We rarely think about scorpions until spring arrives and someone steps on one. Well, spring’s in full swing, so we decided— before it’s too late—to collect some intel from the Scorpion Guy, a.k.a. A.J. Richards, an expert from Bulwark Exterminators.
1. Eighty percent of scorpions in Vegas are bark scorpions, whose sting can be fatal in extreme cases. Bark scorpions are the smaller ones —less than 3 inches long, and clearish yellow. Call Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222.
2. They’re indigenous to the Sonoran Desert, which means they migrated to the Mojave on their own, in wagon trains, to hunt crickets.
3. They’re attracted to water; irrigation systems encourage them. Yet another reason to xeriscape.
4. The Scorpion Guy calls suburban cinder-block stucco walls “scorpion condos” because scorpions spread through communities in the communal walls.
5. Scorpions glow under black light. A protein in their exoskeleton makes them light up, so if you’re nuts, black-light your back wall at night. “I’ve seen 50 or 60 at one time,” the Scorpion Guy says.
6. They only need 1/16 of an inch to get in the house. They come through the wall sockets and any other crevice. They also tend to nest up under the edge of the house.
7. If you listen closely before you kill one, you can hear it singing, “There’s No One Like You.” Don’t listen. There are plenty like you.