Desert environments are home to more pests than you might think given the harsh climate. In addition to rats, cicadas, and cockroaches, your home may experience a scorpion infestation. These small arachnids pack a large sting and like to breed in human homes where there is lots of access to food, water, and hiding spots.
If you keep finding scorpions in your home, it’s important to know what’s attracting them, how they are entering, and what to do to keep them from coming back.
Why Do Scorpions Invade Las Vegas Homes?
Scorpions love both heat and water. The desert provides ample amounts of heat given that Las Vegas has an average temperature above 90 degrees starting in May. However, what the desert lacks water – but human homes always have it in abundance. Scorpions are attracted to any moisture-prone areas around homes, but this often means leaking hoses, faucets, and sprinklers.
Your home can also provide ample food for scorpions. A scorpion’s diet consists of other insects, so if you have a cockroach or cricket infestation, you might also have a scorpion infestation. As with other pests, the best way to prevent a scorpion problem is by simultaneously preventing other pests from becoming established around your home.
What Symptoms Do Scorpion Stings Produce?
A scorpion uses the stinger at the end of its tail to kill prey and defend itself. Scorpion stings rarely prove fatal, but they can be very dangerous to children, pets, seniors, and people allergic to their venom. The most venomous American species, The Arizona Bark scorpion, often frequents the Las Vegas valley. And because they like to hide in places like inside shoes, stings are common for people getting dressed in the morning.
A typical scorpion sting often feels like a wasp sting at first, but as the venom spreads throughout your body additional symptoms may develop. These include tingling, numbness, muscle spasms, breathing problems, weakness, and elevated heart rate or blood pressure.
How Do Pest Control Experts Help?
Pest control experts know how to search your home for scorpions’ favorite hiding places, which include crawl spaces, basements, garages, and kitchen cabinets. They may also check for small gaps in your doors and foundation that allows scorpions to enter your home.
The strategic placement of the right chemicals can kill scorpions infesting your home. Your pest control team will treat nesting or hiding areas, including hard-to-reach spaces between objects or within walls. You may also need chemical treatments on the exterior of your home.
How Can You Prevent Scorpion Infestations?
When you are meeting with your pest control technician, they will point out areas in your home that may lead to scorpion infestations. This can include torn screen doors, cracks in your foundation, leaky pipes, and other pest infestations.
Maintaining your lawn and landscaping can deter pest infestation which will eliminate scorpions’ food sources. Trim your lawn short enough so it can’t offer hiding spaces or plentiful water for scorpions.
Don’t let scorpions pose an ongoing threat of painful, potentially dangerous stings to you or your loved ones. Anver Pest Control has the skills and knowledge to eradicate scorpion infestations and keep them away. Contact us today for a free home inspection!