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Cold weather in Southern Nevada bringing out pests, parasites

Posted at 6:46 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 00:40:02-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The unseasonably cold temperatures in the Las Vegas valley is bringing out unwanted pests and parasites.

And Russell Bowman of Fortified Pest Management has been busy.

As cool temps creep in, unwanted critters are crawling out.

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"People are calling us to get things under control," Bowman said.

Pests like scorpions, ants, spiders, earwigs, and silverfish are becoming a bigger problem, but you can keep them away.

"If you keep the bushes trimmed back on your grass, keep the sprinkler system down. Over-watering can cause the pests to come out," Bowman said.

The unpredictable weather is bringing unusual desert parasites too.

Proactive pet owners at South Buffalo Springs Animal Hospital are checking in with veterinarians.

"Even though I live here, I still want him protected against everything," said Jackie Hindmarsh, English bulldog owner.

"Since we're in a valley were all aggregated in a small area, even if you don't go to dog parks you're still susceptible to your pets catching fleas and ticks or even lice - we've been seeing a lot this season, " Dr. Aaron Bivens said.