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What You Should Know About Pests In Summerlin, NV

Summerlin is home to many flying, crawling, jumping, running, and hitchhiking pests that regularly find their way into our houses. If you are tired of seeing unwanted insects, arachnids, and rodents in your home, Vantage Pest Control can help. Use our guide to learn about pests in Summerlin and how to stop them from taking over your property.

Ants

In Summerlin, we have many species of ants, including odorous house ants, pharaoh ants, and pavement ants, that we need to keep away from our homes. Ants are drawn to our indoor and outdoor spaces because they provide things they need to ensure the success of their colony; food, water, and sheltered nesting spots. These social insects work together to ensure every member is fed, safe, and comfortable. They have excellent communication skills that make avoiding problems with these pests difficult.

Ants that are nesting in our yards or on a neighboring property leave the nest each day to forage for food; their search often leads them to our homes. Once they discover food, they lay down pheromone trails to alert the rest of the colony. Over time the ants may decide to become permanent members of your household and build an indoor nest behind your walls! Ants are more than annoying; they spread bacteria and pathogens that cause illnesses, contaminate food, produce foul odors, and are difficult to remove.

To reduce the chances of them taking over your property, take advantage of the following ant prevention tips:

  • Always keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans.
  • Store your food in the fridge or airtight containers, not out on tables or counters.
  • Regularly clean crumbs from pantries, cabinets, and counters.
  • Vacuum and wash dishes on a regular basis.
  • Seal cracks in your foundation and gaps around windows and doors.

Contact us today to learn about ant control in Summerlin!

Cockroaches

While more than 4,000 species of cockroaches live worldwide, three species regularly find their way into our Summerlin homes; American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. These cockroaches can find a way inside by moving through openings they encounter in the exterior of a structure or hitchhiking in on things like furniture, appliances, boxes, and secondhand items.

Preventing problems with cockroaches is difficult because they are resilient insects that invade in large numbers and hide in tight, dark, hard-to-reach spots. Knowing some of their favorite places to hide in our homes can help you find them and get help sooner than later before a full-blown infestation occurs. Regularly inspect spaces behind baseboards, cracks in walls, vents, electrical outlets, and the backs of drawers and cabinets for cockroaches. If you spot one cockroach in your home, there are certainly more nearby, and you need to reach out to a professional for immediate help.

Cockroaches pose significant health threats; avoid attracting these insects using the following prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks and fill in small holes in your home's exterior that could allow cockroaches to move in and out of your house.
  • Keep your kitchen and food storage areas clean and free of food debris.
  • Keep food in sealed, airtight containers or the fridge.
  • Use dehumidifiers and vent fans to reduce humidity levels in your home.

If you are looking for cockroach control in the Summerlin area, call today

Occasional Invaders

Occasional invaders are types of pests that spend the majority of their lives outside but that we occasionally find inside our Summerlin homes. Our region's most common occasional invaders are crickets, centipedes, beetles, and silverfish. These pests live in damp places with plenty of shade, making our yards and gardens places where these pests thrive.

The most common reason for occasional invaders to move into a home is to escape harsh weather conditions. In Summerlin, when it becomes too hot and dry for these pests to live outside, they will migrate into our homes. Crawl spaces, bathrooms, under sinks, and utility rooms often provide occasional invaders with suitable places to live. While most occasional invaders aren't dangerous, they don't belong in our homes! These pests can cause problems like contaminating stored food, chewing on paper and upholstery, and staining surfaces with excrement.

To reduce the chance of problems with occasional invaders in your home, take advantage of the following prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks around windows and doors.
  • Repair any roof damage and damage to the foundation.
  • Eliminate water sources by repairing leaky pipes and hoses.
  • Create a barrier between plants, soil, and mulch and your home's exterior.
  • If you see occasional invaders crawling through your home, use a vacuum to remove the ones you see and contact a professional for help.

Vantage Pest Control is here to help you prevent problems with occasional invaders and other common household pests.

