In the Las Vegas area, there are two different types of scorpions to look out for. The desert hairy scorpion and the bark scorpion live in the area and can be a real nuisance to residents. Scorpions are nocturnal and only emerge when the temperature is below 60 degrees. Because of this, they are most likely to be seen when caught unexpectedly by a light turning on at night. Though they do not generally cause damage to homes or property, they can be dangerous to people and pets.
Desert Hairy Scorpions:
Desert hairy scorpions are the less dangerous of the two species. They can sting with the stinger located at the end of their tail. The sting from a desert hairy scorpion is not usually life-threatening. It feels like a bee sting, starting out as a burning pain and dissipating within an hour or so. These scorpions, which range in color from tan to dark brown, are found in large groups in many areas surrounding St. George. Though they are not venomous, they can be a very annoying pest to have on your property.
Bark scorpions are usually a tan color and are, unlike the desert hairy scorpion, very dangerous to people and their pets. The bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America. Its venom is strong enough to cause numbness, stinging, and burning in large areas of the body for up to three days. Their sting can also cause paralysis, trouble breathing, and, in some people, seizures. Their sting is venomous enough to kill small animals, so those with small pets should be especially cautious about bark scorpions.
Since these two scorpions look so similar, it is best to kill any scorpion on sight and bring it into Morgan Pest Control for identification. Once the species is identified, we will proceed with a plan to eliminate the pests and keep your family safe.