Everything You Need To Know About Scorpions In Las Vegas

There are about 1,200 species of scorpion in the world. The most dangerous species is the Arizona bark scorpion. Guess which species of scorpion we deal with most in our Las Vegas service area. That's right. The bark scorpion. While we have around 25 species of scorpion in Nevada, the bark scorpion is of the greatest concern. This is partly due to its potent venom and ability to cause a painful, venomous bite, but also because it is a common household invader. Here are a few things you should know about scorpions, in particular, the bark scorpion.

arizona bark scorpion on tree bark

When Things Heat Up

Scorpions hide to get away from the heat. In your yard, they'll hide under rocks, woodpiles, construction materials and under anything that will block the sun. When it heats up outside, they often take to hiding inside our nice, cool homes. This causes some people to find a place to stay until the heat passes and the scorpions go away.

Scorpion Stings

The painful wound of a scorpion is often referred to as a "scorpion bite" but, as you are probably aware, it is actually a sting. A scorpion doesn't bite you with its mouthparts, it stings you with the stinger on the tip of its tail. This occurs because of the venom injected causes discomfort. The more venom the scorpion injects, the more pain there will be. There will also be localized swelling and a long list of symptoms that may include numbness, tingling, sweating, muscle twitching, difficulty breathing, drooling, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, and tachycardia. Fatalities due to scorpion bites are rare. In the last 11 years, there have only been 4 deaths as a result of a scorpion sting.

What To Do When Bitten By A Scorpion

No matter what scorpion stings you, it is wise to seek medical attention immediately. This is especially important if you are bitten by a bark scorpion.

What Does A Bark Scorpion Look Like?

Adult bark scorpions are around 3 inches in length and tan in coloration. They can usually be identified by their stripes on their backs, which has led some to call them striped bark scorpions. These stripes run horizontally all the way down the back. There is also a dark line that runs vertically up the center of the scorpion. You may not be able to see any of these stripes if a bark scorpion is carrying her young on her back. 

Watch Out For The Tail

Bark scorpions like to cling to objects upside down. This positions their tail upwards, making it much easier for them to sting when they are disturbed. Be cautious when moving items around in your yard, especially pieces of wood.

Strength In Numbers

Most scorpion species are solitary. If you move something in your yard, you're only likely to see one scorpion skitter away. Arizona bark scorpions are somewhat unique in that they congregate together, sometimes in groups as large as 30 scorpions. This can lead to a very unpleasant encounter when you find these scorpions in your yard or in a secluded location within your home.

How To Keep Bark Scorpions Out

  • Remove harborage locations in your yard and in your landscaping; keep trash piles, construction materials, woodpiles, and debris far from your home.

  • Make sure all of your screens are in good working condition

  • Seal gaps, cracks and holes in your foundation walls and exterior walls.

  • Repair gaps in weatherstripping.

  • Fix damaged door sweeps.

  • Garage door seals are a common entry point. Once inside, scorpions will take advantage of an open interior door. If you can see light coming into your garage through a gap in your garage door, it should be refitted.

The best way to keep bark scorpions out of your Las Vegas home is to have the state-certified scorpion control experts at Red Rock Pest Control deal with them. Our team has the experience and training to make sure you and your family are properly protected. We can also provide ongoing protection from scorpions and other common Las Vegas pests. Reach out to us today to learn more about our scorpion control services or to get schedule your service today. We're here to help!


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