The original town was Fort Clara, or Fort Santa Clara, built in 1855 and named after the Santa Clara River. Unfortunately, in 1862 the entire area was swept away by massive flooding, and many of the early settlers of the area died or suffered greatly. Now understanding the floodplains of the area, Santa Clara was refounded in the hills above, creating the area that the town now sits on. Through the rest of the 1800s, Swiss pioneers made their way to the town, creating a unique community that exists today. In fact, Swiss Days is a celebration held in September to commemorate the founders of the area.
The deserts of Southern Utah only look uninhabited. They are, in actuality, home to many species of pests and vermin that take root in the foundations, roofs, and other tight spaces of homes. Water is a precious commodity to animal life. When animals find it in the sprinkler systems and interiors of our homes, they are drawn there like moths to a light bulb. Trash like compost and plant waste is home to many different types of insects, and spiders love to make their webs in dark corners where their prey cannot see them.
As Santa Clara is both an old and a developing suburb of St. George, there are differences in the way pests go about disturbing homes and the residents that live there. Older homes are more at risk of termites and pests that have time to burrow into the home’s interior. New homes are at risk of becoming homes for vermin and other pests in the brand-new foundations of current construction.
Nature’s Gate has dealt with both new infestations as well as old ones. We remove pests permanently with traditional methods of pest removal as well as new methods that utilize environment-friendly chemicals that are safe for pets and children. Give us a call and we can perform an inspection on your home and property, as well as give you an idea of what you might be facing.
For almost all spiders, they simply want a place where they can spend their time in the dark, catch bugs for prey, and multiply. Spiders are normally helpful creatures, but it’s the “multiply” part that’s the problem. Black widows, for example, lay eggs every September. If left to their own devices, 1–12 spiders can be added to your home’s pest problem for every egg sac.
Just like all other insects, termites want two things: water and food. Water can be easily found in human homes. The worst part is that food can be too. Termites grind up the cellulose from wood with their mandibles to create sugar for themselves and multiply as they chew through the wood of foundations. Eventually, foundations can crumble completely from termite damage.
To many, the thought of encountering one of these arachnids is terrifying. And for good reason: scorpions are hidden predators that defend themselves quite well with a venomous sting. Although fatalities from scorpion stings are very rare, it is very dangerous for pets and children to get stung. If multiple scorpions are found inside your home or yard, it is best to call us right away!