scorpion on a tree stump

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are a type of arachnid and therefore related to spiders, mites, and ticks. Scorpions have many eyes but poor vision. They rely on touch and vibrations to hunt their prey. They are excellent hunters and, despite being dangerous when living near people, they are beneficial. Scorpions feed on populations of nuisance insects, arachnids, small lizards, and small rodents.

scorpion in the sand

One of the more common species living in our area is the Arizona bark scorpion. The Arizona bark scorpion is a smaller scorpion species, with adults growing to between two and a half to three inches in length. Their body is a light brown to brownish-yellow color and has darker bands that run lengthwise down their body. Compared to other species 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.

Are scorpions dangerous?

The Arizona bark scorpion is the only scorpion living in the United States that causes significant health concerns. While a sting from a bark scorpion can be fatal, that is rarely the case. However, being stung by a bark scorpion should never be taken lightly. Their stings are excruciating and cause symptoms that include numbness, muscle twitching, and difficulty breathing. Young children and the elderly are more likely to have a severe reaction to their venom than a healthy adult.

Take care around scorpions, and if you discover their presence on your property, you should immediately call for professional help. If you need help getting rid of scorpions from your property, please give us a call at Pest Control Solutions, Inc. today!

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Bark scorpions thrive in the Las Vegas area because of our desert landscape. They will make themselves at home on any property that provides them with ample hiding places, burrowing spots, and prey to hunt.

Another reason that bark scorpions are attracted to your property is that it offers them a source of water. Leaky pipes, dripping air conditioners, and clogged gutters provide bark scorpions with areas of cool, damp soil that help them to maintain their moisture needs.

Where will I find scorpions?

Outside, in our yards, scorpions regularly hide behind tree bark, and under things like rocks, logs, fallen trees, woodpiles, and mulch in garden areas. They often live in the soil or on trees located close to our homes. Scorpions excel at climbing, and can easily scale a home’s exterior walls and move inside through torn windows screens, vents, gaps in exterior walls, and spaces around windows or doors. They also move inside through cracks in the foundation or spaces they discover under exterior doors, and regularly invade garages and sheds, hiding in dark corners or moving into boxes and other storage containers.

Inside, they move to cool, humid areas: basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Bark scorpions are often discovered by homeowners on walls, in sinks or tubs, or areas underneath sinks. They also love to hide in clutter that tends to build up in storage areas and under piles of wet towels or other piles of laundry.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

The best way to get rid of scorpions from your Las Vegas, Nevada area property, is to partner with the local pest control experts at Pest Control Solutions, Inc. We have a deep understanding of the pests that live in our area and how to control and eliminate them.

Our dedicated professionals use “out of the box” thinking to solve current pest problems, and prevent future ones. We take the time to work with our customers and tailor all of our pest control services to meet the unique needs of every home and business we serve.

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

The following list of prevention tips will help you to avoid problems with scorpions:

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

For more information about our proactive residential or commercial scorpion control services, contact us at Pest Control Solutions, Inc. today!

 

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