Scorpions Active in the Fall
There are 23 different species of scorpions in Nevada. And they are most active during the fall. As the weather cools, many will find their way into houses and garages.
Posted: 9:25 PM Sep 2, 2009
Reporter: John Tyson
RENO, NV - There are 23 different species of scorpions in Nevada. And they are most active during the fall. As the weather cools, many will find their way into houses and garages.
Aside from their sinister looks and reputation, most scorpions, especially the ones here in Northern Nevada, are not especially dangerous to humans, although all are poisonous to some degree.
A sting from a scorpion is about the same as a bee sting or less. It will hurt, and the tissue around the sting will swell up. If there is any danger at all, it would come in the form of an allergic reaction, which might require immediate medical attention.
The real bad boy is the Bark Scorpion. It's found mainly in Southern Nevada, or to be more specific, Clark County. Its venom can be very toxic, although there hasn't been any reported deaths or even serious bites recorded as the result of a Bark Scorpion bite recently.
Scorpions do not like bright sunlight, and for that reason they'll try to find shady or dark corners to hide while waiting for prey. They are predators, and will attack and eat other insects that lurk in dark places of the home. There have been reports that a large scorpion will even kill a small mouse.
Experts say the best way to rid a home of scorpions is to call in a professional pest control company. You can also go out at night when it's dark with a black light to find them. They are known for being slow reproducers, and it's easy the experts say, to rid an area of them quite quickly.
Regardless, this time of year it's a good idea to check out your garage or other places where scorpions might hide. Even though they are not considered overly dangerous, they could cause a problem with small pets and children.
As they say, it's always better to be safe than sorry.