Just How Dangerous Are Las Vegas Scorpions?


an emperor scorpion on a rock

Since Las Vegas is located in the desert, there are many pests that residents have to deal with and be aware of. Because of the warm climate, it’s not uncommon to encounter animals such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions. One of the most feared pests in Vegas is the scorpion.
There are actually around 2,000 different species of scorpion worldwide, and the vast majority of them aren’t likely to hurt you. Most scorpions aren't particularly dangerous, and even worldwide there are only a couple dozen that pose real concern.
However, even if a scorpion sting isn't a life or death occurrence, it’s never pleasant to encounter one of these pests or to be stung by one. Here are a few species of scorpion commonly found in our area and what they look like:

  • Bark scorpion: This species is a tan or yellow color and are about three inches long. They have eight legs and pinchers, and generally, their tails are held curled to their sides. They prefer cool, moist environments such as under rocks or bark. Indoors they are commonly found in closets, bathtubs, or near sinks. They are the most venomous North American spider.

  • Emperor scorpion: These scorpions are about eight inches long and have shiny black bodies. They rarely sting, and their venom does not often affect humans.

  • Desert hairy scorpion: This species is around six inches long and usually a tan or olive green color. They get their name for the hairy appearance of their tails. These scorpions prefer desert climates, and they hide in places like crevices or plants as they look for shade from the sun. Their venom is not a large concern for most people.

How Dangerous Are Scorpion Stings?

Scorpion stings can be hard to identify if you didn’t see the sting happen or notice a scorpion around you. Scorpion stings often look similar to other bug bites. The best way to see if you’ve been stung by a scorpion is to notice the symptoms that arise afterward.

Here are common symptoms of a scorpion sting:

  • Pain, redness, and warmth at the site of the sting
  • Numbness around the site
  • Possible tingling or swelling

While most scorpion stings are a minor issue and rarely fatal, it’s always best to seek medical attention if you’ve been stung. This is especially true if you are unsure of the species as the bark scorpion sting can be dangerous. It’s always important to err on the side of caution with such stings.

Side effects of scorpion stings can include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma attacks
  • Muscle twitching
  • Unusual head or eye movements
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Drooling
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Accelerated heart rate

Because of these symptoms, it is important to call a medical professional if you’ve been stung.

How To Prevent Scorpions

Because scorpions can be dangerous, and even minor stings painful and irritating, knowing how to prevent scorpions is a good place to start. While you can’t always completely prevent scorpions on your property, there are some things you can do to make your home less appealing to them.

Here are some prevention steps:

  • Get rid of standing water.
  • Seal up cracks around doors and windows.
  • Regularly inspect cabinets, closets, and other crevices for evidence of scorpions.
  • Keep brush, debris, and woodpiles away from the outside of your home.
  • Address underlying pest concerns, such as crickets, that could be attracting scorpions into your home.

Protect Your Home From Scorpions

Because species like the bark scorpions can be quite dangerous, the best thing to do when you’ve noticed a scorpion around your Las Vegas property is to call the pest control professionals at Red Rock Pest Control. We can help you with prevention steps and also remove scorpions to ensure you and your family stay safe.


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