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Don't Gamble With Bedbugs

Don't Gamble With Bedbugs

bed-bugBedbugs are small round pests that are brown in color. Their bodies are flat and tiny, which allows them to stay concealed. These pests were common in the 1930s but were nearly eradicated after a nationwide outbreak. However, they are growing in numbers again as more foreign travelers bring them to the United States. 

Interesting Facts About Bedbugs

These little invaders are unique from other bugs in several ways. One of the surest ways to identify one is to smash it. If there is red blood, it is a bedbug. However, not all bedbugs have recently had a blood meal. These are five useful facts to remember about bedbugs:

  • Bedbugs can live well over a month without a blood meal.
  • Bedbugs are most active at night.
  • Bedbugs only feed on a host for up to 10 minutes.
  • Bedbugs can survive in temperature ranges between 35 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bedbug populations in urban areas are at least triple the size of populations in rural areas.

How Bedbugs Enter Your Home

Bedbugs can come into your home in your purse, with your travel luggage, on your clothing or even on your child's backpack. Schools are common places for transmitting bedbugs, and the workplace can also be a risk area. However, hotels pose the biggest risk. It is smart to bring bedbug pillowcases, bedbug spray and sealed suitcases when traveling. Also, check the online Bedbug Registry to see if a specific hotel has multiple reports. Bedbugs come out more at night when people are sleeping because of the attractive carbon dioxide exhalation vapors.

Where To Find Bedbugs

You may find a stray bedbug crawling on your coat, bag or clothing. However, you can find them anywhere if you have an infestation. They prefer furniture, clothing and bedding. Since they are flat, they can stay hidden until you fall asleep. One telltale sign of an infestation is reddish-brown dirt residue on furniture or bedding. This is their excrement. Also, piles of transparent tan exoskeletons that have been shed may be visible. You may notice a musky smell near the site of an infestation. If you notice several red bumps in a straight line on your skin, these may be bedbug bites.

If you see one bedbug, there are likely more nearby. It only takes a matter of weeks for a bedbug population to grow out of control. They can take over an entire house and feed off of both pets and humans. Our pest control professionals can help remove a problematic infestation and treat your home to prevent future occurrences. Contact Pest Control Solutions, Inc. of Nevada for a free estimate.

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The Dangers of Pigeons

The Dangers of Pigeons

pigeonWhen you and your family are enjoying a walk in the city or a trip to the park, you might be amused by the sight of pigeons strutting around and looking for food. However, if a group of pigeons were to take up residence inside or outside your home, it would be a much different story. Those pesky birds would be putting every member of your household in danger.

For one thing, pigeon waste contains fungal spores, tiny particles that humans can inhale. Those fungi can cause an infection called histoplasmosis, which is a condition that often feels like having the flu. It can induce a fever and even pneumonia. If you suspect that you're suffering from one, you should seek medical care as soon as you can. Other health problems associated with pigeon droppings include Saint Louis encephalitis and E. coli infections.

As soon as some pigeons move into a building, others may follow. In short order, you might find predators hanging around your home as well, especially if you live in a wooded area. Those animals can detect pigeons and will often try to turn them into a meal. Among the creatures that like to devour pigeons are cats, hawks, falcons, owls, foxes, and rats. Worse yet, those beasts can carry diseases of their own. 

In addition, pigeon waste can clog gutters, which makes damage from rainwater more likely. This matter can likewise degrade the materials that a home is made out of, leading to structural problems over time. Not to mention, groups of pigeons flapping their wings inside a home can scare people, young children in particular. 

What attracts pigeons to a house or other building? Food is the primary cause. Those birds might be drawn to your open garbage cans, your bags of seeds, or the berries on your property. What's more, be sure that all of your windows and vents have secure screens; pigeons could be looking for an opening. 

