Ants

Identification

Ants are usually 1/8” to ¼” long. They generally are brown or black in color and build their colonies in all types of soil and damp debris. They have a characteristic body shape of three segments with a “pinched neck” behind the head and a “pinched waist” in front of the abdomen. Their antennae are elbowed or Lshaped. Common ants include Argentine ants, Odorous House Ants and a few other species. You may occasionally see ants with wings. These: winged ants” are the “reproductives” (commonly called swarmer’s) of the colony that are responsible for producing offspring, organizing colony activity, and establishing new colonies. (NOTE: It may be difficult for the average home or business owner to distinguish between “winged ants” and “winged termites”.)

Detection

Ants typically gain our attention when they invade homes or businesses in search of food and water. They commonly gain entry to a home through openings around windows, doors, foundation vents, and cracks/crevices of all kinds and sizes.

Impact

Ants can be a nuisance to humans because they infest foods and possibly transmit disease after crawling over waste and refuse.

Prevention

Prevention can include several approaches. It helps to keep the outside areas near the home or business free of debris such as mulch and leaf litter. The interior of the home or business needs to be kept free or limited of food debris as to not attract the ants to the interior of home or business. Exclusion is also a good way to help control ants (if possible). This includes sealing cracks and crevices that lead into the home or business with a silicone or caulking material. A large, dispersed nest can be difficult to control so, if possible, control measures should be taken when nests are small. Ants are generally scavengers that feed on all sorts of food scraps such as proteins and carbohydrates which allow ants to be attracted to whatever food they find in our homes or businesses. Minimizing these food sources help to discourage ants from trying to enter one’s home or business.

Solution

A professional treatment applied to the interior and exterior of home or business is the best way to reduce and help prevent ants. These treatments are often applied in the form of baits, liquid residuals or moisture activated granules. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of ants with a guarantee. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your ant problems.

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs hide in and around beds and other furniture, allowing them to feed on people, usually while they sleep. They are also good at hiding in luggage and other personal belongings, and that’s how they typically find their way into a home. After being introduced into a home, they hide in the mattresses and box springs, headboard and railings, baseboards, night stands, electrical sockets and wall coverings. They can also be found in picture frames, behind wallpaper, and anywhere else near where people sleep. Although bed bugs are not known to carry diseases, bed bug bites can become itchy red welts, similar to mosquito bites.

Bed Bug Facts:

Lay 1-5 eggs in a day and up to 500 eggs in a lifetime
Live up to six months without eating a blood meal.
Withstand temperatures from nearly freezing to 122°F.

Treatments:

Treatments can vary depending on the size of the infestation, but most cases require an initial treatment with two fifteen day follow up treatments and a minimum of six monthly treatments. This process of treatment ensures that the infestation is completely resolved. Most treatments are made to box springs, mattresses, head boards, footboards, wall voids, electrical outlets, couches, nightstands, and dressers. Residual materials, aerosols materials designed to kill bed bug eggs on contact and insect growth regulators (help to minimize the adults from reproducing) help to achieve control in a safe and effective way.

Preparation:

Preparation is essential to any bed bug management program. Preparations include but are not limited to: Drying clothes in dryer for a minimum of 45 minutes (this heat will kill any adults bed bugs or bed bug eggs that may be present), removing sheets and bedding from mattress/box spring, make sure to set each along one wall. Remove all items from closets, night stands, dressers and place into plastic bags. Place plastic bags in areas that won’t conflict with the treatment such as a garage or bath tub areas. These preparation procedures will allow for the technician to inspect and treat any areas that may be conducive to a bed bug infestation. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!


Bees

Beetles

Black Widow Spiders

Identification:

The adult black widow female is usually jet black and nearly ½” in length. The underside has a red hourglass marking. The males are half the size of females and light brown with a yellow hourglass marking.

Detection:

This spider is usually found around shrubbery, in woodpiles, under boards, around brickwork, crawl spaces, and corners of garages and especially where brick and wood siding extends close to ground level.

Impact Black widow female spiders produce neurotoxic venom which affects the nervous system. Some of the symptoms involve a numbing pain in the affected area and cramps in one or several of the large muscle masses.

Prevention:

It is essential to gain control on black widows with a maintenance plan. Due to the severity of the bite, professional control measures are crucial.

Solution:

A professional treatment of the exterior/interior/garages and crawlspaces of the home or business is the best way to reduce black widow spiders in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of black widow spiders. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your spider problems.

