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What are Ants Most Attracted To?

Ants are persistent pests. The most frequent calls we receive in both our Los Angeles, CA office and our service areas throughout Las Vegas, NV, are from clients who are frustrated with their inability to prevent and remove ants from infesting their home.

Ants typically enter a home in search of one of the following:

  • Water: This is the factor that our clients find most surprising. Ants search for water, especially in dry, arid climates. You don’t have to leave excessive water out, either. Due to their small size, even tiny drops left in the sink are enough to be attractive to ants. Ensure that all of your faucets close completely and fix any leaks as quickly as possible. If you already have ants, taking a few seconds to dry your sinks and tub could be enough to make them pack up and leave.
  • Food: It’s just a small crumb to us, but to an ant, it’s a feast. Regularly wipe down your kitchen counters and the interior of kitchen cabinets to ensure that you’re not inadvertently leaving a picnic for your visitors. Remember to use a cleanser that fully dissolves any sticky or greasy residue, as even a trace could be enough to encourage ants.
  • Shelter: Once ants inhabit your walls, they’re tough to remove. Check your exterior and interior walls regularly and seal any cracks or holes that might be present. This will make it more difficult for ants to find their way inside and set up camp.

In addition to these measures, preventative maintenance is never a bad idea. Pest Control Solutions can pre-treat your home to deter foraging ants from moving in. Seasonal spraying of the perimeter and all access points is an important part of avoiding an infestation.

Pest Control Solutions wants to help our clients and others avoid the seemingly impossible fight against ant infestations by making them aware of what ants are most attracted to. If you know what might bring them into your home to begin with, you’re already well on your way to preventing an occurrence. If you have an ant problem that you’ve been unable to rectify, contact us. Our trained, highly skilled pest control technicians can help rid you of your ant problem for good. We offer around the clock services with eco-friendly, green pesticide solutions, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

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Top 5 Pets That Las Vegas Residents Have to Worry About

Living in Las Vegas brings a variety of unique situations that aren’t found anywhere else on Earth. Having such a diverse and vibrant city in the middle of an arid desert can pose a few challenges, including pest control.

While everyone in the US has to deal with pests, Vegas residents can have to deal with critters that aren’t a problem elsewhere. Today we want to discuss five of the top pests that you may encounter when living in Sin City.

Cockroaches

All major cities have problems with roaches, but Vegas has four distinct varieties living here. The Oriental, Australian, German, and American cockroaches all call Vegas home, which is a testament to the diversity found here. These bugs are usually relatively small, although they can get up to three inches long.

Roaches love dark and damp places, such as basements, crawlspaces, and attics. They breed quickly and can spread disease, which is why you want to make sure that they’re not in your home.

Scorpions

Because Vegas is in the desert, scorpions are more of a threat than other parts of the country. These pests are not as abundant or as dangerous as rats or roaches, but they can pose a danger to you and your family. Since scorpions are poisonous, you want to avoid them at all times. Fortunately, they’re mostly a problem on the outskirts of town, not within the city itself.

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The Top Pest-Prevention Tips for Your Home

A few pests may not seem like a problem, but those pests will multiply and turn into an infestation before you know it. Whether it's ants or roaches, it's important to take preventative steps before pests get out of control. If you want to keep pest insects and rodents out of your home every season, Pest Control Solutions has a few tips to get you started.

3 Pest-Prevention Tips for Your Home

Get rid of clutter.

Clutter acts as the perfect shelter for pests of all types. They can hide under or inside toys, boxes, trash and debris. If your attic, basement or other rooms have clutter, remove it before pests use it for shelter. You should also reduce the clutter outside to keep pests from invading your lawn.

Maintain your yard.

Pest infestations start in the yard and end inside your home. Therefore, it pays to maintain your lawn on a regular basis. Mow the lawn to prevent tall grasses and weeds, which pests use for shelter and nesting material. Cut back the bushes and overgrown tree limbs if they're touching your house. A pristine yard not only looks nice but also gives pests no where to hide.

Put away opened goods.

You should keep pantry items such as flour, sugar and cereal in sealed containers. Leaving opened bags and boxes on the shelves is one way to attract unwanted pests. Transferring opened goods to sealed containers keeps the contents fresh and prevents contamination from insects and rodents. If you don't have containers, move the opened items to the refrigerator until you have adequate storage materials.

