assembly of God
  • Car Dealership: Bud Clary Auto Group

Home Services

Your house isn’t really a home until you have professional home services set up and ready to go. As natives of the area, we’ve compiled a list of these home services that can help you get up and running before you know it! Of course, if (or should we say when) you are in need of eco-friendly, top-rated pest control services, we hope you’ll consider us as your go-to team!

  • Auto Repair: Esty’s Auto Center
  • Banking: Fibre Federal Credit Union
  • Contractor: W.A. Grasseth Construction
  • Roofer: All Top Roofing
  • Disaster Restoration: ServiceMaster
  • Employment Services: American Workforce Group
  • Florist: The Flower Pot
  • Janitorial: A-Ok Cleaning
  • Landscape Design: Swanson Bark and Wood
  • Landscaping: Maint Backyard Blitz
  • Printer: Minutemen Press
  • Property Management: Real Living Property Management
  • Coffee: Red Leaf Coffee Co.
  • Security Systems: Northstar Alarm
  • Wireless Communications: Coleman Cellular
  • Electric Company: Masters Electric
  • Cable Company: Cascade Networks
  • Plumbing and Heating: Sessions Plumbing & Heating

Local Attractions

Now that you’ve got all you need at your home, it’s time to start exploring the Pacific Northwest and enjoying all of the wonderful things that the area has to offer. From outdoor activities and adventures to museums and attractions, Portland and Vancouver have something exciting to offer for everyone who chooses to call them home.

Outdoor Activities

  • Visit the Heirloom Garden at Fort Vancouver for an enjoyable outdoor outing. This destination is a great choice for a date or a trip with the whole family to get some fresh air!
  • Head to the Renaissance Trail–located on the riverfront–for a walk with beautiful views. You can even rollerblade with your loved ones to see the area in a whole new way!
  • Visit the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver for an interesting and educational trip.
  • If you’re the hiking type, you can’t beat a stroll and picnic at Moulton Falls! Ideal for beginners and expert hikers alike, you’ll enjoy getting some time in the outdoors with your loved ones.
  • If you’re a wine lover, spend the weekend taking in the North Clark County Winery Loop!
  • Take in the breathtaking views at Cannon Beach, do some great shopping at the many shops that dot the area, and spend the day getting to know this gorgeous and interesting spot.

Museums and Other Attractions

If you’re looking for some indoor activities to take part in around Vancouver and Portland, there are tons to choose from to cover all tastes! Check out this list of museums in the area to enjoy:

  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Oregon Historical Society Museum
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Oregon Jewish Museum
  • World Forestry Center
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • Vancouver Police Museum
  • North Vancouver Museum

The Best Restaurants

Living in Portland and Vancouver puts you in the perfect position to sample some of the best and unique cuisines in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some of our favorites that you simply must try–these are the local favorites that you don’t want to miss!

  • The Masthead Restaurant
  • Guadalajara Grill and Cantina
  • Ichi Teriyaki
  • Chambar Restaurant
  • Hudson’s Bar and Grill
  • Thai Terrace
  • Andina
  • Higgins Restaurant and Bar
  • Le Pigeon
  • Toro Bravo

As Portland & Vancouver locals ourselves, let us be the first to welcome you to your new home in the Pacific Northwest! We know you will love your new home, & we can’t wait to be your pest management go-to guys!

Giving Back to Our Community

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“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” – Aristotle

At Interstate Pest Management, we’re proud to be a part of Northwest Washington and we’re grateful to the community that has supported us here for many years. That’s why we firmly believe that there’s no time like the present to give back. In November, we sponsored an office-wide volunteer day, closed our doors, and headed over to SAFE Family Ministries in Chehalis, WA for the day.

 

SAFE Family Ministries is a nonprofit service ministry with a goal of providing emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness to at-risk women and children who have been victims of sexual, drug, social, emotional, and physical abuse.

This work is done out of a facility with the capacity to house 70 secure family units, as well as classroom space and training areas for other ministry opportunities.

We believe that the work being done to help these survivors make good decisions and set realistic goals to transform their lives is important, so Interstate Pest Management did our part to ensure that they continue to have a safe space to do that.

It was all hands on deck as we installed 5000 sq. feet of vapor barrier to prevent moisture from penetrating the foundation of the building. This vapor barrier will prolong the life of the building as well as prevent pests that are attracted by moisture, such as termites, carpenter ants, rodents, beetles, and more!

 

“It was rewarding to put the time and energy into doing something that will have a lasting impact on the lives of these women in our community,” said Tasha Price, office manager here at Interstate Pest Management. Many thanks to the team for putting in great work to help others in the community, and to the wonderful people at SAFE Family Ministries for giving us the opportunity to give back.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to help, visit the SAFE Family Ministries website.

What To Do If You Have A Rodent Problem

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As fall and winter roll around, we love to think of all of the beautiful things they bring with them. Breathtaking scenery, holidays, and family time, but one thing that these beautiful seasons bring with them that isn’t so pretty is an increase in rodent infestations. While so small, they have a way of making our homes feel invaded and unsafe. If you’ve discovered these creepy critters in your house there are several steps you can take to eliminate the problem not only quickly, but humanely.

It’s important to find solutions that are not only safe for you and your family but also effective in getting get rid of the infestation. Not only are rats and mice one of the biggest nuisances when it comes to your home, but they bring unwanted gifts like droppings and messes. Rodents eat through electrical wires and walls, causing extensive damage and in some cases, fires. Talk about a bad house guest. Speed and time are of the essence when it comes to rodents, as they breed extremely fast and year-round, so channel your inner Usain Bolt and get moving!

