Bark Scorpions in Las Vegas

Along with this wonderfully mild winter Vegas has been having comes a hefty price.  One that brings chills to anyone with small pets, children, or bare feet; scorpion season.  Scorpions in Las Vegas isn’t new, it’s definitely not new to my family.  I have been dubbed by friends as The Scorpion Slayer.  We have weekly killings or trapping of scorpions.  My husband prefers to trap the scorpions and freeze them, which is much more human then squishing them.

Vegas Bark Scorpions What can we do

 

Bark Scorpions in Las Vegas

Of course the main goal is to get rid of them all together!  I don’t enjoy making the kids wear shoes anytime they go outside or showing them how to check their shoes for scorpions before they put them on.  Finding scorpions in toy boxes, in window sills, cereal bowls, door handles (yup, I about died trying to enter my house), corners, and camouflaged into any brown carpeting is just enough to drive a sane person into a crazed scorpion hunting maniac…..not that I’m speaking purely for myself.  My husband is now paranoid as well.

What should you do if you begin finding scorpions in and around your home?

  •  Look inside shoes, gloves, bags, toy bins, etc., before using or wearing and shake out any scorpions you find.
  • Contrary to popular belief, most scorpions are relatively harmless. The sting of most scorpions is usually painful (in the realm of a wasp or hornet sting), but they are rarely fatal.
  • Anti-venom is available for various scorpions, including the Arizona bark scorpion, which is mainly what I find in our home.

Bark Scorpions in Las Vegas

Mom Scorpion with Babies on her Back

What a Bark Scorpion in Las Vegas Sting is like and how to Treat:

Where do I get anti-venom? 

A scorpion sting may result in some pain, itching, swelling, or tenderness of the area. Some children are not allergic (each of my 3 kids have been stung and none are allergic – so an ice bag did the trick for us!).  There is no need to run immediately to the ER.  Wait, and watch.  Look for fever or excessive pain.  Heart racing or struggles in breathing.  Go to SUNRISE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ASAP.   It’s better to be safe then sorry.  If your child or yourself gets stung…..try to bring the body of the scorpion with you to the hospital.  It let’s the staff know what stung your child and what anti-venom they may need.  

The great majority of scorpion stings occur on the hands and feet. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is most dangerous if the person stung has an allergic reaction.

CALL POISON CONTROL if you have questions or concerns 1-800-222-1222

 Scorpion Facts you Need to Know:

  • Scorpions are arthropods, they have eight legs, two pedipalps, and a tail with a venom-injecting barb. Scorpions have two venom glands that produce venom used in hunting and self defense. Scorpions do not have bones instead they have an exoskeleton made of chitin, which is similar to the shell of a shrimp.  
  • Because scorpions can live in such hash environments they have adapted the ability to slow their metabolism to as little as one-third the rate for most arthropods. This enables some species to use little oxygen and live on a single insect a year. Even with lowered metabolism, the scorpion has the ability to spring quickly to the hunt when the opportunity presents itself something that many hibernating species are unable to do.
  • All scorpions are venomous, they use their venom to paralyze and kill their pray and in self defense. Even small young scorpions can inject you with the same amount of venom as adults.
  • Even new born scorpions have venom so do not underestimate their size.
  • Scorpion babies live on their mothers back till their first molt which can take a up to 21 days.  Till their first molt, they will not glow under a black light.  SUMMER is the season for new births.
  • Scorpions live at least 2-6 years although many live much longer, especially in the wild.

 

 

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