A Pest-Free Home: Preventative Pest Control

It only takes a couple pests to start an infestation. Preventative steps such as getting rid of clutter and maintaining your lawn goes a long way in the battle against stubborn insects and rodents. If they've already invaded your space or you fear an infestation is right around the corner, Pest Control Solutions can help. Contact us to get a free estimate and to schedule an appointment with our technicians. We'll not only eliminate an infestation but also prevent another one from happening in your home.

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How to Tell If You Have a Roach Infestation

Perhaps you were eating breakfast and saw a roach scurrying across the table or went to take a shower and found the unwelcome pest in your tub. If you encounter one of these creepy-crawly creatures in your home, it might have snuck in through a door or a window. However, it could be a sign of a more serious infestation.

Do You See Cockroach Droppings?

Cockroaches produce a large amount of feces. They can poop anywhere they go, but their droppings tend to remain close to their nesting or feeding areas. Roach droppings look like specks of pepper, coffee grounds or dark grains of rice.

The size of the feces is directly related to the size of the cockroach. Bigger insects produce larger droppings.

If you notice these dark grains underneath or inside cabinets, behind your refrigerator or in other cracks and crevices, you will probably be able to gauge the extent of your problem. You should clean them up because they can trigger asthma symptoms and attract other roaches. If you see cockroach feces, you might also want to contact an exterminator to get rid of the problem for good.

Have You Found Egg Casings?

Cockroach egg casings look like small, pill-shaped capsules. The egg casings may have recently been deposited by the female, in which case they may hatch soon. Older egg casings have probably already hatched. Guess where those cockroaches likely ended up?

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Travel Guide: How to Stay Bed Bug-Free

Bed bugIf you have travel plans and don't want to invite bed bugs to come back home with you, taking a few proactive steps can do wonders. Reducing the risk is easier than you once thought possible as long as you follow a proven plan, and you can stay bed bug-free without much trouble. You can travel without stress because you will know that bed bugs don't stand a chance, putting your worries to rest. Taking a few steps to keep bed bugs out of your clothes and luggage will give you confidence and peace of mind.

Protect Your Belongings

Bed bugs could try to get into your clothes or bags when you arrive at your hotel, and you are unlikely to detect them at the start. Knowing how bed bugs operate gives you the tools to keep your clothes out of their reach. For example, placing your clothes and bags in the bathtub reduces the risk because bed bugs can't climb that surface. Place everything you have in the bathroom until you confirm the hotel room is free of the pests, and doing so is always a wise step in the right direction.

Inspect Your Hotel Room

Inspecting your hotel room before doing anything else is another smart move that will reduce the threat and safeguard you from harm. Using a flashlight, check the seams of your mattress and under the covers of your bed, and you should spot the warning signs if bed bugs are nearby. Since bed bugs can hide in the other parts of your hotel room, don't forget to look in and around your furniture for the red flags of trouble. If you spot bed bugs or signs that they are not far, go to the front desk to request a room on another floor.

Sanitize Your Clothes

Although taking proactive steps to reduce the odds of a bed bug infestation can do wonders, you can't eliminate the threat. Bed bugs can still follow you back home despite your best efforts to avoid them. Luckily, you can sanitize your clothes by sealing them in plastic bags before you go inside your home. Next, take your clothes directly to the bathroom and place them in the dryer on the highest setting for 60 minutes, and the heat will kill the bed bugs and their eggs.

Pest Control Solutions

Finding bed bugs in a home after taking all of the right steps is enough to make anyone feel discouraged and hopeless. If bed bugs have made their way into your home and you want to stop them in their tracks, contact Pest Control Solutions. Our team of professionals will look for and destroy any bed bugs that think of causing you harm. Once you pick up the phone and enlist our help, we will dispatch a caring expert to your door. Give us a call if you want to learn more or are ready to take action.

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Did You Know We Offer a Problem-Solved! Guarantee?

Whether you want to keep your home safe or protect your business from invaders that can strike at any time, you will need a pest control company on which you can depend throughout the treatment process. We offer residential and commercial pest control services to our clients and can do the same for you when you enlist our help. Providing outstanding results by crafting a unique approach for our clients is what has led to our success. You will enjoy our Problem Solved! Guarantee when you let us give you a hand with the pests that have invaded your property.

