You don’t need to experience entomophobia, which is the fear of insects to be creeped-out by the bugs you’re going to find in this article. The Nevada desert is home to some of the most interesting, yet disgusting bugs in the United States.
But here’s the really bad news – they might want to make your home their home in the near future. Aren’t you glad we’re here to help?
Top Creepy Las Vegas Bugs
We don’t need to write about these bugs in any kind of order because they are all designed to send a shudder down the spine of anyone living or visiting our state. Just in time for Halloween, here are some of our “favorite” Las Vegas bugs:
- Bed bugs are everywhere now and their population is expanding. These rice-sized insects like to live in the seams of your bed and crawl out to have dinner on their favorite meal of human blood. Gross, right?
- Wolf spiders grow to be about a half inch in body length. They like to hunt on the ground and like to hang out under your eaves and gutters and in rock and bark. They bite, and while they aren’t overly aggressive or venomous, they are impressively large and willing to nail you if you disturb them.
- The dark Jerusalem cricket, a weirdly shaped, slow moving bugs that will bite you – hard – if you interrupt them. We guarantee they are in your yard, feeding on any decaying plant matter you have lying around.
- Black widow spiders are the most venomous arachnids in the U.S., so they have to make our Nevada desert bugs list. They like living in dark, dry places, like in brush piles or in vegetation.
- Assassin bug bites hurt a lot. That’s because they have a very pointy beak that they use to stab their next meal until it dies and they can have lunch. As they stab, they also suck the juice of their prey.
- If the two-inch long Mydas fly gets in your garden, leave it alone. That’s because it helps gardeners by eating the voracious plant-eating June bug larvae. However, they make our list because – well, it is a two-inch fly! These bugs will certainly get your attention if you see one in the summer.
- If you’ve ever been stung by a fire ant, you’re going to know it. They are aggressive and like to live near a water source – like your grass. If you disturb their nest they will aggressively attack en masse.
- If you’ve seen the movie “Alien” you already kind of recognize some of the features of the giant desert hairy scorpion, whose legs and torso kind of resemble the infamous “chest burster” insects. These five-inch scorpions are the largest representation of the species in the world and they are probably burrowed in your yard right now. (Sorry.) If you see one, you may notice babies, which like to ride on Mom’s back as she looks for her next meal. These bugs are so big they can eat mice and lizards.
Preventive Pest Control
Now that you’re completely creeped-out, we want you to know Preventive Pest Control has tons of tips for making your home and yard less attractive to these insects. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about making your home more comfortable this fall.