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LAS VEGAS AND SCORPIONS

02/09/2018
Scorpions
The Las Vegas Valley has had a very mild winter this year so don’t be surprised if we start to see scorpions and other pests earlier than usual. Did you know that scorpions are one of the oldest know groups of arthropods and have not changed their appearance in millions of years.  The most common scorpions in our area are the bark scorpion and the desert scorpion. The bark scorpion is the main problem around Las Vegas because their stings can be deadly if not treated.

CARPET BEETLES IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

01/24/2018
capet beetles
Carpet beetles are fairly common pests in homes and businesses - these insects will do damage to fabrics and they are known to be a pest in food products as well.  Carpet beetles occur naturally outdoors and then make their way into buildings.  They may enter through improperly sealed or improperly screened doors and windows or through other cracks.

RATS AND MICE IN LAS VEGAS

01/18/2018
cartoon rodents
Seeing rats and mice anywhere especially in your home can cause fear to many people.   It seems that during the fall and winter months the amount of rodent issues in the home increases to 45 percent. It is that time of year that mice and rats tend to move indoors in search of food, water and shelter, it’s important to be aware of the signs of a rodent infestation.

THE BENEFITS OF INSECTS TO HUMANS ALL OVER THE WORLD

01/12/2018
insects updated
A good portion of the human race is “creeped out” by pests and insects – and if you find them in your home you should eliminate any infestation you might find.  However in nature they do have a purpose and can benefit mankind.

GERMAN COCKROACHES

01/05/2018
german cockroach
The German cockroach is the most common species of the cockroach as they can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year.  German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places close to food and moisture source and are frequently found in kitchen environments and bathrooms. 

CHRISTMAS IS A TIME TO VISIT FAMILY OR TAKE A FAMILY HOLIDAY – BEWARE OF BED BUGS

12/27/2017
Bed Bugs
If you are going out of town for the Christmas holiday whether to visit relatives or take a family holiday and will be staying in a hotel you should be aware of bed bugs.

REAL CHRISTMAS TREES AND PEST PROBLEMS

12/20/2017
bugs 2
Real Christmas trees are so nice to have in your home – the smell helps make your home feel like Christmas.  When making the decision to have a real tree or an artificial one you have to consider, among other things, is that real trees can carry into the home unwanted and potentially harmful pests.

HOW INSECTS LOOK FOR SHELTER OR OVERWINTER IN LAS VEGAS

12/08/2017
pests
There are two methods that insects and pests use to survive the winter in Las Vegas as well of the rest of the world.  Some bugs, mice and rats will try to find a way into a house thru a crevice or a crack.  To eliminate the problem of having unwanted guests in your home you should inspect the outside of your home for entry points – like near utility pipes and cracks near the foundation.  If you find a crack – seal it up with a silicone based caulk.  Also use steel wool to fill larger holes.

WAYS TO ELIMINATE PANTRY PESTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

12/01/2017
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The holidays are almost here and everyone in Las Vegas is busy baking goodies for the families and friends.  We want to remind those that are busy bakers to take extra precautions when it comes to pantry pests. Because, no one wants a buggy surprise in holiday cookies, cakes or pies! 

ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS IN LAS VEGAS

11/24/2017
Ants
There might be times you have stepped on or crushed trailing ants and smelled a strange odor - a bit like rotten coconuts.  If you have experienced this, it is probable that those ants were odorous house ants -- and you know how they got their name!

WHEN THE TEMPERATURES IN LAS VEGAS GET COOLER - SILVERFISH LOOK FOR SHELTER

11/14/2017
Silverfish
Silverfish are one of the ugliest pests you will ever encounter. They have thin pale bodies silvery or brown in color with fine scales, feathery legs, two long antennae, and are wingless.  They are also around ¾ of an inch long – they dart around and disappear quickly before they can be captured or killed.

TARANTULAS IN LAS VEGAS

11/08/2017
tarantula
Many Las Vegans have reported seeing tarantulas in the last week or so and the reason is it’s the end of mating season.  This is happening mostly in neighborhoods on the outskirts of town bordering on the desert. Desert Tarantulas or Aphonopelma iodius is part of the Theraphasidae Family - large, interesting spiders that are common in the desert around Las Vegas.