Getting Rid of Pests: Ants

las vegas pest controlIf you have never encountered ants in your school, home, or office, you are among the lucky few. But, if you’re like most people, you’ve fought your fair share of battles against these annoying pests, whether it’s a nest of pavement ants in your garage, or a parade of house ants marching across your kitchen counter. Ants are the top nuisance pest in the United States. With more than 700 species occurring in the country and more than 20 types known to infest homes and other structures, it’s not surprising that so many people report having issues with this pest. Today we have some simple steps that homeowners can take to reduce chances of having ants in your home.

Know their hangouts

It’s probably not surprising to learn that most ants frequently infest kitchens. After all, kitchens are full of food and water, which is everything ants need to survive. Bathrooms, bedrooms, inside walls, near air conditioning or heating vents are also known to attract ants.

Eliminate water sources

Reducing moisture and standing water in and around your home can go a long way to help prevent ants. Repair your leaky pipes, and routinely check under the sinks in your home for areas of moisture. Consider using a dehumidifier in a damp basement, attic, or crawl space. Outside, be sure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from your home’s foundation.

Eliminate food sources

Keeping your kitchen tidy will help keep ants away from coming indoors. Wipe down kitchen counters and sweep floors regularly to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills. If you can, store food in sealed pest-proof containers, and keep ripe fruit in the fridge, rather than out on the counter. Wipe down sticky jars, such as ones containing soda, syrup, or sweets. Use a lid on trashcans and dispose of garbage regularly.

Don’t forget about your pets

Dogs, cats, and other pets can invite ants into your home. Their water and food bowls are attractions for ants, so be sure to keep them clean and wipe up any spills promptly. Try to store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than paper bags they come in, which can be easily accessed by ants. Inspect dog and cat doors to make sure ants cannot get through. Ants can fit through even the tiniest of openings.

Don’t do it alone

Without proper training and tools, battling ants can be an uphill battle. What’s worse, is that an infestation can continue to grow if it is not properly treated in the right amount of time. Some species of ants can actually cause serious property damage (i.e. carpenter ants) and others can pose health threats to your family (i.e. fire ants). Even species that are considered nuisances can contaminate your food.

If you follow these tips, you will find that your home stays as ant-free as possible. If you have a large infestation, or are concerned about keeping your home pest-free, contact our Las Vegas pest control specialists for more information. We can help you with all of your pest control needs!

Keeping Pests Away From Your Garden

rock gardenIf your garden was taken over by pests last year, you may be worried about a repeat performance. As the gardening season approaches, it is important to have tips in line to keep yourself and your garden rid of pests.

Mix signals

A confusing mix of sights and scents can help deter certain insects pests. Try to increase biodiversity in your garden and avoid monoculture by mixing plants from different families. Instead of planting long rows of a single crop, plant onions along side broccoli, tomatoes with basil and chives, and peas with carrots. This will create a problem with your pests, but will rid your garden of pest problems.

Attract an airborne defense squad

One of the best ways to get rid of an onslaught of pests is to attract an airborne calvary of beneficial insects. Many of these – including the small wasps that prey on pest caterpillars – will gratefully take advantage of flat-topped floral landing platforms offered by members of the pest family. Be sure to allow parsley and carrots to overwinter and grow into their second year to get umbrella shaped flowers. Other plants beloved by beneficial include mints and chamomile.

Get rid of nematodes

Marigolds can greatly reduce the damage that is caused by root-attacking nematodes.This can only be done if you do this correctly. For the best effect, grow a thick stand of marigolds as a cover crop for a season, then turn them under the soil. The next year, plant what you like in that area. The nematodes won’t be around to cause trouble in the ground.

Grow a decoy

Try allowing a single weed to grow as a decoy among your cultivated crops. Decoy crops may attract pests and help keep the bad ones away from the crops you wish to preserve. Striped blister beetles prefer redroot pigweed over tomato plants that grow nearby. To keep the insects from moving to your tomatoes, check the decoy plant every morning and shake the beetles into a bucket of soapy water.

Set up traps

Sow bugs, earwigs, pill bugs, snails, and slugs all have one thing in common: they like to hide out in damp, shady places during the heat of the day. To take advantage of this trait, lure them in with attractive “trap nests” which consist of boards, pieces of paper, seashells, broken crockery, and etc. Get out early every morning to check each lure, then dump the trapped pests into a bucket of soapy water.