Residential Pest Control

Fleas, ticks, spiders and bedbugs are only a few of the pests you might find in or around your home, and you won't always know where you should turn for support. Allowing pests to enter your home can cause more trouble than you might suspect, and you don't want to put yourself in that situation. The invaders can spread diseases and taint your food, but that is not all. An uncontrolled pest infestation can cause stress and even damage your property if you are not careful. You can try a range of at-home solutions when you want to keep pests away, but you won't always get the outcome for which you have been hoping. At Pest Control Solutions, Inc. our team can help control pests in your home with ease.

Commercial Pest Control

If you let pests get into your business and don't put in the effort to stop them, they will harm your bottom line. Pests will ruin food, create safety hazards, spread pathogens and discourage your customers from coming back. Your customers don't want to expose themselves to pests, and a person who sees a pest on your property can take a picture and upload it to online review sites. When that happens, you could lose a lot of customers, and your profit will suffer as a result. The steps you take at the first red flag will play a role in the amount of fallout you can expect.

Problem-Solved Guarantee

No matter the type of service you request when you come to us, you will enjoy our Problem Solved! Guarantee. That means you will know you are in good hands when we send one of our experts to your door. After learning about your needs and the type of pest with which you are dealing, we will create a custom plan that will get the job done.

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If you would like to work with caring pest control experts dedicated to providing you with the best possible results, let's get started. Contact us today and you will know you have made the smart move.

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Tips for Keeping Pests Away From Your Summer BBQs

Ants crawlingFor many people, hosting outdoor barbecues is one of the best things about summer, and the warm air, tasty food and good friends combine to make each barbecue a unique and memorable experience. The problem, though, is that pests will get onto your property and spoil the fun unless you have a plan in place to stop them. No guest wants to get bitten or stung, and you will need to keep your yard safe if you want people to come back in the future.

Combating Mosquitoes

Even though you can encounter different pests over the summer, some are worse than others. Mosquitoes are the most annoying and harmful pests as far as a lot of people are concerned. Not only do these flying parasites cause skin irritation, but they can even spread harmful pathogens that you will want to avoid if you care about your health. Make your barbecue free of mosquitoes by getting rid of standing bodies of water, but you can also keep mosquito repellent on hand for your guests. If you would like to protect your entire yard from mosquitoes and the issues they cause, use a fogger to kill them and their eggs before they can interrupt your fun, and you will know that you have done the right thing when you see the outcome.

Keeping Stinging Insects Away

Bees and wasps can give painful stings if they get too close to your guests during a barbecue, but you are not powerless to stop the threat. Wasps are territorial and do their best to avoid other wasps because they don't want to fight. Brown paper bags resemble wasp nests, and placing them around your yard will keep them away. Not all bees will fall for that trick, so you will need to take another step. Go to the store to buy bee traps, and you will be on the right path in no time. You can also make your own trap with an empty bottle and sugar water.

Discouraging Ants

The smell of tasty food will attract tons of ants if you don't do something to protect yourself from the invaders. They are not pleasant to have around and can taint your food when they find it. If you don't want ants to crash your barbecue, you can put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it around your yard. Traps that you can find at the store will also take you far when you want to prevent ants from inviting themselves to your event.

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If you can't seem to get pests to leave you alone and are ready to contain the issue, your search is over. Contact Pest Control Solutions, Inc. and let our team of pest experts rid your worries.

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What You Need to Know About Scorpions

It can be unsettling to step into your kitchen in the middle of the night, turn on the light and see a scorpion skittering across the floor. It can be even more disturbing if you happen to step on a scorpion without your shoes on; you could receive a painful sting. Fortunately, most scorpions would rather run than fight. Here are some more facts about scorpions that you should know.Scorpion

All Scorpions Are Venomous, But Few Are Dangerous to Humans

Similar to spiders, all scorpions can deliver venom when they sting. However, the venom of most scorpions is not strong enough to cause serious harm to a healthy adult. Young children, pets, the elderly and anyone who is allergic to scorpion venom can be affected more severely. Healthy adults often experience a reaction that is no worse than a bee sting when stung by one of the less-venomous types.

