We find that most residential customers do not need to have repeated service in their home month after month. Having your home
thoroughly serviced once or twice per year is usually sufficient. However, some problem may require a monthly program, most
pests can be controlled from the outside.
Number One Pest
The number one pest for the Grand Valley is ants. We’ve logged more calls for ants than any other insect. Ants are very difficult to control. There are several different types of ants in this area. Most of the calls are for the pavement ant, more commonly known as a sugar or grease ant.
Their nests sometimes extend several feet below the soil surface.
They can live under homes -- even slab homes – and enter around plumbing, expansion joints, electric and gas lines and cracks in slab flooring. With so many hiding places in your home, these ants can often be difficult to control. But it is not impossible!
After ants, spiders and cockroaches take up a large part of our calls. We have several species of spiders in this area. There are three types to be concerned about – black widows, hobo spider, and the brown recluse.
Black widows, when full-grown, are about one-half inch long and shiny black or dark brown. She has a spherical abdomen. Most widows also have orange-red markings on the underside of the abdomen, sometimes appearing as an hourglass. However, these markings may be reduced and even absent among the widow species found in this area.
The hobo spider is often confused with the brown recluse spider. The hobo spider’s bite is of medical importance to both humans and pets, because it may result in a slow-healing lesion, although it is not a particularly aggressive biter. They are generally gray and about 1" to 1 3/4" including legs.
The brown recluse spider is uncommon in this region. They are frequently confused with the wolf spider and funnel weavers. The brown recluse is called the fiddleback spider because of its distinctive fiddle pattern on the cephalothorax. They are usually yellowish-brown to dark brown in general color.
Termites in Colorado
Unless you have experienced termites, you may believe, as do many Coloradoans, that "There are no termites in Colorado."
If the truth be known, we do have termites in Colorado! And more than you can shake a stick at in the Grand Valley. Drywood termites live in colonies within wood and subterranean termites live in colonies in the soil and come up to feed on wood or other cellulose material.
There are two types of termites in the Grand Junction area. The Subterranean and Drywood Termite. The Subterranean termite is native to Colorado. They feed on any type of wood or wood product such as paper, cardboard or even the backing of some carpets. The Subterranean termites live in the soil the depth of the main colony depends on soil temperature and soil moisture. From the soil they may go directly into wood if it is in contact with the soil. If the wood is above soil they will construct a mud tube from the soil to the wood. These termites are capable of entering any type of structure.
The other type of termites in this area is the Drywood Termite. These termites are not native to Colorado. They were first found in the Fruita area about 1976. Its believed they migrated from Arizona to this area. The Drywood Termite does not need moisture like the Subterranean termite. They will enter a structure from any crack or opening in the wood its self or around windows, doors, eaves or foundation area.
Most home owners only become aware of the presents of termites after they have already done damage. To the average person most termite evidence will go unnoticed. In most instances a trained termite inspector can find evidence of termites before much damage is done.
If you are buying or selling a home or business its in your best interest to have a termite inspector before closing. This will let you know if termites are present and if damage has been done. If your building a new structure it can be pretreated for termites as its being built. The cost of pre-treating runs about half as much as treating an existing structure.
How to tell termites from winged ants? All termites have a "thick waist" where their abdomen is joined to their middle body region (thorax); but all ants have a "pinched-in waist" at that joint. All termites have antennae that look like a string of beads; but all ants have distinctly "elbowed" antennae. Termite swarmers have two pairs of long narrow wings with very few clearly visible veins, and both the front and back pair are nearly equal in size and length. Winged ants have two pairs of wings with several distinct cross vein, shaped like long triangles and the back pair much shorter than the front.