Out of all the pests you can host at your house, scorpions just seem the scariest with that curved, pointed stinger. Most people cringe at the thought of seeing one of those in their home! Well, living in Las Vegas, there’s a possibility you may encounter a scorpion some day. There are several types of scorpions that are found here, but today we want to tell you about the Bark Scorpion.
Bark scorpions are the most venomous found in the Las Vegas area. Their venom is rather potent and can cause strong pain if you are stung. If you think you have been stung by a bark scorpion, you should immediately get medical attention and bring the scorpion body with you so they can determine a course of action.
Identifying an Arizona Bark Scorpion
Bark scorpions are tan or tan-yellow in color and are about 2-3” long. They have a tiny little bump or “subaculear tooth” that pokes out of its tail just under the stinger. (You may need a magnifying glass to see it.) This species also has a more slender body and tail than others.
Behavior of the Bark Scorpion
Scorpions in general are nocturnal and like to be in moist, cool conditions.
Bark scorpions can survive all year long and through all the weather Las Vegas has to offer.
These scorpions are the only type that can climb in Las Vegas! Bark scorpions love to climb trees, bushes, stucco siding, block walls and interior walls. You will often find them upside down.
You can also tell this species by watching it hunt for food. The Bark Scorpion will lay its tail down parallel to the ground, but still curled up, while waiting for prey.
This species is the only type of scorpion that can co-exist with other scorpions, and they will form large groups in the wintertime for nesting.
Bark Scorpions Are Often Found Inside
- Dark closets or storage spaces
- In clothing or shoes
- Stuck in sinks and bathtubs
- On walls or ceilings
- Regularly inspect your home in dark cabinets, closets and other spaces using a blacklight in the dark.
- Clear standing water from the property.
- Prune shrubs to expose trunk and ground around the plant.
- Ensure all cracks and crevices are properly sealed in garage, windows and doors.
- Keep firewood as far from your house as possible.
- Don’t let leaves, debris and other materials create piles next to your home.
- Eliminate other insects that scorpions may feed on.
- Vacuum and dust all corners of your home consistently.
DIY Scorpion Control
There are many kinds of DIY scorpion control methods that you might try.
- Essential oils of lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, citrus, neem, tea tree and cedar can be diluted with a carrier oil and sprayed along the area.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the areas.
- Pour a few drops of vinegar on a paper towel or sponge and wipe down your counters and other surfaces in your home.
- Place insect glue boards along the wall edges and under furniture.
Call for Professional Help with Scorpion Control
Ultimately, these little pests can reproduce 30 young at a time and that makes it crucial for them to be controlled quickly and effectively. Enlisting the help of your local Las Vegas professional pest control team might be the smartest way to tackle your Arizona Bark Scorpion problem. Contact American Pest Control today or visit our page on Scorpion Control for more information.