What are scorpions?
Scorpions are venomous pests that belong to the class Arachnida along with spiders, ticks, and mites. There are over 1,000 species of scorpions found living worldwide. In our area, two of the most common species are the brown bark scorpion and the desert hairy scorpion.
Scorpions have a segmented body and a long segmented tail that curls up over its body. At the end of their tail is a curved stinger used to inject venom into their prey to subdue them after catching them with their large pincers. Scorpions are excellent hunters, although they rely on touch and vibrations to hunt because, despite having many eyes, these arachnids have poor vision.
Brown Bark Scorpions
Brown bark scorpions are small with adults only growing to about 2 ½ - 3 inches in length. Their body is a brownish-yellow or tan color and their tails are thinner than other scorpion species.
Desert Hairy Scorpions
These scorpions are a larger species than the bark scorpion with adults growing to between 5 and 7 inches long. Their bodies are yellow with darker colored markings on their backs. Both their bodies and their tails are covered in small brown hairs.
Are scorpions dangerous?
Scorpions can deliver excruciating stings and the venom most scorpions produce is as potent as bee or wasp venom. In children and people with compromised immune systems, their venom could trigger a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. It is also critical to understand that their venom is potent enough that their stings can be fatal to smaller pets. If scorpions are living on your property, call a professional immediately to remove them safely.
Why do I have a scorpion problem?
Scorpions may take up residence in any yard that provides them with suitable sources of shelter and plenty of food and water. Scorpions feed on a wide variety of prey, including insects, spiders, other scorpions, mice, and even small lizards. Properties with high populations of their preferred food sources will most likely have problems with scorpions.
Scorpions can live without food for several weeks or even months, but water is a different story as scorpions need high levels of moisture to survive. If you have areas of standing water, leaky hoses, dripping pipes, and damp spaces around your yard, your home is more likely to attract scorpions.
Where will I find scorpions?
Scorpions are nocturnal hunters and hide during the day in dark, cool, quiet places. Outside, scorpions hide behind tree bark, and under things like rocks, logs, fallen trees, woodpiles, and mulch in garden areas. Moving inside through the spaces under doors, torn windows, cracks in the foundation, or openings in exterior walls, scorpions hide in places that mimic their outdoor environments such as basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms (sinks and tubs), and laundry rooms. It is also important to know that scorpions tend to travel in groups. If you find one scorpion in your home or yard, know that there are likely several more lurking around just out of sight.
How do I get rid of scorpions?
Red Rock Pest Control understands that scorpions and other household pests are difficult and stressful to deal with. Our certified technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests that live throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and properties from them. We offer professional scorpion control services you can trust to eliminate scorpions from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.
If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, contact Red Rock Pest Control today!
How can I prevent scorpions in the future?
Keep scorpions out of your home and yard with the following prevention tips:
Seal up any cracks and crevices in your foundation and the exterior walls.
Place weatherstripping around exterior windows and doors.
Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
Repair or replace torn window or door screens.
Remove fallen trees, woodpiles, and other excess debris from your yard.
Reduce humidity levels in your home by using dehumidifiers in basements and other damp areas.
Wipe off excess moisture from sinks and bathtubs.
Repair all dripping hoses, faucets, and pipes, both inside and outside.
Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good working order and are directing water away from the outside of your home.
Reduce areas of clutter in and around your home to give scorpions fewer hiding spots to choose from.
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