Common Las Vegas Pests

Bugs are pesky annoyances that can’t be avoided no matter where you live. There are a few critters that are Las Vegas natives thanks to the heat and dry weather. These desert insects can be particularly frustrating and even a little dangerous. Here are a few that you can expect to see while living in Las Vegas.

Scorpions

scorpionThis creepy insect has eight legs and a poisonous sting. It can make you feel nauseous, numb, induce vomiting or cause breathing issues.

These bugs can be tough to get rid of. They tend to seek warmer shelter when it begins to get cold. Las Vegas homes are usually where they head. It is definitely a good idea to call a professional exterminator in Las Vegas if you spot one in your home. If there is one, chances are there will be more close by.

Cockroaches

Everyone is familiar with this bug, but did you know there are four different types? You can see the American cockroach, the Australian cockroach, the Oriental cockroach and the German cockroach. They all vary in size and color but behave generally the same way.

Cockroaches of all types are very resilient bugs. They can live for long periods of time without eating. They can even fly and swim. When they do eat, they eat just about anything they come in contact with at night.

Ants

Ants are a common problem in homes around the world. This is probably because they are so small and have no problem getting into the tiniest cracks. They are also difficult to deal with because they leave an invisible trail for other ants to follow right into your home. If you can’t find the trail, it can be difficult to exterminate them.

Pay especially close attention for fire ants. Many people are allergic to their painful sting.

Spiders

While there are many different kinds of desert spiders, there are three that are most common.

desert recluseThe desert recluse is the first. It is usually brown and hides in small dark spaces. Because of this, you may think it is a brown recluse but it is not. The desert recluse only has three eyes instead of four and has longer legs. The desert recluse is also not as aggressive or poisonous as it’s counterpart. These spiders only bite when bothered. Their bite is also much more mild.

Black widows are another common Las Vegas spider. You can spot this spider by the well-known red hourglass on the back of females. If you get bitten by a black widow, relax. Their bites are dangerous but not lethal.

Camel spiders are the last of the common spiders. They tend to be aggressive, but they have no venom. At worst, the large bite may need to be treated with antibiotics if it becomes infected.

Bees

Killer bees have also declared Las Vegas their home. Be careful because they tend to build their nests in places where people accidentally disturb them. This leads to violent attacks by large groups of bees. If they are very aggravated, they will chase you for up to a quarter of a mile.

Crickets

This bug is popular around the Las Vegas valley but they are not as dangerous as the other bugs on this list. They can be yellow, brown or straw colored and reproduce quickly. They also make a high pitched chirping sound to attract a mate. Perhaps the main reason this is so annoying is because they only seem interested in mating at night.

These common Las Vegas pests can be frustrating and, in some cases, scary. Call a Las Vegas pest control company to handle the issue right away. The experts at R and C Pest Control are familiar with all kinds of desert pests and know how to exterminate them most effectively. For more information about a great Las Vegas Pest control company, contact 702.257.2847.

Common Bed Bug Questions Answered, Part 2

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Yesterday we covered half of the commonly asked questions about bed bugs. Below you can find the rest. Remember, beg bug infestations can get really bad really fast. Having the right answers sometimes just isn’t enough. Make sure you are properly prepared with the right tools. If that doesn’t help, the only thing you can do to truly solve your problem is call a bed bugs pest control service in Las Vegas.

Bites

Why does it seem like my partner is the only one getting bitten?

Chances are, your partner is just laying on the side of the bed where most of the bugs are hanging out. Also, once bed bugs find a host, they tend to stick with them and don’t travel much. It is also possible that you are getting bitten. Not everyone reacts the same way to bed bug bites.

If I’ve already been bitten, how to I treat the bite?

First off, do not scratch! Scratching makes any kind of bug bite worse. Wash the bite with soap and water and apply an anti-itch cream.

Bed Types

Can you get bed bugs with a water bed?

Yup! Bed bugs can live just about anywhere, even behind pictures and in the walls. That’s because the bedding isn’t what attracts bed bugs, your warm blood does. So they will lie in wait in water beds, memory foam beds, sleeping bags, or stacks of cardboard or straw. These hungry pests don’t discriminate as long as they get to feed. Also, since water beds sometimes come with heaters, bed bugs can be very happy living there.

