All Natural Pest Elimination
Pear Blossom Parade 2005 - Medford, Oregon
All Natural employees' wives and kids joined in the fun!
The big purple inflatable spider is eight feet in diameter... everyone loved it!
It was a lot of fun participating
in Medford's 2005 Pear Blossom Parade!
We gave away 7,500 bags of bug candy, black spider rings and glow-in-the-dark spider rings to the kids.
(...but not everyone would take a free spider ring "...eeeeeek!")
The new VW bug was a company gift to secretary, Jackie, for her ten years of service with us!
Of course, it WAS a long walk...
| When confronted with damaged wiring or insulation from animals making a nest in their homes crawl spaces, even the most ardent of wildlife enthusiasts may be ready for SOME form
By Bill Varble
Medford Mail Tribune
At first, Donna Rhee thought the raccoons were cute.
But then they started tearing up the pond in her Ashland back yard. They climbed a cedar tree and pushed in the screens to her attic. They nested above the dining room, where meals were
punctuated with smells not unlike those found in a pet shop.
"It got so I couldnt sleep with all the thumping noises," says Rhee.
She called a pest management specialist who, during the course of the last year, caught 15 of the critters, trimmed back the cedar, hot-wired her pond and sealed off entries to attic and crawl
space with tough screen.
"Were on the raccoon freeway here," she says, referring to the hillside area of Scenic Avenue in Ashland. "Theres a huge number of them, an infestation. One of my neighbors, taking groceries from her car, found one going into a bag when she went back for a second trip to get it."
As Rhee learned, Thumper and Brer Possum are charming in Disney cartoons, but its not so charming when they or skunks, raccoons or squirrels live in the attic, walls or
subfloor of your home. In addition to creating noise and odors, they damage wiring and insulation, chew through sheetrock walls, leave large piles of dung and bring a host of diseases.
Theres a lot you can do to protect your home. Patch screens and plug openings in your crawl space and attic, especially around pipes, make sure entries are closed and latched and remove
food sources. That 40-pound bag of dog food in the garage is the main temptation for "nuisance wildlife"
The biggest problem is animals getting under the house, where its dry and they can make a home by tunneling into the floor insulation. Squirrels, rats, raccoons and possums like to tear into the insulation, wires and ducts between joists and build nests.
Fees for such services range from about $50 to several hundred dollars, depending on the business, the number of visits, the type of pest and the work required.
"I called for help to get rid of a family of skunks whod moved under a shed only 15 feet from my house," says Leslie Gottlieb, who lives near the wilderness above Ashland. The person he called for help "used baited traps and caught one each night for three nights. He threw a thick blanket on them so they wouldnt spray and then he drove them 10 miles out of town and let them go. I guess they liked the shed because its quiet and protected, but I figured theyd multiply and be under my house soon."
Small mammals like to chew on rubbery, petroleum-based wire wrapping and tubes and, though its rare, it can cause a short-circuit and fire.
The biggest attractors of pest animals are bird feeders and pet food. Animals need that protein, so any bags of cat or dog food should go in sealed bins or garbage cans. But seal all holes first. If they cant get in, its not an issue. If you have a hole as small as a quarter inch, mice can get in.
"Another often unsuspected source of food for pest critters are compost bins and fruit trees, which leave plenty of rotting fruit on the ground for many weeks," says Paul Wesner of All Natural Pest Elimination in Medford. "Make sure your compost is sealed and latched and excess garden produce picked or disposed of," he suggests.
"Trim back bushes and plants close to your house, as these provide shelter and pathways under your home," says Wesner.
Another strategy is to spread mothballs around in attic and crawl space.
Animals "hate the smell."
Pest animals can bring health problems, including fleas, distemper and rabies, and like to relieve themselves in one spot, creating "raccoon latrines" of several feet across. These piles can carry roundworm, a potentially fatal disease transmissible to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Its rare, but is often misdiagnosed, CDC says, and has been reported in seven states - including Oregon. Pest mammals, especially possums, can be ‘loaded’ with fleas.
The fate of animals after theyre trapped is a subject of some controversy.
New homes are being built into wildlife habitat all the time, displacing animals and limiting their options.
When exterminators live-trap such critters they are allowed to relocate the native ones, such as raccoons, skunks and foxes, but not the invasive possum, which must be killed, says Rosemary Stussy, assistant district wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. When theres an outbreak of distemper among raccoons, as happened last summer, they cant be relocated and also must be killed.
Some exterminators get required state permits and file required monthly reports on the number of animals relocated and killed with the ODFW, but most "run rampant" and drop problem mammals in the country as they wish, Stussy says, adding that she notifies the Oregon State Police, but it lacks the manpower to resolve the problem.
Complicating the issue are animal-rights activists who will intervene when they see an exterminator taking away trapped animals.
Many pest control companies promote themselves as non-toxic, using naturally occurring compounds, including boric acid, diatomaceous earth and botanical oils that are offensive to pests.
"Its safer for the environment, pets and people, and its the direction the industry is going," says Wesner of All Natural.