Las Vegas Is Home to a Highly Venomous Scorpion

Of the 25 species of scorpions found in Nevada, only three are common in the Las Vegas area. Unfortunately, one of them is the Arizona bark scorpion, the most venomous type of scorpion found in the United States. Although fatalities are rare and typically limited to toddlers, small pets, adults whose immune systems are compromised and the elderly, stings are extremely painful. It is quite common for the area around the sting to experience temporary numbness, paralysis or convulsions. The other two types common in Las Vegas, the Arizona giant hairy scorpion and the stripetail scorpion, can deliver a painful sting, but unless the person has an allergic reaction, the venom poses little risk.

Scorpions Are Nocturnal

Scorpions hunt by night and hide during the day. When they invade your home, they may hide inside footwear or clothing, giving you an unpleasant surprise when you slip into your shoes or don an article of clothing. Outdoors, you could accidentally encounter a scorpion hiding under a rock, landscaping timber or other item that has not been disturbed recently.

Scorpions Eat Insects

Although there are some types of scorpions that are large enough to prey on rats, the types found in Las Vegas are not among them. Instead, they eat spiders and insects, including cockroaches, ants, crickets and maggots; the giant hairy scorpion can sometimes prey on small lizards. If these pests are present in your home or yard, scorpions can be attracted by them.

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How Spring Cleaning Helps Prevent Pests

Fly on leafSpring cleaning should involve more than just cleaning the windows in the home or getting rid of things that you no longer need. If you follow a few simple tips, then keeping pests away in the spring will often be an easy task along with ensuring that the exterior and interior of the home is as clean as you want.

Look around the home to see if there are any entry points that need to be sealed. When the warm weather of spring and summer arrives, pests will begin trying to get to a cooler environment as well as an environment where they have a water source. This is often inside your home. Seal any cracks around the windows or doors with caulking material or plastic so that nothing can get inside. You should also seal any cracks around light fixtures as well as the plumbing in the home as these are often entry points for smaller pests, such as ants or spiders.

Any food that is in the home should be kept in sealed containers instead of being left in an open box or left on a counter or table. These items also include foods for pets because pests often enjoy this kind of meal as well. The pantry is usually an ideal location for ants, mice and other pests that like to get inside boxes if they can smell food. Throw out anything that is old or that appears as though it has been tampered with to keep other pests from getting to it as well.

Get rid of anything outside that has standing water in it or anything that could be a reservoir for standing water. Mosquitoes often begin to swarm in the spring, and they like to look for standing water to lay their eggs. Remove any leaves, brush or logs on the property as well. These are inviting places for all kinds of pests to make a home. You might not even know that there are pests present until you walk in the yard or until you move items that are no longer needed in the yard.

Contact Pest Control Solutions, Inc. if your home or business have been invaded with pests. Our team of professionals will work hard to ensure these pests will be eliminated.

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5 Surprising Places You Can Encounter Roaches

Cockroaches are some of the most dreaded pests in the United States. These unsavory creatures can turn the stomach, and they can turn your peaceful home upside down with creepy uncertainty. While you might expect to see a cockroach in the kitchen or in your pipes, there are actually other places where an infestation might start.

1. AppliancesRoach

Cockroaches are known to like dark, dank places, which is why people worry about them in their pipes and drains. The fact is that cockroaches also find these conditions under your major appliances. While the stove and refrigerator may seem like obvious spots, cockroaches may also take up residence under your washer or dryer in the laundry room.

2. Recycling

Everyone knows that cockroaches like trash, but you should also be aware of their fondness for recycling. Cockroaches eat paper and cardboard, which can make your stacks of boxes and unwanted newspapers an oasis for these pests. The problem is pronounced when you do not clear your recycling on a regular basis. If your paper stacks sit for any extended period of time, you are at risk for an infestation.

3. Furniture

No one likes to think of cockroaches in the house, but what about in the furniture? Unfortunately, cockroaches have been known to nestle into furniture. Cockroaches like the stuffing inside of couches and chairs. They even like the wood finish of end tables, cabinets and other pieces of furniture.

4. Ceilings

Cockroaches cannot actually walk on ceilings, but you may see them up there from time to time if your house is infested. In some cases, cockroaches find a home under your molding or in other woodwork near the ceiling. When this happens, they sometimes make excursions across the ceiling. To make matters even more unpleasant, cockroaches have a tendency to fall when they try to walk on the ceiling. Needless to say, such a sight is unsettling.

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3 Tips for Bed Bug Prevention

If you don’t want bed bugs to invade your home and cause problems for your family, you are likely wondering how you can safeguard your home from the threat. bed bugs are tiny insects that will create a nest in your bedroom or the other parts of your home, coming out to bite at night.

