Lassa Disease Spread by Rodents

Posted in Rodents

Fact is, several diseases are spread by human contact but a majority of diseases are initially spread by pest activity. Pest Control is not just used to keep pest activity out of homes and businesses, it is also used to prevent or stop the spread of diseases throughout the world.

The most recent article to hit the media is Lassa Disease a deadly viral hemorrhagic fever that has a 22% mortality rate and documented since 1969. With no cure(vaccine), standardized test to identify, and an outbreak occurring currently in Nigeria pest control experts should be looking to the future for disease prevention and not just protecting structures from pest activity. Read More

Pest Prevention without Insecticides

Posted in Green Pest Control

Bed BugBed Bug NymphWhile applying a synthetic chemicals to resolve pest issues has been an ongoing strategy for most pest control companies throughout the United States, TheLens takes an ethical approach to pest control by utilizing Green alternatives coupled with pesticide treatments to resolve ongoing pest activity in and around homes and business for over a decade. TheLens will document structural and sanitation issues found on site that contribute or allow insects and rodents to flourish throughout Southern Nevada.

Take a look at some of the obvious ways to solve pest issues without the use of pesticides.

Integrated Pest Management

American Cockroaches -they’re back….

Posted in American Cockroaches, Cockroaches, German Cockroaches

American Cockroach American Cockroaches are back in the Las Vegas area in April 2017. These images are the first pictures taken on a preventatively serviced customers fenceline in Las Vegas, Nevada. American Cockroach eggs only hatch out when the conditions are right: humidity, temperature, and other variables. Seeing these guys means that our phones should start ringing again from people wanting pest control service. Satisfy your desire to maintain your structures with TheLens -The Basic Pest Control Plan. Save more money on your next professional pest control service. The Basic pest control plans starting at $25 a month per service. This prepaid plan is an exterior only service with no interior services. Great plan for customers with no ongoing issues but still looking for the piece of mind that their home is being maintained. Give us a call (702)582-5367


Psss… By the way… I wouldnt go in there!

Best way to find a Bark Scorpion… Dead

Posted in Bark Scorpions, Scorpions

Dead Bark ScorpionCustomers always ask what is the best way to find Bark Scorpions. The answer that TheLens provides, “Dead”. On the more serious side, Bark Scorpions are easiest to notice at night with the help of a blacklight, however the best way to find ANY Scorpion activity is to have a trained eye to find hiding places, and structural issues that allow entry into the structure. While many pest control companies focus on the application of the treatment on the structure-15 minutes, TheLens trains their technicians to hunt whether it is day or night for your scorpion activity. The best way to find Scorpion activity is dead, dried up, brittle, and falling apart when you pick them up. If you pick up a Scorpion that is limp, dangles by stinger, or moves alittle when you attempt to grab it-make sure you take a hard sole shoe and stomp on it first. The venom from a sting will leave you with a less than enjoyable outcome or contact TheLens for you Bark Scorpion pest control service (702)582-5367.

While an occasional Scorpion may enter a structure through an unsealed crack or crevices, TheLens warranties all The Grande Pest Control Plans for interior Scorpion activity so we will address the interior issues with the exterior issues at no additional cost to you at the time of your service or in between services within 48 business hours.

Scorpion Prevention

Posted in Scorpions

Scorpion activity is most active throughout the warmer months but Scorpions tend to move more as they begin to mate throughout the Spring season. Female and Male Scorpions will travel long distances to locate another Scorpion to mate on occasion. Scorpions also move more often when searching for a hiding spot to get away from the inclement weather, as the days getter hotter Scorpions will look for a cooler place to hide, and vice versa with colder weather. Removing clutter (leaves, roof tiles, bricks, lumber, chopped wood, storage totes, rugs, and many other items) eliminates locations for Scorpions hide under along the perimeter of a structure. Sealing cracks, crevices, holes, gaps, and any other openings around wires, pipes, expansion joints, contractor repairs, and contractor additions will prevent Scorpions from entering a structure. Glueboards are an excellent monitoring option when small children or pets are not in the immediate area of the glueboard placement.

Preventative pest control treatments can deter or even eliminate Scorpion activity if applied correctly. Scorpion treatments should be applied according to the label and may include perimeter applications up to 10 ft away from the foundation, 3 ft up the foundation wall, around doors/windows/overhead garage doors, and along fencelines. Bark Scorpions are vertical climbers and may find themselves on interior/exterior walls-treatments along the soffit will help with Scorpions that may find themselves bridging from a tree/bush to a structure if branches aren’t trimmed away from exterior rooflines, and walls. Palm Trees should be shaved to a minimum of 8 ft high to eliminate Bark Scorpions located underneath the trimmed Palm fronds.

Rodent Control

Posted in Rodents
Norway RatRodents are active throughout the year but tend to become home invaders throughout the winter months. Exclusion is the primary way to keep rodents out of your home or business but shouldn’t be limited to just sealing entry points.
Keep rodent activity down by:
1.Trimming plants, and bushes away from the ground.
2.Removing clutter stored along exterior walls, and fence-lines. Ex. Leaf clutter, gardening supplies, chopped wood, & roof tiles
3.Keep lids on trash bins. Pickup and remove litter, old fruit, bird seed, dog food, or other food around the exterior of home and business.
Contact TheLens for your next Henderson Rodent Control program. (702) 582-5367

Bed Bug Control

Posted in Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Nymph2016 Nevada Pest Management Association lecture provided by Gail Getty recommends inspections to be done twice every 2 weeks after the initial inspection. Based on a variable air conditions present in homes Bed Bugs can take up to 20 days to hatch from egg form. When an inspection is provided only once after the initial service, the structure may have unhatched Bed Bugs that may hatch out after the 2 week inspection. Complaint based inspections may not address an entire structure because in a multi unit structure uninspected primary units may have activity that may move or spread to additional units.
Mattress encasements should only be used on a mattress with any openings leading to the interior filling, and boxsprings because there are far more hiding spots within a  than a boxspring. Boxsprings that rub on metal frames, wood, or other sharp objects should avoid mattress encasements because the friction may tear into a mattress encasement.
Clutter should be rated and documented to assist with removal. Self treatments should also be documented to inform customer that treatments done by a customer may make the activity spread to neighboring locations or units.
Educating the customer to notify a primary contact to inform the pest control technician about where, when, and how activity was found is key to a Bed Bug treatment program.
Source: Gail Getty -2016 Nevada Pest Control Association Annual Meeting

Spider Bites

Posted in Spiders
2016 Nevada Pest Management Association
House SpiderRicky Vetter PhD speaking about spiders, asked the public to not accuse spiders for every bite found by on a human body. Typically spiders will bite once and not multiple times on a body. Are spider bites misdiagnosed? In one instance a pest management professional handling had multiple military bases with several humans showing signs of bites. 3000 miles Dr. Vetter asked the pest management professional to have the humans checked for MRSA. The claims of spider bites were disproved when doctors tested the patients and found the viral or bacterial infections in all the patients at all locations.
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Bee Decline

Posted in Bees
Bee SwarmNew research out of the University of Exeter in the UK and the University of California, Berkeley, theorizes the spread of a viral disease — inadvertently helped along by humans — is responsible for the honeybee decline.
The study, published in the journal Science, found that European Honeybees are the main source of Deformed Wing Virus, which has spread through bee hives around the world. The researchers determined that the spread of this insect pandemic is largely fueled by human trade and transportation of bees.
Source: CBS News