Can a mattress cover prevent bed bugs?

Not in the slightest. Bed bugs are flexible creatures and can still get on top of the cover or hide in the nooks and crannies of the bed frame. The good thing, however, is that if you already have bed bugs, the mattress cover can help trap them into the mattress. So you may be able to keep them from biting you as much. If you really want the bugs to stop biting, don’t take this way out. Call an experienced bed bug pest control service to properly handle an infestation for you.

Even with the answers to these questions, a bed bug infestation can be overwhelming. Handle the issue right away by calling the bed bugs pest control professional at R and C Pest Control. They understand how to properly address an infestation. For more information about a great Las Vegas Pest control service, contact 702.257.2847.

Common Bed Bug Questions Answered, Part 1

bedbugBed bugs. They’re gross and everyone is terrified of accidentally bringing them home from a vacation. Perhaps it’s that fear that created all the rumors in circulation about bed bugs. You shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Here are the answers to some common bed bug questions to help you be better informed.

Preventing

Can applying insect repellent before sleeping in a hotel keep bed bugs from biting?

Unfortunately, no. Bed bugs seem to not be bothered by insecticides at all. There was even a test in the 60s about it. Bug spray was sprayed on the bed posts of beds to see if the bugs would stay away. They didn’t. In fact, bed bugs will sit right on top of bug spray until they die their natural death. also, bed bugs are most active in the early morning before 5am. Unless you went to bed at 3am, your bug spray wouldn’t still be working anyway. The best way to tackle the issue it to contact a bed bugs pest control company.

I bought a silk sleep sack at the store. Will it help prevent bites?

Probably not. These voracious pests have no trouble biting you right through the silk fibers. Even if the sack could help, it’s not difficult or uncommon for the bed bugs to find the opening to the bag and feast that way. The only true way to prevent a bite is to thoroughly inspect the bed and the surrounding area like the wall and nightstands before you unpack anything or lay down. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Sprays

Will spraying the bedding of a hotel with Lysol help kill bed bugs?

Again, not likely. Lysol will only be helpful if you manage to spray the bugs directly. Disinfectant spray that dries will have no affect on the bugs when they cross over that area. If you find bed bugs in your hotel, it’s better to just report it to the front desk, housekeeping, or directly to management. Don’t try to spray the area yourself. The bugs will just freak out and seek refuge in places like your suitcase. Let the bed bugs pest control professionals handle it.

Will there ever be an effective bed bug spray?

Right now, there is no bed bug spray in development with the EPA. That’s probably because to get a product from development to registration with the EPA to the store shelf, it costs about $100 million dollars. So naturally they are really selective about which products they choose to spend time on. Bed bugs used to be a big issue in the 1900’s, however. If that happens again, public demand will probably get the ball rolling.

Don’t wait until the last minute to fix a bed bug problem. The longer you wait, the worse the infestation gets. Handle the issue right away by calling the bed bugs pest control professional at R and C Pest Control. They understand how to properly address an infestation. For more information about a great Las Vegas Pest control service, contact 702.257.2847.

Get Rid of Ants the Natural Way

In the warmer spring and summer months, ants tend to surface from their underground colonies in large numbers. A few scavengers head out first to find food leaving a trail of pheromones for the rest of the colony to follow. When they stumble upon the feast in your pantry or dog bowl, the rest of the ants know exactly how to get there.

ant-infestation

Thankfully, harmful chemicals aren’t the only way to get rid of these pests. There are natural remedies that solve the problem just as well. A lot of the solutions on this list will actually come from your kitchen and save you money. You can also call a Las Vegas pest control company to handle the issue for you.

Wet Solutions

1. Vinegar This multipurpose liquid is a great ant repellent. Pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle. Search for all the ways the ants could be getting into your home and spray them. Once the vinegar dries, repeat. Continue this for a day or two. The acid in the vinegar will make the ants lose their scent trail and keep them from reentering your home.

2. Soapy Water This option is also cheap and super easy. Fill a spray bottle with dish soap and hot water. Spray the mixture directly onto ants to kill them and their scent trail. Just remember this only works when the soapy water mixture is fresh. You have to reapply often to make sure it’s still working.