Preventing a bed bug infestation is easier than getting rid of them once they invade, so remaining proactive is vital. You can take several steps to reduce your odds of facing bed bugs and the issues that come with them, and the following information will get you started.Bed bug

Use Caution When You Travel

Even though bed bugs can find many ways to get into your home, you are the most likely to catch them when you travel to hotels and use airports. If you are planning to take a trip, look at online reviews of the hotels you have in mind if you don’t want to face unexpected problems when you arrive.

Also, bring a flashlight to check the seams of the mattress when you get into your room. When you return home, place your clothes in the dryer on the hottest setting to kill any bed bugs that are present.

Learn the Warning Signs

Since bed bug prevention is much easier than bed bug elimination, learning to spot the signs of an infestation is always a smart move. You will be able to detect the pests during the early stages before they have the chance to spread. bed bugs often leave red marks behind after they consume a meal, but you can also find stains and fecal matter on your sheets and mattress.

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Ant Control Myths

antIf ants have invaded your home and you are looking for a way to overcome the problem without stress, you have likely found many methods that promise to help. While the internet can be a great source of information, you will also encounter a range of myths about ant control that can lead you down the wrong path, making it even harder for you to address the issue. 

Ants won't spread diseases or cause lasting damage but can ruin your food, so you will still want to contain them quickly if you can. Learning about the myths will help you decide what approach will get the job done. 

Boiling Water Gets Rid of Ants

One myth that keeps coming up is that boiling water will get ants out of your home for good, but that is not entirely true. Pouring boiling water on ants will kill them on contact, but the temperature of the water will drop after a short period, and it will no longer harm ants at that point. In addition to being ineffective, pouring boiling water in or around your home can create additional hazards that you should avoid.

Cinnamon is an Ant Repellent

If you have ever gone on a picnic, you have probably heard that you can use cinnamon to keep ants away from your meal. This myth is rooted in truth but is not as effective as many people would like to believe. Even though ants will avoid cinnamon when you create a perimeter with it, this solution won't help you get rid of ants that are already in your home.

Vinegar Kills Ants

You have probably tried to use vinegar to kill ants at some point, and you might think that you have enjoyed small levels of success along the way. The truth is that vinegar does not kill ants or force them to leave your home. 

When ants find a source of food, they will create a scent trail that leads back to their colony to help others locate the meal. Spraying vinegar will disrupt the trail and make it a lot harder for other ants to find your home. But if you are currently dealing with the unwelcome guests, spraying vinegar is a waste of time and energy. It will not get the ants to leave, and you will still need to find a solution that will not let you down. 

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When ants make their move and you want to get them away from your home, you can reach out to the team at Pest Control Solutions, and you won’t regret it. The team will come to your door and learn about your needs so that they can use an approach that makes sense for your situation.

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Forecasting Pests for 2018

calendarIt's the same thing every year: Pests continue to invade homes across the country. It's not so bad some years; it's worse other times. The weather is often the cause for rising pest infestations as heavy rain and droughts bring out more pest insects and rodents. An increase in pests during the fall and winter months of 2017 may carry over next year and cause numerous problems for homes and businesses.

The 2018 Pest Forecast

Northeast

A warmer winter leads to more rainfall and increased pests. Look out for a rise in tick, rodent and stinkbug populations from 2017 to 2018. Wetter conditions lead to higher pest activity both indoors and outside.

Southeast

A cooler winter gives rise to more termites than ever in the Southeast, including various ant species. These pests will continue to thrive through the winter and invade homes in 2018. If termites aren't eliminated before their colony expands, it could lead to serious damage and more costly repairs.

Northwest

The Northwest has experienced a drier winter, which brings out the rodents. Their search for water will lead them into homes and businesses across the area. If the dry conditions persist, rodents will be at an all-time high in 2018.

Southwest

The Southwest usually has drier conditions, but a cooler and wetter winter keeps pests on the move. Spiders, roaches, ants and stinging insects will thrive in the winter and continue to infest homes and businesses into the New Year.

