This animal is in the arachnid family (spiders). Their tail has a stinger that they use to subdue their prey and for defense. Scorpions are very common in Nevada. There are 23 species found in Nevada, but only one of them is considered a serious threat to man and his pets. It is called the bark scorpion, or sometimes referred to as the Sculptured Scorpion. It is approximately 2” to 3” in length and is light brown in color. This scorpion has established itself in various locations of Clark County, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City.
Scorpions hide during the day under debris, rocks, and in trees. They come out to feed during the nighttime. Many times they climb up the outside wall of your home and enter the roof and attic.
The recessed lighting in your ceiling attracts them to the light, however the light fixture is too hot to pass through until the light is turned off. After the light has cooled the scorpion enters through the small openings in the fixture. When they get into your home they walk along the ceiling and down the interior walls. They can be a very serious threat to the occupants during the day and night when things are moved or disturbed where the scorpion maybe hiding.
Scorpions can invade a home when the doors or windows are left open, but may come in on moving boxes, or stored items in the garage and hide behind hanging pictures, and in closets. After dark they come down from the walls and other areas they can be hiding in, and become a serious problem for the occupants of the house. They climb trees outside and can be knocked off a limb or foliage by simply brushing up against it. If a person is stung by a bark scorpion immediate medical attention is strongly advised. Small children, older adults, or someone with a weak immune system, and even the family pet may require hospitalization if they are stung.
Control of scorpions should include the removal of debris such as piles of lumber, old accumulation of stored items in the yard, and special exterior wall applications around your home and around the foliage outside with a pesticide that is labeled for the control of scorpions, and the application of a ULV treatment in your attic. Scorpions can come in from the attic through recessed lighting in your ceiling. There are only a few products that truly maintain a good barrier for the scorpion populations.
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