3. Lemon Juice The acid in the lemon juice works just like the acid in the vinegar. Apply the same way with a spray bottle. You also get to enjoy a lemony fresh scent.

Dry Solutions

1. Corn Meal This natural solution to ants is a little grim. When you put cornmeal out, the ants take it back to their colonies to eat it. They love to eat it, but their bodies can’t digest it. The cornmeal sits in their stomachs and expands until they explode. No more ants.

2. Salt Salt and salt solutions do not kill ants the way many people think. They just will not walk over salty areas. You can sprinkle dry salt or spray a water and salt solution over all the areas where ants are entering to solve the problem.

3. Coffee Grounds This is a well known natural remedy for ant infestations because they do not like the smell of coffee. Place coffee grounds at any ant entry points and they will turn around. You can also sprinkle coffee grounds in your garden to keep them away from the plants.

4. Chalk No one knows why, but ants won’t walk over chalk likes. As long as chalk lines don’t bother you, draw lines around your home with regular white chalk.

A Last Resort

Squish them! Every so often, a particularly bold ant or three will get past your security measures. Simply crush them with your fingers or use a napkin. Of course, remember to wash your hands after committing ant murder.

If these natural ant repellents don’t work the way you want, you can always reach out to a Las Vegas pest control company like R and C Pest Control. They know how important it is to attack an ant infestation at the root of the problem to keep them from coming back. For more information about a great Las Vegas pest control service, contact 702.257.2847.

Do You Know The Different Biting Bugs?

Warm weather means bugs of all kinds come out of hiding. All insects are generally annoying but the biting pests should be a primary concern for you and your family. Some bugs can transmit dangerous diseases with their bite.

Protect yourself and your family by knowing how to identify the particularly dangerous biting bugs. Then you can take the necessary steps to ward them off or treat a bite.

black-fly-biteBlack Flies

This year, black flies seem to be out in massive numbers. These pests are particularly frustrating because bug sprays don’t usually keep them at bay. Avon’s Skin So Soft oil has been recommended as a black fly repellent.

The black fly bite isn’t technically poisonous. These bites can usually be found on the back of necks or in a person’s hair. A bite by this bug can make lymph nodes swell up to the size of a firm pea. They can stay irritated for a long time but they aren’t dangerous. The best way to avoid a black fly bite is to retreat indoors at sunset.

mosquito-biteMosquitoes

When you combine warm weather and stagnant water, you get an infestation of mosquitoes. Regular bug sprays tend to keep these frustrating bugs at a distance. If you have children, it’s a good idea to spray standard bug sprays onto their clothing rather than their skin. For a repellant that is safe to use on sensitive skin, it is better to go natural. The Burt’s Bees insect stick is a good choice.

A mosquito bite starts small and looks similar to an ant bite. If the bite is irritated by scratching, they can become severely swollen and and painful. You can apply rubbing alcohol to a mosquito bite to try to reduce the swelling, itching, and redness. The recommended dose of Benadryl may help take off the edge as well.

If there is a particularly severe infestation of mosquitios around your home, it may be a good idea to contact a Las Vegas pest control service to handle the problem. Even with the best bug sprays, it can be difficult to protect yourself from the onslaught of this annoying pest.

deer-tick-biteTicks

While there are many types of ticks, the most important is the deer tick because it can be considered the most dangerous. The deer tick is a tiny red and black bug that carries Lyme disease. They live in heavily wooded areas and fields with lots of weeds and tall grasses. These dangerous pests are also not sensitive to bug sprays.

A bite from the deer tick is very dangerous if you don’t catch it in time. Check your family every 24 hours after possibly being exposed to them. If you find one on your body, the best way to remove it is to pull it off with your fingers.

It takes about 36 hours for the Lyme to travel from the body of the tick into your bloodsteam. If you catch the tick in time, you are safe. If not, you can experience flu-like symptoms or irritated rashes that look like a bull’s-eye. Other possible symptoms are pain and swelling in the joints and even Bell’s palsy. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Don’t wait to contact the experts at R and C Pest Control if you see these bites on you or your family members. The longer the infestation takes over your home, they will cause much more damage. Call as soon as you see any signs of bites. For more information about a great Las Vegas pest control service, contact 702.257.2847.

