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Termite Troubles in Las Vegas

You may not know this, but, according to Mental Floss, termite damage is one of those problems that your homeowners insurance does not cover. That’s really bad news, because homeowners in the United States spend billions annually on preventing and the treatment of termites.   What are Termites?   Termites are wood burrowing insets. There are 2,000 species of this bug in the United States. The most common types in Nevada live in the soil and come out to munch on the underpinnings of your home. They are silent – and potentially deadly to your home. That’s because you really don’t see them until after they’ve weakened your foundation or caused other damage that is both a hassle and costly to repair.   Termites eat dead trees, plants, and other wood-based or cellulose products. Termites can also eat drywall and paper. Dry wood termites are common in Nevada, and you’ll often find them in an attic. These tiny bugs are voracious, and have a pincher mouth that can chew up wooden structures. Subterranean termites live in the soli where they burrow elaborate tunnels that direct them upwards to the feast within your home’s walls.   That’s why we highly recommend a termite inspection every two to three years. The Preventive Pest Control teams are trained in looking for the damage that you usually do not detect. Typically, we’ll go...

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Eradicating Scorpions from the Las Vegas Valley

As the population around Las Vegas increases, homes are being built to accommodate new residents. As these residents move out further into the desert, a new increase in an old problem is emerging, literally, from the desert sand.   We’re talking about scorpions, and they are, literally, what’s bugging the residents of the northwest side of town.   Stinging Insects Not Welcome on the North Side of Town Last year, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on this phenomenon, saying that residents moving into the northwest side of town were finding scorpions everywhere. People were being stung regularly, as the cooler spring progressed into the hot summer – the time when scorpions get more active.   Scorpions make their home under the plants that thrive in our hot, arid conditions. Now that the human population is migrating further into their territory, these creatures are making new nests in front and back yards – right where children and pets are exposed to their dangerous sting.   Facts About the Las Vegas Scorpion   There are roughly 25 species of scorpion in Nevada. We believe these creatures, which come from the arachnid (spider) family, have lived for 300 million years. They’re actually an important part of the desert ecosystem, eating crickets and cockroaches – two pests we also don’t want in our homes   Here are some facts about two of the...

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Preventive Pest Control Offers Free Commercial Pest Inspection

Pests may be exactly what’s bugging your business. Did you know Preventive Pest Control offers a free commercial pest inspection for businesses in the Las Vegas area?   Our company works closely with hospitality, healthcare, housing, and other commercial businesses to ensure they pass all health code inspections for a pest-free and safe operation. We use best practice scientific methods to assess and respond to commercial pest problems, and we do this work discreetly and professionally.   What are the kinds of situations and treatments that we can help your business with? Let’s look at the top two most common pests that are plaguing the Las Vegas business community.   Las Vegas Bed Bugs   One of the most difficult situations to treat is actually from one of the smallest pests we see – the common bed bug. Bed bugs are, literally, almost everywhere in our city, and every other city on the planet. That’s because, while they were eradicated completely in this country in the 50s and 60s, airline travel has brought these little visitors to a business near you. The pesticides we used to use were very toxic to humans, and have been eradicated in this country. The end result is that bed bugs have returned with a vengeance. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) did a national survey that showed bed bugs are increasing in:  ...

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Are Bed Bugs Bugging You?

Preventive Pest Control receives a lot of calls from Las Vegas residents who are very concerned that they have a bed bug problem. While it’s certainly not something they would bring up at the neighborhood potluck, you would be shocked to know just how many people you’re in contact with every day that are struggling to control an outbreak.   While bed bugs can certainly make your skin crawl, the truth is that they actually cannot transmit any diseases to your or your family. But that’s really the only good news we can report, because bed bugs are very hard to eradicate, and they are spreading all over the world.   Bed Bugs Fly First Class   The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) points out a simple fact in their 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey:  We thought we had eradicated bed bugs in the 50s. But EPA regulations eliminated some the hazardous chemicals that we used to use to kill these pesky pests.   Traditionally, these critters lived happily in developing countries, and were simply not a problem here. With airline travel increasing, bed bugs began hitching rides back to the U.S., where they have rapidly taken up residence again in our homes, hotels, and other facilities where humans cohabitate.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says bed bugs are, “small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on...

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