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Pests aim to escape extreme heat in local homes

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 10:08:51-04

With extreme temperatures hitting the Las Vegas region, more than just people are trying to cool off. Pest control experts say the hot temps are also bringing pests into our homes.

Nancy Gust hired Preventative Pest Control Las Vegas to ensure her home stays pest-free during the summer months.

"We have a tendency to get wolf spiders, black widows, the occasional scorpion will show up swimming in our pool," said Gust. "I have children and their friends and a pet. They're always outside and I don't need to create an unsafe environment for them."

Preventative Pest Control Service Manager Cody Harris says this time of year, an increase in scorpions, crickets, spiders, cockroaches, and ants are common.

Harris says eggs hatch at a quicker rate when it's warm and there's plenty of food for bugs because of an especially wet spring.

"There's a lot of gaps you don't think about inside your home around doorways, even long the walls of your house," Harris added.

If you want to take matters into your own hands, Harris says to target entryways and hot spots like irrigation boxes but your best bet is professional service.

"A lot of the time, the stuff you get from Lowes and Home Depot is going to be okay but it's all dialed down to be safe for consumers so it's a lot less effective than having a professional service," Harris said.

Experts say UV rays can break down chemicals like bug spray, so your home may need an extra spray.