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Box Elder Bugs

Carpenter Ants

Identification:

Carpenter Ants are large and black (sometimes reddish brown. They make their homes in wood. Foraging workers have rather large mandibles with which they can bite or give a strong pinch. Workers vary greatly in size from ¼” to ¾”.

Detection:

Carpenter ants are active foragers, traveling great distances in search of food or harborage. Even colonies established outdoors may send worker ants inside structures to feed on a variety of items. This ant species prefers areas in homes associated with wet or damp wood such as around water leaks or behind gutters. These ants do not eat wood they simply chew it up and spit it out. This is why a great deal of consumers finds “saw dust” particles close to the infested site.

Impact:

Carpenter ants excavate galleries in wood, preferring wood that is moist or unsound. They do not use wood for food, but their activities can weaken a structure, though not to the extent of termites. They can also contaminate food and their presence is unsightly.

Prevention:

Professional perimeter/interior treatments with residual materials and carpenter ant specific baits are effective in reducing carpenter ant infestations. However, the key to the control of carpenter ants is to find and professionally treat the main colony and as many satellite colonies as possible. As a homeowner you should: *Correct any moisture problems *Seal as many cracks and crevices as possible *Remove dead stumps around your home *Re-locate woodpiles and wood debris away from the home

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce carpenter ants in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of carpenter ants. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your ant problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!

Centipedes

Identification:

Centipedes are usually brownish, flattened, and elongated animals that have many body segments. One pair of legs is attached to most of these body segments. They range in length from one to six inches and can run very rapidly.

Detection:

Centipedes do not damage food supplies or household furnishings. Since they eat insects, spiders, and other arthropods, they are considered beneficial. However, most people don’t like it when they enter indoors.

Impact:

They can infest homes and homeowners do not desire this. They are both unsightly and a nuisance indoors. Centipedes may bite and they have venom glands. Their bites are usually not serious: however, an antiseptic should be used on the wound and a physician consulted if the skin is punctured.

Prevention:

Indoors, a large infestation is often associated with moisture, such as around a leaky pipe. These conditions should be corrected as soon as possible to limit future infestations. Outdoors, potential harborages should be removed, such as boards, grass clippings, boxes, etc. A professional perimeter treatment will help to reduce Centipede numbers.

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce centipedes in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of centipedes. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your centipede problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!


Clover Mites

Cockroaches

Identification:

Adults are a medium brown and are about ½-5/8” long. German Cockroaches have two dark stripes on their pronotum (head region), which distinguishes them from other Cockroaches. Immature German cockroaches resemble adults except they are smaller, nearly black in color, and have a single light stripe down the middle of the back.

Detection:

German cockroaches are usually found near sources of moisture usually in the kitchens and bathrooms. Look for them in cracks, crevices, and voids around and under cabinets, appliances, behind pictures and molding and in other dark, undisturbed areas. German cockroaches found throughout a building away from food sources are usually considered a heavy infestation, or if they are seen in the home in broad daylight.

Impact:

German roaches pose a major health problem because of the disease they carry, including different forms of gastroenteritis such as food poisoning and dysentery, allergens, as well as other disease-producing protozoa and bacteria.

Prevention:

Sanitation is tremendously important to controlling German cockroaches due to the fact that these roaches need food, water and harborage to survive. If one can limit the food/water then a professional pest control expert can effectively treat the cracks and crevices with baits and or residual materials to gain the upper hand on these very hearty insects. No home is immune from their presence. In addition, make sure any products (especially boxes or paper products) brought into the home are free of roaches. They are considered to be hitchhikers and that is how they travel form home to home.

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce German cockroaches in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of cockroaches. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your cockroach problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!


Crickets

Earwigs

Identification:

Earwigs are brownish to black in color, narrow-bodied, elongated and somewhat flattened insects. Their body length ranges from ¼” to 1”. The key characteristics for distinguishing an Earwig from other insects are their forceps-like cerci or appendage on the rear on the abdomen. The cerci are used to capture prey and for defense. They are commonly referred to as pincher bugs.

Detection:

These insects cause problems in new homes where land has been cleared. They sometimes build up in large numbers and invade homes during certain times of the year. They often congregate next to foundations around the exterior perimeter. Active at night, they may often be seen around lights or around windows and damp dark places.