John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland.E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Natural Pest Elimination uses
natural products and methods for effective,
and environmentally safe pest control
Rogue Valley Profiles
As All Natural Pest Elimination has clearly demonstrated over the years, natural products and methods work best. The company uses Natureline - natural, botanical and inorganic products. Not only are these products effective in destroying pests like termites and carpenter ants, but they cause no harm to the environment.
As technician manager Richard Siegfried notes, “When people think of professional pest control, they often picture a guy spraying toxic chemicals around their house. But that’s not the case with All Natural. We’re committed to providing safer, more responsible, more comprehensive treatments—without compromising results.”
All Natural specializes in performing permanent wood treatments. As general manager Paul Wesner states, “We protect homes from dry rot and structural pests. We’re so confident in the results of our wood treatment program that we stand behind it with a written warranty. Customers are guaranteed that their pest problem will be eliminated or re-treatments are free."
“We believe that these treatments are a wise investment compared to the structural damage that can occur without them."
In addition to protecting older homes, permanent wood treatment can be beneficial to new homes and homes under construction. “Carpenter ants can move in even before a house is finished,” says Paul. “Wood beetle larva can already be inside the wood and dry rotting fungus can already be present on the wood. That’s why it’s wise to apply treatment on wood, walls, and underneath the house while the house is being built.”
All Natural provides free home inspections. These expert evaluations give home owners a complete report of their home’s condition, as well as recommendations for keeping it in good shape. Of special concern this time of year are dry rotting fungus, mold, standing water, leaky pipes under the home, and roof moss.
All Home Improvement is the company's home improvement and repair division. Its goal is to provide superior contracting services to customers. Areas of expertise include installing vapor barriers, insulation, sump pumps, and sub-structure repair.
Established in 1996 by David R. Smith, All Natural has grown to become the leader in natural pest control, and services most of Oregon. In 2001 the company received the Greenbook Directory’s Business of the Year award as a “business with heart, dedicated to a positive lifestyle and a sustainable future.”
If you suspect you have a pest problem, or just want peace of mind, All Natural is standing by to help. Why not call now to schedule a free home inspection?
Dr. Death will go to the mat
By Bill Varble
Medford Mail Tribune
The mice are eating my car.
First it was little stains on the
dash. Didn't register. Then the droppings. But it was our
anniversary, we went to dinner, and the mouse hunt got put on
Bad idea. The next morning there's mouse poo on the seats, the floor, all over. In the back are the remains of a bag of peanuts and a plastic water bottle with holes chewed in it. So... what - the salt makes them thirsty, then they hit the Crystal Geyser®?
The car is a rodent restaurant minus plumbing. Peanuts I can understand. But more alarming are the rubber crumbs... Insulation?
"Mice are eating my car," I tell my wife.
"They're chewing up rubber and
who knows what else. It's a process. They're converting my car into mouse turds."
I throw out the mess and the floor mats and double-time it to the car wash with the monster-vac. It's raining. The only other guy has a pickup marked NO BUGGY - an exterminator. Just what I need - a dealer in DEATH.
"They'll eat the wiring," Travis says. "There's
something in it they like. They even eat the hoses."
Hoping Toyota doesn't use peanut-flavored wiring, I pop the hood. It looks like the inside of the Discovery space shuttle. But no sign of mice.
"What you do," Travis says, "is get an anti-coagulant poison. They eat it and go out looking for water and die. Otherwise, they'll die inside."
I wrote in this space in January about mice in the house. I had a problem, back then, with arsenic, strychnine and substances invented by Nazis and now marketed to Mr. and Mrs. Homeowner by the pesticide industry. I had a problem, back then, with
brodifacoum, which zaps Mr. and Mrs. Mouse's anti-coagulant
enzymes, causing internal bleeding and death.
A rat took up residence in a friend's car and chewed up the wiring harness and one seat and a door panel. The bill was $2,000.
I was a wuss. But I won't be their sap anymore. I will be.... DR. DEATH.
I zoom to the Grange Co-op and find the Corner Of Doom.
"Mice can be very destructive," says Pam, who doesn't look like a sadist.
Dr. Death wavers.
"Live traps...?" I ask.
"What?" she shoots back. "...so they become somebody else's problem?"
A guy she knew had an antique car, a classic. Kept it stored and spit-shined. It wouldn't start. He got under the hood, and there they were, gnawing away.
"I'd throw some pitch packs in there," I think Pam says.
It sounds like baseball.
"Pitch packs. You pitch 'em in, and they eat them and go off to die. Anti-coagulants."
OK. Something in me shifts... to murder. Then a friend e-mails an article from the May's Nature. Two scientists argue it's time for science to re-think the taboo on attributing emotions to animals, which has been dismissed as "anthropomorphism."
Animals, they say, are a lot like us - even rodents. Gaaaaaaah!
But a poison wuss is a guy whose car they haven't started eating yet. I suck it up. Tentatively I place a pack of poison in the car. It feels good. I open the hood and put death stuff in there. Pretty soon I'm strewing 'death' all over the garage.
