How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

“Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!” Many people will tell this to their children when tucking them in at night, and for most, it’s just a fun expression to help the child sleep better. However, bed bugs are very real. They haven’t always been a problem in the US, but recently bed bugs have become a major nuisance in society.

What are bed bugs?

bed bug close upThough their name doesn’t sound real, bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on animal and human blood. They are only about a half a centimeter long, which is about the size of a match head. They are reddish-brown in color, but can be hard to detect because of their small size. Bed bugs can be extremely irritating, and can leave red, raised bumps on your skin. Fortunately, they don’t carry or transmit diseases.

Even though bed bugs don’t pose a serious threat, they are very annoying to deal with. They will bite any exposed area of your body while you are sleeping, which will leave your face and arms covered in itchy bumps. Sometimes the itch may not go away for a few weeks. The bumps may not show up immediately, and could take a few days to appear. Similar to other bug bites, scratching will only cause them to get worse. If they become inflamed, it could mean they are infected. This would require you to seek medical attention.

Where are bed bugs found?

Bed bugs get their name because they are frequently found in beds, but this isn’t the only place they hide. Bed bugs can be found in any upholstered furniture, along with any type of clothing. They will even hangout on your backpacks or luggage, and follow you outside of your home. Bed bugs will also hide in nightstands, baseboards and any cracks in the walls or floors. Basically, bed bugs can be found in nearly every room of your home.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Keeping your house clean on a regular basis will diminish the amount of bed bugs in your home, and vacuuming everything on a daily basis will help. This includes vacuuming any cracks and crevices in your walls. After you have effectively vacuumed the entire house, dispose of the vacuum bag immediately in an outside trash can. Bed bugs can easily climb their way out of the bag, so avoid another infestation by disposing of it outside your home.

Wash your clothes and sheets in hot water that is at least 120 degrees. This will kill any bed bugs that latched themselves onto your clothing. Dry all the items on the hottest setting for at least 20 minutes, which should effectively kill all the bed bugs. For items that shouldn’t go in the washing machine, just putting them in the dryer will be as effective.

In cases of bad infestations, you may have to get rid of your mattresses and other furniture. When you do this, take them as far away from your house as possible to avoid them coming back in. Take these items to a dump instead of leaving them on your curb.

The most effective and sure fire way to get rid of the bed bugs is to hire a Las Vegas exterminator. The experts at R & C Pest Control are dedicated to making your home pest-free. If you have an exterminator come to your home on a regular basis, the bed bugs shouldn’t return. For more information about Las Vegas pest control services, contact 702.257.2847.

Treating your Pets for Bee Stings

Dogs and cats are curious creatures. Any insect they come in encounter with, they will either try to kill or play with. What happens if your beloved pet gets stung by a bee or wasp? Here are tips for taking care of a bee sting.

Moment of the Sting

dog after bee stingUsually if your dog or cats gets stung, the area will be tender and have swelling. Pets are most commonly stung on the paws or face, and a sting to the nose is going to be more painful for the animal. If the dog or cat was stung inside their mouth, you need to seek the services of a veterinarian as soon as possible. These stings could be very dangerous, and the swelling could block the airway. It is important to act quickly. If only the area that was stung is swollen, it is a localized reaction to the sting. You need to remove the stinger from your pet as quickly as possible, which will prevent the venom from spreading any further. The stinger can release venom into your pet for up to three minutes after being injected.

Do not try to squeeze the stinger out with your fingers. This could cause the venom sac to rupture, which would expose more venom in your pet. The most efficient way to remove a stinger is by scraping it out with a credit card. Keep a close eye on your pet and make sure the swelling does not increase or spread to other areas.

You also need to be aware of the different types of stinging insects. A bee’s stinger is designed to kill the bee after it is injected. However, a wasp can sting multiple times if provoked. If needed, contact a veterinarian. They will most likely advise you to give your pet Benadryl, and the vet will instruct you of the correct dosage based on your pet’s weight. The product must contain diphenhydramine, as anything else could be fatal for your pet.

After the Sting

After you have removed the stinger from your pet, you need to create a remedy to sooth the pain. Applying a mixture of water and baking soda to the affected area can help reduce pain. You should also apply an icepack to the wound so the swelling will go down.

You also need to watch for signs of an allergic reaction. If your pet is having difficulty breathing or the swelling has extended, you need to take your pet to a vet immediately. Also, if your pet was stung multiple times, it will require a trip to the vet.