Impact:

Although they feed on dead animal and plant material, they invade homes during the summer months, especially in times of drought or excessive rain. Their presence is both a nuisance and unsightly.

Prevention:

To help prevent Earwigs:Physical removal by a vacuum is a good method to reduce numbers of Earwigs. Remove areas in which they can harbor. These include areas such as mulch, ornamental rocks, patio stones, picnic furniture, etc. Close up cracks and crevices (exclusion) around the perimeter of the home and around drainage pipe areas. Professional residual power spray treatment around the perimeter of the home will reduce Earwig populations.

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce Earwigs in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers professional treatment for the reduction of earwigs. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your earwig problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!


Fleas

Flies

Indian Meal Moths

Mice

Mice are small and slender with a body size ranging from 2-3.5”. The tail is about 3-4” long. The snout is pointed and the ears are large, some hairy. The tail in uniformly dark and the fur light brown or gray, and smooth.Detection:

A mouse infestation can be detected by the presence of:

live or dead rodents
gnawing sounds
droppings
damage to food or food packaging
rodent odors *greasy rub marks

Impact:

Historically, rodents have been the cause of many severe outbreaks of diseases. Because of modern sanitation, antibiotics, and rodent pest management programs, rodents aren’t a threat as they once were. Mice are associated with several diseases and are medically important pests. Their droppings can contaminate food, and their gnawing habits create unsightly damage. They are not only a nuisance: larger infestation may create rodent odors.

Prevention:

Exclusion and sanitation are effective rodent control measures. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime or larger. Mice have a flexible ribcages so if they can get their head through an opening then they will be able to get the whole body into the home or business. Exclusion involves elimination of dead spaces, cracks and crevices, and other openings so mice will not be able to enter the home. Sanitation involves eliminating food sources such as poorly stored or spilled food, pet food and birdseeds. Rodent-proof storage containers are effective. Harborage can be reduced by eliminating clutter in attics, closets and garages.

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce mice in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of mice. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your mouse problems.

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Millipedes

Moles & Voles

Pigeons

Pill Bugs

Identification:

Pill Bugs & Sow Bugs, known commonly as Roly-Polies, are never more the ¾” in length and their bodies are oval with a hollow underside. Overlapping plates giving it its armored look covers the head and the body. Sow Bugs have seven pairs of legs. The Pill Bug can roll itself into a ball and is often called a RolyPoly in some areas.

Detection:

Large infestations may be found in basements or in organic areas such as gardens, potted plants, and mulch.

Impact:

Sow Bugs and Pill Bugs may invade homes during times of drought and excessive moisture. Their presence is not only unsightly; they are a nuisance when found in large numbers. In Colorado they seem to infest basements and crawls spaces regularly.

Prevention:

Clutter around the home should be removed. Such as leaves, grass clippings, mulch, boards, etc. For longterm results, basements and crawlspaces should be well ventilated. Cracks and crevices should also be sealed to prevent infestations. A professional perimeter treatment around the home will reduce Sow Bug and Pill Bug populations.

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce Sow bugs & Pill bugs in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of Sow bugs & Pill bugs. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your problem with Sow bugs & Pill bugs and other pests. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!


Pocket Gophers
Identification:Gophers are 6 to 10” long varying in color and for the most part remain underground in their burrow system and are rarely seen above ground except to relocate to a new area.Detection:Gophers (rarely seen above ground) can be detected by the numerous amounts of dirt mounds left above ground by the gophers who continue to burrow towards the food source (shrubs, plants, trees etc.).Gophers DO NOT hibernate and are active all year around.Gophers usually live alone within their burrow system, except when females are caring for their young or during breeding season. Gopher populations can be as high as 60 or more per acre. Gophers reach sexual maturity about 1 year of age and can live up to 3 years. Gophers can produce up to 3 litters per year. Litters usually average 5 to 6 young.Pocket gophers are herbivorous and feed on a wide variety of vegetation but generally prefer plants, shrubs, and trees. Gophers use their sense of smell to locate food. Most commonly they feed on roots and fleshy portions of plants they encounter while digging. However, they sometimes feed above ground, venturing only a body length or so from their tunnel opening. Gophers also will pull entire plants into their tunnel from below. In snow-covered regions, gophers can feed on bark several feet up a tree by burrowing through the snow.Impact:Pocket gophers often invade yards and gardens, feeding on many garden crops, ornamental plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. A single gopher moving down a garden row can inflict considerable damage in a very short time. Gophers also gnaw and damage plastic water lines and lawn sprinkler systems. Their tunnels can divert and carry off irrigation water, which leads to soil erosion. Mounds on lawns interfere with mowing equipment and ruin the aesthetics of well-kept turfgrass.Solution:

A professional treatment with baits, traps or a combination of the two is the best way to reduce gophers in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of gophers. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your gopher problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!

