A couple of weeks ago I was walking into Pepsi Ice Arena at what used to be the Fiesta Rancho, and I had to make my way through a swarm of hopping brown bugs. It’s grasshopper season in the Las Vegas Valley! Yuck!
It happens every year at this time. The weather warms up, and the bugs begin appearing everywhere you look. Grasshoppers, moths, crickets, ants, and roaches. Back in 2019, there were swarms of these brown grasshoppers invading parking lot lights all over Southern Nevada. It hasn’t been as bad this year, but there are some tough spots to get through.
Experts say the best way to keep them away from your house at night is to switch to yellow lights outdoors. According to an article written by Madison Kimbro on 8NewsNow.com, moths and other flying insects, such as the grasshopper, are attracted to ultraviolet light, which the yellow lights don’t emit.
Kimbro spoke with Allen Gibbs, a professor of life sciences at UNLV, who advised switching to yellow lights outdoors. He also assured the rest of us that many of the insects we see during the spring months here in the Las Vegas Valley head for cooler climates by the end of June. That’s when high temperatures usually hit triple digits on a daily basis.
Some bugs stick around all year. We seem to find scorpions in our house every now and then. I was once stung by one of these little buggers back in 2020. It stung me on my neck while I was sleeping, and crawled around to my armpit and stung me there, and that’s what woke me out of a deep sleep. I looked down at the bed and couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t a very big scorpion, but having never been stung by one, I kinda freaked out.
My wife took me to the emergency room and before I even took a seat, the nurse on duty asked if I was feeling nauseous, had any difficulty breathing, or had experienced any convulsions. I had not felt anything but minor pain at the locations of the bites, and a bit of numbness. She told me to go home, take some Tylenol®, and the numbness would subside within 24 hours. It did. But now, I check around my bed for those creepy crawlies before I hit the rack every night. Lesson learned.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.