Why Scorpions Invade Las Vegas Homes And How To Keep Them Out

Have you ever seen someone (or perhaps you) panic after seeing a scorpion crawl across your yard for the first time? If you are new to living in Las Vegas, this is bound to happen to you eventually. Our desert climate makes the perfect habitat for these stinging pests! These intimidating arachnids are everywhere, hiding under rocks and in other dark, damp areas to avoid the harsh heat of the day. From time to time, you may see scorpions hiding out in your home – far from the ideal place you'd expect to find these critters. If you are wondering how to get rid of scorpions from your Las Vegas property, here is some helpful information about how scorpions end up in your home and how you can drive them out for good.

Characteristics Of Common Scorpions

Scorpions are a type of arachnid related to spiders, mites, and ticks. Like their arachnid relatives, they have four pairs of legs, a large pair of front pincers, and an elongated arched tail with a stinger at the tip. Although scorpions have many eyes – two in the center of their head and two to five more along each side – they have poor eyesight and rely on touch and vibrations to hunt their prey.

There are many different types of scorpions living throughout the United States. One of our area's more common species of scorpion is the Arizona bark scorpion. Bark scorpions reach a length of three inches and have a very thin tail, only 1/16 inches wide. Their bodies are yellow without stripes or patterns. Their bodies are a light brown to brownish-yellow color and have darker bands that run down their bodies. Compared to other types of scorpions, their pincers are much thinner and more elongated. They have a slender tail that curves up over their body and has a venom-filled stinger at the end.

You may be asking, "Can scorpions kill you?" The Arizona bark scorpion is the only scorpion living in the United States known to cause significant health concerns. While a sting from a bark scorpion can sometimes be fatal, that is rarely the case. However, being stung by a bark scorpion should never be taken lightly. Their stings are excruciatingly painful and can cause symptoms that include numbness, muscle twitching, and difficulty breathing. In particular, young children and the elderly are more likely to experience a severe reaction to scorpion venom than healthy adults.

You should always take care when it comes to scorpions. If you discover their presence on your property, you should immediately call for professional help. If you need help removing scorpions from your property, don't hesitate to contact the scorpion control professionals at Vantage Pest Control today for immediate assistance!

What It Means If You're Seeing Scorpions Around Your Yard

Arizona scorpions thrive in the Las Vegas area because of our desert landscape. They will make themselves at home on any property that provides them ample hiding places, burrowing spots, and prey to hunt. Scorpions are excellent hunters; despite being dangerous when living near people in the greater Henderson area, they are beneficial. A scorpion's primary source of food is other insects. If your home or business is regularly invaded by ants, beetles, flies, and cockroaches, your chances of seeing scorpions inside will increase. When you begin to see an increase in scorpion activity in or near your yard, this could be a sign that you are dealing with another type of pest infestation altogether.

Seeing scorpions in or around your home may also mean your property offers an abundance of moisture. One of the top reasons a scorpion will enter a home is to primarily search for water. If moisture levels in your home are high due to natural causes, such as living in an area that is prone to heavy rain or flooding, you may see an uptick in scorpion activity throughout your residence. Unfortunately, this may also mean your property is experiencing problems with excess moisture. A professional could quickly determine if moisture problems in your home contribute to increased scorpions on your property.

Easy Ways To Make Your Property Less Appealing To Scorpions

Experts tend to agree that the most effective way to control pests is to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place. The following list of quick and reliable prevention tips will help you to avoid problems with scorpions:

  • Address moisture issues by clearing gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Deter hiding scorpions by removing fallen trees, leaf piles, and other debris from your yard.
  • Don't let wet towels accumulate on your home's floor or pool areas.
  • Fix leaky pipes and dripping air conditioners.
  • Get rid of as much clutter in your home as possible to give scorpions fewer spaces to hide.
  • Install vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Keep scorpions out of your home by repairing cracks in the foundation or exterior walls and sealing spaces around utilities entering your house.
  • Make sure exterior doors and garage doors close properly.
  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  • Reduce moisture levels in your home by using dehumidifiers to keep basements dry.
  • Repair damaged window or door screens.
  • Use care when reaching into boxes that have been in storage areas.
  • Ventilate crawl spaces to keep them dry.
  • Wipe excess water from sinks and bathtubs.

Another way to prevent encounters with stinging scorpions is to reduce the number of spaces available in which they can hide. Don't leave boots, shoes, clothing items, or wet towels outdoors where scorpions can access them and hide. Shake all clothing and shoes before putting them on, and keep towels around the swimming pool.

If you encounter a scorpion, wearing thick gloves and shoes outdoors or working in the yard can be helpful to prevent a sting, especially during the evening hours. You may also use a portable black light (UV light) to survey the area in and around the home for scorpions; scorpions glow brightly under black light and can be easily found and removed.

Finally, eliminating your home's existing pest problems is another effective step toward preventing scorpions from invading. Scorpions are predatory pests and are often attracted to properties with lots of insect activity, where they will hide out of sight and await their prey to happen by. By eliminating or reducing pest populations in or around your home, you will remove one important factor for household scorpion infestations. Vantage Pest Control offers a variety of general and pest-specific service options to control pest problems of all types. Whether it's scorpion control, rodent trapping, pigeon exclusion, or something else entirely, Vantage Pest Control has a plan for you. Call today to learn more!

The Most Effective Scorpion Control For Your Property

When you begin to experience a pest infestation in its early stages, you may be tempted to try and tackle the issue yourself. However, a scorpion problem is not something that tips from social media or your friend's uncle's neighbor can easily solve. D.I.Y. pest solutions are often ineffective and potentially dangerous. When it comes to pest control products, these materials should only be handled and applied by a trained professional. That is because applying these products in the wrong amounts may not be enough to completely drive scorpions away. Furthermore, applying too many of these substances or using them in the wrong area could become a safety hazard to you, your family, your pets, and even wild animals or insects. Therefore, the best way to get rid of scorpions from your Las Vegas area property is to partner with a professional pest control company.

If you need quality pest control around your Las Vegas property, consider the local scorpion and pest professionals here at Vantage Pest Control. We are a local pest control company with a deep understanding of scorpions and other pests that live in our area. Because we live among the communities we serve, we understand the unique pest pressures homeowners in Las Vegas and our surrounding service areas face. We are highly trained and well-equipped to handle any pest problem, big or small. Don't let tiny scorpions cause enormous issues for you and your family. Contact Vantage Pest Control today to learn more about our Las Vegas home pest control and commercial exterminator program and experience pest control from our vantage point!

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