Rats

Identification:

Rats can range in size from 13 to 18” in length, and in color from light brown to black. Two rats, the Norway rat and the Roof rat are two of several species. The Norway rat has a blunt snout and ears that are small and covered with hairs. The Norway rat lives in burrows outdoors or in and around stored items, wall voids and attics. The tail is dark on top and pale beneath. The Roof rat has a pointed snout and the ears are large and nearly naked. This rat may live outdoors in trees and inside structures. The tail is uniformly dark.

Detection:

Watch for:

droppings
sightings of rats themselves (live or dead)
tracks *damage to food or food packaging
growing damage and gnawing sounds
burrows
rodent odors

Impact:

Rats are medically important because they are known to carry many diseases such as food poisoning, rat bite fever, Weil’s disease, rickettsia diseases, and plague. Rats have also been known to bite. Their gnawing habits can damage property and lead to fires if they gnaw on wire insulation. Their droppings contaminate food and surroundings, and their burrows damage landscape and can lead to erosion.

Prevention:

Exclusion and sanitation measures provide solutions to rodent pest management. Exclusion involves eliminating dead spaces, cracks, crevices, and other openings so pests cannot hide in or enter buildings. Sanitation involves eliminating food, harborage, and water sources. Excluding entry points with steel wool can help keep them out of your home or business. Common food sources around the home include pet foods, birdseed, as well as garden seed. Harborage reduction can be accomplished by eliminating undesirable vegetations next to buildings, stored lumber, rock piles, old equipment and construction materials.

Solution:

Rats are very cautious in nature and require a professional treatment to reduce rats in a given area. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of rats. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your rat problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!


Scorpions

Silverfish

Termites

Wasps

Identification:

The abdomens of wasps appear smooth and bullet-shaped. They have dark colored wings, usually ranging from dark amber to black, that are folded lengthwise, making the wings appear smaller than they really are. Their nests are made of paper-like material, which is a mixture of wood and salivary secretions of the female wasps.

Detection:

When a nest is seen, a problem has occurred. Nesting Wasps may have colonies in the hundreds or thousands of individuals and can grow to large quantities overnight.

Impact:

They build their nests around human establishments, and many people are allergic to wasp stings. Due to their defensive nature, Nesting Wasps are easily provoked to sting when their nest is disturbed.

Prevention:

Preventing a wasp problem is difficult, but for outdoor summertime events, it is important to eliminate their food sources. The following steps will help:
Keep all food and beverages in covered containers
Clean up spills as soon as possible
Use covered waste containers

Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce wasps in a given area. These wasps can be very aggressive and seeking professional help is highly recommended. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of wasps. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your wasp problems.

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Yellow Jackets
Identification:The Yellow Jacket has similar features to the bee. They are usually smaller with yellow and black strips on their body. They are very aggressive and can sting more than once. Their nests are typically made close to the ground and can be made of paper-like material, which is a mixture of wood and salivary secretions of the female wasps.Detection:When a nest is seen, a problem has occurred. Yellow Jackets may have colonies in the hundreds or thousands of individuals and can grow to large quantities overnight. These nests are usually found in wall voids, in the ground by juniper bushes and sometimes on tree limbs. They are very active with rapid movement and are extremely aggressive.Impact:They build their nests around human establishments, and many people are allergic to Yellow Jacket stings. Due to their defensive nature, Yellow Jackets are easily provoked to sting when their nest is disturbed.Prevention:Preventing a Yellow Jacket problem is difficult and is best to get handled by a professional immediately when a nest is detected. The following steps will help: Keep all food and beverages in covered containers. Clean up spills as soon as possible. Use covered waste containers.Solution:

A professional treatment is the best way to reduce Yellow Jackets in a given area. These Yellow Jackets are very aggressive and seeking professional help is highly recommended. High Country Pest Control offers a professional treatment for the reduction of wasps. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your wasp problems. Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call High Country Pest Control for reliable pest control service and a free phone quote today!!