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DIY Secrets to a Spider-Free, Squirrel-Proof, and Rodent-Free Portland Home

Spider-Free Living: Secrets to a Web-Free Home with Easy DIY Tips

Have you found yourself sharing your living space with more spiders than you’d like? Before you reach for that shoe, let’s explore why these eight-legged creatures might be making frequent appearances in your home.

Spiders may not be everyone’s favorite houseguests, but they do play a crucial role in keeping your living space bug-free. They serve as natural pest control, feasting on other insects that could otherwise become a nuisance.

While spiders bring benefits, the webs they weave inside our homes can be a source of frustration. Most people find the presence of webbing a bit of a nuisance, leading to a common question: What do house spiders dislike the most?

Surprisingly, spiders are not fond of having their homes tampered with. Disturbing or destroying their webs can be a major pet peeve for these arachnids, considering the web is their hunting ground and primary source of food.

Keeping Spiders Out

Now that we know spiders prefer undisturbed webs, how can we deter them from setting up camp in our homes? The key lies in sealing off their entry points. Here are some simple yet effective tips:

1. Caulk It Up

Seal off potential entryways by caulking around your door and window frames. This small step can make a big difference in preventing spiders from sneaking in unnoticed.

2. Guard the Exterior

Check for any cracks or crevices around the edges of your roof, underneath the eaves, and along the foundations. Spiders are adept at finding even the tiniest openings, so be thorough in your inspection and sealing.

3. Mind the Small Spaces

It’s the little openings that often go unnoticed but serve as convenient entry points for spiders. Regularly inspect and seal any small cracks or crevices in and around your living space.

Before squashing that spider, consider the benefits they bring to your home. With a few simple steps like caulking and sealing, you can create an environment that’s less inviting to our arachnid friends, ensuring a more peaceful cohabitation with these beneficial but sometimes bothersome creatures.

Squirrel Showdown: A Handbook for Evicting, Preventing, and Outsmarting Pesky Invaders

Have you ever wondered what to do when a squirrel decides to make itself at home in your living space? We’ve got the answers. Let’s dive into the world of squirrel invasions and how to handle them effectively.

The first step in dealing with a squirrel in your house is understanding how they get in. Broken gable vents and sometimes bird blocks or roof adjoinments are the usual suspects. To show them the way out, we use a trusty cage trap. After all, nobody wants uninvited houseguests, especially the furry kind.

Squirrel Nesting Habits

Squirrels are notorious for seeking shelter, especially during springtime. They make themselves at home in your attic, and it’s not uncommon for a pair to find their way in, gearing up to raise a new litter. It’s a cozy spot for them, but not so much for you.

Now, the million-dollar question: how do you draw a squirrel out of hiding? It turns out, they have a soft spot for nuts, peanut butter, and sometimes even a leftover Twinkie. So, if you’ve got a stealthy squirrel on your hands, consider setting a tempting snack trap and let their love for treats work in your favor.

In conclusion, understanding a bit about squirrel behavior can go a long way in ensuring your home remains critter-free. From cage traps to strategic snacks, you’re armed with the knowledge to handle any unexpected squirrel visits. Here’s to a home where the only critters are the ones you invite in!

Rodent Intruders: Clues and Proven Tactics for a Pest-Free Haven

 Discovering unwanted guests in your home can be unsettling, especially when those guests come in the form of rodents. But how do you know if you have a rodent infestation? Let’s explore some signs and effective solutions without the hassle.

Often the first indicator is mysterious noises emanating from the crawlspace, attic, or even within the walls. A subtle scratching or scampering could be the telltale sign of a rodent presence.

As the infestation progresses, you might notice a peculiar smell. This odor is usually a result of accumulated urine or droppings. Thankfully, this unpleasant aroma only becomes noticeable after the problem has lingered for a while.

Effective Trapping Techniques

Dealing with a potential rodent issue is a thorough inspection by one of our trained field technicians. They’ll determine entry points and assess the extent of the problem, ensuring a comprehensive solution.

Finding where these elusive rodents are getting in requires a keen eye. It takes practiced expertise to locate openings, often as small as a mouse passing through a hole the size of your little fingernail. Our experts pay close attention to areas like chimney junctions, dormer overhangs, and other unexpected entry points.

