Pest Library

A Guide to Teton Valley's Most Common Pests

Because of the short growing season and major temperature fluctuations in our mountain valley, pests invade homes and businesses throughout the year. Pests in or around our home or business not only make us uncomfortable in our own environment, but they can cause physical damage, allergies, and sickness through the spread of disease and germs. Even if you are away from your home, the thought of pests in your house is not pleasant, nor does it leave you carefree to enjoy your lifestyle and activities.

Many pests have a knack for getting in around small openings like where pipes and wires come in. They can also find access points in the foundation, around windows and doors, or underneath the siding of your house. Additionally, landscaping and water on the outside of the home provides shelter and food for pests to be closer to your house. However, regardless of the conditions or pests present, Double Diamond Pest Management is your company to offer you peace of mind and a safe, secure home.


Ants are probably the most successful group of insects. They are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located in the ground, but they may enter buildings for shelter and/or food. Ants feed on practically every kind of food, but those entering homes are looking for sweets and/or protein based foods. There are 700 species of ants in the United States, but only 25 species commonly infest homes. In our area, the most common species are Carpenter ants, sidewalk ants, and thief ants. Ants are by far the most difficult structural pest to control, and therefore a detailed knowledge of the species is necessary for effective control. Common places where ants might congregate in search of food or nest are gardens, trash cans, outdoor eating areas, pet food bowls, under landscaping bricks, mulch, fallen trees, as well as inside tree stumps, woodpiles, log homes and decks, and the dirt next to foundations and driveways.

Prevention Tips: To keep ants out of your home, storing food properly is essential. Additionally, proper clean up of crumbs and food prep materials is important. Around the house, remove debris that ants can nest in, such as wood and leaves. Sealing the exterior of your home is equally important, as well as weather stripping around windows and doors. Double Diamond Pest Management offers pest-proofing and prevention services that dissuade ants from infesting your home. This is especially important for log homes and decks.

Pest Library: Carpenter ants, thief ants, field ants, harvester ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants.