Author: greg

Humane Pigeon Control

Pigeons are known at “roof rats” in our area, due to their propensity to breed quickly and flock together to take over an area. On the strip, tourists even feed these birds, which can make a patio breakfast a little bit annoying. Preventive Pest can humanely remove these featured creatures, clean up the mess, and prevent them from coming back. Let’s look at some of the techniques we use to help keep your home or business pigeon free. Pigeon Removal and Prevention  Our goal is to safely and effectively remove the pest – whether it’s pigeons or spiders – and help make your home or business less of an attractive place for these creatures to hang out. With pigeons, the trick is to make their landing and roosting spots uncomfortable. First, we remove the birds with humane pigeon traps on your residential or commercial properties. If your property is inundated with a flock of pigeons, they must first be safely and humanely relocated. We do not want to use poison; that is not only inhumane; the dead pigeons can be a health hazard to children and pets. We can remove their nests and clean and disinfect the nesting and roosting sites. Cleaning pigeon waste is an imperative; it can harbor dangerous bacteria and fungi. Typically, wearing appropriate sanitation gear, we use non-toxic enzymatic disinfectants to further sterilize the area...

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The Spiders of Las Vegas

We bet you thought this post had to do with a new rock band playing on the strip. We wish that were the case. In the desert it turns out homeowners are often plagued by creepy crawling arachnids. The good news is that most of these spiders are not actively harmful to humans. They’re also technically beneficial; they eat flies, mosquitoes, and other insects that plague us. But when they move in to your home, you probably won’t care about these things. Let’s look at some of the most typical spiders we see in the Las Vegas area. Spiders – The Good, Bad, and the Ugly When people move here for the first time we often get panicked calls when new homeowners come face-to-face (literally) with a giant desert spider.  The bad news is, if there is one spider in your home, there may be lots more lurking where you cannot see them. Some of the typical spiders we eradicate include: The Western black widow spider is perhaps most dangerous on the list. A bite from one of these crawlies can send you to the hospital with cramping, sweating, nausea, and check tightness. Like any wild creature, they prefer to be left alone, but if you surprise them and they feel threatened, they may bite. If you see an all black spider with a red hourglass on its abdomen...

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How Does Desert Weather Affect Pests?

The University of Arizona has a very detailed fact sheet on how our weather affects the bugs in our environment. Nevada has some very interesting temperature extremes, and all of them affect the creatures outside your home. Here are some interesting facts about Nevada bugs and how today’s weather forecast may affect them. Bugs and Monsoon Season  For tourists, Nevada is hot and dry. But there is actually quite a bit of variation in our temperatures and weather conditions. Each affects the pests that bother us in different ways. Sometimes even the desert blooms. When plants flower it creates additional food sources for insects, including nectar for bees. Additional food sources mean these creatures will have more energy for reproduction and will generally be more active. We see a lot of ant infestations during this time. When bug and rodent populations increase, they spread out and look for new places to live. That could be the wiring in your car, or the walls of your home. Unfortunately for desert dwellers, the expression, “it doesn’t rain, it pours,” is typical during our annual monsoon season. Monsoon season runs from July to October in southern Nevada. It’s a dangerous time, because flash floods can wreak havoc on roads, cars, homes, and the people that live here. But what does all that rain do to the pests outside – and sometimes inside...

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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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