Holiday Bed Bug Travel Tips

Pioneer Pest Management talks about how to help prevent bed bugs during your Thanksgiving travel. They provide pest control in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

If you’ve seen a bed bug, you aren’t alone. They continue to be a top concern for people. In fact, according to a “Bugs Without Borders” survey released in 2018, 97% of pest control companies say they treated bed bugs the year prior, with the most complaints being during the travel season. Bed bugs show no sign of going anywhere, unless they’re hitching a ride with you this holiday season. Learn more about bed bug travel tips and avoid bringing these blood sucking pests home from your holiday getaway.

Bed Bug Travel Tips – Inspect Your Room

Whether you’re staying in a hotel room or vacation rental, you’ll want to inspect for bed bugs. The small bloodsucking pests like to hide out in mattresses, sofas, chairs, behind headboards, and anywhere else people hang out for long periods of time. So pull back bedsheets and lift cushions and look for bed bugs, stains, and spots, paying particular attention to seams and edges. Bed bug eggs look like grains of rice and when they are full-grown are about the size of an apple seed.Pioneer Pest Management talks about how to help prevent bed bugs during your Thanksgiving travel. They provide pest control in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

If you do notice bed bugs contact management and ask for a room that’s not adjacent to the bed-bug-infested room as bed bugs can easily hitchhike through wall sockets, housekeeping carts, and luggage.

Protect Your Luggage

As mentioned above, bed bugs will hitchhike via luggage. So to be extra vigilant, place your luggage in plastic trash bags or use protective covers during your trip to help keep bed bugs out of your luggage.

Inspect Your Luggage When Returning Home

Once your traveling is done and you are home once again, you’ll want to inspect your luggage just in case. Place it in your garage or anywhere else there is a cool, smooth surface. It’s hard for bed bugs to climb out of smooth surfaces. Use this time to vacuum your luggage before storing it away.

Dry Your Clothing, Blankets, etc.

Before storing your clothes or other fabric items, place them in the dryer for 30 minutes set on high. If the heat is over 122 degrees Fahrenheit, this should kill any bed bugs hiding in your fabric items.

Bed bugs are notorious for being resilient, so staying vigilant is best. And because they’re highly-resilient, it’s best to contact the professionals when you do have an infestation.

You Ghoulish Guide to Spooky Pests

Fake spiders next to small fake pumpkin. Pioneer Pest Management talks about the common pests during fall and what you can do to deter them.

While it’s fun to decorate your home with cobwebs, spiders, and rats this time of year, you don’t want to deal with the real thing! Read more to learn about the real-life creepy crawlers that are common in the Pacific Northwest.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, like the fictional vampires, like to feed off human blood at night. They don’t transmit diseases to humans, but if you suffer bed bug bites, you may be left with red, itchy welts. However, not all people react to bedbug bites. Some may not even know they have bed bugs. Despite their name bed bugs can also be found anywhere from couches to behind picture frames, and behind baseboards. You can typically find bed bugs anywhere their host is for long periods of time.

Bed bugs are also quite the little hitchhikers. These pests will often hide in luggage, purses, and backpacks and easily infest a new location. If you plan to buy a second-hand Halloween costume this year, inspect it for any bed bugs, or signs of eggs– which are sticky, and white in color. You can learn more about bed bugs including the damage they can cause and their life cycle in our bed bug informational page.


Rodents scurrying across the floor will likely cause any person to jump and shriek. Rodents that are common in the Pacific Northwest include deer mice, house mice, Norway rats, and Roof rats. These rodents are primarily active at night and are well-adapted to our area. Roof rats will nest in attic spaces or up high, like in trees, while Norway rats will nest in or near the ground.

All four of these rodent species are quite destructive. They will chew just about anything they can find using their sharp teeth. Rodents can also transmit diseases and contaminate your belongings and food in your home. If you have boxes of fall or Halloween decor stored in your attic, basement or garage it might be a good idea to inspect it for rodent droppings or gnaw marks.

To gain a deeper knowledge about these rodents, take a look at our rodent informational page. There we have images of the different species and we talk about their biologies and habits.


Although spiders are one of the most feared pests, most in the Pacific Northwest are not venomous. The types you should be worried about are the Black Widow and the Hobo spider. Another venomous spider in the United States is the Brown Recluse spider. However, contrary to popular belief, it is not native to the Pacific Northwest. These spiders can be found in the dark corners of rooms, garages, sheds, and more. And If these spiders are disturbed or feel threatened they can administer a painful bite. If you are bitten by one of these spiders, it is important to recognize common signs and symptoms and if your reactions are severe, you should see a doctor immediately.

You can learn more about all the different types of spiders in the Pacific Northwest in our spider informational page.

Residential Pest Control

If you are dealing with bed bugs, rodents, spiders or any other ghoulish pests in your home, contact Pioneer Pest Management. We have been providing pest control services to the Portland, OR and Vancouver WA metro areas since 2001. We understand the pests that live in the area and we know how to properly and efficiently take care of them. When you contact us you’ll sleep well knowing that your family, home or business is well protected from pests. So contact Pioneer Pest Management today for professional pest control services.