If you have a bee or wasp problem in your home, you need to get it taken care of as soon as possible. You should avoid the possibility of your pet getting stung at all costs. There is no reason your animal should have to go through that pain. R & C Pest Control can take care of the problem at an affordable cost. The Las Vegas exterminators are dedicated to making your home insect-free. Regardless the size of the infestation, they can handle it. For more information about pest control services, contact 702.257.2847.

Choosing the right pest control company

If you have a pest problem in your home, leave it to the professionals to get rid of the bugs. A professional pest control company is the only way you can be sure that the insects inside your house get exterminated completely. But when you are considering your options ofLas Vegas pest control companies, how do you know which one to choose? Here are some questions to ask to make sure the job gets done correctly.

Is the company licensed?pest control company

The state or city will issue a pest control license to the company, and each exterminator also needs to obtain their own license. This means that potential exterminators have to pass an exam, so make sure that the company’s license is up to date. You can contact the state pesticide agency to find out about the company’s certifications.

Does the company have a good track record?

If you ask an employee of the company, they will likely brag about their services. You need to research the company yourself to be sure. Ask your friends and family if they have used the company, and check out their Yelp page for more reviews. If you are really curious, you can call the Better Business Bureau to find out what complaints the company has received. If the feedback is mostly positive, the company is probably a good choice.

Does the company have insurance?

Pest control companies should have general liability insurance. This includes insurance for sudden and accidental pollution and protects you in the event of an accident. Contractors usually carry proof of insurance with them, so many pest control companies are not required to buy insurance. However, it is smart to hire one that does have insurance.

Is the company affiliated with a professional pest control association?

Professional associations can be at the national, state or local level, and members are usually required to honor a code of ethics. These associations are a way to keep members informed of new developments in pest control methods, safety, training, research and regulations. If a company is a member of an association, it means that they care about the quality of their service.

Does the company guarantee its work?

If a company does not openly guarantee its work, you should be skeptical. This means they are lacking confidence in their abilities, and could be an indication that they aren’t good at their job. It is also important that you keep your end of the bargain. If the company has exterminated your termites but you make structural changes to your home, the termites could return. This would not be the fault of the pest control company.

R and C Pest Control can offer quality service at an affordable price. The Las Vegas exterminators are dedicated to keeping your home a pest-free environment. Customer satisfaction is their primary concern, and no matter what insect your home may be infested with, R and C Pest Control will take care of the problem. R and C Pest Control have been in business for a long time, and are confident that the exterminators can handle any size of infestation. For more information about pest control services, contact 702.257.2847.

Landscape to avoid desert pests

Your landscape could affect the type of pests that infest your home. Many desert pests are attracted to specific types of vegetation. If you design your landscape certain ways, you may be able to avoid any type of pests coming into your home.

Scorpions tend to make their residence under trees or rocks. If you currently have trees in your yard that you want to remove, you may want to rethink that. By removing the trees, you have removed the scorpion’s home. If they no longer have a home, they will invade yours. If you do uproot any trees in your yard, you will need to hire an exterminator immediately.pests scorpions

If you are planting trees for the first time, don’t let scorpions stop you. They will not invade your home if you plant new trees. You are giving them a place to live so they will leave you alone.

In Las Vegas, there are many other insects that could invade your home other than scorpions. You have to look out for spiders, ants, crickets and even snakes. These can be attracted to your home depending on your landscape. Rock landscape is the best option to avoid most pests. Snakes tend to like tall grass. Spiders don’t like plants but they do like the other insects that plants attract. By designing you yard without any vegetation, you won’t encounter many pests.

Scorpions do tend to live under rocks as well. However, they won’t bother you as long as you don’t remove their home.

A cactus landscape is also good for avoiding insect infestations. Cactus is convenient to plant in your yard because it won’t die in the Las Vegas heat. It is even versatile. Cacti come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Some even grow colorful flowers. Cacti do not attract any terrible insects. Spiders and scorpions have no desire to hang around cacti. There are a few pests that are attracted to cacti. These include a variety of mealy bugs, caterpillars and cochineal insects. Fortunately, none of these are deadly. You can have a cacti landscape and your pets will be safe from possible deadly spider bites and scorpions stings. The pests that are attracted to cacti are much smaller. They won’t be as bothersome as spiders and scorpions.

If you do have a cacti landscape, you are at risk of birds coming to your yard. Typically, they just drink the fluid in the cacti then fly away. If birds do become a problem, you may have to consider changing your landscape. In the mean time, Las Vegas exterminators can help you. R and C Pest Control offers a variety of services, all at an affordable cost. The exterminators are dedicated to making you home a pest-free environment. For more information about pest control, contact 702.257.2847.

