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Ant Control

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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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Emily Sandstrom
Emily Sandstrom
Great and helpful experience with Keith. He was very knowledgeable and thorough and respectful of my specific needs.
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Keith is fantastic! He was on the same page as me when I asked for help with the ants, but wanted to be sure the spiders, bees & butterflies would be safe. We recently had a random infestation of moths that he helped identify & treat. Highly recommend!
Brandon Loveland
Brandon Loveland
Keith is excellent, thorough, and I highly recommend him for any pest control needs. Very nice guy and extremely professional.
Cheryl Bertin
Cheryl Bertin
Kieth was punctual, courteous, and knowledgeable. We wanted a less toxic approach to pest control and he delivered. Walked me through some follow up and remains available for questions. Nice guy, great service.
James A. Holland
James A. Holland
Pest & Pollinator is just what we needed! Custom, considerate care for the conscious ecosystem manager.
Matt Wyss
Matt Wyss
## Pest & Pollinator: Saving our sanity (and our rental property)! **5 stars, no question!** Pest & Pollinator isn't just your average pest control company – they're **eco-conscious heroes** who saved our rental property from a critter catastrophe! Let's just say, when we discovered unwelcome guests (of the creepy crawly variety) had taken up residence, we were at our wits' end. But Pest & Pollinator, with their **calm expertise and innovative approach**, turned the tide in record time. **Here's why they deserve every star under the sun:** * **Quick response:** They were at our door within 24 hours, ready to assess the situation. No waiting in pest purgatory! * **Thorough inspection:** They didn't just spray and pray. They meticulously identified the culprit, their entry points, and potential nesting spots. They even explained everything in a way we could understand (no entomology jargon here!). * **Eco-friendly solutions:** We were thrilled with their **commitment to sustainable pest control**. They used targeted, natural methods that kept our furry (and not-so-furry) friends safe while eliminating the unwanted ones. No chemical cocktails or harmful residues – just peace of mind. * **Follow-up and prevention:** They didn't just disappear after the initial treatment. They followed up to ensure the problem was truly gone and even offered tips on long-term prevention – like sealing up potential entry points and creating a welcoming environment for natural predators. **The result?** Our rental property is pest-free, our tenants are happy, and we can finally sleep soundly knowing Pest & Pollinator has our back (and our walls)! **If you're looking for pest control that's effective, eco-friendly, and simply fantastic, look no further than Pest & Pollinator. They're the real deal, and they'll have you singing their praises (pest-free, of course!) in no time.** **P.S.** Bonus points for their friendly and professional staff! They made a stressful situation a lot less so with their positive attitude and clear communication. **Thank you, Pest & Pollinator! You're our new pest-banishing BFFs!**
Martin Rozycki
Martin Rozycki
Very quick and professional service. Will definitely use again next time we have an issue!
Sally Krantz
Sally Krantz
Keith is really knowledgeable, thorough and honest. He was able to do a tricky exclusion for a reasonable price. Highly recommend!

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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.

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 care for 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:

Emily Sandstrom
Emily Sandstrom
Great and helpful experience with Keith. He was very knowledgeable and thorough and respectful of my specific needs.
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Deanna Schindler-Ord
Keith is fantastic! He was on the same page as me when I asked for help with the ants, but wanted to be sure the spiders, bees & butterflies would be safe. We recently had a random infestation of moths that he helped identify & treat. Highly recommend!
Brandon Loveland
Brandon Loveland
Keith is excellent, thorough, and I highly recommend him for any pest control needs. Very nice guy and extremely professional.
Cheryl Bertin
Cheryl Bertin
Kieth was punctual, courteous, and knowledgeable. We wanted a less toxic approach to pest control and he delivered. Walked me through some follow up and remains available for questions. Nice guy, great service.
James A. Holland
James A. Holland
Pest & Pollinator is just what we needed! Custom, considerate care for the conscious ecosystem manager.
Matt Wyss
Matt Wyss
## Pest & Pollinator: Saving our sanity (and our rental property)! **5 stars, no question!** Pest & Pollinator isn't just your average pest control company – they're **eco-conscious heroes** who saved our rental property from a critter catastrophe! Let's just say, when we discovered unwelcome guests (of the creepy crawly variety) had taken up residence, we were at our wits' end. But Pest & Pollinator, with their **calm expertise and innovative approach**, turned the tide in record time. **Here's why they deserve every star under the sun:** * **Quick response:** They were at our door within 24 hours, ready to assess the situation. No waiting in pest purgatory! * **Thorough inspection:** They didn't just spray and pray. They meticulously identified the culprit, their entry points, and potential nesting spots. They even explained everything in a way we could understand (no entomology jargon here!). * **Eco-friendly solutions:** We were thrilled with their **commitment to sustainable pest control**. They used targeted, natural methods that kept our furry (and not-so-furry) friends safe while eliminating the unwanted ones. No chemical cocktails or harmful residues – just peace of mind. * **Follow-up and prevention:** They didn't just disappear after the initial treatment. They followed up to ensure the problem was truly gone and even offered tips on long-term prevention – like sealing up potential entry points and creating a welcoming environment for natural predators. **The result?** Our rental property is pest-free, our tenants are happy, and we can finally sleep soundly knowing Pest & Pollinator has our back (and our walls)! **If you're looking for pest control that's effective, eco-friendly, and simply fantastic, look no further than Pest & Pollinator. They're the real deal, and they'll have you singing their praises (pest-free, of course!) in no time.** **P.S.** Bonus points for their friendly and professional staff! They made a stressful situation a lot less so with their positive attitude and clear communication. **Thank you, Pest & Pollinator! You're our new pest-banishing BFFs!**
Martin Rozycki
Martin Rozycki
Very quick and professional service. Will definitely use again next time we have an issue!
Sally Krantz
Sally Krantz
Keith is really knowledgeable, thorough and honest. He was able to do a tricky exclusion for a reasonable price. Highly recommend!