The Las Vegas area is known for its magnificent desert sunsets, endless buffets and Elvis impersonators. We also have some pests who like it here thanks to hot summers, mild winters, seasonal rains and human settlements.
House mice, are the most commonly encountered rodents in the U.S. They usually nest in dark areas like attics. They can cause serious damage by chewing through drywall and wires and are known to spread diseases like salmonella and tapeworms. I have even had them nest in my pool heater over the winter, destroying it. Tips for keeping mice/rats away:
■ Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home with caulk and steel wool.
■ Keep areas clear and store boxes off the floor, since mice like to hide in clutter.
■ Regularly inspect your home for signs of mice, like droppings, gnaw marks or compromised food. If you see a food container that has bite marks throw the food out immediately. You might want to invest in plastic sealed containers for your pantry.
■ If you plan to use poison, please be responsible and use the poison containers that dogs and cats are too large to get into. We don’t want your fur babies (or someone else’s) to become a casualty.
Cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture, making homes the perfect habitat for them. Commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, they can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria. Their allergens are also known to trigger and exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children. I’ve often said there are 3 kinds of homes in Las Vegas;
- Those that do have cockroaches
- Those that did have cockroaches
- Those that will have cockroaches
Tips for keeping cockroaches away.
■ Keep your counters and floors free of crumbs.
■ Vacuum your home frequently and dispose of garbage properly
■ Monitor your kitchen and bathroom areas, especially under appliances and sinks.
■ Have consistent visits from a pest control company.
Spiders like to spin webs in undisturbed places such as closets, attics and crawl spaces. They can bite and inject venom if disturbed, making them dangerous to humans. Tips for keeping spiders away:
■ Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from your home to reduce the chance of spiders finding a way inside.
■ Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers.
■ Use gloves when disturbing things in the garage and around your home that have not been disturbed in a while, especially if you notice the presence of webs.
■ Seek medical attention if you suspect you have a spider bite.
There are also scorpions that like to visit our homes, so I suggest wearing shoes or slippers in the house and garage at all times to avoid being stung.
Tips for keeping scorpions away:
■ Don’t leave clothes bundled up on the floor, and if you do, shake them out and look inside before putting them on.
■ I know many of you love the look of a bed skirt, but I have literally watched a scorpion crawl up one, so I suggest shortening them, or ditching them all together.
■ They are found on the walls as often as they are floors. Did you know that black light illuminates scorpions? I keep a small blacklight flashlight in the house and check for them from time to time.
■ Lavender essential oils at door entrances can help keep them away as they really don’t like lavender.
■ Diatomaceous earth (which is essentially ground up seashells) spread at the door also wrecks them as it cuts them up when they try to walk through it.
If stung take two Benadryl tablets and go to the emergency room or urgent care to get a shot to ward off toxins.
You don’t often hear about ticks in Las Vegas, however, they are here, and can be harmful to both humans and animals.
if you have standing water after a heavy rain or monsoon, quickly disperse the water to avoid attracting them.
If you decide to hire a professional pest control company, contact me, Jeff Howard, your favorite real estate agent. I would be happy to make a couple of recommendations as always!
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