The Most Effective Scorpion Control For Your Las Vegas Property

If you are new to Las Vegas, hearing about scorpions may make you want to find another place to live, but residents of Las Vegas who have lived here for a long time know that scorpions aren't as bad as their reputation makes them out to be. There are several types of scorpions in Vegas. Most scorpions are found under rocks and in dry areas away from residential properties. The scorpion species that creates the greatest issue is the Arizona bark scorpion. It is the most dangerous of all American scorpions. But brave Las Vegas residents are known to hunt these scary pests with a black light and take them out one at a time. While adventurous, and useful, hunting scorpions one by one is not the most effective way to get rid of scorpions. Join us today as we try to reduce your fear of scorpions and also provide you with tips to make your property less attractive to these stinging pests. If you want to speak with a professional in person about scorpions in Las Vegas, we can help with that as well. Vantage Pest Control offers industry-leading pest control in Las Vegas. You can navigate to our contact page or give us a call to set up a service visit.

Characteristics Of Common Scorpions

Let's begin by addressing the elephant in the room. Are bark scorpions deadly? Yes. The Arizona bark scorpion is deadly. But the last recorded death was reported in 1964. Your odds of surviving an encounter with a bark scorpion are high. The only concern is for children, the elderly, and individuals with a compromised immune system. If you add to this that there are at least 23 known species of scorpions in Las Vegas, and the bark scorpion is the only potentially deadly scorpion, it is even easier to take a breath of relief.

What is it like to have an Arizona bark scorpion sting you? You will definitely know it if you are stung. You will have intense pain, warmth around the wound, swelling, numbness, and tingling. When the venom enters your system, other symptoms may result. Watch for muscle twitches, drooling, difficulty breathing, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. You may also experience strange head, neck, and eye movements, rapid heartbeat, symptoms of high blood pressure, and restlessness. Seek medical attention at the first sign of flu-like symptoms.

The venom of an Arizona bark scorpion is potent, but the real danger is when an allergic reaction occurs. You've likely heard that you can have an allergic reaction to a bee sting. The same can happen with a scorpion sting. An allergic reaction can occur even in individuals who have never demonstrated an allergy in the past. But most people have a strong immune system and will not have life-threatening symptoms.

The potent sting of an Arizona bark scorpion is not the only characteristic to consider. These scorpions are great climbers, they get into homes through tiny gaps, and they are often found in large groups. They're also attracted to damp habitats and have many reasons to come into Arizona yards. Other scorpions hide under rocks and hang out in dry habitats outside of most yards.

Let's quickly recap. The Arizona bark scorpion is the only scorpion in our area that presents a medical threat. The greatest concern is for children, seniors, and compromised individuals. No deaths from Arizona bark scorpions have been reported in this century. They scale walls and get into homes. They are often found in large groups. And, while painful, you may not need medical attention when bitten by a scorpion, but you should keep watch for symptoms.

Why You Don't Want Scorpions Crawling Around The Property

The primary reason is that scorpions sting. It isn't good to have any stinging pests on your property. But there are more reasons not to want scorpions around your home—or inside your home.

  • Scorpions are nocturnal. When you walk around at night, you won't see them in the darkness if you're not using a black light to catch the glowing reflection from their bodies.
  • Scorpions tend to freeze when people approach. So, rather than running away from your feet, they're more likely to get stepped on. When you step on a scorpion, it will let you know it.
  • Scorpions love tight spaces and will hide under objects in your yard. They're particularly fond of damp habitats and because of this they will hide under pool towels. Always shake your towels before using them.

While we don't want you to live in fear of scorpions, it is good to have a healthy respect for them. When you detect scorpion activity, take steps to get rid of them.

Factors That Attract Scorpions To Your Property

The best way to stop scorpions is to consider why they come into your yard and how they get into your home. If you alter factors that attract scorpions, you'll reduce the chances of an unwanted encounter. Here are our best tips and why they work.

  • Clean out obstructions in your gutter system. Trim plants in your landscaping, mow grass, and remove weeds. Some scorpions are drawn to moist habitats. When you take steps to keep your perimeter dry, you'll have fewer issues with scorpions.
  • Seal gaps in your exterior. Scorpions are thigmotactic. They are drawn to squeeze into spaces where they have their bellies and backs touching two hard surfaces at the same time. If you provide a gap, they can't help but squeeze into it.
  • Pick up items around the pool. Arizona bark scorpions will hide under towels, swim trunks, flippers, floatation devices, clothing, and more.
  • Pick up items in your yard and move objects away from your exterior. Scorpions hide under just about anything that blocks the sun.
  • Rake leaves. Leaf litter provides a moist habitat and tight spaces underneath.
  • Repair screens and seal gaps around screen frames. Bark scorpions live in trees. They are used to scaling surfaces, hiding underneath bark, and tucking themselves into recesses. It is only natural for them to scale your Las Vegas home and get in through your screens.
  • Seal gaps around doors, keep exterior lights off, and keep shades closed. Scorpions are attracted to light. They are also attract to a property that has insects to eat, and many insects are attracted to light. If you are unable to keep lights off due to a security concern, consider installing motion-sensitive fixtures so that lights come on only for as long as you need them.
  • Keep your plants healthy. When plants become unhealthy, they invite aphids and other pests. Scorpions eat these pests so it is only natural for unhealthy plants to eventually attract scorpions.
  • Get your trash receptacles to the curb weekly. Doing so will prevent strong smells from developing and attracting flying and crawling insects. Scorpions will come to eat those insects.
  • Address lawn weeds. When weeds take over your yard and tiny flowers start to bloom, your yard will provide a sweet source of food for many insects. Ant mounds will start to form, and scorpions will move in and eat those ants—along with any other insects that have a sweet-tooth for nectar.
  • Remove rock piles, scrap wood, construction materials, and other piles or stacks of natural materials. Scorpions love these because there are many tight spaces and lots of options for food.

You see how it works. The best way to keep scorpions away from your home is to consider their attraction to light, moisture, tight spaces, and insects. Sometimes all it takes to get rid of these pests is altering the conditions that make them want to live on your property.  

Las Vegas' Secret Weapon To Total Scorpion Control

If you still have trouble after sealing entry points and removing attractants, you may need to contact Vantage Pest Control for assistance. Continuing to see scorpions in your home is evidence that your home has vulnerabilities that are hard to track down, or that you have higher than normal scorpion pressures in your yard. Our year-round home pest control service plans provide layers of protection to keep bark scorpions and other pests out of your home. We directly target scorpions and also indirectly control them by controlling all of the pests they come into your yard to eat. We also do minor exclusion work where needed. Exclusions offer long-lasting deterrence for scorpions and other pests. But the most important way we protect you from scorpions is to apply a liquid barrier around your home. Routine liquid application makes it hard for any pest to live near your home or find a way inside.

If you live in Las Vegas and want to know more about the benefits of residential pest control, we would love the opportunity to speak with you. We guide Las Vegas residents toward smart and sustainable solutions to a wide range of pest concerns. You don't have to live with scorpions. Get the best protection possible by reaching out to Vantage Pest Control today.  

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