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As temperatures rise, some pests find a way inside your home to avoid the heat

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (KPTV) -

The peak of summer doesn't only bring the heat, it also brings certain pests into your home.

Wasps, box elders and odorous ants can show up in and around your home this time of year.

Jake Claus with Natura Pest Control said, just like humans, some bugs don't like extreme temperatures, which is partly why they like to come indoors when it's hot.

He said, when the temperatures rise, the bugs will find a way into your walls from the outside. From there, the ants will travel along electrical wiring or plumbing and can show up anywhere in your home.

"Spring is their breeding season, and then by the time it gets to be the heat of the summer they've already had x number of breeding cycles depending on the pest," Claus said. "So, once you have so many breeding cycles you just have more and more and more bugs."

People that live in Washington County are currently under a yard waste quarantine from the Department of Agriculture because of invasive Japanese beetles.

The beetles feed on more than 300 plants, especially roses, and were found in record numbers two years ago in Portland. The impact to all crops, commodities and other related businesses could be as high as $45.5 million if Japanese beetles become established in Oregon, according to an ODA risk analysis.

The Department of Agriculture has been going from home to home applying a pesticide on lawns and beds in the affected areas.

If you live in the affected areas ODA will send you a notice before they apply the pesticide.

As for the other pests, there are a lot of things you can try to get rid of them on your own, like using a borax mixture to get rid of ants.

But, experts said hiring a pest control service for regular checkups is the best way to consistently keep the bugs away.

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