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Scorpion Identification & Prevention

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are nocturnal, predatory animals that belong to the class Arachnida, making them close relatives of spiders, ticks, and mites. Scorpions have four pairs of legs, a pair of pincers, and long, segmented tails with a stinger, making them easy to identify. These creatures have poor eyesight, relying on touch and vibrations to move about safely and capture their prey. Another interesting fact about scorpions is that they grow slowly, and depending on the species, take 1-6 years to fully mature.

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Are scorpions dangerous?

Scorpions are venomous creatures. Their venom is potent enough to trigger serious allergic reactions in some people. The bark scorpion lives in southern Nevada and is the most poisonous living in the United States, as they can cause life-threatening allergic reactions in people and animals. In addition to their potent venom, their stings are excruciating and cause an intense burning sensation. You should always take care around scorpions, and you should never handle them.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Scorpions may take up residence in any yard that provides them with suitable sources of shelter and food. Scorpions feed on a wide variety of creatures such as insects, spiders, mice, small lizards, and other scorpions. If any of these are living in your yard, scorpions can potentially find their way into your home your business, becoming an even more significant threat to you and your family.

Where will I find scorpions?

Many species of scorpions are highly attracted to trees, walls, and objects with rough surfaces as they are superior climbers. They mainly live outside, creating their burrows in the cool, moist soil underneath rocks, logs, fallen trees, and piles of debris.

Scorpions often find their way indoors while foraging for food or if the weather becomes overly hot and dry. Scorpions move inside through openings under doors, through torn window screens, and openings in the foundation or exterior walls. After gaining entrance, scorpions tend to take up residence in out-of-the-way locations. Common scorpion hiding spots include basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, crawlspaces, and other damp areas in your home or business such as bathrooms and sinks.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

Get rid of your current scorpion infestation and prevent future ones with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we’ve provided the effective pest control services necessary to keep scorpions and other household pests out of Las Vegas properties. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your home or business from our area’s toughest pests, contact Ace Pest Control today!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

In addition to our scorpion control services, use the following tips to prevent scorpions from invading your home or business:

Indoor prevention tips

  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by ventilating crawlspaces and using dehumidifiers in the basement.

  • Reduce areas of clutter to give them fewer spaces to hide.

  • Wipe off excess moisture from sinks and bathtubs.

  • Don’t leave clothing or shoes in piles where scorpions can hide.

  • Shake out clothing and shoes to dislodge any scorpions before putting them on.

Outdoor prevention tips

  • Seal up cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls.

  • Install weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Make sure screens are entirely intact.

  • Trim back tree limbs from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove excess debris from your yard.

 

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