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Why Restaurants & Bars Need Regular Pest Control Service

restaurantRunning and managing a restaurant comes with many challenges that you need to overcome if you want to maintain long-term success. When you want to keep your establishment at its best for as long as possible, watch out for common pests and the complications they cause. No matter how tempting, don't overlook a pest infestation when you notice it. Failing to address the issue right away will give it time to progress, and you don't want to fall into that trap if you value your bottom line. You must learn why you need regular pest control services and how a pest control expert can safeguard your restaurant. Once you arm yourself with the correct information, you will be able to make your decision with confidence.

Pests Harm Your Reputation

When people want to go to a nice restaurant for a tasty meal, they want to know that their food will be safe and clean. If a customer spots a rodent or insect in your building, you could lose that customer forever, but that's not even the worst part. An unhappy customer can write about their experience online, and most consumers consider feedback when they are looking for a place at which to eat. One rat or bug is all that it takes to start the cycle, and some restaurants will go out of business as a result.

Pests Can Lead to Fines

When rodents, ants, cockroaches or other pests decide to invade your restaurant, they can force you to pay fines or to close your doors. Serving food to the public comes with many responsibilities that you must uphold, and government inspectors can issue citations if they find pests on your property. You should also understand that these citations will become public records that anyone can view. Rather than waiting until you notice the signs of a pest problem before you take action, you will want to proactively check your property for red flags, which will allow you to respond during the early stages of an infestation.

Protecting Yourself

Although pests can result in fines and a damaged reputation, you can strive to keep yourself out of harm's way. Cleaning your restaurant and taking out the trash on a consistent basis will boost your odds of reaching your goal, but you can also buy mouse traps before rodents invade. Doing so will keep you ahead of the game and prevent the rodents from spreading. Since pests can use small holes to gain access to a building, maintaining your restaurant and sealing any holes in your walls will work wonders.

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You can strive to reduce the odds of a pest infestation, but you can't replace the skills and training of a pest control professional. When you turn to Pest Control Solutions Inc., our team will inspect your restaurant and treat it for any pests that might be bothering you. When we visit you consistently, you won't need to worry about the problems that pests cause, and you will have peace of mind. Your guests will appreciate the effort, and you won't face fines from the government when you let us give you a hand. If you are ready to begin, you can pick up the phone to give us a call, and we are thrilled to work with you.

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Which Spiders Should Spook You This Halloween Season?

spiders plAs Halloween quickly approaches, many people are planning their costumes and preparing for ghosts and goblins. However, Fall brings much scarier things than ghosts. The beginning of the colder seasons also invite spiders and other insects into the inviting warmth of your home. Which spiders should you be most concerned about? What steps can you take to keep the spider population in your home low? The following paragraphs will address these important questions. 

The Most Dangerous Fall Spiders 

Spiders do provide many benefits by serving as natural predators for other insects and bugs. However, there are a couple of varieties of venomous spiders that can be dangerous. Do you know how to recognize them? 

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders are very common throughout many parts of the United States. They are typically a medium brown color but can also be dark brown or a dull yellow. Brown recluse spiders have a unique identifying mark in the shape of an upside down violin on their back. They also have jointed legs that have a slightly different appearance to other common spider species. 

As the name implies, brown recluse spiders are shy and docile by nature. They attempt to avoid human contact for the most part and prefer to hide in dark areas of the home instead. This can make closets, shoes, and clothing an appealing place for them to reside. Brown recluse spiders will bite when provoked. If you are unaware of their presence and put on an infested article of clothing, it is possible to sustain a painful bite. Brown recluse spiders inject a venom that is necrotic in nature. Once a bite is inflicted, your skin surrounding the area of the bite can begin to decay. Therefore, it is important to have brown recluse spider bites treated promptly. 

Black Widow Spiders

Black widow spiders are well-known for the bright red hourglass shape that is present on their abdomen. Black widows spin very irregular webs where they will sit and wait for prey to become trapped. Outdoors, black widow spiders prefer to reside near piles of wood or under groups of rocks. Male black widow spiders are docile. Females can be very aggressive, especially while laying or watching over their eggs. 

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Don't Bet on Home Remedies for Your Pest Problem

homeWhen dealing with annoying pests that disrupt your peace of mind, it can be very tempting to try to solve the problem yourself using a variety of home remedies. You've likely walked into a variety of stores and seen numerous pest control products lining the shelves. While these products are advertised as a quick and affordable solution to your problem, it's not always so easy. The fact is, self-treatment options for pest control are often more trouble than they're worth. In the paragraphs that follow, we will discuss four main reasons that home remedies for pest control simply don't work well.

