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DO THIS To Exterminate Mice From Your Milwaukie, OR Home

Mice in Milwaukie

Facing a mouse infestation? We can help! Realizing that your home and property have been infested by mice can feel discouraging. Many of our clients have made the assumption that having rodents means that their homes aren’t as clean as they should be, but that isn’t the case.  Rodent infestations are incredibly common, and there are a few simple things that you can do in order to rid your home and property of the mice you have while preventing them from returning. Here are steps that your friends at Aspen Pest Control recommend you take to keep the mice away from your Milwaukie home....

6 Things To Know About Boxelder Bugs

Box Elder Bugs

Boxelder bugs have a very distinct appearance Boxelder bugs, named for the boxelder maple trees they prefer to nest in and feed on, have a very distinct appearance in their mature state.  These winged insects have an exoskeleton that ranges from a very dark brown to black in color, and its wings, thorax, and abdomen are outlined by a bright reddish orange color. Their antennae, also black, feature reddish orange bands, and their eyes are large, red, and bulbous.  Fully grown boxelder bugs can measure up to one-half inch in length (approximately 13 millimeters). Boxelder nymphs,...

Mice In Your Orchards Home? DO THIS!

Mice in Orchards

DO contact pest control experts Mice are an incredibly common issue that homeowners face, but they can be incredibly difficult to deal with. At Aspen Pest Control, we have expertise in our ability to determine how mice are entering your home, where they’re nesting, and what we can do to break the life cycle. DO examine the areas of your home where food is stored If mice have made their way into your home, it’s because they are after food, shelter, and water. Should you notice traces of mice inside your home — droppings, traces of gnawing on different materials throughout the home, or an...

Spider Extermination in Gresham, OR

Spiders in Gresham

I saw spiders in and around my home — can they hurt me? Here’s the fascinating thing about spiders: Of the approximately 35,000 different species of spiders that reside across the globe, fewer than ten percent of all spiders can be found in the United States. Even fewer can be found in the Pacific Northwest — just about 500, altogether — and according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, there is just one spider that is considered potentially fatal to humans.  The culprit? You’ve probably heard of it. It’s the Black Widow spider, which is not only a member of Marvel’s Avengers,...

Spider Extermination in Oregon City

Spiders in Oregon City

Why do I have spiders? The short answer is because spiders love the way that your home and property are inviting to them. Sure, most people don’t purposely invite spiders into their homes, but take a look around.  Does your property have any instances of standing water?  If it does, then it’s important to understand that standing water is incredibly inviting to pests of all kinds, including rodents, insects, and spiders. And the thing about spiders is, if they’ve found an environment that is rich with insects, like flies, mosquitoes, moths, roaches, beetles, and the like, well,...

Boxelder Extermination in West Linn

Box Elder in West Linn

What are boxelder bugs? The Pacific Northwest is home to a wide variety of creatures, including the boxelder bug. Now, you’ve probably seen them before, but maybe you’ve never heard them called by name. The boxelder has a very distinct appearance.  In their mature state, the boxelder is notable for its dark brown to black exoskeleton, which is starkly contrasted by fiery reddish orange coloring that almost seems to outline the different features of its thorax, abdomen, and wings. (When the bugs are still in their adolescent state, their entire bodies are red.)  Their antennae...

Exterminating Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets in Gresham

Stinging Insects in Gresham

These pests can pack quite a sting, but they’re all slightly different and need to be treated accordingly. Learn how Aspen Pest Control is helping homeowners in Gresham live happier, safer lives without the threat of wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets — similar, but different creatures Are you someone who might use the terms wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets (and possibly even bees) interchangeably? If so, you’re not alone. We have a tendency to lump these insects together, and for good reason. They’re all stinging insects, and they all tend to have...

How to Exterminate Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets in Oregon City

Stinging Insects in Oregon City

These stinging insects can be a big, big problem and despite their being considered essentially the same, they’re distinctly different and must be handled with specific care.Let the stinging insect extermination experts at Aspen Pest Control help you rid your home and life of stinging insects. Don’t let stinging insects ruin your summer We don’t want to brag, but the spring and summer months in the Pacific Northwest are some of the most gorgeous displays of nature imaginable. The sun-soaked mountains, the sparkling Pacific Coast, and, naturally, the abundance of seemingly endless,...

Why Your Oak Grove Home Deserves Year-Round Pest Control Services

Pest Control in Oak Grove

Pest infestations are unpredictable occurrences, but your ability to keep pests from invading your home doesn’t have to be. Learn why the majority of Aspen Pest Control’s new clients love the Home Protection Plan’s year-round service. Have you ever considered preventative pest control? If you’re like most folks, the answer is, “Probably not.” We tend to think of pest infestations as things that happen to us vs. things that we could take minor steps to avoid. And that attitude makes perfect sense.  Pests are certainly not things that we’re inviting onto our property or into our homes,...

Pest Control for Spiders In Oak Grove

close up of house spider

Spider control is comprehensive pest control The way in which pest control experts deal with spider infestations is largely based on a two-prong strategy, one that is designed to achieve the sort of results that any home or business owner would want.  The first aspect of treating for spiders is based on assessing what other pests you likely already have. Why is this so easy to assume?  Because spiders tend to only build webs and lay eggs in environments where they feel that they can readily access food, as well as where they can safely build webs (to catch food) and to lay their...

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