Carpenter ants are some of the most common and troublesome pests known in the United States. An infestation of carpenter ants can lead to a lot of problems for a homeowner. While ants will not harm you or your family, they can do serious structural damage to a house, so it’s best not to ignore them.

Information on Carpenter Ants 

Carpenter ants have hundreds of species in the United States. These ants are large, and can measure up to half an inch long. They are also nocturnal and have a habit of hollowing out wood – like the wood in your homes – for their nests.

While these ants hollow out wood for their homes, they do not eat the wood. Instead of eating wood, they eat sugary foods such as honey, syrup, honeydew, and other types of sweets. These ants are usually black, but some are red, yellow, or brown.

These ants are quite remarkable creatures. They can have colonies of up to 15,000 ants with a hierarchy of queen ants and worker ants.

These types of ants build nests by hollowing out their wood. They prefer damp or moist wood, and especially wood that is rotting or dead. The major concern about carpenter ants infesting the home, is that it is a telltale sign that there is something wrong with the structure of the home.

A telltale sign of an ant infestation is piles of coarse sawdust near openings in baseboards or walls.

Preventing Carpenter Ants 

Getting rid of carpenter ants is a very difficult task to take on, so steps can be taken to prevent infestations in the first place.

Start by eliminating things that carpenter ants desire or would attack in your home. These ants will seek out moist or damp wood, so it follows that you should fix your leaky windows, gutters, walls and roofs. This will prevent your home from becoming attractive real estate for carpenter ants.

Trees that are close to a building can also lead to ant problems. Carpenter ants like to build colonies in the openings of trees, because the wood inside is moist just like that of the kind they desire. As well, when trees are too close to the house, ants may use the tree as a natural bridge to put them directly into the home. Cutting down trees can prevent this problem.

Getting Rid of Carpenter Ants 

These ants are pesky and difficult to get rid of on your own. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to be done for carpenter ants without involving the help of a professional pest control specialist. These professionals will know exactly what to do in order to get rid of the ants. They can set certain traps, using insecticides, and baits. Baits are likely the slowest option to use, so be wary if that’s the only option a professional offers. As the pest control is put into place, it is also wise to do the preventative measures as well. Talk to pest control professional today.

Common Household Pests: Mice

If you have evidence of even one mouse in your home, you probably want to get rid of it. It’s important to do this immediately, as it can become a more serious problem if not taken care of quickly. Mice spread disease throughout your home and have an alarming rate of reproduction. During their one year lifespan, they can reproduce at a rate of four to seven pups about every two months. If one mouse is not eradicated, you may have an infestation on your hands before you know it.

The first step in getting rid of mice is to determine whether you have a few mice, or rather an infestation. When the weather changes, or when a mouse finds an opening into the home, just one or two can be in the house. An infestation happens when a large number of mice have found their way into your home, which creates a very real health concern.

How do you know if mice are in your home? The most obvious sign is their droppings. These are small, round, and about one-fourth of an inch long. Mice also leave holes in food packaging after they’ve nibbled on it. Other signs may include odor, scratching sounds in the walls, tracks, or nests.

If you think you  may have a mouse in your home, follow these steps:

Find where they’re coming in.

Mice need an opening only a half-inch tall to gain access into the home, so make sure any small hole you see is filled. Common entry points may include open basement windows, exhaust fans that have come loose, like ones from the drier. Check the perimeter of your home to locate any entry points where mice might have walked in. If you cannot get rid of the problem by following these steps, contact an exterminator.

Look in your food storage

When mice come into your home, they’re looking for food. Start with your pantry. Make sure all your food is secured in plastic containers that are tightly sealed. The right type of plastic will not be able to be gnawed into by mice. If there is any packaging that has been chewed on by a mouse, throw it away. Mice can spread disease to humans through urine or saliva on food products.

If these tips don’t work for you, contact an exterminator. Exterminators are well-versed in pest control and will know exactly what to do to get rid of the pesky little mice that are inhabiting your home. Getting rid of the problem quickly will be better to keep infestations at bay. If you are concerned you may have an infestation in your home, contact an exterminator immediately. It may be difficult to get rid of an infestation on your own, because there are a lot of things that must be done to be fully rid of infestations.

For more information on pest control and getting rid of all types of pests that may inhabit your home, click here.

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It’s a no-brainer that bringing bed bugs to your new apartment or home presents a severe obstacle to the enjoyment of said apartment or home. 

So if you’ve had bed bugs in the past year, or your neighbors have, or you’re simply concerned about putting all your worldly belongings into a moving truck potentially crawling with them, we suggest you pencil an extra night or two into your move.So if you live in or are moving to Las Vegas or Henderson, call R and C Pest Control LLC,  Las Vegas’ largest fumigation contractor. We offer three kinds of fumigation.Fumigation is the only guaranteed method of killing bed bugs in all stages and we know how to do it safely. Choose from one of R and C Pest Control’s three fumigation options.

