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ANTS IN LAS VEGAS

07/17/2019
Ants
As we all know it gets pretty hot in Las Vegas in the summer.  Ants are one of the pests that we see in the Las Vegas Valley during the summer months and they come in several varieties.  Ants are the most common insect that can be found in yards and gardens – most go unobserved living underground or out of sight.  However they find their way indoors through small cracks near utility pipes and the foundation of the home or damaged weather stripping round doors and windows. They come into the home looking for food and water.

THE WET SPRING FOLLOWED BY A HOT SUMMER BRINGS THE PESTS OUT

06/28/2019
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This past spring was certainly a wet one for the Las Vegas area and we now are starting to have over 100 degree days – perfect for bugs and pests to come out to annoy us.  Expect to see a rise in the amount of Ants, Cockroaches and other insects this time of year.  With the increase of these insects predators like scorpions and spiders that feed upon them may also increase.   Flying insects like moths, gnats and flies will also be more noticeable.  You may even see more bats around your home as they will be out feeding on the increased number of flying insects. 

GERMAN COCKROACHES IN YOUR HOME

06/20/2019
german cockroach
German cockroaches are light brown to tan in color with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads.  It is the most common cockroach species of cockroaches since they can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year.  They like to live in warm, humid places close to food and moisture source and are frequently found in kitchen environments and bathrooms and can really frighten you when you turn on the light.

FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING THAT MEANS IT’S BEE SEASON

05/23/2019
Bees, Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets
Spring is one of the nicest times in the Las Vegas Valley. All around our wonderful area flowers are blooming and the bees will be drawn to the aroma of the flowering plants. Southern Nevada has many different types of bees and wasps that come out at this time of year and can be found all over the area.

FIRST CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS REPORTED FOR 2019 IN LAS VEGAS

05/08/2019
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Southern Nevada has had quite a lot of rain in the past couple of months. When there is rain there is standing water and that water attracts mosquitoes. The Southern Nevada Health District has reported its first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered.

THE TEMPERATURE IS GETTING WARMER AND SCORPIONS WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT

04/26/2019
Scorpions
Las Vegas is warming up and in a couple of weeks we should see the temperature going into the low 100’s. With the warm conditions everything is starting to bloom and we start seeing scorpions in the yard and yes they might come into your home.

BLACK CARPENTER ANTS IN LAS VEGAS

09/05/2018
Ants
There are several different types of carpenter ants in the United States and in Nevada the main carpenter ant is the Black Carpenter Ant.

FIRST MOSQUITOES IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN 2018

08/03/2018
mosquitoe
Monsoon season is the time of year in the Las Vegas area when we see mosquitoes that test positive for the West Nile Virus.  Mosquitoes in the east section of the valley have tested positive for the West Nile virus, however there have been no reports of human cases so far this year according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

ROOF RAT aka BLACK RATS

07/25/2018
roof rat
Roof rats first arrived in the “new world” in the late 1,400’s when the first explorers arrived. In the Las Vegas Valley roof rats have been documented since 1990. The first time they were identified was in the south/central part of the valley.  The arrival of roof rats in Las Vegas is associated with the importing of palm trees.

MANY INSECTS ARE BENEFICIAL TO OUR LIVES

07/20/2018
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I know most people have some fear when they see insects or pest in their home however in reality many insects are beneficial to humans and the environment. Without insects, the environment would be quite different than it is now, and could not function the way it currently does.

VACATIONS AND BED BUGS

07/13/2018
Bed Bugs
I know I have blogged about bed bugs several times over the years, however when you go on vacation and come home you don’t want to bring home unwanted guests that can infest your home.  So here is more information about bed bugs and how to avoid them.

BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

06/22/2018
black widow spider
The Black Widow Spider also known in scientific jargon as Therididae is one of the most feared groups of spiders in the United States.  They can be located in every state of our country as well as most of the Western Hemisphere.