  • Houston, we have a (rodent) problem. First, make sure that you actually have a rodent problem, which seems like a no-brainer. If you hear pitter-patter sounds throughout your house within the walls or attic, you’re likely housing rats or mice. But your mind can play tricks on your hearing, so the best way to detect a rodent problem is by looking for droppings, chewed wires, and tracks. These are the three tell-tale signs of a rodent infestation.
  • Find them. Once you find out that you have them, find out where they’re coming from. Rodents are the best criminals, infamous for sneaking into houses through small spaces. Your best bet is to determine their entry points. Once you determine where the rodents are coming from, you can begin to set traps. Common places you should look at include near the stove’s power supply, inside the attic and crawl spaces, the cupboards, and the garage. Rodents can get into incredibly small spaces, so pay very close attention to details when trying to find their entry points as it can be difficult to find these entry points. After you’ve taken these steps, seal every entry hole that you find. You need to use materials that are impossible for rodents to chew through, such as steel. Don’t underestimate rodents, as they can even chew through cement!
  • Gotcha. After sealing all the entry holes you’ve found, you can begin to set traps. Choose efficient traps, as rodents are instinctively wary of new elements in their environment. Rats and mice have a sixth sense for detecting booby traps, so make sure to be on your A-game. Some variations of more efficient traps are snap, electronic, multiple catch, and glue traps. The traps should be placed near the rodent’s entry points. Rodent poison is another option but can be extremely dangerous to children and pets if not used properly. With rat poison, always make sure to do your research. If you are interested in this option, it’s best to choose a rat poison that has been approved by the EPA.
  • One more thing. Last but certainly not least, it’s time to remove the dead rodents from your home. It’s not pretty, but you’ll have to remove the bodies from your home safely. Use protective gear and follow the necessary safety procedures like you are a member of the CDC. The bodies may still carry the many diseases that rodents possess.

Rodent removal is an unsavory and sometimes difficult task and can be threatening to the health of your family and home. The best way to have the assurance that the problem will be eradicated in a humane and permanent way is to contact us. With over 50 years of experience dealing with rodent control, take comfort in knowing we have a team of experts waiting for your call.

10 Easy Ways to Go Green in Your Home

Two hands holding green globe. Interstate Pest Management serving Portland OR & Vancouver WA talks about 10 Easy Ways to Go Green in Your Home.

“Going Green” doesn’t mean that you have to make a significant financial commitment. There are simple and affordable ways that you can turn your home into an eco-friendly and healthy place to live. Take a look at the following go-green tips from the eco-friendly pest experts at Interstate Pest Management, and how they can make a positive impact on the environment and your family home.

1. Put an End to Junk Mail

Are you a victim of receiving pounds of unnecessary mail each and every day? It is simpler than you might think to quickly and easily put an end to this unwanted mail. With just a few clicks or calls, opting out of these mailings can save you up to 69 pounds of paper in just one year.

2. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

It may come as a surprise to some that making your own cleaning supplies is easier than it looks. With just a few cheap ingredients such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda, you can create an affordable, non-toxic cleaning product that also saves time and packaging.

3. Plant an Herb Garden

Planting your own garden is a fun and exciting way to go green in your home. With this, you can grow your own food and know what pesticides and fertilizers are used when growing your vegetables. A home garden frees you from depending solely on commercial farm industries that rely on practices that pollute and harm the environment.

4. Go Meatless One Day a Week

Make an effort to eat a vegetarian meal at least once a week. Although this may not seem like it would have a substantial impact, it has been proven that a family of four eating meatless one day a week has the same impact as driving a hybrid car on the environment.

5. Completely Turn Off Electronics

Even if your screens are turned off, energy is still being drained from these devices (computers, cell phones, etc.). A good rule of thumb to follow is “when it is not in use, turn it off.” We suggest plugging various electronics such as the TV, DVD player, etc., into a power strip so when you are done with the devices or before you go to bed at night, you can quickly and easily switch it all completely off from one power source.

6. Plant Trees Strategically

Observe the surroundings of your household to find the best places to plant trees that will provide shade for your home. If you can, specifically shading your air conditioning unit can make a huge impact on your monthly bills. By strategically planting trees to shade your home, you can save up to $250 a year on your heating and cooling bills and save a large amount of energy.

7. Wash Laundry in Cold Instead of Hot Water

Making this small change can have a large impact on the amount of energy your household is using. It has been found that 85% of the energy that is used when machine washing laundry goes to just heating water. This simple edit in your daily chores can substantially improve your energy usage.

8. Travel Eco-Friendly

There are many opportunities in which your family can be more environmentally-friendly when it comes to transportation. When going on a road trip, consider renting out a hybrid vehicle to travel in if possible. For everyday life, encourage your family and friends to carpool whenever possible. Utilizing public transportation and even riding bikes to and from work can reduce emissions that your car may produce.

9. Switch Your Light Bulbs to CFL Bulbs

Make an effort to switch at least a few of your current light bulbs to Energy Star rated compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. These bulbs use 75% less energy and also last over ten times longer than incandescent bulbs having both an immediate and long-term impact.

10. Hold the Kids To It

Teach the family young! Remind the kids to always completely turn off all video games, TVs and lights behind them when exiting a room. Also, teach them skills such as remembering to turn off the water while brushing their teeth. Another great way to explain the importance of these eco-friendly efforts is to read a children’s book or watch a children’s movie that has a strong message of being environmentally aware. This opens up a great opportunity to connect with your kids and teach them more about why it’s important to “Go Green.” Not only will starting them young save you money and help the environment but hopefully this will also teach them lifelong habits that will make positive impacts in our world down the road!