Doing each of these things will keep pests away from your garden and you will be happy with the results. If your home or garden is overrun with pests, call Las Vegas Pest Control. We can help you with these problems and rid your home of pests before you know it. If you have any problems, don’t worry. We can handle them for you. Our professionals will help you on your way to having a great pest-free home. Talk to us today!

Final Tips for Avoiding Bedbugs on Vacation

las vegas pest controlNobody wants to run into bedbugs on their vacation, and we have all your tips for avoiding these pesky problems. If you have any questions or concerns about bedbugs either on vacation or after you have returned home, contact our Las Vegas pest control specialists immediately. If you do, you will find that we can help ease your mind and get you on your way to keeping these pests out of your home. Read on to learn about our final tips for controlling the pests in your home.

Have a plan when you return from your vacation

When you get back from your vacation, wash all your clothes – even the ones you didn’t wear – in hot water. Bedbugs can’t survive in temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit. This will assure they didn’t take up residence in your drawers and closets. If you have delicates, send them to the dry cleaner, too. It is also very wise to inspect and vacuum out your suitcases before you store them away, as well. If you’ve invested in a plastic luggage case, keep it sealed until you need it again.

Watch for bedbug bite marks

Bite marks are one sign that you may have brought bedbugs into your home with you. They often bite in a line-shaped pattern, in threes. In the industry it is called breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Itching or bites alone don’t confirm an infestation. However, if you experience these symptoms, you will need a professional to evaluate your home before you can seek treatment for bedbugs.

Call a professional

Bedbugs are not a pest that you can get rid of on your own. If you suspect that you have brought these pests into your home, call a pest-management service to conduct an inspection. A professional will look around your bed for signs of the insects, and may even use a bedbug-sniffing dog if he can’t identify the source immediately. Once an infestation has been confirmed, a professional may use heat, freezing, vacuuming, or steaming methods to clear your home of pests.

Don’t panic

Bedbugs have been found in all 50 states, in many locations – rural, suburban, and urban. They can be in budget properties as well as four-star resorts. However, even knowing this, there is no reason to douse yourself, your kids, or your home with insecticides. Panic and paranoia doesn’t help at all. Vigilance is the most important thing. Follow your checklist, do an inspection, and those are the things that are going to minimize the likelihood of you finding an infestation.

If you feel you do have a bedbug problem, contact our Las Vegas Pest Control specialists immediately. However, if you are careful and catch it before it is a problem, you won’t have anything to worry about. You can still enjoy your vacation immensely as long as you are careful and know what to look for. Contact our offices today for more information!

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Tips for Avoiding Bedbugs on Vacation, Part 3

DIY Pest ControlIf you enter a hotel room and feel that you may have a bedbug infestation, it is vital to inform the hotel staff immediately. If you don’t, you may be going home with more serious consequences than just bug bites- you could bring the bugs home with you, and infect your home, and even your neighborhood. It is important to catch these problems as quickly as possible if you feel you have an infestation. Read on to find out our final tips about avoiding bedbugs on vacation.

Ask your hotel about bedbug prevention plans

Before you check in, ask your hotel what practices they have employed to deal with treatment and prevention of bedbugs. The majority of businesses in the hospitality industry are doing a great job to have an action plan in place to protect their guests and themselves. Many hotels will conduct a proactive inspection and work with Las Vegas pest management companies to remedy any problems.

Read reviews (carefully)

With a little bit of research on the internet, it is easy to find out if bedbugs have been reported at your hotel. The Bed Bug Registry, for example, is a free online database of user-submitted reports across North America. Travel sites may also offer clues in their reviews. Don’t put too much stock in these resources, though. There’s no accountability for what people are posting, so it could be a disgruntled employee or a competing property. And even if the hotel does in fact have a room with a problem, they should jump on it right away. Just because one guest has a problem on Saturday, doesn’t mean another will have it on Wednesday, or that it’s a hotel-wide problem.

Pitch a tent

One way to make sure you don’t have bedbugs on your vacation is to bring your lodging with you. Bedbugs are hitchhikers and they come into your life based on you being somewhere that they are, too. Because of this, there is little chance you’ll come into contact with them if you’re pitching a tent in the woods, or traveling in your own mobile home. Don’t feel compelled to avoid hotels forever, though. Wherever you are, there’s a chance you could pick up and bring home bedbugs when you’re out and about. If you’ve planned a camping trip, your likelihood of catching bedbugs will be lower.

Bedbugs are tricky pests, and hard ones to be rid of on your own. If you feel you have a bedbug problem, contact our offices today and find that you’ll have much better success getting rid of them. If you have run into a bedbug problem on vacation, it is wise to be sure you are rid of them before you leave, otherwise you may bring them into your home. Contact our offices and professionals today if you have any questions regarding bedbugs, and we can help you get rid of them.

