Scorpions

What are scorpions?

A fact about scorpions that is not commonly known is that they actually fall under the same category as spiders - they are arachnids. While scorpions and spiders are only distant cousins, like spiders, scorpions have eight legs, no antenna or wings, and they have a strictly carnivorous diet that contains mostly insects. Unlike spiders, scorpions can be recognized by their front pincers (also called pedipalps) and their long tails, which end with a venomous stinger that is used to paralyze their prey or to scare off predators. Scorpions do not have bones. Instead they have thick, flexible, exoskeletons made out of chitin, much like the shells of shrimp.

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Are scorpions dangerous?

Fortunately, most species of scorpions do not have venom strong enough to harm humans in any major way. Most scorpion stings will feel like bee stings, and may leave the sting site tender and painful for several days. While all scorpions are venomous, only a few species of scorpion are actually fatal to humans. No scorpions in Texas are known to be dangerous to humans. However, there have been cases of allergic reactions that occurred due to the venom of scorpions.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

The natural habitat of scorpions is usually dry and desert-like, though some species can be found living in forested or rocky areas. Most of the time, scorpions prefer to stay away from urban environments. However, new areas of construction have been known to push scorpions out of their habitat and into the properties of nearby homeowners. In addition, water sources that attract insects to your yard may also eventually attract scorpions that are looking for easy access to a food source.

Where will I find scorpions?

Depending on the species of scorpion you are dealing with, you may find scorpions in a variety of different landscapes and environments. Some scorpions prefer dry and sandy habitats, while others would rather hide beneath a rock or in a forested area. When scorpions invade your property, it is usually while foraging for the insect pests that they feed on, which may be found around water sources, light sources, or in areas with plenty of thick foliage that can be found on our properties.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

Handling a scorpion infestation on your own can be unwise, especially if you lack the proper equipment and skill it takes to appropriately and safely remove scorpions from your property. Due to the potent venom scorpions inject into their victims, being stung when trying to remove scorpions from your property can leave you frustrated, exhausted, and in a lot of pain. When you trust It's Bugs Or Us® with your scorpion infestation, you’re trusting a highly-trained team of pest control technicians who are dedicated to providing you with the protection you need. Scorpions won’t stay on your property for long when you have a comprehensive pest control plan protecting your home!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

Keeping your home entirely protected from invading scorpions is nearly impossible without the help of a certified pest professional. If scorpions are bothering you and putting you at risk, looking into investing in a pest control program from It's Bugs Or Us® is always your best solution!
 
To make your property less appealing to scorpions, consider the following preventative tips:

  • Clear brush, wood piles, and debris away from your property.

  • Turn off your outdoor lights in the evening and overnight to avoid attracting insects that scorpions feed on.

  • Remove sources of standing water that could attract insects.

  • Seal all points of entry that scorpions could use to get inside.

If scorpions are infesting your property, or to ask about our advanced pest removal techniques, contact us at It's Bugs Or Us®!

 

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