What Everyone In Las Vegas Ought To Know About Wind Scorpions


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Perhaps one of the weirdest pests you’ll ever encounter around your Las Vegas home is the wind scorpion. This species is known by many names including sun spiders or camel spiders, but despite these names, they aren’t actually spiders, nor are they scorpions. This species is an arachnid, but while all spiders are arachnids, not all arachnids are spiders or even scorpions. 

Their unique appearance can be rather intimidating, but they are considered nuisance pests. These nocturnal creatures are a cream to tan color with darker brown markings. They have eight legs as well as two extra appendages that they use for sensory purposes. At first glance, the backs of their bodies seem spider-like while their heads and front legs look more like scorpions. Another way to identify wind scorpions is by the way they move around using quick, darting motions. They can actually run up to ten miles per hour. 

Do Wind Scorpions Bite Or Sting?

Given the way they look and move, coming across a wind scorpion can be scary. It’s easy to assume that they can bite or sting like other arachnids. However, while they are a predatory species that eat insects, lizards, and even other arachnids, they don’t have venom and aren’t poisonous. Instead, they use their powerful jaws to consume their prey.

Because of this, they aren’t dangerous to people or pets. If you are handling or making a wind scorpion feel threatened they could bite you, but the chances of this happening are rare. If bitten, it could hurt, but you wouldn’t be at risk of any medical problems due to the lack of venom. 

Simple Ways To Keep Wind Scorpions Out Of Your Property

While these arachnids aren’t going to hurt you or your pets, they are still unsightly and rather creepy. Finding them on your property will never be a good experience, so you can avoid them by taking some preventive steps to keep them out of your yard and home. Here are some of the simplest ways to deter wind scorpions:

  • Make it harder for them to get inside of buildings by fixing any broken screens in doors and windows.

  • Seal up other access points by fixing any cracks or holes in walls and the building’s foundation.

  • Install door sweeps and weather stripping around your home.

  • As they can be attracted by an excess of prey, take steps to get rid of any other pest problems.

  • Clean up debris around your yard to remove places that wind scorpions hide during the day.

  • Get rid of excess clutter in garages, basements, and crawl spaces. 

What Should You Do If You Have Wind Scorpions? 

If you’re looking for help with preventing or removing wind scorpions, contact the experts at Red Rock Pest Control. Our trained technicians are local experts that have the expertise you’re looking for to remove all kinds of pest infestations. We would love to provide ongoing advice and assistance. To get a free inspection, give us a call or send us a message using our online contact form.


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