Residential Pest Control

For over 30 years we have provided environmentally responsible Pest Control services for the greater Portland Metro and SW Washington areas.

We also offer Home Inspections for the sale of your house or just for your peace of mind. Our services include Residential, Multi-family housing, RV’s, Commercial, Professional buildings, Food processing, High tech facilities, Health care, Government buildings (GSA), Schools, Restaurants, Manufacturing, and Property Management Providers.

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We offer the gamut of pest control services for our residential customers. We do not have the “one size fits all” approach to pest control. We can provide one time only services as well as routine ongoing services. We customize our services to fit our customers’ individual needs. If we can solve your problem in one visit, that is what we do. If the pest issue requires multiple trips, together we plan a program to address those ongoing issues. Some customer’s circumstances require routine on-going services, thus we provide maintenance programs as well.

Residential Pest Control FAQ

Can’t I do this myself? Why should I hire a professional?

If you have tried to handle your pest problem on your own and continue to have issues, you should call The Bug Man.

When will I see results?

That depends on your pest issue. Call The Bug Man to discuss treatment programs options and expected results.

What types of pests are common around Portland Oregon?

Pest Ants, Carpenter Ants, Rodents, Roaches, Silverfish, Spiders, Carpet Beetles, Stored Product Pests, Termites, Yellow Jackets, Wasps – and the list goes on.

What are the hazards that these pests pose for my home? My family? My pets?

Some pests are a nuisance and you just do not want to see them in your home. Carpenter Ants and Termites are Structural pests and can damage your home and need to be addressed by a pest control specialist. Rodents and roaches do carry disease and can be a health hazard. Bed Bugs are a health hazard and must be handled by a professional.

What types of treatments do you use?

The Bug Man offers a variety of treatment plans which are designed for each specific pest issue. Call the office for detailed information.

What is the advantage of baits? Of sprays?

With baits you do not need to leave your home for treatment. Baits are a good option if you cannot leave your home for a few hours. Sprays are an important option for the control of carpenter ants, pest ants, roaches and many other pests.

For rodents we can use baits, trapping, building out and so on.

How did these pests get in my home in the first place?

Sometimes there’s no reasonable explanation for pests and rodents in your home. They’re just in our environment.

How can I prevent them from coming again?

It is important to keep vegetation 3-4 feet away from the exterior foundation of your home. Trim back shrubs and trees that are touching your house.

Keep garbage areas clean and clear of debris. Recycle cardboard, pop cans and other recyclable materials routinely. Keep kitchen area clean and take out garbage routinely. If you note a moisture problem, this attracts a variety of pests. Try to correct moisture problem by caulking windows, making sure that your roof is in good repair, basic home repairs are taken care of.

I have a few ants or other critters. Is that enough to worry about?

Yes, a few can become many.

What are clear-cut indications that I have a pest infestation?

Seeing numbers of the specific pest inside your house or trailing along the exterior foundation stem wall of your home, around trees, on utility wires and gutters. Noise in attic or crawl space, rodent droppings, buzzing noise. All of these observations are reason for concern and warrant a call to The Bug Man.

My pests are in the house. Why are you working outside?

Carpenter Ants, pest ants, other pests can infest the wall voids of your home. We can treat the wall voids of your home from the exterior as well as the foundation stem wall to stop them from entering your home.

Aren’t insects good for the environment? Should I really be killing them?

Some insects are good. Insects that cause damage to your home need to be addressed. Call The Bug Man for advice.

Will your treatment affect my lawn? My garden?

NO, we avoid lawns and garden spaces.

Will your treatment affect the safety of the fruit and vegetables that I am growing?

We avoid fruit or vegetable areas.

Why does it take more than one treatment for bed bugs, fleas and ticks?

These bugs can be resistant to treatment protocols and their sheer numbers can require multiple treatments for control.

Why would I consider scheduled pest service, especially if I don’t see evidence of pests?

Scheduled pest service over time cuts down on ant activity, spiders, and other pests that cross the same paths as the treatment plan. Rodents have become a habitual problem for many customers and routine monitoring service would be advised. Each pest problem is treated on an individual basis. We are not a one size fits all company. We are a targeted pest control company and strive to be environmentally responsible which means using the least invasive approach necessary to achieve control. Some issues need routine pest control service to achieve the proper control.

What are the after-effects of your treatment? What do I need to do to stay safe?

We ask that customers for some treatments stay out of their homes for 3 hours. This is more for comfort due to possible odors from products. Once you return to your home it is safe to move around as you would normally. There are specific protocols for specific treatments and we outline these protocols for you before your scheduled treatment. We strive to place products in areas where you won’t come into contact with them. For example; wall voids, attics & crawl spaces, cracks & crevices. If you have a medical condition that could be affected by any product, please discuss this with the office staff before your scheduled appointment.

Can you just quote me a price without doing a preliminary inspection?

For most issues we can give you a quote over the phone. Some issues we do need to Bid. Call the office with your specific pest problem and we can schedule as appropriate.

I don’t feel comfortable letting strangers in my home. How do I know it is safe?

The Bug Man is licensed and bonded. We have been in business for 30+ years. You can always check us out with the Better Business Bureau and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

When do you schedule your visits?

Our hours are Monday through Friday typically 8AM to 5PM.

Do I need to be out of the house when you do your job?

This depends on the issue we are treating. Call the office for specific information.

What type of training do your technicians have?

All of our Technicians are licensed through the Oregon and Washington Departments of Agriculture. To be licensed our Technicians have to pass specific licensing tests. Also, to maintain their license, they must complete 40 hours of continued education in a 5 year period.

Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

Yes

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes

What types of payment do you take?

Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discovery Card.

Our Dedication to the Enviroment

Our objective is to leave little or no impact on the environment. If there is a non-product approach that we can use to solve a particular problem we do so. This concept is called Integrated Pest Management or IPM. IPM is the ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests through a combination of practices such as biological control, habitat manipulation, and modification of cultural practices and the use of resistant varieties.

In our community we see a variety of pest problems.

The primary pest issues which customers contact us about are listed on our Know Your Bugs page.

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