Failing to Address the Root Cause

To completely eliminate pests, you have to determine where they are coming from and understand the mechanics of how they function. This can be very different depending on what type of pest you are dealing with. For example, ants live in huge colonies. Ants are very good about leaving behind scent trails that allow other ants from the colony to find their location. Simply treating the ants you see is not enough. To get rid of the infestation and keep them from returning, you must eliminate the entire colony and remove the scent trails within your home. Most home remedies for ants or any other type of pest simply treat the symptoms but fail to get to the root cause of the issue, which means more work and expense for you in the end.

Underestimating the Pest

Sometimes homeowners fail to see the true nature of the pest they're dealing with. Some types of pests, especially rodents, have developed keen mannerisms to outsmart even the best home remedies designed to get rid of them. Professional pest control companies have employees that are trained in many different types of pest control treatment options and will be able to find one that will work for the specific pest in question.

Treating the Wrong Areas

Treating the wrong areas of your home or failing to treat all the right areas will lead to an exasperating and costly experience. Part of treating the correct areas is having a full understanding of the pest you're dealing with and how to properly remove it and keep it from returning. This can be difficult for the average homeowner but will be much easier for those specifically trained in pest removal techniques.

Underestimating the Severity of the Problem

Infestations often run much deeper than what the eye can see. For example, you may not even know about a termite infestation for a long period of time. The same is true of rodents and many other pests. You may only see one or two, but there may be dozens throughout your home in various locations. It's not only vital to understand how the pest functions but also to know the severity of the infestation so that it can be handled accordingly.

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Don't Bring Bed Bugs Home From Summer Vacation

bed-bugWith the warm weather of summer on hand, many people will embark on exciting summer vacations to relax, to unwind and to have fun. If you are planning a trip over the summer, keep in mind that traveling increases the risk of bedbugs. This does not mean you need to live in fear, but keeping a few tips in mind is a smart move that you don't want to overlook. You can take many steps to safeguard yourself from the threat, but you will never eliminate the danger. The warning signs that you will learn to spot will allow you to address the problem in the early stages, making it that much easier to handle.

Why Bedbugs Target You

Because many people stay at hotels while they are away from home, hotel rooms are the perfect place for bedbugs to spread, and if you place your suitcase in an infested area, it won't take long for the insects to get inside and to follow you home. You are unlikely to notice one or two bedbugs, but the parasites will spread before you know it. You can also pick up bedbugs in taxis and other public areas. Some people believe that bedbugs target buildings that have a lot of clutter, but these insects only care about finding a human host on which to feed.

How to Prevent Bedbugs

If your goal is to keep bedbugs away, learning how to stop them from getting into your house is a useful step. When you travel, carry a small flashlight and a few trash bags in case you encounter them. The moment you arrive at your hotel, place your suitcase in the bathroom, keeping it away from the carpet and bed. Next, use your flashlight to inspect the mattress for bugs or small blood stains. If you spot any signs of trouble, you must leave the area and request a new room.

How to Check Your Suitcase and Clothes for Bedbugs

Even when you take steps to safeguard yourself, you will still want to check your clothes and luggage when you get home from your summer trip. Putting clothes in a plastic bag before you go inside will work wonders for containing the problem. You will then want to take everything into the bathroom or garage, carefully unfolding your shirts and pants under a bright light. If you see any bedbugs, put your clothes in the dryer on the highest heat setting for at least an hour.

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Despite your best effort, bedbugs can still follow you back and make their way into your home without your knowledge. If you have spotted them or think that you could have bedbugs, contact Pest Control Solutions Inc. right away.

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Types of Nuisance Birds in Las Vegas

pigeonPest Control Solutions Inc. provides critical services to our clients in Las Vegas. Birds migrate through this region of the country all year, and they can annoy the residents and business owners. Our pest control services are designed to correctly identify these birds, which is essential for taking appropriate action.

Top Nuisance Birds in Las Vegas

The most common birds in this region can be annoying. We carefully analyze the appearance, behavior, and habits of the birds in the area. We use this information to come up with effective solutions. Here is a short list of birds that create a nuisance to residents, visitors and business owners in Las Vegas:

• Band-tailed pigeon: Although this particular pigeon is quiet compared to other species, it still has an annoying habit of leaving a trail of droppings in any place where it travels. They are voracious eaters, and they are always looking for a meal of insects and other small pests. They will also eat human food as well. When visitors to Las Vegas have to step over or around a pile of bird droppings, there is a good chance that a band-tailed pigeon was involved.