Vegas pest control: Tobacco Budworm

If you maintain a garden in Las Vegas, you may come across some unwelcome pests. If the problem gets too out of control, you may need to hire a Vegas pest control company.vegas pest control budworm

The Tobacco Budworm is in the larval or caterpillar stage of becoming a moth. This insect is most commonly found in Colorado but has been seen in Nevada and other states. These will be the most bothersome pests if you have a garden. They are most commonly seen feeding on geraniums, petunias and nicotianas. However, it has been seen on roses and other types of flowers as well.

The Tobacco Budworm tends to attack the flower buds or ovaries of developing flowers. If buds of your flowers fail to open or the coloring is off, this could likely be an indicator that the Tobacco Budworm damaged your flowers. Petals or leaves may have tiny holes in them. As the growing season progresses for these types of flowers, the Tobacco Budworm is more likely to damage the flowers. They are most commonly found to attack during late summer. In certain parts of the country, the damage has become so severe that geraniums and petunias have been discontinued.

If you grow these types of flowers in your garden, be proactive by getting rid of Tobacco Budworms in April or May. At the first site of holes in the leaves take preventative measures. These insects like to hide in the soil during the daytime. It is best to find them roaming about when the sun is setting. Simply search the flowers for these pests then remove them with your fingers. If you maintain these types of flowers during the off season, it is important that you remove and change the soil. This can prevent the Tobacco Budworm from maintaining a permanent residence on your garden.

The Tobacco Budworm has adapted to its surroundings and is resistant to many types of pesticide. Only very specific pesticides will work to kill this insect. Because it is a very adaptable insect, it can handle both the grueling Las Vegas summers and the harsh Colorado winters.

You may want to seek professional help to get rid of these insect. R and C Pest Control has experience in a variety of insects and other pests. The Las Vegas exterminators are dedicated to keeping your home a pest free environment. R and C Pest Control has been in business for a long time in the Vegas valley. There is no pest that these exterminators can’t handle. Whatever infestation your home is suffering from, it will be taken care of in a timely and cost efficient manner. For more information about Las Vegas exterminators, contact 702.257.2847.

Las Vegas pest: Mormon cricket invasion

The Mormon cricket is a pesky insect that can grow up to nearly 3 inches in length. The Mormon cricket is actually not even technically a cricket. It is a shield backed katydid.  The Mormon cricket cannot fly, but this doesn’t stop them from traveling long distances. Naturally, the name came from the Mormon settlers in Utah, who came across swarms of these pests.las vegas pest

The Mormon cricket tends to stay within Utah, but from time to time has made its way across the grueling desert in Las Vegas. The last time Mormon crickets invaded the Vegas valley was from 2000 to 2008. At least 12 million acres of land were affected by the infestation. Mormon crickets caused hospitals to fill up. Motorists were getting in more accidents because the pests would leave behind a squishy mess on the street. In June, Nevada officials reported sight of a few Mormon crickets in a small town outside Las Vegas. Currently, they don’t seem to pose a threat. Keep in mind that these critters tend to increase in numbers in times of extreme drought.

Mormon crickets will destroy any vegetation in sight. If they eat it all, they will eat each other then.

As the Mormon cricket infestation gets closer to Las Vegas, prepare your homes from these pesky intruders.

Seal your home

You need to check all your windows and doors and be sure that everything is properly sealed at all times. Do not leave you door open for an extended period of time. This will open the door to pesky insects. Check your house for any holes in the walls. If you find any, patch them up right away. This is the most effective way of preventing them from entering your home. Keep your trash sealed as well. Of course you’ll be bringing the trash can in and out of your home. If you keep the lid constantly closed, then bugs won’t be able to creep inside.

Reduce vegetation

The Mormon cricket feeds on vegetation. If your home doesn’t have much out front, the little critter will likely move on its way to another home. Keep grass cut very low. Constantly clean your drain pipes for any leaves. Get rid of all unnecessary vegetation. If you keep potted plants outside, consider moving them indoors so you won’t have to worry about crickets getting to them.

Natural predators

Lizards and spiders love to eat crickets. Surely you don’t want your home infested by spiders, but if one happens to be roaming around your yard, don’t be so quick to kill it. This spider will eat any pesky crickets coming your way. The trade-off is one spider over a swarm of Mormon crickets.

When all else fails, a professional Las Vegas exterminator can do the job for you. They can get rid of any pests that currently invade your home. They can even spray around your home to ensure no pests will come your way. For more information about Las Vegas pest control, contact 702.257.2847.

