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Ant Exterminator Portland

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Say Goodbye to Ants, and Chemical Sprays

Are you frustrated with ants, but wary of chemicals?

No worries.

It’s the 21st Century, we have advanced technology that makes ant control safer than ever.

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Natural Ant Extermination

Call us. We make natural ant removal safe & easy by tracking down the ants then using small, precise applications of eco-safe, organic products to eliminate the colony once-and-for-all.

Ants are persistent. They build cozy nests in walls – and stay for the crumbs. If ants are already in your walls, send us a message.

We help you get rid of ants without harming pets, people, pollinators or the environment.

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R. Jon MacDonald
R. Jon MacDonald
We've worked with Keith since he started, and he's been extremely attentive, kind, and responsive. We've had a few pest control companies over the years, and none of them have effective or personable!
Sam Wallace
Sam Wallace
Incredibly professional and thorough. Highly recommended!
Aaron Meola
Aaron Meola
Very happy with the service provided, highly recommended! We had some squirrels getting into a gap behind the gutter of our house. Keith came out quickly, did a thorough inspection of the whole property, placed some steel wool in gaps and set traps. The traps worked as planned and he came back a couple days later and did a great job sealing up the house once we knew they were taken care of.
Susan
Susan
We were happy to meet with Keith Chaloux, Owner of Pest & Pollinator LLC today. We had noticed an infestation of house ants while working on a remodel. He was prompt in getting back to me after I contacted him yesterday and set up an appointment to come by today. After surveying our property and identifying the area requiring treatment he was able to set bait on the spot! Such great and timely service was much appreciated. Susan B., SE Portland
Linda Burch
Linda Burch
Keith is thoroughly professional, thoughtful, and dedicated. I had an immediate pest concern which he responded to promptly. He is also dedicated to environment-friendly pest control. He kindly explains his strategies in a clear and friendly manner. He was also very kind to the family dog. Highly recommend.
Matthew Gallagher
Matthew Gallagher
Knowledgeable, professional, and effective!
Nicole Gerber
Nicole Gerber
Keith is the best in the business! I went through 5 different quotes and explanations for my problem. Keith had it dialed and solved within a month. Lowest cost, best communication, and a pleasure all around!
Brent Gummow
Brent Gummow
We reached out to Keith at Pest & Pollinator based on a recommendation from a friend who knew we were dealing with a growing ant invasion. He stopped out, listened, and gave us options for how we wanted to proceed. Keith also checks back in to make sure that what he did actually solved the problem and even came back to reapply and give us a few baited traps should the ants start coming back again later. All in all, great friendly service - we'll definitely be using him again.
Joe Armenia
Joe Armenia
he is fadst, he is affordable, he is good. is there anything else?
Alina Knop
Alina Knop
We worked with Keith and are grateful for the work he did for us! We had a dead raccoon in our crawlspace that needed to be removed asap. He was professional, able to safely take care of the job same-day and helped scope our property to identify rodent access points to prevent this issue in the future.

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Eco Friendly Ant Control Portland

We go above and beyond. We get the same great results while eliminating hazardous pesticide spraying to save backyard pollinators. Teaming up with Green Shield Certified, here are the exact ways Pest & Pollinator has improved safety compared to conventional pest control companies:

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Avoids spraying any pesticides at all.
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Chooses non-toxic, all natural, and organic products.
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No residual-active pyrethroids.
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No fipronil sprays.

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Ant Control FAQs

How long do ants live?

Adult odorous house ants can live for 2-3 years. Plenty of time for them to build large nests. So if you’re battling ants year after year, or not getting good results with repellent sprays, this could be partly the reason why.

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How to Get Rid of Ants in Kitchen

To keep ants out of your kitchen, you’ll need to seal every crack & crevice, keep all food in sealed airtight containers, and clean nightly.

In our experience, ants can always enter through practically microscopic cracks, or through the gap at the foundation-to-siding wall junction.

And many impeccably sealed & professionally cleaned homes still have ants sometimes.

Candidly, odorous house ants (sugar ants) seem more interested in the ideal warm, sheltered habitat within our walls, than the crumbs on the floor. Although clearly they love that too…

That’s why we recommend learning a bit about how odorous house ant work, and using baits in order to get the best & safest ant control.

For tips on managing odorous house ants without pesticides, check out Northwest Center for Alternative to Pesticide’s guide on small ant control here.

Borax Ant Killer Recipe

One of the best home remedies for ants is borax bait. When mixing borax and sugar ant killers, aim for a 1-10% borax and 1:2 simple syrup solution. Use higher borax concentrations for for smaller ant infestations or for carpenter ants, and lower concentrations for large ant colonies to allow for better movememnt back to the queen.

