What You Need To Know To Keep Scorpions Away From Your Las Vegas Home

January 30, 2023

Living in the beautiful state of Nevada, we often take the amazingly diverse ecosystem surrounding us for granted. An abundance of insects, mammals, and other creatures share this space with us, and among them are often dreaded Nevada scorpions.

Regardless of what the TV and urban horror stories teach, scorpions are not bloodthirsty predators sneaking around our homes looking to sting and kill. Most scorpions are harmless, with only 25 species out of 1500 known to pose any risk to humans around the world.

In nature, scorpions act as pest control specialists, keeping the population of insects and spiders down. They are nocturnal and adept at staying out of sight, so spotting them is unlikely.

Scorpions prefer dry, hot places to call home and are widespread around the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. During the day, scorpions stay hidden from the sun in earthen burrows or under rocks and fallen trees, and during the night, they hunt for sustenance, with crickets and cockroaches being their preferred food.

In prolonged periods of scorching weather or while pursuing prey, scorpions might wander into our homes, so it pays to learn about types of scorpions in Nevada and available scorpion control methods.

Let's take a quick look at common scorpions in Nevada, how to keep scorpions away, what repels scorpions, and where to find reliable pest control in Las Vegas if prevention doesn't do the trick.

How To Identify A Scorpion

There are over 70 species of scorpions in Nevada, with most of them sharing the following common traits:

  • Most scorpions are between two and four inches long. The largest scorpion in the United States is a Sonoran desert giant hairy scorpion, capable of reaching up to seven inches.
  • Scorpions vary in color depending on the species but are often yellowish to brown.
  • All scorpions have large, crab-like pincers.
  • Most scorpions have a segmented tail with a stinger that carries venom used to paralyze prey and defend themselves against predators.

Scorpions are among the longest-living arachnids, with certain species living longer than 20 years. They do not lay eggs but reproduce by birthing live young, which often stay attached to their mother's back for months for protection.

The Potential Dangers Of A Scorpion's Sting

While most scorpions carry venom, it's fairly mild and often less toxic than a bee sting is to a human. Because their prey is small, producing venom that would be dangerous to creatures larger than they're likely to eat is a waste of bodily resources.

In Nevada, the only scorpion species to pose a serious threat to humans is the Arizona bark scorpion. They are usually between two and four inches long and light brown, with a long, skinny tail crowned with a curved stinger.

The venom of a bark scorpion sting carries a mix of neurotoxins that affect the nervous system and can, in rare cases, result in death. The symptoms of a bite are vomiting, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, and muscle spasms.

If you believe you've been stung by a bark scorpion, it's best to seek immediate medical attention.

Six Simple And Successful Scorpion Prevention Tips

Scorpions in your home or on your property are usually the result of them looking for a cooler hiding spot or following their prey.

These simple steps will help make your home less desirable to these critters:

  1. Get rid of places they can hide on your property, such as woodpiles, debris, rocks, and logs.
  2. Don't store firewood next to the house.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices in the outside walls and foundation.
  4. Cover vents with metal mesh.
  5. Make sure window and door screens are in good shape.
  6. Cut down the grass around the perimeter of the house.

Spotting scorpions on your property can often be nearly impossible without prior experience to fall back on; adding a yearly pest control inspection will go a long way in keeping your Las Vegas home scorpion free.

Contact The Pros For Total Scorpion Control For Your Home

Most scorpions, especially highly venomous bark scorpions, are communal, and if you see one, there is a very good chance many more are close by. If you spot signs of a scorpion infestation on your property, don't risk being stung by trying to deal with them on your own; get a professional involved as soon as possible.

At Vantage Pest Control, we are locally owned and operated. We have extensive experience with scorpions and other Las Vegas pests that invade homes and we know how to get rid of them.

If you're dealing with a scorpion infestation on your property, give us a call today to get started on our residential or commercial pest control services in Las Vegas.

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