What Everyone In Las Vegas Needs To Know About Brown Bark Scorpions

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Commercial Pest Control
Reading time: 15min
April 9, 2021

Although there are plenty of pests in the Las Vegas area that residents need to be cognizant of, some of the most menacing looking are scorpions. Perhaps it is their large pincers or the stingers attached to the ends of their long tails. Whatever the reason may be, these are unsightly pests that no one wants to come across in their yard or home. To make matters worse, scorpions can deliver painful stings that can, at times, be dangerous to us humans and our pets. That’s why Las Vegas homeowners need to take the proper preventative measures to keep scorpions out of and away from their homes. Furthermore, should your property become overrun with scorpions, you need to know the effective scorpion control methods you can count on to get rid of them.

Identifying The Brown Bark Scorpion

While there are a couple of species of scorpions in the Las Vegas area, but one of the more common species that you could find in your yard or your home is the brown bark scorpion. Brown bark scorpions, as their name might suggest, are brown, brownish-yellow, or tan in color. They typically grow anywhere from 2 ½ to 3 inches long, and their tails are much thinner than other species. Like all scorpions, brown bark scorpions have segmented bodies, eight legs, two large pincers, and a segmented tail complete with a stinger used for injecting venom into prey.

Brown bark scorpions are nocturnal, hunting for their prey at night time. They typically feed on other pests such as insects although they can also kill small mammals such as rodents. During the day, they will seek out shelter from the hot sun, hiding in cool, dark places such as under tree bark, in leaf and woodpiles, or our homes. These pests are known to live under dead palm fronds.

Are Brown Bark Scorpions Dangerous?

Brown bark scorpions are venomous and can inflict painful stings if they feel threatened. Although these venomous stings are typically more painful than harmful, they can cause dangerous allergic reactions in people with immune deficiencies, children, and the elderly. Stings in at-risk people should warrant immediate medical attention.

While the majority of people should be okay if they are stung by a brown bark scorpion, these scorpions do possess a potent enough venom to kill smaller pets such as small dogs and cats. Therefore, it not only is important to keep brown bark scorpions out of your home but out of your yard, as well.

Scorpion Prevention Tips

Brown bark scorpion prevention involves sealing off any potential entry points through which they could gain access to your home. Moreover, reducing areas in which they can hide also goes a long way in keeping scorpions off of your property. To achieve this, you should:

  • Seal any cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior, especially around utility lines, pipes, and vents.
  • Install weatherstripping around windows and exterior doors.
  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
  • Install screens in windows and doors.
  • Reduce humidity in your home with dehumidifiers.
  • Fix any leaky pipes, fixtures, or faucets both inside and outside of your home.
  • Make sure all gutters are free of debris and do not collect standing water.
  • Pick up any leaf piles or other vegetation around your yard.
  • Keep woodpiles away from the exterior of your home.
  • Trim palm trees when the fronds are hanging down and turning brown
  • Keep storage areas in your home free of clutter.

Effective Scorpion Control For You Las Vegas Property

If you are dealing with scorpions on your Las Vegas property, contact the professionals here at Red Rock Pest Control for assistance right away. There’s no sense in putting you and your family at risk by letting scorpions run loose in and around your home. Give us a call today, and let us deal with the problem for you.