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ROOF RATS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN ALL ZIP CODES IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

07/22/2017
roof rat
Roof rats are now a year-round problem in the Las Vegas Valley. The roof rat is smaller than other rats – it weighs only 5-10 ounces, with a total length of 10-14 inches and large ears plus tails that are longer then their body.

SEEMS LIKE THERE IS MORE BEE ACTIVITY IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

07/20/2017
bees from thinkstock
Warmer weather and increased outdoor activity leads to the increased possibility of bee encounters. The Las Vegas Valley had a lot of rain this winter and experts feel that the more rain –the more bees.

FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FIREFLIES

07/07/2017
lightning bug
As we know a major percentage of the population of the Las Vegas Valley came from other areas of the country and spent time catching fireflies’ also known as lightening bugs.  It’s a bit of nostalgia – outside- armed with a jar with holes in the lid and catching a bit of magic – bringing them home only to release them back into the air since you didn’t want them to die.

BARK SCORPIION IN LAS VEGAS

06/29/2017
Scorpions
The Las Vegas Valley is home to a couple of types of scorpions- the Arizona bark scorpion is a venomous pest so be careful if you have an encounter with one. The bark scorpion isn't native to our valley arriving on palm trees and other desert landscaping.  

THE SUMMER HEAT IN LAS VEGAS BRINGS LOTS OF ANTS

06/21/2017
ants 2
Ants are one of the pests that we see in the Las Vegas Valley during the summer months and they come in several varieties.  This pest is 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.

GOING ON VACATION? BEWARE OF BED BUGS

06/13/2017
Bed Bugs
School is out and vacation plans have been made for many Las Vegas Valley families.  Everyone loves to go and explore a new place or go visit other family members – there is one pest you must be prepared for when away – BED BUGS.

WEST NILE VIRUS IN LAS VEGAS

06/07/2017
new mosquitoes
The Sothern Nevada Health District reported a man has contracted the first human case of the West Nile virus of 2017 in Southern Nevada. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, has the “more serious neuroinvasive form” of the illness, according to experts.

CENTIPEDES IN LAS VEGAS

06/01/2017
desert centipede
Centipedes have an evolutionary lineage dating back more than 400 million years and share ancestral roots with lobsters, shrimp and crayfish. In Las Vegas and other parts of the arid Southwest the centipede - like the scorpion, tarantula, rattlesnake and coyote is an icon.

GERMAN COCKROACHES IN LAS VEGAS

05/19/2017
german cockroach
The German cockroach is a widely distributed urban pest. It is also the most common cockroach species in houses, apartments, restaurants, hotels, and other institutions. You will find them in all neighborhoods in the Las Vegas Valley. Fossil evidence indicates that cockroaches have been on earth for over 300 million years. They are considered one of the most successful groups of animals. Because cockroaches are so adaptable, they have successfully adjusted to living with humans.

SPRINGTAILS IN LAS VEGAS

05/11/2017
Springtails
Springtails are very common insects in the environment in and around the Las Vegas Valley. They are inconspicuous and are often overlooked however when they find a habitat they like they can develop tremendously large numbers and are one of the most abundant insects. Springtails can be a nuisance when they occur in and around homes and other buildings. Despite their abundance springtails are harmless to people; they do not bite or sting us.

SCORPION VENOM USED FOR LIGHTING UP CANCER

05/05/2017
death scorpion
We always discuss the way bugs and pests interfere in our daily lives and how to rid ourselves of them. Now there is a good reason for us to sort of like a very deadly type of scorpion - the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion could one day save the lives of cancer patients. They have eight legs, sharp pincers, and tails that deliver an excruciating sting. But the venom from the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion could one day save the lives of cancer patients. It sounds a lot like science fiction, but a promising new drug may revolutionize the way doctors see and remove cancer tumors.

THE HARVESTER ANT IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

05/02/2017
Ants
The Las Vegas Valley is home to several types of harvester ants. The harvester ant gets its name from its behavior of collecting seeds. There are 22 species of harvester ants found in the United States.