Mating Flight Timing

Here in Oregon almost all of the ant species and the two main termite species rely on an exact combination of atmospheric and seasonal conditions to time their mating flights. In Beaverton, Tigard, and Tualatin these flights are earlier than in Hillsboro or the West...

Honey Bees in the BBQ

We provide pest control for bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. This pic was sent in by a relative. He needs to clean his grill more often. These Honey bees must have swarmed and landed here this spring. It was a shame he had to kill the colony, because we have...

M.R.S.A. Infection Alert!

We were called to this home because the owners thought that these marks on the young girls legs were spider bites. At Nature First Pest Control we are well aware of a new highly resistant strain of Staphylococcus. It is nicknamed MRSA, short for Methicillin Resistant...

Rodent Identification 101

Nature First trapped these animals under a house in S.E. Portland recently. We had trapped nine at final count. Most home owners, and a lot of beginning rodent control technicians mis-identify these rodents. At first glance, they look like mice. But notice...

Organic Commitment

Our founder with the pumpkin that was auctioned off for charity. It came in at 547 lbs. At Nature First Pest Control we practice what we preach. This giant pumpkin was grown with no pesticides or chemicals. We garden organically every year and always have produce to...

High Wire Act

Look up at your connecting wires to your house. If these wires touch a tree within 50 feet of your house, you may have a high wire act like this one. This is more of an ant super highway. These belong to a species of Carpenter ant that prefers to live in your attic or...

Bird Feeder No-No

Nature First Pest Control’s founder points out the obvious. Actually, the connection between bird seed and rodents isn’t so obvious to a lot of homeowners. This rat family thinks that it has an unending supply of bird seed. Black sunflower seeds are very...

Termite Damage

This is a garage wall. This is classic evidence of Subterranean Termites. This Pic shows the mud tubes after paneling was removed. The actual colony is located under the garage floor. It used to be a common practice to dispose of wood scraps alongside of structures in...

Mystery Bites (it probabally wasn’t the spider)

After 20 years in this business you start to connect the dots, or bites, as it were. My wife and I walk the dog by a year around creek that looks pretty fast and clean. If there is absolutely no wind, small black “fruit flies” appear in the shadows and...

Where have All the (Yellow Jackets) Gone?

Each year at this time I have lots of calls to eradicate Yellow Jackets. Not this year. An entomologist at Oregon State has said that the very cold and rainey spring has killed off most of the over wintering queens. I believe that this kill off has applied to several...