The Las Vegas Valley has had a very mild winter this year so don’t be surprised if we start to see scorpions and other pests earlier than usual.

Did you know that scorpions are one of the oldest know groups of arthropods and have not changed their appearance in millions of years.  The most common scorpions in our area are the bark scorpion and the desert scorpion. The bark scorpion is the main problem around Las Vegas because their stings can be deadly if not treated.

Desert scorpions are also known as the Hadrurus arizonensis and are the largest scorpion in North America.  They are desert dwellers and live in the southwest part of the United States – they are more at home in sandy places in the desert like sand dunes.  This type of scorpion likes to burrow and like other scorpions is nocturnal.

Bark scorpions are easily recognized with two broad darker color bands on the dorsal side of the abdomen. They also have eight legs, oversized claws and a stinger-armed tail. They usually feed on small insects. Since they are small and blend with landscaping they can be missed and accidentally stepped on – so it is advised to wear shoes at all times. The popularity of irrigated lawns, and other systems which increase environmental humidity in residential areas, has led to a considerable increase in the number of these pests.

The best time to inspect your home and property for bark scorpions is at night.  All scorpions have a tendency to become fluorescent under ultraviolet lights, such as blacklights. A bark scorpion can appear to glow with a color similar to fluorescent green color at night, an oddity that is often used to detect these nocturnal predators. 

Once you have identified an infestation it is highly recommended you hire a licensed professional pest control company to eliminate the scorpions.  It is advised once you have the situation under control make sure you remove all your trash and debris that might provide them with a food source.

GLOBAL PEST SERVICES in Las Vegas is a licensed pest control company that is qualified to handle all your pest elimination needs.  Call our office at 702-657-0091 or go to our web site- to speak with us for all your pest control needs.  Get a quote now!

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