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Tips for Avoiding Bedbugs on Vacation, Part 2

Commercial Pest Control in Las VegasNobody wants to arrive on their vacation only to find that their hotel room or space has been infested with bedbugs. If you believe you have a bedbug problem in your hotel room, contact the hotel staff immediately, and then have your luggage thoroughly inspected for these critters. Not only can they travel home with you, but they can cause large-scale infestations in your home. Read on to find out more tips for avoiding bedbugs in your hotel room.

Wrap your suitcases in plastic

For extra protection from bedbugs, keep your suitcase enclosed in plastic during your stay. Luggage retailers should sell zip up bags for this specific purpose. You may even try wrapping a garbage bag around your suitcase. This precaution will not only protect your belongings while in your hotel room, but will also protect them in transit. Bedbugs can also hide in trains, taxis, and airplanes.

Teach your kids

Tell your children why you’re inspecting the hotel room and what you are looking for. Teaching kids about concerns will help them be aware and help you find them if you do have a problem. It is also important to watch for traces of white powder. It could be a pesticide used to treat a previous problem. Insecticides aren’t good for anyone, but especially not for young children. If you see this problem, you may want to ask for another room or switch hotels if you think you are being exposed.

Move two floors away

If there is any suspicious marking or evidence of bugs that should warrant a room switch, hotel staff should be more than willing to oblige. However, it is wise to request that your room be at least two floors away from the previous one. Bedbugs may spread to other rooms via wallboards or sockets.

Speak up

If you don’t like confrontation, you  may be tempted to stick with the room you have, even if you notice signs of problems. There are potential consequences. Bedbugs, unlike other bugs, do not actively transmit diseases. They can, however, carry germs from one person to another including the antibiotic resistant germ. This is the time to be a little bolder and ask the right questions. You do not want to be a victim, especially when most hotels will move you without a question and will do a proper inspection right away. They don’t want their guests to leave the hotel with bedbugs, and they don’t want the problem to go untreated, either.

If you find bedbugs in your hotel room, it is vital that you tell the staff of the problem immediately. You may find that the problem is eradicated quickly and that the hotel staff is very kind and courteous about the problem. They should be willing to help you in any way possible to ensure you can still have a good experience. If you have a bedbug problem in your home, contact pest control in Las Vegas immediately for help.

Tips for Avoiding Bed Bugs on Vacation, Part 1

Las Vegas Commercial Pest ControlIf you are sleeping somewhere other than your home, beware. Bedbugs prevalence is on the rise, and motels and hotels are some of their most favorite hangouts. These critters can cause severe itching and welt-like bites, and it is very costly to get rid of them if they follow you back to your home. Research also suggests they can cause financial distress, anxiety, and social isolation. No need to get depressed yet! Just follow these tips to avoid bedbugs while you’re on the road.

Check out the Bathroom

Before you check out the nice view from the hotel room, or the stocked minibar, take your luggage to the bathroom. Bedbugs are least likely to be found in there, because they don’t like tile floors and there aren’t as many places to hide. They like to be closer to where people are sleeping. If your luggage is in the bathroom and you do find a hotel infested with bedbugs, you will be less likely to take them home with you.

Inspect the bed

Here’s how to check for a bedbug infestation: pull back the linens, and check all the way around the mattress, as well as under it. Next, check behind the headboard. You may also want to look for blood stains or small black dots that look like mold or ground pepper. Bedbugs are about the size and shape of an appleseed, and you may find them hiding in the corners or seams of bedding. If you see any suspicious signs, contact hotel staff immediately.

Check the rest of the room

Once you have finished inspecting the bed, you may want to broaden your search to the area surrounding the bed. Look behind picture frames, under telephones and alarm clocks, and even in books. Studies have shown that most bedbugs are found in or within 15 feet of a bed, but some may even be further away. Check in couch cushions and seams, and in the closet before you put your clothes away.

Keep your Luggage off the Ground

Leaving bags and suitcases on the floor or even on a spare bed may be one way to bring home unwanted souvenirs. Bedbugs can travel from room to room, so even if you don’t have them initially, they could be in the room next to yours and they may come looking for meal sources. For your entire trip, keep your bags on the desktop, on top of the dresser, or on a luggage rack in the room. Don’t leave your clothes lying out, either.