When it comes to getting rid of rodents, our primary method is trapping. Unlike baiting, trapping allows us to control the location of the rodent’s demise. This approach minimizes the risk of dealing with unpleasant odors caused by rodents dying in inaccessible places.

To prevent future infestations, we employ a method known as exclusion. This involves sealing up all access points that rodents might exploit, ensuring a long-term solution to your pest problem.


Dealing with rodents doesn’t have to be a complicated or drawn-out process. By recognizing the signs early and employing effective trapping and exclusion techniques, you can reclaim your home from these unwelcome visitors. 

Trust our experienced team to handle the situation with precision, making your rodent problem a thing of the past.

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Mice in Portland – Everything You Need to Know

Are you tired of having mice in your Portland or Vancouver home? In this video interview, Ken VahnDijk will explain everything you need to know about mice, and how you can deal with them!

Are House Mice Easy to Get Rid of?

According to Ken, dealing with mice is easier than tackling rat infestations. Mice, being smaller and needing daily water, often move in and out of houses, unlike rats that might tunnel under foundations. This makes mice relatively simpler to manage.

Should You Be Worried About Mice in Your House?

Yes, you should. Mice, like rats, can carry communicable diseases. While most aren’t deadly to humans, there are exceptions like the hantavirus. Their presence, due to the germs and bacteria they carry, poses a health hazard.

How Long Do Mice Stay in a House?

Mice will stay in a house until they are removed. An infestation can escalate from a couple of unnoticed mice to a noticeable problem, indicated by noises, scratching, and the smell of urine. At this stage, professional help is often required.

What Do Mice Hate the Most?

An interesting point Ken made is that mice detest feeling trapped. They tend to stick close to walls and corners for protection and are constantly on the lookout for predators. This behavior is driven by their instinct to avoid being preyed upon.

Duration of Solving a Mice Infestation

Typically, resolving a mouse infestation takes between one to two weeks. The process involves initial trapping to reduce the mouse population, followed by sealing entry points to prevent new entries, and then trapping the remaining mice, which is made easier as they are attracted to bait due to their need for daily water.

What Scent Keeps Mice Away?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no effective scent to deter mice. Ken emphasizes that physical exclusion of access points is crucial, as methods like ultrasounds are ineffective.

In summary, dealing with mice requires a strategic approach, focusing on trapping, sealing entry points, and understanding their behaviors and needs. Remember, professional help is key in efficiently handling an infestation.

Preventing an Infestation Before it Even Starts

There are several ways to prevent an infestation in your house. Mice forage for food & shelter throughout the year. At EcoCare Pest Control, we offer exterminator services to effectively treat the exterior and interior of your homes. That way, your home will remain mice-free.

Ant Problem? We have the Solution! 

Mice in your Portland or Vancouver home can be a seasonal issue or a year-round problem. Don’t let mice take over your home. At EcoCare Pest Control, we offer the right solutions to keep your home comfortable and pest-free. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection or quote on your extermination service.

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Cyborg Cockroaches to the Rescue? We’ll Stick to Pest Control!

The latest buzz in pest control

Hello EcoCare family!

No, we’re not talking about a new spray or trap.

We’re talking about cyborg cockroaches!

Yes, you read that right.

What are “cyborg cockroaches?”

Researchers, like Hirotaka Sato from Nanyang Technological University, are turning Madagascar hissing cockroaches into miniature superheroes.

Equipped with electrodes, sensors, and even infrared cameras, these ‘cyborg’ roaches could one day help in earthquake search and rescue missions.

Imagine that: a swarm of these little guys, scurrying through rubble to find survivors. It’s like a scene from a sci-fi movie, but it’s real science in action!

This fascinating concept is part of a field called biohybrid robotics, where engineers blend living biological tissues with metal and plastic components to create robots. The cyborg cockroach, for instance, can carry technology and be remotely controlled to navigate disaster zones.

It’s a groundbreaking idea to save lives, using nature’s own resilient creatures.

Will EcoCare Pest Control use cyborg cockroaches?

While we’re totally in awe of this innovative use of cockroaches, don’t worry, we’re sticking to what we do best at EcoCare Pest Control: making sure your homes and businesses are pest-free.

We might not have cyborg cockroaches, but we’ve got the expertise and solutions to handle your everyday cockroach woes.

So, if you’re dealing with a cockroach invasion, give us a call.

We’ll handle it the old-fashioned way – no cyborgs needed!

Stay pest-free,

The EcoCare Team

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