Scorpions & Pools
Scorpions are night feeders attracted to the water in your pool. Irrigated areas or basically any standing water they have access to. Outside lights draw them in at night the same as it does the insects they feed on. During the day they can be found hiding from the sun. They can be found in stacked wood, palm trees, tree bark, rocks and the loose, decorative bark found in so many gardens. This kind of enticement so near a swimming pool should probably be avoided to increase your chances of keeping them out of the water.
Water Scorpions need air the same as you and I but they do it differently. What enables them to survive in chlorinated water that would kill a fish is their unique way of storing oxygen. They have a breathing tube in the abdomen. Which works like a snorkel as well as membranes that trap and hold oxygen for days. They don’t need to breath under water. You can’t drown them quickly. The quickest way to get them out of your pool is by physical removal. Otherwise, they will stay until they feel the need fly off to a more appealing location. Yes, they can fly.
From the beautiful homes you’ll see in Summerlin Las Vegas to more humble surroundings. Scorpions love Nevada and if you have a swimming pool you need to be alert for them. Tour your property and leave them no place to hide. So at least you can see them coming and act quickly to remove them. Pesticides are nearly a dirty word in our health conscious society, and they aren’t all that effective on scorpions anyway.
There are a few natural pesticides on the market that work better than anything man has been able to come up with in a science lab. Non-toxic, they are perfectly safe around people, pets and your pool. One of them is a cedar-based liquid that actually has a pleasant smell to it for most humans but just one whiff is all it takes to repel a scorpion. What makes this pesticide so efficient is it doesn’t have to make direct contact with the creature. All a scorpion has to do is smell once and that’s all it takes.
You can’t fight a scorpions instinct to seek out the water in your pool but you can make it harder for them to surprise you. Patios and pool areas are magnets for things like stacked water toys, damp towels, and other loose, household items. It would be worth installing hooks for towels, toys and anything else that usually lays flat. Hang it up instead and you won’t have to brush scorpions off of it later. From there, it wouldn’t hurt to branch out and reorganize the yard so there are fewer places for a scorpion to hide near the pool.
You can have the most spotless, clutter-free pool area in Sumerlin and still have a scorpion or two that found a place to hide. For your complete peace of mind, investing in a portable UV light is a good idea. Under this type of light, water scorpions actually glow so you can see to safely remove them. Heavy gloves would work for protection but they can make your hands clumsy when you need to be quick. So another good investment would be in a pair of forceps at least 10 to 12 inches long, preferably with the type of handle that squeezes closed so when you’ve caught the scorpion, you don’t drop it and set it free again.
Unless you have an allergic reaction to a Scorpion’s bite, the average person may experience a sensation no worse than the sting of wasps, bees, or red ants. This is generally accompanied by slight swelling and skin irritation which is mostly gone in about 30 minutes. It might burn like fire, but the last person known to have died from a scorpion’s bite was in 1948.