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Heavy metals in urban soils: Best practices to stay safe

Q: Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

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Stay on top of moisture and insect damage or pay the price

An annual inspection helps keep house in top shape

Kym Pokorny | Nov 8, 2017 | News Story

Will glyphosate poison us or our pets?

Q: We live in a large condominium between NW Naito Parkway and the Willamette River. Our property extends to the banks of the river. Our landscaper has been using a diluted version of glyphosate to control weeds on the property and blackberry vines along the edge of the river. We have LOTS of dogs in our complex, and some of our residents like using the rosemary growing...

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OSU scientists develop improved way to assess cancer risk of pollutants

Better way to gauge cancer risk from pollutants

Gail Wells | May 8, 2015 | News Story

Living with termites in Bend!

Q: I am trying to assess whether my exterminator is giving me accurate information about termite activity in Central Oregon. I am a new home owner of a house built in 1936. Termite activity was discovered during inspection and the exterminator sprayed. 2 months later we found a live termite colony in a floor beam. Also old trails in a door frame. He says it takes up ...

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Cluster flies: noisy but harmless

Large flies buzz and annoy, clustering together around windows and knocking into lampshades. These are cluster flies — noisy but harmless flies that enter homes through cracks and gaps.

Jul 2018 | Article

Mold Control: Home Inspection Checklist

Guidelines for inspecting your home for sources of moisture and steps for control.

Jeanne Brandt, Susan Busler | Mar 2007 | Article