Spotting Termites in Your Home

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Las Vegas may be unbearable during the summer, but the beautiful weather in the winter makes it all worth it. The temperature is so perfect in the winter. It’s cold but not unbearably cold. Even the few times it does snow, the ground doesn’t become hard to walk on.

Of course, there is one huge downfall to perfect Las Vegas winters. Termites tend to live in places where the ground doesn’t freeze. That means Las Vegas residents have to endure the horrors of these pesky critters.

Remember the quote from the Art of War: “It is said if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” If you don’t know anything about termites, they will take over your home.

Let’s take a quick lesson in termites.

Termites live similarly to ants. There whole lives consists of laying eggs, defending the colony and finding food. Unfortunately, their food is your house. Termites live off cellulose which is in most wood elements. Because most houses are made with wood elements, it becomes a feast for termite communities.

Termites live within the walls of your home, so how are you able to find them? Here are a few tips for detecting a termite infestation in your home.

Listen to your walls

Termites aren’t exactly quiet. There are usually hundreds of them in a community, so you should be able to hear a faint tapping within your walls. The muffled sounds you hear at night aren’t a figment of your imagination. You likely have a termite infestation.

Droppings

Just like you, termites like to keep their residence clean. Because they are constantly eating, they will have to dispose of their waste somewhere, so what better place to do it then inside your home? If you find tiny bits of feces or dead termites inside your house, it’s usually a sign there is an infestation in your walls.

Soft spots

If you find that some of the wood in your home is weakening, termites could have invaded. You can test if your wood is weak by scratching it. If it feels soft to the touch, it’s starting to fall apart.

Small holes

As termites eat through the wood in your home, often times small holes may appear in your walls. In most cases, the holes are very tiny. It may take some time to find them so inspect your walls thoroughly.

Unfortunately, if you live in an older home, you may see holes or soft spots that were formed from a previous infestation. Before buying your home, you will get a home inspection. Typically, they will be able to find a termite inspection. If you do find any suspicious activity in your home, seek the help of a professional.

The Las Vegas exterminators at R & C Pest Control can effectively rid your home of these pesky critters. Don’t wait to contact an expert. The longer the infestation takes over your home, much more damage will occur. This can get extremely costly. Call an expert as soon as you see any signs of termites. For more information about Las Vegas pest control services, contact 702.257.2847.

Which Bugs Are Good And Which Are Bad?

A gardener with any degree of experience usually knows that there are both good and bad bugs that live in a garden. Make sure you know which is which before you call a Las Vegas exterminator to control your garden pests.

Good Bugs

Lady bugs may be the most well-known of the good bugs. These critters are so helpful because they eat aphids and add a pleasant touch of color to a garden.

Parasitic wasps are also one of the good guys, even though their name suggests something very different. It is called parasitic because this wasp lays its eggs on the larvae of tomato hornworms. The larvae of the wasp then eats up the tomato hornworms, much like parasites elsewhere in nature.

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Lacewig

There are many other bugs that don’t pose a threat to a garden or its gardener. The lacewig is a beautiful, bright green bug that is attracted to light at night. This flying creature is harmless and is great for the ecosystem of a garden. The assassin bug is another helpful insect, because it is a trained killer. This creature is a dark, hairy bug with a massive appetite for other insects. This bug can inflict a painful bite if it feels threatened, so be careful around it.

Bad Bugs

Slugs and snails are well known garden nuisances that should be removed without an insecticide. Unless you are working on a large parcel of land with commercial plants, insecticides should be avoided as a general rule.

The potato beetle is not a friend to any garden. Both the beetle and the larvae have huge appetites that strip the leaves off plants. Without leaves plants are unable to photosynthesize, so they are unable to flourish. Catch the bugs, pluck them off your plants and place them in soapy water to remedy the issue. Do this instead of using an insecticide because you don’t want to kill the good bugs that are living in your garden alongside these culprits.

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Tomato hornworm covered with parasitic wasp larvae

Tomato hornworms can be considered the worst of the worst on this list. This long, light green worm is the larvae of a moth that can grow to be five inches long. This insect gets its name from the horn on their rear and they have a dangerous tendency to be aggressive.

