Anyone living in Nevada will probably report that they have experienced their fair share of pests. The dry heat of this state facilitates a wide range of pests. Knowing what type of pests to expect in your home and what kind of harm or damage they can cause is one of the first steps toward pest prevention.
Silverfish and earwigs are both very prevalent in Nevada homes. Silverfish prefer moist areas such as basements or bathrooms and primarily come out at nighttime. They have a fish-like shape and are grayish-silver in color with pinchers. Though they are not poisonous, they can pinch you and can leave marks or stains on items in your home such as linens or drapes. Silverfish feed on a variety of household items and food, but they can also survive for long periods of time without eating. Earwigs are in many ways similar to silverfish. They have a similar shaped body with pinchers but are reddish brown to black in color. Earwigs prefer cooler temperatures and moist areas, but are more commonly an outdoor problem than inside your home. However, they will sometimes move indoors in search of water or cooler temperatures. Earwigs will also pinch if threatened and can emit an unpleasant odor, but they are generally harmless.
The climate and desert terrain of Nevada make spiders especially common in this state. Of the many species of spiders you are likely to encounter in Nevada, there are three, of which you should be very cautious; the black widow, the brown recluse and the scorpion. Though these spiders are not, by nature, aggressive toward humans, if bitten by any of these spiders, you may need to seek medical treatment. Black widow spiders are, according to their name, black with a unique red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Brown recluse spiders can vary in color from cream to dark brown. Their distinguishing feature is a violin-shaped marking on their back. While brown recluse spiders will seek shelter indoors, the black widow prefers the outdoors, but can often end up in garages, sheds or basements. Most people only associate scorpions with exotic places and unusual climates, but scorpions are common in the southwest. These creatures feed on insects and mostly remain outdoors, but sometimes enter the home during the late spring and early summer months. They will only sting if threatened and the venom will result in a painful or numbing sensation. Regardless of how or why they entered your home, no one wants to encounter these pests, which is why Terminix offers treatment services to keep your home safe and pest-free.
Unfortunately, cockroaches are also a major concern in Nevada. In this state, several different species of cockroaches can be found. The German, American and Oriental cockroach are all common. The German cockroach is most often found near sources of food. You may see these pests appear more often in the kitchen, especially if crumbs are to be found. Both the German and American cockroach are brownish-red in color, and the main distinction between them is that the American cockroach is much larger. The Oriental cockroach is dark brown and can fly. The Oriental and American cockroach prefer damp areas such as basements or bathrooms.
These are just a few of the pests you may encounter in and around your Nevada home. Other common pests include ants, stinging insects and mice, just to name a few. Regardless of what type of pest problems you are facing, Terminix pest control experts will provide safe, effective treatment plans to keep your home pest free.
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