proof. Pest Control in Highland, UT
Common Pest Issues We Treat in Highland
In addition to ants and rodents, other common Highland area pests include:
Spiders: Black widows, Hobo spiders
If you suspect that you might have a pest infestation, give call us right away and we’ll give you a free quote over the phone in just a few minutes!
Highland Spider Control
Venomous or not, spiders are one of the most feared pests commonly found in homes. From wolf spiders to hobo spiders to black widow spiders to brown recluse spiders to house spiders, these pests are never welcome guests.
Without professional pest control, keeping spiders out of your home is very difficult to do. These critters have no trouble finding openings into your house and making themselves feel right at home.
Spiders are drawn to houses that can provide:
- Shelter: Spiders escape extreme weather conditions by hiding away in dark corners, basements, crawlspaces, and attics.
- Mates: During mating season, males will enter your home in search of mates.
- Food: Other pests are spiders’ main source of food, so they will come into a home if they know there are plenty of other pests there.
Easily recognizable by the red hourglass shape on their bellies, black widows are a feared spider among many. While their bites don’t often cause death, their venom is 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake, making them quite dangerous. Symptoms of a black widow bite include nausea, paralysis of the diaphragm, and muscle aches.
Black widows survive off other pests and insects such as:
Black widows prefer to hide away in dark, dry, man-made structures such as barns, decks, outhouses, sheds, woodpiles, and more. Inside a home, they are commonly found in dimly lit crawl spaces, garages, and basements.
The Hobo spider hitched rides with humans along Pacific Northwest highways to distribute itself in 6 American states. Hobo spiders are aggressive house spiders that are quite difficult to identify due to the similarities they share with other spiders. They love to hide in dark, moist spaces—such as basements and crawl spaces—and are often found in holes, cracks, and crevices. Hobo spiders are not great at climbing, so you will almost always find them underground.
In order to prevent hobo spiders in your home:
- Seal common entry points such as cracks along the foundation
- Replace all window screens that have holes
- Clear away clutter from basement or garage
- Avoid storing shoes on the floor
Keep basement dry
Carpenter Ant Control in Highland
Carpenter ants are large and black, making them easy to identify on your Highland property. They love to burrow in damp, rotting wood, so you’ll often see them in homes near the area’s many creeks and rivers, like the American Fork River and Dry Creek, though they won’t turn down fresh, dry wood, either.
To prevent an ant invasion in your home, you need to:
- Avoid leaving cat or dog food outside
- Keep all food in airtight containers
- Avoid leaving leftover food sitting on the counter for too long
- Clean up and food or drink spills right away
- Keep floors swept and mopped
Their tunneling can weaken your home’s structure, so let the ant experts here at proof. take care of these unwanted invaders for you. Call today for a free quote!
Highland, UT Rodent Removal
Because the Highland area’s population has grown so quickly, there are lots of new homes under construction, displacing small rodents like mice from their natural homes. When it gets cold outside in the winter, these little critters sneak into your home to find food and warmth, and they multiply rapidly once inside. Rodents are common in and around homes near parks, like Highland Glen Park and Mitchell Hollow Park.
Getting rid of them can be a challenge, but you can rest assured that we are up to the task! Call today for a free quote from one of our pest experts on Highland rodent control. We offer both 1-time and ongoing Rodent Control services.
Pocket Gopher Removal
Known for building complex underground tunnels, gophers damage lawns, destroy gardens, and kill trees in yards. These rodents can grow to be up to 10 inches long and prefer to live alone. They are easily identified by their brown fur, small ears, long teeth, small eyes, and short tails. As vegetarians, these pests survive off of shrubs, plants, roots, trees, and grass, making them a gardener’s worst nightmare.
To prevent these pests from making their way onto your property and destroying your yard, you can:
- Bury mesh wire fencing underground
- Lay down a barrier of gravel around the perimeter of your yard
- Plant your shrubs, veggies, and other plants in raised garden boxes
Wasp Removal in Highland, UT
During late summer and early fall, wasps come out in full force as they search for food to sustain themselves through winter. While they typically do not sting unless they are provoked, having a wasp colony near your home can be incredibly unsafe for you and your family, particularly for those who are allergic to wasps. Unlike bees, wasps can sting over and over again thanks to their smooth stingers.
To keep wasps away, you should:
- Avoid leaving meat or sweet drinks sitting outside
- Keep your trashcans sealed up
- Keep your doors and windows shut
- Don’t leave trash lying around
- Cover or fill any holes in the ground
If you discover a wasp nest on your property, it is best to reach out to a professional pest control team right away.
Highland Termite Control
Costing billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year, termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Since they are often hidden away within the structure of a home, they can be there for years before a homeowner finally discovers them. The three types of termites are subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. All in search of wood, termites have the potential to cause extensive, irreversible damage to your home.
Things that attract termites include:
- Excess foliage
- Piles of wood
- Dead or decaying trees
- Cellulose material
- Clogged gutters
- Warm, dark places
- Moist soil
If you notice winged ants, mud tubes, wings that have been shed, or structural damage to your home, you might be facing a termite infestation.