Las Vegas pests: bee infestation

If your home is infested with scorpions, bees or other dangerous pests, it is important that you get professional help to control it. These can be deadly for small children or pets. You don’t want to expose potentially deadly threat to them.las vegas pests

A sad story about a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police dog was revealedon June 17. The 12-year-old Belgian Malinois, named Mickey, was attacked by a swarm of bees around 5 a.m. at his home. Three other police dogs were attacked as well. They are currently alive and being treated at a local veterinarian hospital. Unfortunately, Mickey did not make it out alive. There were so many bees that Mickey simply couldn’t survive the attack.

Officer Mel English, Mickey’s handler, explained that the bond between an officer and his or her dog is much stronger than any other bond. It is unexplainable, even to dog lovers. Officers spend more time with their dogs than anyone else. They are working together 40 a week in addition to playing and bonding at home.

English stated, “My best friend in the world is my wife. I actually saw Mickey [more than I saw] her.”

Officer English described the attack as horrific. It could have been a scene in a horror movie. English described the attack “as a diesel motor when it puffs black smoke. I could hear the hum. They came at me and attacked me.”

The officer was stung about 30 times himself as he tried to save the dog’s life from the bee swarm. Metro Lt. John Pelletiere called it a heroic act. He stated, “Mel actually had to take his arm and scrape hundreds of bees off each and every dog.”

Fellow officers and his family helped rush him and the four dogs to the hospital.

English later explained that Mickey saved his life everyday on the job. He would keep him away from any armed suspects. English stated, “Every day I went on the street and used Mickey in the capacity he was trained [for]. [That was a day] I look back on and am extremely grateful for.” Mickey began his career as a police dog in 2005. He retired in March this year.

The three dogs and Officer English are alive and doing okay so far. He is going to have pest control take care of the bee problem before returning home. He wants to ensure that this incident won’t happen again.

The family and fellow K-9 officers will be holding a funeral for Mickey.

It is important to consistently get your house sprayed for any pests that may intrude your home. If you have an ongoing problem with any particular pest you need to get professional help. It is not safe to wait as it can have deadly repercussions. You, your family and your pet’s safety is too important. R & C Pest Control can take care of any Las Vegas pests that may infest your home. Be proactive and get professional help before the problem gets worse. For more information, contact 702.257.2847.

Las Vegas pest control: snakes

It seems scary to think that a snake could get into your home in Las Vegas. Not only would it be inconvenient to have snakes intruding your home, but there are various types of poisonous snakes. This can be especially scary if you have children or pets. For the most part, snakes are not likely to get into your Vegas home. Some housing developments though are located on the outskirts of town in the desert. These are the people that have to worry about snakes.

There are a variety of ways to trap and kill snakes. Fortunately most desert snakes that are likely to enter your home are nonvenomous. But before you do attempt to trap the snake, you need to be sure whether or not it is poisonous. Examine the colors of the snake and do you research. There are only four types of snakes in the US that are poisonous: rattlesnake, cottonmouth, copperheads, and coral snakes. Fortunately, only the rattlesnakes can be found in Las Vegas. However, not all rattlesnakes rattle before they attack. If you live in a home near the desert, be on the lookout for the rattle snake.

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If you do encounter a nonvenomous snake in your home, you should still be on alert. The snakes will still bite, though it typically isn’t that painful. Regardless of a snake bite or not, you still don’t want a snake intruding your home. It is fairly simple to remove a snake. The easiest way is to get a broom and sweep it out of your home. If you still feel uncomfortable being that close to a snake, it may just leave your home on its own. If the snake is located by a door that leads outside, leave the door open and block off the rest of your home. This leaves the snake with no other option then to leave.

You should take preventative measures so you won’t have to deal with snakes at all. The easiest way for a snake to enter your home is through holes and cracks. Inspect your entire home and patch up and hole that a snake might be able to enter. Remember that some baby snakes can be very small so don’t doubt its ability to fit through even the tiniest holes. Also, place screens over your vents and chimney.

Another way to prevent snakes from invading is to spray your home and yard with snake repellent. This can be found in many stores or bought online. You can even make a snake repellent using things you might have laying around your home. Soak towels in ammonia and strategically place them around your home. Also, snakes don’t like human hair. Place clumps of human hair around your front yard, and snakes will likely avoid your home.

If you are dealing with a poisonous snake in your home, seek professional help. A Las Vegas exterminator is trained to safely handle snakes. It is not worth the risk doing it yourself. For more information about Las Vegas pest control, contact 702.257.2847.

