Common Infestations in Utah Homes and How to Beat Them

Nothing can ruin a beautiful home and a pleasant day quite like a pest infestation. It poses a health risk, destroys parts of the house, and generally gives the heebie-jeebies to anyone who lives with them. Thankfully, all hope is not lost. Here are some of the most common pests in Utah and ways you can get rid of them.

  • Termites

Subterranean termites like Utah for its land and climate, so homes are very susceptible to attracting them and suddenly having a colony without having been able to catch them. Because they enter the home through cracks in the foundation, it’s easy to miss them as they are often out of sight until it’s a massive problem.

One of the best methods to get rid of a termite problem is through sub-slab injection. This technique targets areas of your home that have cellulose and are easy to reach for termites. Identifying the best spots to do this may require the help of an expert, though major infestations may make it more visible to determine where to start. Sub-slab injection calls for drilling a small hole into specific sections of the foundation and injecting termiticide through it so that it spreads out under the surface. The hole is then sealed, and all you have to do is wait for the effects to take place.

  • Sod Webworms

Sod webworms are a type of moth larvae from the Cranbus genus, and they like to feed on grasses. They are one of the main suspects for causing lawns to go brown and thin out. Seeing the visual repercussions on your lawn’s grass is already enough of a sign to detect their presence. Still, a surefire signal that you have a major infestation on your hands is also by mowing and checking if any adult moths fly out. These crambid moths will continue to breed and create webworms who will ruin the grass continuously.

The way to get rid of these is by using grub control agents late in the daytime to perfectly target them when they rise at night. It’s still important to keep your grass watered well, as this invites them to come out. To avoid having to use chemical pesticides, make use of organic nematodes or Spinosad.

  • Spiders

Only a few types of spiders end up staying indoors in Utah, but they can still spread throughout the home and end up causing a lot of stress. It’s especially important to identify whether the spiders that have made their way into your home are poisonous. The problem with handling this on your own is possibly missing any spider eggs or even releasing some babies.

Spider control includes sealing cracks and gaps that are inviting to them, cleaning up cobwebs, and tackling the core reason for the infestation. This reason is often the presence of other bugs that are acting as an attractive prey for them.

You don’t have to live with these nasty pests ruining your home and freaking out anyone who visits. As long as you use the right methods and take action right away, your home can avoid further infestations.