Pest Elimination Tips
Thinking of buying a house in Las Vegas or Henderson? Want to know where the scorpion infested neighborhoods are? The answer is – everywhere. There is nowhere in Las Vegas that is scorpion free. However, there are areas that have higher concentrations of scorpions than others. The most important question is – what types of scorpions are there?
The Desert Hairy Scorpion is native to the Las Vegas Valley. While it soulds huge and imposing, the sting of the Desert Hairy is compared to a honey bee. So if you are stung and not allergic to the sting, you’ll be just fine! Desert Hairy Scorpions are ground dwellers. They can NOT climb vertically like their more troublesome cousin – the bark scorpion.
The bark scorpion is not native to Las Vegas or Henderson. Back in the housing boom, they hijacked a ride on palm trees imported from Arizona and arrived in our valley. They stay in such large concentrations here because we have made Las Vegas very hospitable to the bark scorpion – we practically rolled out the red carpet. Unlike it’s less potent cousin, the Bark Scorpion has the most venomous sting of any scorpion in the United States. Don’t worry too much though, there have been no reported deaths from a Bark Scorpion sting for 40 years. Even if you are stung, the chances of death are incredibly low. You will be in for 24 hours of some serious pain, however. So, it’s best to avoid their sting if possible.
Back to the original question – where are all the Las Vegas and Henderson scorpions? How can you at least tell if an area is ripe for infestation?
Some common themes are –
Post housing boom homes with lots of Palm Trees. Scorpions love palms in Arizona and still love them here. Especially lots of unkempt palms with scraggly bark to the ground. Those are the bark scorpion’s favorite. Scorpions will not live in bark more than 10-15 feet off the ground because of the temperature difference. Make sure those palms are shaved!
Fruit Trees – Fruit trees bring insects. Insects attract scorpions. If you have damp , insect rich neighborhoods scorpions will make themselves right at home!
Large Rocks – Scorpions love large rockscapes ( think river rocks) to hide under during the day and avoid predators.
Combine these three elements and chances are you will have high concentrations of scorpions in the area. Before signing a lease or rental agreement, ask if you can visit the property at night and hunt with a black light or have a professional inspect the property for you. This will help you know if your property specifically has a scorpion problem. Talk to neighbors as well. If the neighbors on both sides of the property have scorpion issues, you will most likely have scorpion problems.
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