Las Vegas spider control

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Spiders are a huge nuisance in our lives. Not only is it inconvenient having them in your home, but some spiders are poisonous and could potentially be fatal. It’s a relief that spiders prefer to live outside, but sometimes they sneak their way into your home. Once a spider is in your home, it is fairly simple to kill it. All you have to do is smash it. You don’t want to have to worry about smashing spiders all the time though. Here are some ways to prevent spiders from invading your territory.

Patch up holes

Inspect your home for anyone small holes that a spider could make its way through. Always make sure that your windows and doors are closed at all times. For holes in wires and other electrical components, use caulk to patch them up. Wires tend to run outside so a spider could use this as access to your home. For fireplaces and vents, use insect screens.

Turn off outdoor lights

The lights themselves will not attract spiders but they could attract other insects that in turn would attract spiders. Keeping your lights on outside could lead to infestation of a multitude of bugs. Also, be sure to use shades to prevent your indoor lights from shining too brightly outside.

Put plants away from your house

If you have plants directly along the perimeter of your house spiders will be more likely to enter your home. Plants tend to attract spiders so if your plants are on the side of your yard away from your house, spiders are less likely to try and invade your home. Be diligent in removing any leaves or excess rocks that could get moved to the side of your house. The less that surrounds the perimeter of your home, the less likely spiders will be attracted to it.

Clean your home

Keeping things neat and clean can avoid spiders from entering your home. If they do, they are less likely to stay in a clean house. Always clean up immediately after eating to avoid crumbs from getting everywhere. Try not to have clutter around your house. This can encourage spiders to hang out. Use plastic containers for storage. Spiders can get through cardboard fairly easily, but they cannot get through plastic.

Use bug spray

Spray all the corners and cracks in your home with insecticide. This can ensure that even if spiders do enter your home they can be killed almost immediately by the spray. Be careful if you have pets because the spray can be dangerous for them. Always make sure to get a spray that works specifically for spiders. Not all sprays work for all insects.

When all else fails and your home is still constantly being invaded by spiders, seek professional help. For Las Vegas spider control, exterminators at R & C Pest Control can help. They can get rid of your spider problem. With regular visits, they can prevent any future problems from occurring. For more information, contact 702.257.2847.

Pest Control: Scorpions

Las Vegas is a desert so as a resident you may have to deal with dreaded desert pests like the scorpion. They skulk around your home just waiting to unleash their poison. You will wake up from a long night’s sleep only to see a scorpion just hanging out on your ceiling. You will be getting undressed ready to take a shower when just as you step one foot in, you see a scorpion chilling by the drain. You step outside to get into your car when, oh wait, there’s a couple scorpions hanging around the driver’s side. They are pesky little critters that could potentially sting you, your family or pets. Here are a few tips to try and avoid having to deal with this desert bug.

Don’t change your landscape

If you are unhappy with the way your yard looks and have the desire to change things, be aware. Uprooting plants can unleash a plague of scorpions into your home, especially if you live near the outskirts of town. Scorpions tend to live underground, mainly under trees or rocks. Any movement of these and they will no longer have their homes. Because you took their home away, they will intrude on your home.

Get a chicken

Chickens actually eat scorpions. Of course, now you have to deal with chickens invading your home. You could also get a cat. Preferably get a male cat, as they tend to be more likely to hunt. The cat will hunt then eat the scorpions so your problem should subside. Of course, some cats are lazy and don’t hunt at all so be precise in choosing the right cat.

Keep your house dry

Scorpions like wet places. Ensure none of your pipes are leaking and be careful with cleaning up any water spills if they do occur. A ventilator can help dry your bathroom faster so hopefully you will no longer see them in your shower.

Use a black light at night

This doesn’t prevent them from coming in but it will help you see them. Scorpions have an exoskeleton that glows in the dark under a black light. Shine a black light over your room prior to sleeping so you can catch any predators before dosing off.

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Scorpions do sting. The smaller the scorpion is the more poisonous it is. A single scorpion sting typically isn’t deadly but if the scorpion problem at your home is severe enough, you may be at risk of getting stung multiple times. Stings could potentially be deadly. If children are stung even just one time, seek medical attention.

If you live in a deserted part of town and have a serious scorpion problem, seek professional help. Las Vegas exterminators at R and C Pest control can help take care of your problem in a safe way. You may need the Las Vegas pest control company to come out to your home on a regular basis. Scorpions will likely return, so always be aware. Contact 702.257.2847 for more information about services and pricing.