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5 Ways Scorpions Can Find a Way into Your Condo

5 Ways Scorpions Can Find a Way into Your Condo

scorpionNevada is home to 25 scorpion species, but bark scorpions are the most deadly and troublesome. They are yellowish brown and measure between 1 and 3 inches on average. Homeowners in Las Vegas and rural communities are just as likely to encounter these venomous arachnids. Scorpions in Las Vegas can easily invade local homes and apartments in one of the following ways.

1. Doors and Windows

Bark scorpions can squeeze through openings that are as thin as a credit card. They often pass through gaps between exterior doors and the threshold. Windows are also vulnerable if they aren't sealed or if the screen is damaged.

2. Roofs and Eaves

Venomous bark scorpions are skilled climbers. They can scale smooth walls and trees that are planted around your condo. Overhanging limbs give scorpions an easy way to climb onto your roof where they can enter through the eaves and vents.

3. Firewood

Be careful when storing firewood on your patio or balcony or even inside your home. Scorpions love hiding in damp, dark woodpiles. If you're bringing firewood inside, burn it immediately.

4. Outdoor Items

Any item that's been stored on your balcony or in your courtyard can harbor scorpions. Boxes, houseplants, patio furniture, trash containers, damp towels, laundry and shoes are great hiding places. You should be alert whenever you bring these items indoors.

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Property Managers, Don’t Let Bed Bugs Invade Your Building This Holiday Season

Property Managers, Don’t Let Bed Bugs Invade Your Building This Holiday Season

bed bugThe holiday season is a period of festivity and inclusion, but even during this special time of the year, no property manager welcomes bed bugs to their building. Why are bed bugs such a problem? These hearty pests are incredibly hard to get rid of; in fact, dealing with a bed bug infestation requires the assistance of a resourceful pest control professional.

Bed Bug Basics

What do you need to know about bed bugs? Here are several important facts to keep in mind:

  • Bed bugs infest human homes because they enjoy making a meal of human blood. Cleanliness doesn't matter; bed bugs don't care about grime. They are attracted by heat and carbon dioxide, and the human body naturally emits both of those things.
  • Bed bugs are masters of hitchhiking. Anyone who enters an infested location may find themselves an unwitting host to a bed bug, but they prefer areas where they won't be disturbed, so it is more common for them to gain entry to homes by riding in on items like luggage, clothing, bedding and upholstered furniture.
  • Naturally nocturnal, bed bugs often infest bedrooms and sleeping areas because slumbering humans make easy prey.
  • It can be hard to get a good look at a bed bug because they tend to hide. About the size of an apple seed, adults are brown with flat oval-shaped bodies if they haven't fed. Bed bugs that have recently enjoyed a meal are reddish-brown with an elongated body that balloons out a bit.
  • You can smell bed bugs. Glands on the lower side of their body produce an odor that is a distinctive combination of musty and sweet.
  • While bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases to the humans that they bite, their saliva can trigger an allergic reaction. Bed bug bites often cause local reddening, minor swelling, inflammation and intense itching. Frequent bites can even interfere with a person's ability to sleep.
  • People who want to prevent bed bugs from moving into their homes should inspect any second-hand or rental furniture carefully before bringing it inside. Taking precautions when traveling is also smart. Always check a hotel room for signs of a bed bug problem before settling in and never place luggage on the bed or the floor. When you return home, dry clean or launder clothing before returning it to your closets and store the suitcase outside of the bedroom.

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs may shun the spotlight, but there are several things that can reveal their presence. Warning signs of a bed bug infestation include:

  • Unexplained bug bites that are itchy and red
  • Rusty, reddish brown spots on the sheet
  • Live bed bugs
  • Dead bed bugs

The owners of Pest Control Solutions Inc. have more than 25 years of combined experience, so you can be confident that we truly understand the ins and outs of pest control. Serving the area of Las Vegas, Nevada, we bring a wealth of expert knowledge, a willingness to work hard and a firm commitment to our customers to every job that we tackle, and we're ready to help you with all of your pest control needs. Contact us today to request our assistance. 

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