Why Are There Scorpions In My Las Vegas Lawn?


a brown bark scorpion crawling on a fallen tree

Few pests look as intimidating as the scorpion. They’re used in movies and TV shows as a shorthand for danger, and we see them threatening heroes and heroines all over the globe. But scorpions are anything but a fictitious problem for Nevada residents. It’s important not only to know what they look like but also how to get rid of them.

Introducing: The Brown Bark Scorpion

The most common type of scorpion in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts is the brown bark scorpion, which is a member of the arachnid family. Look for the following traits when trying to identify them:

  • Color: As their name suggests, these scorpions are brown, though typically light or yellowish in color.
  • Size: Brown bark scorpions are very small, measuring only around 10 cm in length. However, their stinging tails can sometimes make them appear longer.
  • Pincers and stingers: Like all scorpions, these ones can sting you. While the stings aren’t usually fatal, they can cause stinging pain for days on end. When they don’t use their tails, scorpions defend themselves with sharp, pointed pincers.

Plot and Subplot: Scorpion Problems and Problems that Cause Them

As with all pests, there are the problems the pests themselves cause and the ones that attract them inside in the first place.

Scorpions cause the following issues:

  • Stings: While rarely fatal, scorpion stings are certainly no fun. Brown bark scorpions can cause swelling and pain for up to 72 hours at the site of a sting. In serious cases, vomiting, irregular heartbeat and trouble breathing can occur.
  • Overpopulation: Did you know that scorpions, unlike other arachnids or insects, don’t lay eggs? They give birth to live offspring, meaning baby scorpions quickly become active pests themselves.

Problems that lead to scorpions:

  • Bug infestations: Scorpion feast on insects, particularly termites and other wood-boring pests. If these populations are already inside your home, they will attract scorpions inside.
  • Moisture problems: Like all desert dwellers, scorpions are thirsty. They will seek out traces of water just about anywhere. Leaking pipes or areas of condensation in your home are like gold mines to them.

 Scorpion Prevention Measures

As with all problems, the best method for peace of mind is to prevent the problem in the first place. Take these steps to make sure scorpions can’t get inside your home.

  • Seal entries: Scorpions look for ways in at the ground level, including holes or cracks in the walls and foundations. Anywhere that wiring or plumbing enters the structure is another area to focus on sealing up.
  • Moisture control: Scorpions looking for water love damp spaces. Properly maintaining the plumbing in your home, as well as ventilation systems, is important.
  • Yard debris: Old piles of wood, or areas with dry vegetation, are hiding spots for scorpions. Remove these from your lawn to keep your home’s exterior safe.

Professional Solutions From Red Rock

The drawbacks of scorpion infestations can be downright dangerous. It’s important to turn to professional resources for scorpion control and removal. Frequent inspections can provide peace of mind with a seasoned expert checking all the potential problem areas of your home. Additionally our technicians can pass along helpful prevention tips.

If scorpions are already in or around your home or business, call the experts at Red Rock Pest Control at the first notice. We know how to safely and completely remove the problem. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk of scorpion stings, turn to Red Rock instead.


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