But I give them a chance; I put mothballs in the car... and the garage... and open jars of ammonia. I leave the car windows down. I crack the garage door an inch so mice can flee the stench.
So it's a fateful choice. Bolt and live to gnaw again, be free to start little mouse families to get all anthropomorphic about (cue big crescendo). Or go for the Toyota parts du jour and the big
peanut farm in the sky.
I'm hoping for a clean car in the morning. Instead
I find more turds, more rubber confetti - and untouched poison. Fine - I'm just getting warmed up. I get snap traps and bait them with
cheese, add a sonic zapper, smear peanuts on the poison packs...
Dr. Death is in this to the finish. Even if his wife complains about riding in a death car that smells like mothballs and cheese...
- Mail Tribune - 3/12/2001 - Medford, Oregon
The 5th Annual Business of the Year Award has been awarded to All Natural Pest Elimination. The award was announced by The Green Book publisher Nanci Powell. It is announced on Valentine's Day and is presented to a regional 'business with a heart' which promotes positive lifestyles and a sustainable future.
Discovery Resources International is publisher of The Green Book.
The award honors a community-minded business which models 'right livelihood and global interdependence, heart in the workplace, movement into a sustainable future, and consistently offers high-integrity goods and services'.
All Natural Pest Elimination has offices in Medford and Eugene providing natural pest control products and services throughout Oregon.
Company general manager Paul Wesner uses products approved for use in food by the Food and Drug Administration that the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency do not require to be registered.
"By using the best botanical and inorganic products, we are doing everything we can to protect homes from wood-destroying organisms, as well as nuissance pests," Wesner said.
By JOHN DARLING
For the Mail Tribune
Sugar ants, so numerous this time of year, don't really do any harm, except to give you that crawly feeling that you and your house are about to be overrun by zillions of munching bugs.
"It's a bad year for ants," said Paul Wesner of All Natural Pest Elimination.
The creatures nest in sheltered areas - under garden plastic, pots, sidewalks, foundations - anywhere near their food supply which is mainly all of our crumbs, jam smears, cat food, chicken fat spatters, you name it, just so long as it's got all the things we humans also love; sugar, protein, fat.
It helps if you keep your home scrupulously clean, denying them much of their food supply, but you have to keep in mind that sugar ants are relentless opportunists and will always find something in your home to eat, even if it's a dead moth or skin flakes off your body, said Pam Rouhier of Medford Grange Co-op.
Some people enjoy spraying the little critters with insecticide or trying folk remedies, like vinegar or cayenne pepper. And, of course, it's always satisfying to stomp and swat them as they stream across your counters, floors and shelves.
Unfortunately, these techniques don't work. You have to wipe out their hive. Luckily, this is not hard. You just buy some ant poison - or hire exterminators.
"Every fourth or fifth customer in here is asking for Terro," Rouhier said, referring the most popular ant poison. "It works because ants take it back to the nest and feed it to everyone in the nest and killing them. You just have to be willing to watch them run back and forth with it for several days until it takes effect."
Terro is sugar syrup laced with borax - poison to ants, but harmless to humans. The most popular form are bait stations ("ant crack houses"), which you cut open and place about the house for ants to go in and slurp it up, said Rick Topjian of Ashland Grange Co-op.
Also effective and long-lasting are borax crystals, which can be sprinkled liberally on ant-runs and nesting spots. Borax burns and cracks ants' waxy exoskeleton and they die of dehydration," said Wesner.
Runner-up bestseller is Grant's Ant Stakes, said Topjian. They contain arsenic trioxide and you can stick them in soil or lay them about near entry points - doors, sills, electrical boxes, under sinks and those tiny cracks in every house that ants always find (just follow the ant trail).
Popular with organic-minded folks are Deltamethrin (by Bayer), which contains pyrethrins, a contact killer made from chrysanthemums - and diatomaceous earth (powdered coral) that sticks to ants and acts like a million tiny pieces of razor blades on them, said Rouhier. However, these don't wipe out nests.
Because of environmental concerns, more powerful chemicals - diazinon, dursban, strychnine -- are fast disappearing from the market. However, exterminators are licensed to use more powerful forms of legal chemicals, devastating nests and sometimes injecting chemicals through wall, into spaces between studs, getting at their trails along wiring pathways and covering the ground 20 to 30 feet out.
Favorites with exterminators are Advanced Bait using diazinon, which is legal through the end of this year) and Direct and Tempo, both of which use pyrethrins, said Donna Ford of Spraymasters.
Natural method exterminators like Wesner use a mix of essential oils, including citric acid and orange oil, as well as diatomaceous earth.
"Still, you need to keep in mind it's virtually impossible to get rid of all the ants in anyone's yard."
Sugar ants, sometimes called grease ants are the main offenders. The medium-size ones you see crawling around on sidewalks are Western ants who mess up fields and pastures by building large mounds, said George Tiger, Extension Service urban horticulturist.. They don't bother your home.
The big, black ones are to be feared. They don't want your sugar and fat; they want your house. They're the carpenter ants and if you see them chewing on your foundation timbers, Tiger said, you must call for a serious, thorough extermination at once.