Love Your Pests? A Las Vegas Pest Control Peace Offering

When it comes to pests, no one hates them quite like we do at R&C Pest Control. After all, we’ve made it our mission to eradicate harmful pests from your home or business. But February is here and Valentine’s Day has gotten us in the loving mood. So we thought we’d share some positive information on pests it’s okay to love. No need to call your Las Vegas pest control professional about these friendly guys.

Pests to LoveNice bugs

Honeybees: Sure, they have that stinger that isn’t a whole lot of fun if you ever come in contact with it, but honeybees are pretty important to flowers and other plants because they’re responsible for pollination. So when you’re picking up those Valentine’s Day flowers, be sure to thank the honeybee.

Praying Mantis: They may look kinda creepy, but these guys are pretty useful to have around (no need to call Las Vegas pest control!). The praying Mantis eats mosquitos, mites, aphids and other harmful insects. In fact, you can even order the bugs through catalogs!

Ladybugs: As useful as they are pretty, you’ll want to keep your ladybugs around. These polka-dotted sweeties are great for controlling aphids around the house and in the garden.

Spined Soldier Bug: While this little critter might look pretty frightening, he’s no reason to call for Las Vegas pest control service. The spined soldier bug eats loopers, beetles and harmful worms. Keep him around for the sake of your plants!

Crickets: Not only are these little guys not harmful, but crickets will also sing you to sleep! They rub their legs together to produce a sound that warns other males away from their lover, and even sing a post-mating song. How romantic!

Las Vegas Pest Control that Gets the Job Done!

Of course, it’s hard to feel romantic this time of year if you’ve got some UNFRIENDLY bugs around. Give R & C a call for all of your Las Vegas pest control needs.

DIY Pest Control Tips for a Bug-Free New Year!

DIY Pest Control Have you been living too long with pest control problems? This year, make sure one of your resolutions includes getting rid of those pests and living in a clean, calm environment. Getting a visit from R and C Pest Control can make all the difference in your 2014. After we eliminate any infestations, start practicing these DIY pest control tips to help make sure the end of 2014 is as joyous (and pest-free) as the beginning!

DIY Pest Control for a Happier New Year

Schedule the pantry cleaning: When was the last time you cleaned out your pantry or food cupboard? If you have to think about it, you may not be doing it often enough. Mark your calendar to give your pantry a clean sweep once each season. This means tossing out old, stale foods, wiping up crumbs and checking for signs of pests. Old food can attract any number of household pests, like pantry moths, ants, mice and roaches.

Keep food in sealed containers: That open cereal box might not be cutting it in the packaging department. To further safeguard your pantry and cupboards against unwanted pests, keep all open foods in air-tight containers. This includes cereal, crackers, flour and other baking ingredients.

Close up drafts and cracks: This DIY pest-control tip wipes out two birds (maybe pigeons!) with one stone. By sealing up cracks in your doors, window casings and baseboards, you’ll not only improve your energy efficiency, but you’ll also make it much harder for bugs to find their way indoors.

Clean the gutters: This may be a job you like to put off (or hand over to someone else), but cleaning the gutters goes a long way toward DIY pest control. Wet, moist leaves, dirt and other debris are the perfect breeding ground for roaches, and other pests.

Need more help? Call R and C to keep your 2014 happy (and pest-free!)





Traveling this Year? Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs

Hotel Bed BugsIf your list of New Year’s resolutions include some traveling plans, you’re probably not alone. Getting out of town is on the do-list of many Americans. And while that vacation might be relaxing (and no doubt well deserved), what’s not relaxing is coming back home with a suitcase full of bed bugs. Or just a few. It doesn’t take many bed bugs to start an infestation that can keep you scratching for months.

This year, regardless of where your travel plans take you, try to avoid bringing these little souvenirs home. Don’t worry; we’ll help you know what to look for.

Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling

If you’ve ever had a problem with bed bugs, you likely already know the signs of an infestation. When you check into your hotel, carefully scour the room for any of these signs. These include dark marks on the mattress and especially in the seams, dark-colored shells or casings or of course – seeing a bed bug itself.

A common misconception is that bed bugs are always found in the bed. While this is a common place for them to hide, they actually are happy anywhere dark and relatively quiet. For instance, behind electrical outlets, baseboards and heavy curtains. Shake the curtains in your room and inspect the outlets for signs of bed bugs.

If you see no signs of bed bugs, still be cautious of where you stow your luggage. Keep it off the floor so that there is no easily accessible “bridge” for bed bugs to cross. Be sure you keep your luggage off the carpet while you’re inspecting the room as well – a tiled bathroom is a good place to keep it.

If you see signs of bed bugs, or wake up with bites, contact your hotel management immediately. While they may offer to switch you rooms, you may be better served to find a new hotel altogether – but don’t forget to check that room thoroughly as well.

Bed Bugs in America

We put together this little infographic to show some amazing statistics about these unpleasant critters. Learn anything new?

Bed Bugs Infographic

Here’s to a well-traveled (but bed bug free) New Year!