The Answer To Las Vegas' Most Commonly Asked Scorpion Questions

If you live in Vegas, you know what a scorpion is. These insects have earned quite a reputation. But you may still have questions. We get questions about scorpions all the time, even from veteran Las Vegas residents. See if there is a question here you've been wanting the answer to.

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Will I die from a scorpion sting?

If you live in the United States, it is not likely. But you might wish you were dead. A scorpion sting can be very painful and come with horrible symptoms such as accelerated heart rate, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, numbness, tingling, high blood pressure, and more. But it is important to consider that while it is rare to die from a scorpion sting in the United States, and there have only been four recorded deaths from scorpion stings in the last decade, many people are hospitalized for scorpion stings every year. 

Are all scorpions venomous?

Yes. But not all venom is created equal. Some scorpions have a more potent venom. The most venomous scorpion in the United States is the Arizona bark scorpion. This species of scorpion is also a common home intruder. It can scale walls and squeeze into homes through very small openings. This is one great reason to invest in ongoing residential pest control service for your home. Routine treatments will help to repel and eliminate scorpions and the pests that scorpions feed on.

Are there bark scorpions in Las Vegas?

There sure are. These scorpions are a real and present threat. It is best to learn as much as you can about bark scorpions to protect yourself and your family. 

What should I do if I'm stung by a scorpion?

Whatever you do, don't panic. You're going to be okay. Your panic will only increase your symptoms. Call poison control or have someone bring you to the hospital.

How do I avoid a scorpion sting?

If you're working in your yard, be sure to wear gloves and consider wearing pants if you'll be kneeling.

  • Be cautious when flipping rocks or boards over in your yard.

  • Refrain from walking around in your yard without shoes, especially at night.

  • Shake your shoes and clothing before wearing them.

  • Turn your bedding down before sliding into bed at night.

  • Remove skirts from your beds if you suspect scorpions have gotten into your home.

  • Be cautious when getting items out of storage.

  • Be cautious when opening boxes or containers from storage.

  • Seal your exterior walls as best you can.

Are baby scorpions really worse than adults?

Yes. A young scorpion is not able to control how much venom it injects. If you get stung, you'll get the full dose. Fortunately, young scorpions don't have as much venom as adults. This balances things out, but only slightly.

Is it hard to get rid of scorpions?

Yes. A scorpion can live more than a year without food. It can stay under the water for as long as forty-eight hours. They survive in harsh desert environments, using the moisture they derive from their food. If you don't select the right products to eliminate scorpions, you could poison yourself long before you get rid of your scorpion infestation. It is best to have a trained pest professional apply products and use methods that are known to eliminate scorpions without causing harm to humans and pets.

Are scorpions spiders?

No. This question arises sometimes because scorpions are arachnids. But, while all spiders are arachnids, not all arachnids are spiders. A few other arachnids that are not spiders are harvestman, ticks, and mites.

What is the best way to protect my family from scorpions?

You can use the prevention tips listed above. You may also use ultraviolet lights for detection at night. Scorpions glow in ultraviolet light. This can help you to determine the threat around, and inside, your Las Vegas home. If you find scorpions, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control for assistance with extermination services. Keep in mind that we also provide coverage for scorpions in our residential pest control plans. Reach out to us today to schedule service. We're here to help.


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