These tips will help you avoid bedbugs if a hotel happens to have them when you arrive. Nobody wants to deal with these pesky critters, and even worse, nobody wants to bring them home and have to get professional help to remove them! If you believe you have a pest problem, contact Las Vegas Pest Control immediately for more information. We can help you rid your home of unwanted pest guests.

 

DIY Pest Control Tips

Pest control is a tricky business. If you feel you have a pest problem in your home, the wisest choice is to call a pest control specialist to come eradicate the problem for you. However, if you think it’s simple enough to solve on your  own, first start out with these tips:

Grub damage

To prevent grub damage, homeowners and gardeners can simply distribute hair, animal fur, or cayenne pepper over their lawns to preserve their health and also to keep animals such as raccoons and skunks away.

Getting rid of ants

If you have a pesky ant problem, you may be able to rid your home of these little pests by saving your coffee grounds. These are a great ant deterrent – they do not like them and will not come anywhere near them. This also won’t use any chemicals that will stink up your home, or make it dangerous for you and your family.

Bye bye flies

Fill a glass container with 1-2 inches of apple cider vinegar. Wrap the top of the bottle neck with plastic wrap and poke holes. Fruit flies will actually drown themselves in the vinegar after they are lured in by the sweet scent.

Natural fly repellent

To rid your home of other types of flies aside from fruit flies, use cloves, eucalyptus and clover blossoms in a sachet and hang it from your ceiling. This will attract flies and they won’t be able to withstand the chemicals.

Ridding your home of mothball smell

Do you have a bad mothball smell in your home? Simply make a sachet to hang in your closets using dried mint, peppercorns, rosemary, lavender, bay leaves, cloves, and cedar chips. You’ll rid your home of the odor once and for all.

Keeping rats away

If you wish to repel rats, add one tablespoon of peppermint castile soap with half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and eight cups of water, then spray the mixture along your baseboards. This will keep the rats from entering your home.

Roaches 

To get rid of roaches, spice them up! Place 2 tablespoons of very hot sauce in 1 quart of water and then mix well and spray where problems exist. You’ll never see a roach again.

Ridding your home of termites

To get rid of termites, combine 4 tablespoons of grape jelly, 3 tablespoons of canned cat food, and 1 tablespoon of boric acid. Place a teaspoon of this recipe in locations you think these pests may be nesting (don’t place it in locations where pets can find it). The workers will bring this mixture back to the nest and offspring. You will shrink the nest in no time.

Following these simple tips may help you rid your home of small infestations. However, if you have large problems or simply don’t have the time to do this yourself, contact our offices today! We can help you with even the largest types of pest invasion problems, and get your home back in order in no time. Las Vegas Pest Control is the place to call!

Keeping Pests Away From Your Home

Las Vegas ScorpionsKeeping pests out of your home in the first place is the best way to control a pest problem in your area. If you fear you may have a pest problem, contact our pest control in Las Vegas. We can help you eradicate pest problems and keep your home looking fresh. However, it’s wise to keep the pests out before they arrive! Read on to find out some tips on how to do this.

  • Take out your trash every day. Do not leave your trash in your home overnight. This includes all trash cans, not just the kitchen.
  • Keep fruit in refrigerator – especially when ripe.
  • Keep the sink clean – wash dishes every day. If you cannot clean the dishes, at least fill the sink with soap and water.
  • Keep your floors clean – wipe up any spills that may happen immediately using soap and water and not just a rag. Clean the entire flooring at least once a week and the kitchen floor at least twice a week.
  • Keep a tight lid on food – make sure all food and beverages that are kept outside of the fridge are tightly sealed. Keep bags of cereal, grains, and seeds in sealed containers that pests can’t eat through.
  • Seal up your house – use caulk to seal up any cracks on baseboards, pipes, ducts, cabinets, and other fittings inside of the home. Check all doors, windows, and any visible cracks.
  • Keep the outside of your home free and clear – do not stack wood next to the home and do not leave piles of leaves around your yard. Keep plants cut back so pests cannot climb up and access your home. Keep gutters free of leaves and other debris.
  • Keep pets clean – brushing, bathing, and using tick and flea protection will remove pests.
  • Keep things dry – make sure the kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are dry. Fix leaks and wipe up spills or splashes immediately.
  • Pay attention to what you bring into the home – many people bring insects or eggs into the home without realizing it, in fruits and vegetables. Bags or boxes that are used to bring home these items can harbor pests or eggs. Once inside your home, they may multiply and cause infestations. German roaches are especially prone to brought in this way.

