When you know you’re right smack in the middle of the desert, you’re bound to come across some wicked pests in Las Vegas, for sure. That’s one gamble that won’t lose you much money, not like the slots in the casino. But what are those pests? And how do you spot them?
You Start Off By Checking Off This List of Pests in Las Vegas….And, of course, you give that exterminator a call. That goes without saying. It’s crucial to really be in the know about what you’re looking at, because out of all these pests in Las Vegas, you get a variety of different species. So don’t get fooled. They even vary by size and color. Still, their nastiness measures all the same, especially from the perspective of a Las Vegas homeowner. So here comes the first nasty critter to watch out for:
Watch Out for Those RatsAnd it’s not even the Big Apple, NYC! Shocking, right? Who knew that Sin City could be host to rodents? And the scary thing is we’ve got some pretty wicked breeds here, two to be exact: the roof rat and the Norway rat. The roof rat happens to be the most common furry pest in Las Vegas, and believe it or not—the rodent’s not even native to the state. Experts believe that roof rats made it to Las Vegas via palm trees, typically mistake for large mice. They’re not that big: only 10 to 14 inches long, weighing 5 to 6 ounces (we know: that does sound big). Are they dangerous? Potentially: you can get some of these critters chewing on your wires and insulation, plus they multiply like rabbits. A couple of them can have four to six litters of four to eight pups in just one year; that’s 48 babies per year…. From just one rat. Did we mention they also spread disease? Now the Norway rat might scare you even more. They’re less common, but just as nasty. The Norway rat is also typically known as the “super rat” due to its size—they’re much larger than roof rats, making them that much more disastrous as they spread the same germs, bacteria, and chew even more than their little cousins do.
Ever Seen an Apache Cicada Before?You might think nuclear fallout occurred, these bugs so big you’d freak. The truth is these giant Apache cicadas are not even dangerous to humans; they won’t bother you much. Instead, given their size, they’re extremely annoying due to the vibrating membranes on their abdomens. Those are the bugs buzzing around with massive moth-wings, scaring the crap out of your kids. But it’s a numbers game here; as we’ve said, they’re not dangerous. But a few dozen of these critters will potentially break the sound barrier, and what really makes it difficult is knowing when they show up: these pests in Las Vegas typically live underground before they reach adulthood, and when they show up…. They show up.
No One Likes ScorpionsWe don’t blame you. And Las Vegas is host to a lot of them. In particular, the Arizona Bark scorpion is a nasty native, thankfully never reproducing nearly as much as the cicada. But here’s the thing: just one scorpion in your home could be a disaster. The Arizona Bark does have a nasty sting, releasing a poison that could be fatal. So if you see one of these bad boys…run.
And Lastly…. COCKROACHESAren’t they everywhere anyway? But in Las Vegas, pests are aplenty for this breed at a number of four different species. Four. Count that with your fingers.
- The American Cockroach
- The Australian Cockroach
- The Oriental Cockroach
- And the German Cockroach