• Cackling goose: These birds have a distinctive appearance, and there are several different sub-species found in Las Vegas. This bird has a long neck with a black head and a white strip of fur around the neck area. The feathers are light brown and tan, and this bird has a unique voice that is annoying to some people. The female and male produce different sounds.

• Woodpeckers: Woodpeckers are notoriously irritating because of the repetitive sounds they make when they are pounding their beaks against the wood of various Las Vegas trees. In addition, they may also perform this activity on other wooden structures as well. Some people report woodpeckers rapping against the walls of their garage or home. This can disturb your sleep, but it can also damage the property.

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Why You Need A Professional For Ant Control

ant-controlMost people look forward to the warm weather of spring and summer, planning vacations, cookouts and more. Although it's the perfect time to go outside and enjoy yourself, remember that pests are a problem that you won't want to overlook. Each year, people face ant infestations but don't know what to do about it. Most house ants are harmless and won't cause much trouble, but they are unpleasant to have around and will get into your food if they have the chance. With a painful sting, fire ants take the problem to the next level. If you don't want the situation to get worse than it already is, it's time to take action to protect yourself. You are going to learn some at-home solutions and why contacting a professional is a safe bet.

Case Study

When faced with ants, some people will take extreme measures to get rid of them, and learn from their mistakes will prevent you from falling into the same trap. According to a story published by CBS, a 21-year-old man attempted to eliminate an ant problem by using matches. The man, however, did not notice the flammable materials that were nearby and caught the house on fire as a result. The man was able to escape, and nobody else was home when the fire took place, but three pets were lost during the incident.

Common Solutions

In addition to fire, you will also come across a range of at-home solutions that claim to get the job done right. You have likely tried different sprays and traps in the past without much luck, and this is because most of the products that you can find in stores and online are not as effective as you would expect. Even if you have a viable ant repellent, it won't be enough to reach your desired outcome unless you have the training and experience to go with it. Inability to get your ant problem under control promptly will give them time to spread.

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Although most failed attempts to handle an ant population don't cause house fires, a lot of people experience frustration when they are unable to solve the problem. If you want to save yourself the trouble, contact the team at Pest Control Solutions Inc. as soon as you can. Each member of our staff has what it takes to tackle any pest control issue that you can imagine, and we will do what is needed to show you that you are in good hands. With our attention to detail, we won't miss anything, and the ants that are on your property won't stand a chance.

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Preventing Bees from crashing your Memorial Day BBQ

beeSince bees are so important to the environment, exterminating them should always be left as a last resort. Honeybees in particular are harmless and only sting when they're provoked, but if they're still interfering with your backyard BBQs, then there are steps you can take to prevent them from crashing any more parties.

Remove Any Food Sources

Nectar is the main food source for bees. This doesn't mean, however, that you have to get rid of your whole garden. Since bees are attracted to sugar, you can limit access to this food source outside of your home. If possible, you can leave out old snacks and sodas in a place far from where you have your BBQ; this will act as a diversion. Also, be more vigilant about how you dispose of trash, and don't keep open containers out in the open. Bees are able to travel long distances for their food and can live for a long time on food reserves stored in their hives, which means they won't get angry at you for taking this step.

Remove Wood Structures

If your yard has become the home of carpenter bees, this next step is very important. Carpenter bees like to bore holes into wood, but they prefer wood that's unvarnished and unpainted. If you can't remove a wood structure - for example, your eaves and fascia will have to stay - then it's a good idea to have it painted over. This will keep the bees from buzzing around your home.

Eliminate Patches of Bare, Dry Earth

Many species of bee live in underground burrows. To make their nests in the first place, they need patches of dry soil. You can prevent these bees from dwelling in your yard by overseeding and watering those bare spots.

Call a Pest Control Professional

When worse comes to worst and the bees start stinging to defend their territory, you'll need a pest control expert to come over. Pest control companies can usually remove hives without having to exterminate the bees. There are methods, though, for extermination, including non-residual insecticide sprays. These insecticides usually have a knockdown effect, where the bee is paralyzed by the chemicals. For burrows, an insecticide dust is most often used. The nests of bees, wasps, and yellowjackets can also be eliminated through freezing.

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