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Case Study: A Home Infested With Bees

Bees play a really important role in nature and produce delicious honey, but you don’t want to see them in or near your home. A bee infestation, while not as common as bed bugs or ants, is a serious problem. Honey-laden hives can cause structural damage and even collapse walls and ceilings. Carpenter bees can also cause structural damage and leave unsightly holes in wood. Africanized bees are the most dangerous since they will attack humans and animals aggressively if their hives are threatened.

Finding Bees Inside Your Home

One day, you notice one or two bees inside your house. You may think they have flown in through an open door or window. Over the next few days, you may notice a few more bees. It’s usually not just a coincidence if you see more than one or two bees in your home. They are more than likely from an infested nest inside your home.

Hearing Buzzing

A very common place for bees to nest is in the chimney. If you are noticing bees in your living room where your fireplace is, then you may have found the source. Turn off your TV, radio and anything else that makes noise in your home. Sit close to your fireplace and listen for buzzing. Do not try to look up the fireplace or open the flue. You definitely don’t want to disturb them and have the whole hive swarm into your home.

If it’s not your fireplace, they may be coming into your home through vents or cracks in your walls. Take a careful walk around the outside of your home and listen for buzzing near pipes and any vents coming out of your house. You can also use binoculars to take a look at the top of your chimney and see if you see bees swarming around the top. Binoculars are a great idea when looking around your home for swarms before you take a walk. Make sure to watch out for ground nests.

Check for Any Bee Entrances

Bees look for anywhere that they can easily make their nest. An undisturbed eave of your roof, an uncovered chimney or an uncovered vent are all common places that bees take up residence. Any vent, pipe or crack in your home is a possible place that bees could be hiding.

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How Did My Home Get Bed Bugs?

You unknowingly bring home some guests - bed bugs. These new residents generally need a little help getting into your home. At some point, you or something you brought into your house had to come in contact with the little pests. They can enter your home by either hitching a ride or finding a crack in the wall.

The bed bugs are small flat pests and reddish-brown in color. These bugs like to come out and play at night and hide - sometimes very well - during the day. The bed bug travels by crawling. They do not jump or fly.

Hitching a Ride

The bed bugs like to travel by attaching themselves to soft material. The pest grabs onto soft material like:

  • Clothes
  • Luggage
  • Mattresses
  • Bedding
  • Furniture
  • Purses
  • Backpacks

Any soft material item is fair game for these pests!

Once they reach their destination, they spread throughout their new home. They will find other hiding spots and make themselves comfortable.

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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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