The Answers To Las Vegas's Most Common Scorpion Questions
July 14, 2021
Here in Las Vegas, we’re no strangers to the occasional scorpion in our houses. In fact, there are 25 different scorpion species in the Vegas area alone, one of which is the most venomous scorpion in North America: the Arizona bark scorpion.
While scorpions are an important part of the food chain all across the Desert Southwest, that doesn’t mean you want one in your house. They pinch, they sting, and they creep around in the middle of the night. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do about it if they decide to make your house their home.
What Does A Scorpion In My House Mean?
Most of the time, a scorpion in your house doesn’t really mean anything. Unlike with cockroaches, if you see one scorpion in your house – it means you have one scorpion in your house (not necessarily 50). However, seeing a scorpion can sometimes indicate a larger problem.
The three main reasons scorpions might come into your home are moisture, shelter, and food. They can get all three of these things outside, but if there’s a drought, they might come looking for water. If there’s a heatwave, they might come seeking climate-controlled shelter. And if you have an infestation of one of their favorite prey items, they’ll come hunting food.
How Venomous Are Scorpions?
Some scorpions don’t pack any worse a punch than a wasp or bee sting. However, other scorpions can be quite lethal. There are lots of deadly scorpions in the world, but we only have one scorpion in the United States that can pose a mortal threat to humans. The Arizona bark scorpion is by no means the deadliest on Earth, but its sting can cause severe pain and serious symptoms in healthy adults, and it can (and sometimes does) kill children and the elderly. If you or a member of your family has any of the following symptoms after being stung, seek medical help immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Accelerated heart rate
- Muscle spasms
- Nausea and vomiting
How Do I Keep Scorpions Out Of My House?
There are lots of ways to prevent scorpions. The two main areas to focus on are reducing attractants around your home and physically blocking their entry. To do this you should:
- Seal possible access points like gaps under door sweeps, holes in window and door screens, cracks in your home’s exterior, etc.
- Eliminate potential water sources like clogged gutters/drains, plumbing leaks, and other standing water.
- Get rid of any primary infestations that could be attracting scorpions. Their favorite prey includes most insect species, spiders, centipedes, and even small lizards (they’re really not picky).
- Clear away clutter, plant litter, debris, and any other things around your property that scorpions could use as hiding places.
What’s The Best Way To Kill An Existing Infestation?
Unfortunately, if scorpions want in your house, they’ll get in. What’s even worse is once they’re in, they can be stubborn buggers to get rid of. They’re tough as nails – resistant to many insecticides and difficult to kill with other means (they’re predators, so they’re not attracted to most poison or sticky trap baits).
Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. Here at Anderson Pest Control, we offer effective scorpion control and we’re dedicated to customer satisfaction – it’s our #1 priority in fact! Our treatment plans are safe for pets and people, we strive to be 100% eco-friendly, our technicians will always go the extra mile to ensure your satisfaction, and we specialize in tons of different pests – not just scorpions. So give us a call at (702) 656-8898 or visit our contact page to experience the Anderson difference for yourself.