Desert environments host more pests than you might assume from the relatively harsh climate. In addition to rats, cicadas, and cockroaches, your Las Vegas home may fall prey to an infestation of scorpions. These small arachnids can pack a sizable sting, and they like to breed in residences.
If you keep finding scorpions in your Las Vegas home, you’ll want to learn more about these creatures’ behaviors, how to eliminate their presence, and how to keep them at arm’s length going forward. Check out these important points.
Why Do Scorpions Invade Las Vegas Homes?
Scorpions love both heat and water. The local desert provides plenty of heat, giving them the temperatures in excess of 75 degrees Fahrenheit in which they grow especially active. By contrast, water poses more of a challenge, compelling scorpions to seek out water from home sprinklers and faucets.
Humans’ homes can provide plentiful food sources for scorpions. Scorpions mostly eat cockroaches and crickets, which means that if you have an existing bug problem, you may soon find that you have a scorpion problem as well (even if the scorpions manage to reduce the local cockroach population for you).
What Symptoms Do Scorpion Stings Produce?
A scorpion kills prey and defends itself with the aid of a stinger at the end of its tail. Stings from scorpions rarely prove fatal, but they can pose serious health threats to children, pets, seniors, and people allergic to their venom. The most venomous American species, the Arizona bark scorpion, frequents the Las Vegas Valley.
A typical scorpion sting feels much like a hornet or wasp sting at first. As the poison spreads through the body, however, additional symptoms may develop quickly. These include tingling, numbness, muscle spasms, breathing problems, weakness, and elevated heart rate or blood pressure.
How Do Pest Control Experts Get Rid of Scorpion Infestations?
Pest control experts know how to search residences for scorpions by checking these creatures’ favorite hiding places, which include crawl spaces, basements, bathrooms, garages, potted plants, and kitchen cabinets. They will also check for any small gaps that may allow scorpions to enter the home.
The strategic placement of the right chemicals can kill the scorpions infesting in your home. Your pest control team will treat the scorpions’ nesting or hiding areas, including tight, hard-to-reach spaces between objects or within walls. You may also need chemical treatments around your home’s exterior access points.
How Can You Prevent Future Scorpion Problems?
While administering a scorpion treatment, your pest control specialist may call your attention to specific problems that need correcting, including torn screen doors or openings around plumbing pipes that you need to fix. Even if you don’t yet have a scorpion problem, however, you can take measures to discourage future infestations.
In addition to patching up any gaps that might allow scorpions into your home, work on making your lawn less attractive to these pests. Move your landscaping plants a couple of feet away from your foundation. Trim your lawn short enough so that it can’t offer hiding places or plentiful moisture for scorpions.
Indoor and outdoor debris give scorpions a safe haven from their enemies. Throw away trash, leaves, grass cuttings, and other debris instead of letting them pile up. Create a clearance zone between your home and any large rocks or other decorative lawn objects that might make harbor scorpion infestations.
Don’t forget to deprive visiting scorpions of any food source that might entice them into your home. Schedule pest control services to get rid of those cockroaches and crickets.
Don’t let scorpions pose an ongoing threat of painful, potentially dangerous stings to yourself and your loved ones. American Pest Control has the necessary skills, tools, and experience to tame that scorpion problem for you.