The Japanese beetle is another dangerously hungry bug, introduced to the United Stated roughly 100 years ago. It is most commonly found in gardens with roses, grapes and plum trees because they love to eat the leaves off these fragrant flowers. To avoid the irrevocable damage they can cause, pick them carefully off the plants and place them in your soapy water. They can be caught more easily early in the morning.

The experts at R and C Pest Control are dedicated to keeping your home and garden pest free. No matter what type of infestation or how large, they can handle any job effectively. For more information about Las Vegas pest control, contact 702.257.2847.

Spider Mite Pest Control

Especially during the summer time, you may find that your plants are laced with a fine webbing. You may even start seeing tiny holes appear on the leaves. Unfortunately, these are the signs of a spider mite infestation. When this occurs, it is important that you take steps to get rid of them to prevent all your plants from dying.

What are spider mites?

spider mite looking for leavesMost species of the spider mite family reside in North America. They will attach to both indoor and outdoor plants. Spider mites are classified as a type of arachnid, which are relatives of spiders, ticks and scorpions. Adult spider mites are only about 1/50 inch long, which is about the size of a period dot.

Spite mites tend to reside in colonies, usually under leaves. They feed by biting the leaf tissue and sucking up the plant’s fluids. If the feeding continues, the leaves will eventually turn yellow and can even dry up and fall off. Spider mites are most commonly found in hot, dry conditions, like Las Vegas. They especially love areas where their natural enemies have been killed off.

Spider mites can be hard to detect initially, which is why there are usually heavy infestations by the time someone notices the damage. Spider mites enjoy strawberries, melons, beans, tomatoes, eggplant, ornamental flowers, trees and most houseplants.

How long do spider mites live?

If spider mites have taken residence in a plant, they will begin laying their eggs on the leaves during winter. As the temperature warms in spring, the eggs will begin hatching and the larvae will feed for a few days before seeking shelter. Once they find shelter, they will molt into the first nymphal stage. They still have to pass through two more molts before becoming full-grown adults.

Female spider mites will produce as many as 300 eggs in just a few weeks. Hot weather conditions will speed up the process. In the middle of summer, it may only take 5 days for the spider mite to go from egg to adult.

How do you get rid of spider mites?

Certain chemical pesticides will only make the infestation worse, because it kills insects that prey on them. Spider mites are even able to develop a resistance to many pesticides. Because of this, you can only use natural, organic methods to get rid of spider mites.

First, discard any plants that are infested. This will prevent them from further spreading. Insects such as ladybugs, lacewings and predatory mites are the spider mite’s natural enemies. These types of insects won’t badly affect your plants and they can easily be purchased in many stores.

Spider mites are attracted to dust, so it is important that you wash away any dust with water. Spider mites are also attracted to plants in need of watering, so you need to properly maintain your plants.

When all else fails and you can’t seem to control the spider mite infestation, an exterminator will have to do the job for you. The experts at R and C Pest Control are dedicated to keeping your home pest free. No matter what type of infestation or how large, they can handle any job effectively. For more information about Las Vegas pest control, contact 702.257.2847.

Getting Rid of Bees

tips for removing bees from homeBees can be an extremely annoying issue. With many people allergic to bee stings, it can be a major problem having a swarm of bees anywhere near your home. Here are some tips for removing bees from your house.

In the Home

  1. First and foremost, it’s important to know you are dealing with bees and not wasps or hornets. Bees perform a valuable function in nature and are generally not very dangerous, so avoid killing them whenever possible. Wasps and hornets tend to be much more aggressive, so be sure you are taking the appropriate action to handle your pests.
  2. After you’ve confirmed you have honey bees, call a beekeeper. He or she is qualified to safely and effectively remove the bees from enclosed spaces. Bees prefer spaces like wall cavities, roofs and chimneys.
  3. Another option is to call an exterminator, or purchase your own pesticides to kill the bees. Only take this step if local beekeepers are unwilling or unable to remove a nest from your home.

