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Truckee Meadows Pest Control Blog

Where have all the Butterflies Gone?

I remember as a child playing in my Grandparents backyard catching June Bugs and admiring how shiny they are. But mostly, I remember all the Monarch butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. My grandfather never let me catch them, telling me that they were too...

THE DESERT TURANTULA – Its mating time!

Did you know that Gabbs, Nevada is home of the largest turantula migration? Here in northern Nevada we have the Desert Tarantula, not often do we see them, and we hope that if you do see one you will leave it be. If by unfortunate chance one has found its way into...

Vivid Dancer Damselfly – Nevada State Insect

The Vivid Dancer Damselfly is yet another beneficial insect we have on display here in the Truckee Meadows Pest Control office. It’s a beautiful insect that inspired us to do a little research that encouraged us to be here writing a well-deserved blog about it. On May...

The Turantula Hawk – It’s a Wasp

The Tarantula Hawk is not often seen here locally, but they are in fact here, in our area, including tarantulas! There have been more sightings of these wasps over the last few years. Here at the Truckee Meadows Pest Control office there is a Tarantula Hawk on...

The Yellow Jacket – Friend or Foe?

Most people view yellow jackets as major pests, while some serious gardeners and commercial growers will welcome them. Yellow Jackets are beneficial in our environment at certain times because in early spring and summer they hunt insects such as caterpillars, aphids,...

Montane Vole

Photo Credit: Picture from - National Museum of Natural History ©2004 Smithsonian Institution Voles, also referred to as meadow mice or field mice are compact rodents with stocky bodies, short legs and short tails. Their eyes are small and their ears partially hidden....

The Yellow-Bellied Marmot

The yellow-bellied marmot, they are those cute creatures you see around the golf courses and in grassy meadow like fields here in our region and most people feel that they are, in fact pretty-darn cute and fascinating to watch. Unfortunately, that opinion changes...

The Carpenter Ant

  Carpenter Ants are usually most active in spring and summer. Most carpenter ant species forage for food at night. They can forage individually or in small or large groups, though they often opt to do so individually. They vary in color but are generally black...

The Carpet Beetle

      Damage Damage occurs during the larval stage of a carpet beetle. Carpet Beetles go through a complete metamorphosis. Carpet beetles, as their name implies, are capable of damaging carpets. These pests will feed upon a variety of dead animals and animal fibers...

What are the Signs of Bed Bugs

Live Bed Bugs (Adults & Nymphs) Cast Skins Eggs Fecal Smears Bed Bugs are excellent hitchhikers and can be brought in on luggage, shoes and clothing. They can be picked up from pretty much anywhere that people congregate. Anywhere people gather to sit or stay for...

Ant Invasion – The Pavement Ant

A Pavement Ant colony can take over a swath of your driveway or kitchen counter, proving that some small things can make a large impact: Not surprising but certainly true, the Pavement ants earned their name because they nest in cracks in driveways and under...

Bed Bugs 101 – Early Detection is Key

Early Detection: The detection of bed bugs can be very challenging and bed bugs can easily go undetected during an inspection particularly during the early stages of an infestation when only a few bugs or eggs are present. There are specifically designed devices that...

Six Facts About Bed Bugs

All of us PMP’s are following the latest news about these true bugs. Bed bugs have our utmost attention, they have become one of our biggest challenges regarding controlling them. We know that one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or...

Bed Bug Organic DIY Cures

The Problem with Natural & Homeopathic Bed Bug Cures. Throughout history, humans have employed a host of home remedies to eliminate bed bug infestations.

Winter Pest-Proofing

One noticeable change in the outdoors as winter approaches is the absence of flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and bees. We associate these pests with summer and fall, a nuisance to outdoor activities…..

Pest Control

Pest Control Pests are unwanted plants, animals, insects, germs or other organisms that interfere with human activity. They may bite, destroy food crops, damage property, or otherwise make our lives more difficult. Effective pest control...