While there are more than 90 species of scorpions in the United States, most aren’t deadly to humans. However, one of these is poisonous enough to kill a person, and it is found in Las Vegas. Learn three reasons why people should be cautious of scorpions in Las Vegas and what you can do to keep them out of your home or other places you frequent.
Of the three varieties found in the Las Vegas area, only one is poisonous. A bark scorpion is the most vicious. They live in communities that can grow into the thousands. They are about 3 inches long and light brown, with a slender tail and a sharply curved stinger.
The other varieties found in Vegas include the 3 inch striped-tail scorpion which as the name implies, can be identified by its distinctive striped tailFinally, the giant hairy scorpion is about 4 to 5 inches long, looks terrifying, and is covered in black hair. They’re very aggressive and can eat small lizards.
- Scorpion Stings Can Cause Illness or Death
If you’re stung by any of these scorpions, your heart rate and blood pressure can rise, and the sting area will swell and burn, often severely. Other symptoms, particularly those of the bark scorpion’s sting, can include:
● Stomach pain
While the sting of the giant hairy scorpion may be exceedingly painful, it’s generally not deadly. Likewise, the sting of the striped-tail scorpion may make you very ill for a few days, but it usually doesn’t kill. The bark scorpion’s venom, however, is potent. If you get stung, wash the area with warm soap and water. Apply ice to the site and take over-the-counter pain medicine.
It’s also worth noting that young children, older adults, or those with underlying conditions can be more susceptible to severe reactions. If the symptoms of a scorpion sting seem tricky, get emergency medical attention. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Where There’s One, There Are Probably More
Scorpions, and especially bark scorpions, live in communities that can number in the thousands. If you see a scorpion in your home, it’s best to assume that you’ve got a community somewhere nearby. Even a single scorpion in your house can indicate that you’ve got a party going on somewhere.
- Scorpions Hide in Surprising Places
Scorpions are most active at night and will scurry into hiding when the lights go on. They will hide anywhere that they can find shadows, including the inside of shoes, in bedding, and in other unexpected places where you might accidentally come into contact. To find them, use a black light. The use of a black light will not panic them and will make them glow so that you can see them hiding in even the most minor places in your home.
If you see a scorpion in your home, it’s best to leave it be and call professional scorpion control services. Exterminators can find the scorpion colony and eliminate it while also treating any other pest problems you have. Keep yourself and your family safe, contact Dr. Death Pest Control today!