How To Keep Scorpions Out Of Your Reno Home

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Habits & Behaviors Of Common Scorpions

Nevada scorpions come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are only two common species in our area that cause trouble for homeowners; the Arizona bark scorpion and the giant hairy scorpion. The Arizona bark scorpion has a 2 ½ inch-long sandy body and dark-colored back. This invasive scorpion glows with a bluish color when standing in UV light. Many locals keep UV lights on their key chains to identify Arizona bark scorpions while wandering around outside at night. The giant hairy scorpion, as its name suggests, is much bigger. You can identify this arachnid by its 4 to 7 inch long, dull yellow body and the dark color of its back. Although not notably hairy, this pest has small erect hairs on its tail. Scorpions in our area invade homes to hunt for other pests or to escape danger nearby. Invasions are much more common near construction areas as heavy machinery is prone to dig up areas where scorpions are hiding.

The Dangers Of A Scorpion's Sting

Although the two scorpions in Nevada look scary, only one poses a serious threat to health; the Arizona bark scorpion. Of all the scorpions in the USA, this one takes the cake in threat level. A sting from this pest elicits immediate severe pain at the point of contact and can involve other symptoms, including numbness or tingling around the affected area, muscle immobility, twitching, convulsions, breathing difficulties, and nausea. Although not common, fatalities have been associated with this pest's sting. The elderly, infants, and people with certain preexisting medical conditions are more susceptible to serious injury. Consult your doctor to understand your risk and seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten.

Five Easy Yet Effective Scorpion Prevention Tips

If you have a reasonable fear of scorpions and are looking for a way to keep these pests out of your home, one option is to put in place some preventative measures. Here are five easy yet effective scorpion prevention tips our experts recommend.

  1. Use some silicone caulk and a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's exterior foundation.
  2. Make sure your window and door screens are not ripped, torn, or otherwise damaged.
  3. Keep unscreened windows and doors closed when you are not using them.
  4. Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.
  5. Turn off exterior lights at night to deter the pests that scorpions invade to hunt.

Call The Pros For Total Scorpion Control For Your Home

Although DIY methods are helpful, they are by no means a perfect solution to scorpion problems. If you want to guarantee scorpions stay out of your Reno home for good, you need professional home pest control. For high-quality Reno pest control, look no further than Celtic Pest Control. Our team has been proudly serving our community since 2015 and will be more than happy to get your home the protection it needs to keep out scorpions.

Call us today if you suspect scorpions are inside your Reno home or to schedule your property for a detailed service visit, and to learn more about our eco-friendly pest products.

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