In the Garden

  1. The easiest option to tackle unwanted bees is to do nothing and wait for bee season to pass. Bees are rarely aggressive, unless they feel threatened. If you leave them alone until the cold winter months, the worker bees will die and the queens will relocate, leaving you safe to remove the hive.
  2. Call a beekeeper if you want to remove the problem without committing mass genocide. A qualified beekeeper can transfer the bees to a hive box and remove them from your property.
  3. Relocate the bees to an area away from your house by carefully cutting out the tree section with the bees. Just remember to wear the appropriate protective clothing and to place the hive in an area where it won’t accidentally be agitated.
  4. Use pesticides to exterminate the bees if you don’t have the time, resources or the patience to safely remove or relocate them. Apply insecticides by following the directions on the label, while wearing protective clothing.

Preventative Measures

  1. Seal any holes in the exterior of your home’s walls to prevent bees from ever entering. Look for holes or cracks that can fit a pencil and seal them with caulk.
  2. Fill any wall cavities you find with expandable foam, to keep bees from building a hive if they manage to get into the wall.
  3. Remove any traces of honey or beeswax, since bees are naturally attracted to places where other bees have already lived. They can smell traces of previous hives, so be careful to remove these substances completely once the hive is gone. This can be done with a power hose for outdoor traces and strong cleaning products or fresh paint for indoor traces.
  4. Use natural repellents to keep bees from being attracted to your home or yard. Citronella plants and candles and cucumber peels scattered throughout your garden are effective ways to repel bees naturally. A basin of sugar water will also do the job. This is because they are believed to be attracted to the honey-like scent and will drown themselves in the water.

Save yourself time and energy by calling a Las Vegas pest control company to take care of the problem within a day. The exterminators at R & C Pest Control are dedicated to creating pest free environments for their clients. For more information about bed bug pest control, contact 702.257.2847.

Searching A Hotel Room For Bed Bugs

bed at hotelYou’re all packed and ready to go on vacation. As the plane touches down in your destination city, a moment of terror strikes you. What if there are bed bugs in the hotel room? This is a genuine concern to have, but by being careful, you can avoid bringing home any unwanted souvenirs.

Nowadays you can research a hotel online to learn everything about it. There are often reports about bed bugs, but these review aren’t always reliable. Some of them are fake and infestations can change on a day-to-day basis. When you initially arrive to your hotel room, follow these steps to ensure you aren’t sleeping with pesky bugs.

Step 1: Put your luggage in the bathtub

Luggage is the easiest way for bed bugs to get transported from place to place. The bathroom is least likely to be infested with pests and is also the most vigorously cleaned part of the hotel room. If you do happen to find bed bugs during your search, you can take your bags out of the tub and leave without risking contamination.

Step 2: Tear the room apart

Move the bed away from the wall. Often times the headboards are fastened to the wall, which can make a great home for bed bugs to reside. Use a flashlight to get a good visual behind the headboards and underneath the bed. Strip all the blankets and sheets off the bed. Check the ridges along the mattress and even check the box springs underneath the mattress. After you have effectively searched through the bed, inspect the nightstands. Open the drawers and carefully examine the corners. Finally, inspect the luggage rack by lifting up the fabric. Often times, bed bugs like to remain within 20 feet of the host. This means in a small hotel room, bed bugs could hide in nearly any crevice in the room.

Step 3: Check your sheets in the morning

Even if you have thoroughly stripped and searched the room, it is still possible that you missed a couple bed bugs. Humans act as a food source for bed bugs, so they will bite you while you are sleeping. Check your sheets for little blood stains or rust spots, because that could be a sign you were bitten. Not everyone will have a reaction to a bed bug bite. Some could have itchiness and swelling while others won’t react at all.

What do you do if you find bed bugs?

First, take your luggage and get away from the room. Just because one room has bed bugs doesn’t mean every room will. You can ask to changes rooms or you can find another hotel. Finding bed bugs in a hotel room doesn’t mean that the hotel is bad, it simply means that someone transported the pests from somewhere else. Bed bugs love to latch on to luggage, so they aren’t hard to transport. When you do get a new room, be sure to repeat the process of inspecting the room.

Fortunately, it is fairly simply to get rid of bed bugs. A Las Vegas pest control company can take care of the problem within a day. The exterminators at R & C Pest Control are dedicated to creating pest free environments for their clients. For more information about bed bug pest control, contact 702.257.2847.