Tips To Avoid Scorpions In Las Vegas

12/18/2019


a bark scorpion crawling on wood outside of a home in las vegas nevada

Living in Las Vegas comes with a few challenges. Being in the middle of a desert has its drawbacks. One of them is scorpions. We have a few species of scorpion in our service area but none of them can compete with the bark scorpion. Bark scorpions are considered to be the most venomous species of scorpion in the Southwestern United States. A bite from one of these scorpions can lead to a hospital visit for most people and it can present a serious medical threat to anyone with a compromised immune system.

This species of scorpion is also prone to getting into our Las Vegas homes. They are great climbers and able to squeeze into a gap as small as ⅙ of an inch. Today, we're going to cover a few tips that will help you avoid all the scorpions that come into your yard and get into your home, with an emphasis on the bark scorpion.

Removing Hiding Places

Scorpions hide from the sun because their skin dries out quickly. They'll hide under rocks and beneath stacks of wood and other organic debris. They'll also hide under man-made items. Removing lawn clutter can help to reduce scorpion populations. This is especially important in areas that are close to your foundation wall.

Removing Moisture

Scorpions will seek out still water resources and areas of high moisture in the middle of the day. This is another way they keep from drying out. If you have conditions around your home that promote moisture, consider reducing the moisture to reduce scorpions where possible. Here are a few ideas for controlling moisture:

  • Clean your gutters to make sure rainwater is flowing down and away from your home.

  • Refrain from giving your landscaping more water than it needs and put space between your plants to allow the wind to dry your topsoil quickly after watering.

  • Fill in holes that capture rainwater. It is also wise to fill in holes because they can be used as harborage for scorpions.

Sealing Entry Points

There are many common ways scorpions get into homes. Most scorpions use entry points close to the ground, but bark scorpions can climb up and gain access through higher entry points.

  • Damaged or missing door sweeps.

  • Gaps in the rubber seal around doors.

  • Damaged window or door screens.

  • Gaps in the seal of a garage door.

  • Gaps around the outside of door and window frames.

  • Gaps around pipes and wire conduits.

  • Weep holes in brick buildings or damaged mortar.

  • Damaged eaves and roofline.

  • Gaps around roof penetrations.

  • Holes created by wood-damaging pests such as rodents, termites and carpenter ants.

Hitchhiking

Bark scorpions may be carried into your home on wood that has been sitting in your yard. Be careful to inspect wood. As mentioned above, it only takes a ⅙ inch gap for a bark scorpion to hide in. Young scorpions that easily fit into these tight spaces have a far more powerful venom.

General Preventative Measures

  • Be cautious when you turn rocks, wood and other objects over in your yard or when you are moving wood chips and mulch.

  • Wear gloves when you're working in your yard.

  • Shake footwear and clothing before wearing them.

  • Be cautious when you are in storage areas. Scorpions can hide in the gaps and cracks between boxes or underneath them.

How To Control & Eliminate Scorpions

The best solution for managing the threat of scorpions is to invest in ongoing, year-round scorpion control service. If you need assistance in setting up a pest control plan for your home, we can help. Reach out to Red Rock Pest Control. We have the experience to help you get the protection you need.




 

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