What Are Northern Utah’s Most Common Pests?

Northern Utah is known for its beautiful mountainscapes, friendly people, and thriving wildlife. Unfortunately, it is also home to a variety of pests that can invade your home and property.


Several different spider species call Utah home. A quality Salt Lake City pest control company can identify the species and treat the home accordingly, but it’s helpful to know what type of spider is in your home. Only the first four spiders on this list are considered dangerous to humans.

  • Hobo Spiders: Hobo spiders are light to medium brown in color. They have a dark stripe down the center with lighter midline stripes. The legs are light brown and have no bands.
  • Black Widows: Black widows are black and feature an hourglass-shaped red mark on the back.
  • Wolf Spiders: Wolf spiders usually have dark brown bodies with pale (or yellow) markings. They are a larger variety of spider and appear quite hairy.
  • Yellow Sac Spiders: Yellow sac spiders are small with a light coloring that ranges from pale beige to yellow. They often feature a hint of green as well. The tips of their legs and fangs are often brown.
  • Crab Spiders: Crab spiders have short, wide bodies with a coloration that matches their habitat.
  • Jumping Spiders: Jumping spiders are usually black, though they can be tan, gray, or brown. They feature pale markings.
  • Camel Spiders: Camel spiders are a larger variety of spider. They a usually tan and hairy with heads that come to a point.
  • Cellar Spiders: Cellar spiders are often referred to as “daddy long legs”. They are light brown to pale yellow or gray and have long, skinny legs with small bodies.


While most types of ants don’t pose huge medical threats, they tend to come in large numbers. If an infestation is large enough, ants can cause damage to your home.

Six different types are commonly found in Utah: harvester, red, carpenter, field, pavement, and velvety tree ants. A Utah ant exterminator like Preventative Pest Control is prepared to deal with all varieties.

Stinging Pests

Stinging pests can range from the helpful, industrious honey bee to the more aggressive yellow jacket.

Common stinging pests include: bumble bees, honey bees, mud-daubers, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants.

You can tell the difference between bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets via their distinctive body types and markings.

  • Bumble Bee: Bumble bees have broad, very hairy bodies that are either yellow or orange and black.
  • Honey Bee: Honey bees have tan and yellow markings and tend to be more slender. They feature a pointed abdomen, and they are less hairy than bumble bees.
  • Wasp: Wasps are an orangish-brown with long legs and wings. They have a threaded waist.
  • Yellow Jacket: Yellow jackets feature yellow and black bands across the body. They have a distinct, pinched waist.
  • Hornet: Hornets are mostly black with white markings and a white head. They have a thicker, more rounded abdomen.

If you’re dealing with a pest infestation or would like to prevent one in the future, contact Preventative Pest Control today, a Salt Lake City pest control company.