These tips are a great starting point, though not guaranteed to keep out all pests. If you are having problems even after following each of these tips, you may want to seek the help of a professional. We offer the highest quality services that will allow you to eradicate your pest problem completely. Contact us today if you have pest control questions. Our experts will come in, evaluate your problem, and tell you how best to remove it. We can offer you a variety of methods that will help you rid your home of pests.

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Understanding Integrated Pest Management

las vegas pest controlIntegrated Pest Management is an important development in the realm of pest control today. It is a sensitive approach to pest management that relies on common-sense practices. IPM programs use comprehensive, current information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, which combines with available pest control methods, is used to manage pests and their associated damage by the most economical means. This also uses the best possible means to eliminate hazards to people, property, and the environment. One goal of this type of program is to use pesticides more judiciously than those used in the past to reduce the risk of pesticide exposure.

The key elements of IPM:

 The most important elements of IPM include

  • Exclusion
  • Mechanical control
  • Cultural control
  • Evaluation
  • Inspection
  • Monitoring
  • Sanitation
  • Minimized or lowest toxicity pesticide applications only when necessary
  • Extensive knowledge of pest behavior and biology

How do IPM programs work?

 This is not known as a single pest control method, but it’s a series of pest management processes. It includes a certain type of process:

Set Up a Plan

Before taking any action against pests, IPM tests pest populations or environmental conditions and what type of action should be taken.

Identify and Then Monitor Pest

This is the most important aspect of pest management. To completely control pests, you must know what type of pest is present and where it appears to be living. Not all pests require control. IPM programs work to closely monitor for pests and identify them accurately.

Prevention and Removal

This is the first line of defense in pest control. Keeping pests from ever becoming a problem is the best way to keep them away from your home! It’s important to have good maintenance, sanitation, design, storage, and organizational practices to keep pests away.

Control

Once all of these things are complete, control is important. The most effective and least risky methods are chosen first, and if those don’t work, then further ones are chosen. This is the safest and most economically sound way to get the best pest control. It is also a wise idea to try the ones that use the least amount of chemicals first, before trying ones that may be harmful to the environment.

This approach to IPM is the best way to eradicate pests and do it in the proper manner. It is wise to be sure to remove pests in the best way possible. If you feel you have a pest problem, call our Las Vegas pest control specialists today to help evaluate and remove your problem. We offer the best possible solution to your pest problem – we will evaluate your situation, and tell you what exactly it will take to remove it from your property. If you understand what you have to do before you enlist our services, you’ll be much happier with the results!

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Pest Control Secrets

las vegas pest controlPest control is something offered in our country today that is a great help if you’ve got a pesky problem in your home! However, there may be some things you don’t know before hiring a professional to come into your home! This article will give you some secrets to pest control that just may save you a headache down the road! Read on to find out more.

  1. You probably don’t have bedbugs. The news has gotten people so paranoid about bedbugs, that nine out of ten people who call don’t actually have a problem. Some companies may take advantage of that paranoia by charging you to treat something that doesn’t actually exist in  your home. We won’t do that to you! If we can’t show you a bedbug, we won’t expect you to pay us to treat them for you.
  2. Having trees or shrubs touching your house makes pest problems a lot more likely. When you have these things close to your home, you’ve basically built a bridge for ants and other insects to walk strait into your home! This will also help them avoid the sprays that are put around the perimeter of the home. Keep trees a few feet away.
  3. Put the food in your pantry in plastic containers with sealed lids. This is the only way to keep out insects and rodents, because they can easily eat through cardboard.
  4. The best way to eliminate mice? Not enough traps. At least a dozen traps in your home is the best way to keep mice away. A little-known secrete is that mice are suckers for chocolate. Stick a chocolate bar in your traps and catch the mice in no time.
  5. If you’re worried about harm from treatments, you can ask for data. If you have a needed treatment done to your house, but are worried about the risks involved, talk to us and we’ll give you information beforehand. A trustworthy pest control specialist will be able to give you this and more.
  6. If your house is a pigsty, that’s probably the problem. It’s hard for a pest control specialist to tell someone they need to clean up their house. But if we come in and see dishes piled in your sink, we may recommend you wash them. Don’t be offended. It’ll help you in the long run!
  7. If you catch insects in your home, save one to show us. If you need a treatment for ants, and your pest control specialist can’t find any, they won’t know what kind of treatment will be best. Different species need to be treated in different ways.

If you know about these secrets before calling in a Las Vegas pest control specialist, you’ll find your experience is much better in the long run. Some of these tips can even keep you from needing a pest control specialist in the first place! Contact us today if you have a pest problem, and we’ll help you get rid of it. You’ll be glad you did.