If you live in Las Vegas, you know that scorpions are a concern. We know it too. That is why we offer coverage for scorpions as a part of our year-round pest control service. This sets us apart from many other pest control companies in the area. Not only do we think it is important to make scorpion control part of our routine service, we provide a scorpion guarantee. Scorpions are not a pest that should be shrugged off. They can be dangerous to have around your Las Vegas home. Here are a few things you should know about scorpions in Vegas.
What Is The Worst Scorpion in Las Vegas?
The most dangerous scorpion in our area is the bark scorpion. It is widely considered to be the most venomous scorpion species in North America. If you are stung by one of these scorpions, it may lead to nothing more than localized pain and numbness in your body, especially around the wound, but it could be far worse. There are many accounts of bark scorpion stings online. Some of them are scary.
One account, from a man who was bitten on the foot, describes over 14 hours of excruciating pain. After two hours, his face and arms went numb, he was unable to read, and his words were slurred. These severe symptoms prompted him to go to the emergency room. After medical treatment, which included anti-venom, and a few days of recovery at home, he was well again. As you can see, these are not scorpions to trifle with.
The Behavior of Bark Scorpions
While most scorpions hide under rocks and sting you when you flip things over in your yard, bark scorpions hang out upside down on trees and other objects. This puts the stinger of the scorpion toward you, so it is far more likely that you’ll be stung by one of these scorpions.
- Bark scorpions use their ability to climb to get into man-made structures. This makes bark scorpion far more common as house pests.
- Bark scorpions hide in cracks and crevices. This attraction to tight spaces draws them to tiny gaps, cracks and crevices in your home.
- Bark scorpions are nocturnal. While you’re sleeping, these critters will come out of hiding and explore your home. This is why many stings happen at night or when people are waking up or going to sleep.
Scorpion Sting Prevention in Las Vegas
- Refrain from walking around in your yard with bare feet or sandals at night.
- Wear gloves when working in your yard and turning items over.
- Wear long pants and shoes that cover your feet when working in the yard.
- Shake shoes and clothing before wearing them.
One of the most important things you can do to keep scorpions out of your home (especially bark scorpions) is to locate and seal any entry points in your exterior walls and foundation. Use a caulking gun, a foundation crack repair kit, or expanding foam to get the job done. Here are a few locations you should inspect first:
- Check window and door frames.
- Inspect the seals around window and door frames.
- Make sure there are no gaps in the rubber weather-stripping around doors.
- Inspect the door sweeps on the bottoms of your doors.
- Make sure there are no gaps around pipes that pass through your exterior wall.
- Inspect electrical boxes and the conduit that goes through your exterior walls. These sometimes have gaps around them.
- Inspect vents to make sure they have covers.
Remember that Evolve Pest Control is standing by to assist you with all your residential and commercial pest control needs, including scorpions. For our team, scorpion control isn’t an afterthought. It is one of our top priorities. Reach out to us today to schedule service.