Late Summer Pests in the Portland and Vancouver Area

Pioneer Pest reveals pests that are common in late summer in Portland OR and Vancouver WA.

It’s summer, the days are long and the temperature warm, and pests are still very active. Don’t let them ruin your outdoor enjoyment! Below are the common late-summer pests you should be on the lookout for, and ways you can keep them off your property.

Which Pests Create Problems in the Late Summer?

  • Ants: These tiny pests come out in the spring but stay around during the summer. They may move inside of your home after a good rainfall as they look for dry shelter.
  • Bed Bugs: With their great hitchhiking abilities, bed bugs can infest any home or business. They are one of the most common pests found in hotel rooms.
  • Flies: Flies like warmth and food. And since many people may be outside having picnics or BBQs, you may see an increase of flies outside your home.
  • Mosquitoes: Summer is known for high numbers of mosquitoes, especially after rain, since standing water is a common breeding site for these pests.
  • Stinging Insects: Bees, yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets prefer warm weather. They may become hostile if someone ends up near their nest.
  • Termites: Subterranean Termites and Dampwood Termites are active in Washington and Oregon. They live in the soil and wood found around and in homes. They love wood, wallpaper, flooring, cardboard, and more. They can damage your home. Keep an eye out for them in old wood stumps, timbers, or other wood items around your home.
  • Ticks: Ticks breed during the summer. They live in wooded, brushy, grassy areas or even on animals. Some are even harmful to humans as they can transmit diseases.
  • Wildlife: Raccoons, squirrels, birds, and other critters are out and about this time of year. As summer comes to a close, these animals may be preparing for the colder months ahead and may damage your home doing so.

Tips to Control Late-Summer Pests

Now is a good time to be vigilant about pests. Below are some ways to prevent a pest infestation on your property.

  • Maintain Your Yard: Keep your grass trimmed to prevent ticks and limit mosquitoes.
  • Move Wood and Other Debris: Stacked wood is a prime territory for termites as well as wildlife, wasps, and bees. Keep the wood away from the house and make sure other debris like grass clippings and garbage is thrown away in a sealed receptacle.
  • Remove Standing Water: Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and attracts other insects too. Removing any water from sources including buckets, birdbaths, and pots will prevent these pests from coming. Water after rainfall can accumulate in toys and yard equipment too, so ensure that water from these is dumped as well.
  • Ensure Your Home is Properly Sealed: Taking the time to ensure your windows and doors are sealed will prevent flies, mosquitoes, and other insects from getting inside your home. This can also include making sure screens are intact and cracks in your home’s foundation are sealed.

Pest Control Near Me

If you’re experiencing a pest problem near your Portland or Vancouver area property Pioneer Pest Management can help! Our highly-skilled exterminators will come to your home and find a solution to your pest problem so that you can enjoy the rest of your summer pest-free! So contact Pioneer Pest Management today, we provide pest control in Vancouver, Portland, and surrounding areas.

How to Check for Signs of Bed Bugs

No one wants bed bugs. Though these biting menaces were nearly eradicated by the 1970s, there has been a huge resurgence in bed bugs in the last couple of decades. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, you need to investigate–sooner than later!

Where to Look for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs aren’t just hanging around mattresses and pillows–they can be found throughout a home. Here are the areas in which we recommend looking for bed bugs:

  • Windowsills
  • Headboards
  • Mattress piping
  • Furniture
  • Pet beds
  • Pet kennels or carriers
  • Baseboards
  • Electrical outlets

Surprised by some of these locations? This is the key to finding bed bugs: they want to hide, and they want to feed. Bed bugs will hide anywhere, if it gives them access to blood!

The ability to hide in very small spaces is exactly why bed bug infestations can be so difficult to get rid of. This is also why consulting professional exterminators is a good idea, when you find evidence of bed bugs.

What are the Signs of Bed Bugs?

So now you understand where to look–but do you know what to look for? Bed bugs are tiny pests, but they do leave evidence. Check for these signs around fabric areas or around areas where humans sleep:

  • Reddish or rusty smears and stains.
  • This occurs when bed bugs are squished.
  • Pale yellow eggshells or eggs.
  • They can be seen with the naked eye, even though they are very small.
  • Tiny dark spots in clumps.
  • This is bed bug excrement.
  • Live bed bugs can sometimes be spotted as well.

You Can’t Identify Bed Bugs by Bites

Bed bug bites are not typically identifiable. Without any of the above indications, it’s not likely the bites are from bed bugs at all! There are a number of culprits that could be causing conditions that look like tiny bites, including fleas, rashes, and contact dermatitis.

If you think you’re experiencing bites of any kind, or an allergic reaction, look around for bed bugs or other pests–and please see a doctor! A physician can help you determine whether it’s an allergic reaction to a bug bite or another environmental factor.

Consult a Professional Bed Bug Exterminator

Professional exterminators deal with bed bugs and other pests all the time–and if you choose an experienced company, they’ve seen it all! An expert in pest control can help you determine whether or not you have an infestation, and how to control it.

