When people picture Nevada, they think of a flat, arid, desert landscape sprawling for miles, leading to the tall buildings and casinos of Las Vegas. But what about us Nevadans who don’t live in Vegas? People seem to forget about those of us who don’t call Vegas home. In Las Vegas Valley, it’s not all bright city lights and poker chips, but we take pride in our properties. And, desert climate or not, we enjoy the time in our yards. When scorpions set up shop in our yard and start to find themselves in our houses, it’s time to sit up straight and do something about the problem.
What Kind Of Scorpions Are In Las Vegas Valley?
There are four common scorpions in the area. First is the desert hairy scorpion. They have a large, tan body measuring up to six inches long, and sport furry claws.
The second is the common brown scorpion, whose sting is akin to that of a bee. They have very low venom levels.
Third, is the wind scorpion. This creature can be confusing, as many refer to it as a camel spider or sun spider. Their distinguishing features are jaws that make up over a third of their body length. However, you don’t need to worry about them either because they don’t have any venom at all.
Last, and one you should be extremely cautious of, is the striped bark scorpion. With adequate amounts of venom, the striped bark scorpion can be a health threat on your property, plus their sting is just downright painful. While the bark scorpion is the smallest of the bunch, they’re fast, elusive, and nearly undetectable. If you’re stung by a striped bark scorpion, the chances of serious medical issues are rare, but many people will suffer from allergic reactions.
Most scorpions in the yard will find any way possible to hide from the sun. While they prefer desert climates, they’re usually most active at night and seek cover during the day. If you move rocks, logs, fallen tree branches, piles of leaves, lawn decorations, or other clutter in the yard during the day, you may encounter a scorpion hiding underneath.
While striped bark scorpions love the cover too, what gives them their name is their affinity for spending more time on a vertical terrain like a tree or the outside wall of your house. If the trees stretch towards your window, a bark scorpion might wander in by accident. That’s how they typically get in, by accident. They might use your house for more protection from the sun, or they might go in looking for more of their favorite food source — insects.
Since scorpions love to eat other pests, the best way to prevent scorpion activity in your home is through general pest management practices. Here are some quick tips to limit the chances of pests getting in, which will restrict a scorpion’s attraction to your home:
- Limit clutter in the yard. Scorpions and other pests hate wide open spaces where there’s no cover from the sun or their predators.
- Keep a tidy living space. Vacuuming, sweeping, and doing the dishes frequently will limit pest attraction to your home and kitchen.
- Manage moisture issues. Pests love areas of dampness in your home, so keep a watch out for leaking pipes or excess humidity in low-traffic areas.
- Store food promptly and properly. Leaving food out will draw all sorts of pests in, and scorpions will soon follow. Most pests will find food that you don’t put away securely, so use effective storage containers for leftovers.
- Seal up entry points. Scorpions and other pests will get in through cracks and crevices in your walls, around your windows, and under your doors. Always check on the caulking around windows and the weatherstripping around your exterior doors.
Unfortunately, you can do all of these things right and still wind up with dangerous pests in your house. Sometimes your best bet is to go with the professionals. Contact Anver Pest Control for more advice or assistance on keeping your family safe from scorpions.