Nevada is home to 25 different species of scorpions. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is the most common and most deadly in Las Vegas. Bark scorpions are a yellow-brown color and about 1 to 3 inches in length.
Homeowners in Las Vegas and rural communities are likely to encounter these pests, and it’s important to know how to protect your home, pets, and children from scorpions. With that said, here are three of the most important factors you should be aware of that could attract scorpions to your Las Vegas home:
Water and Moisture
All pests ultimately need water to survive, even those that live in the desert. Unsurprisingly, scorpions can go a long time without water as they are well equipped to survive the dry, arid climate that Nevada provides. However, they can’t go forever without water, and they usually look for areas that have stagnant water to make their home around. Outside your home, this can include leaky hoses and sprinklers, as well as gutters that aren’t draining properly.
Inside your home, bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, and laundry rooms are common water sources for scorpions. Check your home for scorpions by examining damp and dark places like the basements, and try to eliminate any standing water inside or outside your home.
Scorpions are carnivorous, meaning their diet includes other insects. If you have a pest infestation of cockroaches, spiders, or beetles, this is the perfect food source for scorpions. Keep your house as pest-free as possible and regularly check for termites to help keep scorpions away. However, you should also keep your home clean of any crumbs and other food sources. Keep all food in the home stored in sealed containers, refrigerated if possible, and vacuum the floors regularly to eliminate these potential food sources.
Cracks and Crevices
When the temperatures start soaring, scorpions are motivated to look for a shady place to hide – something your home provides in spades. In order to get inside, they will look for holes or crevices they can squeeze inside.
As a general rule of thumb for homeowners, checking your property regularly for open cracks and crevices will help decrease pest infestations. In the case of scorpions, any crack bigger than the width of a credit card is big enough for a scorpion to get in. They can enter through your foundation, doorways, rooftops, and windows.
Once inside your home, scorpions look for an undisturbed place to live. They are nocturnal creatures and avoid humans, but they will strike if they feel threatened. Take every precaution by sealing up cracks and crevices, eliminating food sources, and keeping an eye out for stagnant water.
If you’re concerned about a recent scorpion sighting in or around your home, call Anver Pest Control. We specialize in eradicating and preventing scorpion infestations. Las Vegas is a beautiful place to live, don’t let scorpions in your home ruin that. Call Anver Pest Control for a free inspection today!