Scorpions are probably the most well known and feared pest in Las Vegas. They are a nuisance pest as well as a health risk for humans. Dozens of species of scorpions call Las Vegas home including the bark scorpion (also known as the deadly sculptured scorpion), which is the most venomous in the United States, and the  giant hairy scorpion, which is the largest. Another very common type of scorpion found in Las Vegas is the sripe-tail devil scorpion. Scorpions are quite hearty arachnids. They can live anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Scorpions can get in the house in a variety of ways such as through gaps in the lights, gaps in the air ducts and various places in the bathroom and kitchen. In fact, scorpions can fit through a gap as small as 1/16 of an inch- the width of a credit card!

Why it is Important to Control an Infestation

Bark/Deadly Sculptured Scorpion
The Bark Scorpion, as it is more commonly called, is the most venomous species of scorpion in the U.S. It is characterized by its very slender pincers and its tan-ish yellow color. It is sometimes striped depending on various factors. They tend to grow to 2-3″ in length. They reproduce fairly rapidly, so if there is one, there are usually more.

Giant Hairy Scorpion
This is the largest species of scorpion in the U.S. growing up to 7″ in length. It is so named because the pincers and tail are covered in tiny hairs. The body is dark, while the appendages are a much lighter, yellowish color. However the easiest way to identify this species is its size.

Stripe-tail Devil Scorpion
The stripe-tail devil scorpion can be recognized by its thicker, striped tail and its shiny body. Its pincers have a bulb-like body and much thinner “fingers”. This species of scorpion is usually a light yellow-brown color with thick dark stripes on its body. They generally do not grow to over three inches, with the females being larger than the males.

How and Why Scorpions Get in the Home

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