For odorous house ants aim for around 3% concentration of borax, and 1:2 water:sugar syrup:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 heaping tsp borax

Mix together until it is a thick liquid or gel, and place on active ant trails, out of reach of pets and kids. When baiting ants, remember not to spray or wipe their trails or else you will disrupt the movement of bait back to the colony.

Can Ants Fly?

Yes, ants can fly! But only at a certain point in their reproductive cycle when they are looking to mate and create new colonies.

Flying ants are called alates, or “swarmers,” and appear suddenly. Alates are born with wings that develop in their pupal stage. Whereas regular “worker ants” are born without wings.

In Portland carpenter ants, odorous house ants & pavement ants swarm in the Spring. If you see flying inside your house, there are probably ants inside your walls which might be good to have inspected by a professional.

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Termite vs. Flying Ant

Termite swarmers are easy to distinguish from ant swarmers, because they both have two sets of wings. In general, all four wings on a flying termite are the same length, whereas ant swarmers have one shorter set of wings. 

Best Ways to Get Rid of Ants

There’s lot of different ways to approach getting rid of ants naturally. Here are our suggestions to get the best ant control:

  1. Keep vegetation & tree branches trimmed away from your home.
  2. Caulk any obvious gaps around windows, doors and cracks in the foundation.
  3. For light infestations, clean and sanitize any areas where ants are foraging.
  4. For heavy infestations, use a bait product and allow the ants to take it back to the colony.
  5. If ant activity persists after baiting, reach out to an eco-friendly ant control company who can help you further.

Portland ant control is affordable, easy & safe with Pest & Pollinator. Give us a call or text today.

Pest & Pollinator LLC is committed to our mission of helping the Portland OR community solve pest problems while reducing pesticides and protecting biodiversity.

Carpenter Ant Removal 

Anxious about carpenter ants damaging your home? Our carpenter ant removal services are effective, eco friendly and backed by a 90-day satisfaction guarantee. Don’t worry about how to get rid of carpenter ants, contact us today.

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Upgrade the Safety of your Current Pest Program

Want to feel more confident about the safety of your pest service? Call us today.

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Friendliest in the Northwest.

We're Oregon's–and the PNW's–only Green Shield Certified pest control company by the IPM Institute of North America. We're committed to our mission to protect your health, safety and sustainability. You can feel confident when choosing Pest & Pollinator that we're protecting your family, pets, and planet better.

Get in touch today.

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Now Accepting Happy Customers

See what our customers love about Pest & Pollinator:

R. Jon MacDonald
R. Jon MacDonald
We've worked with Keith since he started, and he's been extremely attentive, kind, and responsive. We've had a few pest control companies over the years, and none of them have effective or personable!
Sam Wallace
Sam Wallace
Incredibly professional and thorough. Highly recommended!
Aaron Meola
Aaron Meola
Very happy with the service provided, highly recommended! We had some squirrels getting into a gap behind the gutter of our house. Keith came out quickly, did a thorough inspection of the whole property, placed some steel wool in gaps and set traps. The traps worked as planned and he came back a couple days later and did a great job sealing up the house once we knew they were taken care of.
Susan
Susan
We were happy to meet with Keith Chaloux, Owner of Pest & Pollinator LLC today. We had noticed an infestation of house ants while working on a remodel. He was prompt in getting back to me after I contacted him yesterday and set up an appointment to come by today. After surveying our property and identifying the area requiring treatment he was able to set bait on the spot! Such great and timely service was much appreciated. Susan B., SE Portland
Linda Burch
Linda Burch
Keith is thoroughly professional, thoughtful, and dedicated. I had an immediate pest concern which he responded to promptly. He is also dedicated to environment-friendly pest control. He kindly explains his strategies in a clear and friendly manner. He was also very kind to the family dog. Highly recommend.
Matthew Gallagher
Matthew Gallagher
Knowledgeable, professional, and effective!
Nicole Gerber
Nicole Gerber
Keith is the best in the business! I went through 5 different quotes and explanations for my problem. Keith had it dialed and solved within a month. Lowest cost, best communication, and a pleasure all around!
Brent Gummow
Brent Gummow
We reached out to Keith at Pest & Pollinator based on a recommendation from a friend who knew we were dealing with a growing ant invasion. He stopped out, listened, and gave us options for how we wanted to proceed. Keith also checks back in to make sure that what he did actually solved the problem and even came back to reapply and give us a few baited traps should the ants start coming back again later. All in all, great friendly service - we'll definitely be using him again.
Joe Armenia
Joe Armenia
he is fadst, he is affordable, he is good. is there anything else?
Alina Knop
Alina Knop
We worked with Keith and are grateful for the work he did for us! We had a dead raccoon in our crawlspace that needed to be removed asap. He was professional, able to safely take care of the job same-day and helped scope our property to identify rodent access points to prevent this issue in the future.