Rodents

Having rodents like mice or rats living near or in our homes can lead to serious problems. Rodents not only spread diseases that make people ill, but they also contaminate food, cause structural damage, and chew on wires which can cause short circuits and fires. The presence of rodents also produces foul odors and allergens that can cause some people breathing difficulties and other allergic reactions. Rodents will take advantage of the food, water, and shelter our indoor and outdoor spaces provide.

Mice and rats are types of rodents and animals that have learned to benefit from living close to people. As we slowly intrude on wilderness areas, these curious problem-solvers decided to use what our properties offer them. Rodents are prey animals; to protect themselves, they do their best to stay out of sight, making it difficult to identify an infestation. Regular inspection and pest treatments are the best way to avoid problems with these common household invaders.

With the help of our professional services and the following prevention tips, you can make your Summerlin home less attractive to rodents.

  • Leave a space between your home's exterior and landscaping.
  • Remove woodpiles, leaf piles, and other debris from your yards that provide rodents with shelter.
  • Reduce foraging sites by keeping lids on trash cans, regularly harvesting gardens, and picking up leftover food, both your family's and your pet's.
  • Seal gaps, holes, and cracks in your home's exterior can provide rodent entry and exit points.

Call today to learn about rodent control in Summerlin.

Scorpions

Homeowners in Summerlin need to guard their properties against many unsavory pests. The scorpion is an excellent example of a pest that you need to be proactive against and prevent from feeling comfortable on your property. These arachnids are predatory and live on properties that offer them easy access to their prey (insects, spiders, other scorpions) and water sources. Most of our Summerlin yards can provide scorpions with these basic needs, making it tricky to keep them out of our yards.

Working with a professional and implementing regular pest control services is the best way to keep these pests away. Regularly seeing scorpions on your property is unsettling. Scorpions are stinging pests, and some species like the bark scorpion, which live throughout Summerlin, pose significant health risks to people. The venom injected from a bark scorpion sting is not only extremely painful but can trigger serious and sometimes life-threatening reactions.

To help keep scorpions from becoming comfortable in your Summerlin yard or moving into your home, try the following prevention tips:

  • Eliminate water sources near your homes by fixing clogged gutters, leaky fixtures, and hoses and repairing dripping pipes.
  • Remove general clutter from inside and outside of your home.
  • Reduce insect activity on your property by keeping lids on trash cans, picking up pet food, maintaining gardens, and keeping eating areas free of debris.
  • Seal cracks and openings in your home's exterior walls, around windows and doors, and in the foundation.
  • Install door sweeps.

Call today for professional help to eliminate scorpions from your Summerlin property!

Spiders

Summerlin is home to its fair share of creepy-crawly pests, including a wide variety of spiders. Some, like large wolf spiders, are harmless, while others, like brown recluse spiders, desert recluse spiders, and black widow spiders, pose dangers to people. A bite from one of these spiders comes with serious health risks and symptoms that need to be managed by a professional. The best way to know for certain which type of spider is crawling around your property is to reach out to a professional.

Spiders like scorpions are arachnids and are predators. Spiders feed on other living things like insects and other spiders. Unfortunately, our yards often supply these predators with what they need for survival; prey, water sources (leaky hoses, areas of poor irrigation), and safe shelter. While spiders like to live outside, they commonly move into our homes following insects like cockroaches, flies, ants, and other common household pests. Once inside, they have no problem making themselves comfortable and can be challenging to eliminate without the assistance of an expert.

If you want to prevent spiders from finding their way into your Summerlin home, take advantage of the following tips:

  • Make sure screens in windows and over vents and chimneys are intact.
  • Regularly check the integrity of weatherstripping and door sweeps.
  • Use silicone caulk to seal cracks and small gaps in your home's exterior.
  • Always check plants and other items you are bringing inside for hitchhiking spiders.
  • Cut back branches and landscaping from your home's exterior.

Accurately identify the pests that have found their way into your Summerlin yard or home and remove them with the help of the local professionals at Vantage Pest Control. We are committed to our customers and providing the most reliable and effective pest control possible. To learn about pest control in Summerlin or for professional spider control in Summerlin, call now.

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