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Tips for Avoiding Bees, Hornets, and Wasps This Summer

We hear a lot about how bees are vitally important to crop pollination and that these important creatures are endangered. But if that’s the case, why is it they seem to show up en masse every time we have a cookout? Jokes aside, it is important to preserve the bee population, but hornets and wasps are a whole different insect. This article will give you some tips on how to avoid these stinging insects around your home and gardens this summer. Summer is Party Time – For Stinging Insects Summer is the active season for flying stinging insects like wasps, bees, and hornets. These creatures will generally leave you alone unless you’re trying to eat something deliciously sweet outside. Since that is kind of the definition of summer, we better talk about ways to avoid these creatures. The obvious reason for staying away from these insects is their sting, of course. Anaphylactic shock is an extreme physical response to being stung by these insects. For many of us that are allergic, this can be a life-threatening situation if we are stung. Even if you aren’t allergic, being stung once is painful. But hornets, wasps, and some types of bees can boil together and sting in a large group of insects if they feel threatened. Each year, people and pets die in this country from being swarmed and stung. Keeping...

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Roof Rats and What To Do About Them

Roof rats are a problem we don’t like to talk about. But they are a very common problem in our region. You may see one scurrying across the outside wall of your home, and it’s okay to scream – these creatures are kind of gross. But they’re one smart pest that makes them harder to eradicate. This article will help you know if you have roof rats and what to do about them. Five Ways to Spot Roof Rats Roof rats are all over the desert, but they like to hang out near people to take advantage of the debris we leave behind. These rodents are masters at hiding and traveling between subdivision homes in our area. These rodents have flourished despite our best efforts to wipe them out. Even if you don’t see them, don’t worry – they’re nearby, just waiting for you to leave an open garbage can. So, how do you know you have roof rats? If you have fruit trees, look for half-eaten fruits lying on the ground or even in the tree. We grow a lot of ornamental citrus fruits in the area; these trees decorate our homes and yards. So, not only do the roof rats have a convenient source of vitamin C, they’re near warmth and shelter; something everyone wants. If you notice the fruit on the ground from your trees has...

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Got Bugs? Summer in NV

Summer signals siesta from the outdoors in the Sonoran Desert. The end of our beautiful weather inevitably rolls into temperatures so hot you can bake cookies in your car or fry an egg of the sidewalk. To add insult to injury, it’s also scorpion season. This article looks at the influx of bugs that come out during the summer heat. How can homeowners stay better prepared with one tip to both help beat the heat and keeps the bugs out? Roaches Like Air Conditioning, Too One bug that we always see in the summer months is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. This creature hibernates in the winter, only to come out during the heat of the summer. What are the other types of pests we see – and help kill – during the summer? Any colonies build up in the summer months, creating new homes after our spring rains. Bees like to make their nests under the eaves of your home. Cockroaches, attracted by water, will venture into your home, seeking the cool dark spaces under your cabinets. There’s something about crickets that can just set your teeth on edge. They squeeze into tiny spaces and like to eat your furniture and clothing. Flies are everywhere, and they can certainly ruin a picnic. Mosquitoes will hang out and breed prolifically wherever there is standing water. Termites are becoming more of...

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The Most Dangerous Nevada Reptiles

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service, in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, has published a paper called “Venomous Reptiles of Nevada.” While many of us in the Las Vegas region live in the city, aggressive growth is causing more construction that is pushing our homes further into the desert. This means that many of the creatures that traditionally live in the desert are now a whole lot closer to your living room. Just remember – the reptiles were here first. Since it’s spring, a time when reptiles and other desert creatures are more active, let’s take a look at the reptiles that live in our backyards.   Venomous Snakes in Las Vegas The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service says there are 52 different types of snakes and lizards living in our landscape. The most dangerous are the dozen venomous snakes that make Las Vegas their home. Of the 12, five are extremely dangerous to pets and humans. The good news we can share is that these creatures have survived by hiding. But that is also the bad news, because yard debris is a great hiding place for reptiles of any type. These snakes are the most active in spring and summer, because their bodies soak up the warmth of the desert heat, giving them more energy to travel and hunt. In the winter you won’t...

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Homemade Pest Eradication: Myths and Facts

We receive dozens of calls every week from home and business owners who have attempted over-the-counter or homemade remedies for eradicating pests. It can be a frustrating process of trial-and-error, especially in Nevada where the bugs are desert-tough. So while the home or business owner may have made a real attempt at eradicating whatever pest has been bugging them, it simply hasn’t work and they concede defeat – and call in the pros. This article looks at over-the-counter solutions to common pest problems as well as debunking some of the common Internet-fueled homemade remedies for pests that, more often than not, simply don’t work.   Over the Counter Pest Control – What You Need to Know If you’re running to Home Depot or Lowes for chemicals to rid yourself of pests, we have compiled some important rules to always follow. Here’s our best advice on over the counter pest control products: First, never forget that the chemical sprays you’re using are highly toxic. Wear a mask or other protective gear, and if spraying outside, please gauge which way the wind is blowing before spraying. You do not want to wind up with a face full of chemicals! Second, please read and carefully follow the label. Don’t assume that doubling the dose will work twice as fast or double the effectiveness. We always recommend the ready-made products first. Mixing toxic...

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