Other Common Desert Pests
Anderson Pest Control has the training and experience to protect your home from more than 200 types of pests found in our desert habitat. These are some of the most common pests that invade southern Nevada homes and property:
Wasps, Yellowjackets, and Hornets
Wasps—including yellowjackets and hornets—can be very dangerous to those who have an allergic reaction to their stings. Because of this, control is warranted when wasps choose to nest too close for comfort—under your front steps or porch eaves, for instance, or on a school playground.
Wasps live in colonies in nests built from chewed wood. In spring the queen wasps lay eggs that become worker wasps, accelerating nest-building so that by autumn the colonies become quite sizable—and active. Anderson Pest Control’s technicians will identify what types of wasps are present on your property to determine the best control method. We’ll eliminate the colony with the use of appropriate insecticides and then remove the nest to keep it from being used again. Our technicians wear special protective gear and take all necessary precautions to make sure your family and neighbors, too, are out of harm’s way during the removal process.
In some cultures crickets are considered good luck—but you probably won’t think so if they invade your home! While these chirpy insects prefer the outdoors, they’ll come inside seeking shelter in bad weather, or when their homes are displaced by construction in developing areas. House or field crickets find harborage under rocks and woodpiles, in garages, in air-conditioning units, and near drip irrigation systems common in desert landscaping. Drawn to warmth, they’re often found in kitchens or near heat sources. Crickets are omnivorous, chewing their way through human food, plants, silk and woolen fabrics, paper, even rubber.
Anderson Pest Control can put a halt to a cricket problem before it becomes an infestation, and we’ll advise you on ways to prevent further incursions—reducing clutter, sealing entry points, trimming vegetation away from your home’s foundation, using yellow lighting outdoors.
Earwigs and Silverfish
Earwigs are easy to recognize by their pincers or forcep-like appendages. While they can be beneficial by feeding on other insects, they’ll also eat the plants in your garden. They’ll come indoors looking for food or shelter and are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms, drawn to water. Earwigs are nocturnal and move quickly, which can make them hard to track down.
Silverfish are somewhat similar, but without pincers or wings. Like earwigs, they prefer moisture and are nocturnal. Silverfish consume all sorts of foods and can damage clothing, other fabrics, and paper goods.
We will provide an integrated pest management plan for getting rid of any earwigs or silverfish that are present, treating harborage sites, and instituting preventive measures.
Many species of ticks are found in Nevada, including some that can transmit serious diseases—making them potentially among the most dangerous of pests. They feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including pets and humans. Ticks are typically found in woodsy areas, thick vegetation, or lawns, and they can be transported indoors on pets. Anderson Pest Control will develop a comprehensive plan for getting rid of the ticks on your property—using a combination of chemical and non-chemical control methods, eliminating hiding places and entry points, and advising you on other preventive measures.