Oregon has a very unique terrain including volcanoes, mountains, valleys, rivers and the Pacific Coast. All of these elements make this one of the most naturally beautiful states in America. However, all this natural wonder facilitates quite a few pest problems. Oregon homeowners may be used to seeing pests in their homes, but they may not always know exactly what these pests are and what kind of problems they can cause.
The mountainous and wooded terrain of Oregon make it home to many spider species. While there are a wide variety of spiders found in the state, there are only a few dangerous ones to which you should pay special attention. The hobo spider, also known as the aggressive house spider, is common throughout the northwestern United States. These spiders create a funnel-shaped web where they wait to attack their prey. The venom of these spiders is very strong, and if bitten, you will need to seek immediate medical attention. Another common spider in Oregon is the black widow. Black widow spiders are, according to their name, black with a unique red hourglass shape on their abdomen. In Oregon, the western black widow is one of the most prevalent of these species. Black widows prefer the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements.
Oregon is also home to several different species of scorpions. Most people only associate scorpions with exotic places and unusual climates, but these critters are common in the northwest. Scorpions feed on insects and mostly remain outdoors, but sometimes enter the home during the late spring and early summer months. They will only sting if threatened and the venom will result in a painful or numbing sensation. Regardless of how or why they entered your home, no one wants to encounter these pests, which is why Terminix offers treatment services to keep your home safe and pest-free.
Ticks are also a common pest throughout the state of Oregon. There are over a dozen different species of ticks in the state, but only four are known to seek out humans as their hosts; the western black legged tick, the rocky mountain wood tick, the American dog tick and the Pacific Coast tick. Fortunately for Oregon residents, only the western black legged tick is a transmitter of Lyme disease. The American dog tick is arguably the most prevalent of these species in Oregon and is not limited to any one region of the state. Tick bites usually occur outdoors, but these pests can be carried indoors unknowingly by humans and pets.
Most homeowners are aware of the problems associated with termites and carpenter ants, but Oregon has another structurally-damaging pest to worry about; the powder post beetle. These pests can cause almost as much damage as termites. It is the larvae that cause the most problems as they tunnel their way through your wood. Like termites, the damage often goes unseen from the outside and the only visible markings are small holes left when the adult beetles tunnel their way out of the wood.
These are just a few of the pest problems common to this state. Cockroaches, rodents, ants and more are also very prevalent in Oregon. No matter what type of pest problem you are facing, Terminix pest control experts will help you devise a safe and effective treatment strategy to prevent and treat pest problems as they arise.
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