If you suspect you’re dealing with a bed bugs infestation, or you’ve seen definitive signs of bed bugs, give Pioneer Pest Management a call. We’ll be able to confirm any signs of bed bugs,
and help you treat and protect your home!

Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?

Worried About Bed Bugs in the Pacific Northwest?

Are bed bug bites dangerous? Pioneer Pest Management answers your questions about the dangers of bed bugs in Portland OR and Vancouver WA.Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of without a professional, and they’re becoming more and more common in homes and apartment buildings. But are they more than just annoying? Are bed bugs dangerous?

The simple answer is no, bed bugs are not dangerous. There are a lot of misconceptions about bed bugs, and Pioneer Pest Management is here to help you understand exactly what bed bugs mean for you and your family.

The Dangers of Bed Bug Bites

While there has been a marked increase in bed bugs since the 1980s, bed bugs are not the health scare that some pest control companies claim they are.

According to Harold Harlan, an entomologist who has studied bed bugs for years, bed bugs can carry up to 28 different diseases–but there is no documentation that bed bugs are able to transfer these pathogens to humans. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) agrees: it does not consider bed bugs to be dangerous.

Chagas Disease and Bed Bugs

Perhaps the largest misconception is based on a study from New Mexico University. Researchers discovered that bed bugs can harbor Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, for as long as 97 days. When taken out of context, this can sound like evidence that bed bugs are dangerous. However, no study has been conducted on whether or not the bed bugs can transfer this parasite to humans, or cause Chagas disease in humans.

Are Bed Bug Bites Harmful In Any Way?

Bed bugs are not a serious medical threat at this current time in the United States for most people. Reactions to bed bug bites vary depending on the individual. Some people may not experience any symptoms as a result of a bed bug bite, while others may be greatly bothered or have a delayed reaction. Their bites can cause itchiness, inflammation, burning, and discomfort.

Common reactions appear as a raised, reddened welt similar to a mosquito bite. Often times, bites will be found on areas of exposed skin most common areas are head, neck, arms and shoulders since these areas are typically exposed while we sleep. Often there will be rows of 3 or 4 welts in a row in one of these areas of the body that will be extremely itchy.

If I Have Bites, Do I Have a Bed Bug Infestation?

A bed bug infestation cannot be determined by bites on your person alone. Bug bites can indicate the presence of bed bugs, but a pest professional is needed to truly diagnose a bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs can resist most extermination methods. Full extermination can be challenging without the assistance of a pest professional who understands pest management techniques. Hiring an experienced and certified bed bug pest control company can mean the difference between complete eradication, or continued infestation.

If you need help getting rid of your bed bugs, contact Pioneer Pest today. We’re always here for you!

Keeping Bed Bugs out of your home

Travel tips to keep bed bugs out of your home

Bed bugs have made an astounding comeback here in the Portland Oregon area in the last 10 years. For many years reported infestations were few and far between, but these days and by some reports, bed bug infestations are up more than 70% as compared to 10 years ago.

With the prevalence of bed bugs, and being that many families take vacations during the summer months, we decided to put together the below tips to help you and your family stay bed bug free this summer.

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First in order to avoid these pests, it is necessary to know what they look like and the tell-tale signs that show and active, or past infestation. Bed bugs are small, and range in size between 1 and 7 millimeters, their color is reddish brown and they have flat oval shaped bodies. Bed bugs leave plenty of signs pointing to previous or current infestations. Bed bug fecal matter looks like brown or black pepper flakes, bed bugs also will shed their skins, and an active infestation will include extremely small clear eggs.

Packing for your trip

Taking a few extra minutes to pack your belongings correctly can help avoid allowing these pests to hitch a ride home with you. Often it is recommended to pack clothes, personal hygiene products, and shoes in sealable plastic bags. These sealed bags make it easy for you to access your belongings when needed and cut down on places these bugs can hide. We also recommend packing a small flashlight to help you inspect your hotel room.

Check your hotels reviews online

As bed bug infestations get more prevalent and more and more people use the internet, reviews are a great way to decide where to stay and where to avoid. Check reviews on several websites to see if the hotel has had a recent bed bug problem.

Inspect your hotel room

Bed bugs like to hide in cracks, crevices and folds of bedding, or other places where humans frequent. When you arrive in your hotel room, inspect under pillows, sheets, mattress seams, behind headboards and in seams of chairs and couches. Using the flashlight during this inspection will ensure you are able to see small details like those mentioned above in the bed bug identification paragraph. Other areas that should be checked include, behind pictures and under lamps and nightstands.

Inspect your luggage

Inspect your luggage before bringing into your home. Taking the time to inspect your luggage in a safe place such as a garage or outdoors can help to ensure you don’t bring these pests in. Conduct a thorough inspection of your suitcases, bags, and belongings paying special attention to seams, cracks, and folds where bed bugs love to hide.

Check your body

It’s a good idea to check your body and ask those with you to do the same. Small itchy red welts can point to contact with these bugs.