Scorpions are a growing problem in the Las Vegas Valley, especially during summer. Finding one in your yard – or worse yet, your home – can be scary, especially if you have pets or kids. So let’s talk about some DIY tips on preventing these unwelcome arachnids from invading your yard or home and what to do if you end up with an infestation.
Can Scorpions Hurt My Pets?
The short answer is yes. Their venom isn’t usually fatal to dogs and cats, but multiple scorpion stings could kill a small animal. And just one sting from a venomous bark scorpion can cause pain, swelling, numbness, and tingling. We should also note that some species are less dangerous than others; for instance, the emperor and desert hairy species aren’t particularly venomous.
Keeping Scorpions Out Of Your Home
Scorpions can squeeze through surprisingly small spaces like cockroaches, spiders, and other pests. So, here are some tips that apply not just to arachnids but insects as well.
- Don’t Plant Close To Your Entryway
- Seal Cracks & Gaps Around The Exterior
- Check Your Window Screens For Tears & Openings
- Use Door Sweeps & Weatherstripping
- Keep Your Floors Clean
- Wipe Down Your Counters
- Keep Your Garbage Can Area Tidy
- Wear Protective Clothing & Gloves To Prevent Stings
Don’t Stomp On Scorpions To Kill Them!
When finding any bug inside the house, your first impulse might be to crush it with your shoe, but when it comes to scorpions, that’s a terrible idea. The babies are born alive and live on their mother’s back for 10 to 20 days until their exoskeleton becomes hard. Stomping an adult carrying babies might kill the mother, but the tiny babies could scatter and survive, leaving you worse off than before.
How To Get Rid Of Scorpions
Here are a few things you can do to prevent a scorpion infestation.
- Use Sticky Bait To Catch & Kill
- Try OTC Chemical Sprays & Dusts
- Use Cinnamon Oil Around Your Perimeter
- Call A Pest Control Company (Our #1 Recommendation)
Pro Pest Control Beats DIY
Scorpions aren’t just scary to look at – their stings can be excruciating and, in some cases, lethal. Why put yourself at risk? Over-the-counter measures don’t always work. A professional exterminator will have access to specialized formulas and equipment to safely kill or remove scorpions and other pests from your property and keep them from returning in the future.
We’ll Take Care Of Your Infestation
Las Vegas and Henderson residents, take heart – Flatliners Pest Control has you covered. Our technicians know how to eliminate scorpions and other common household pests. Check out our website for more information on our service menu, or call us today to schedule your first visit.