Like most arachnids, scorpions are pests that most people prefer not to have around. Closely related to ticks, spiders, and mites, scorpions are enough to give the typical Texas resident the creeps. Check out our Texas guide to scorpion control to learn how you can keep these pests away.
All About Scorpions
Throughout the world, there are about 1,300 species of scorpions. Although they aren’t found everywhere in the United States, they are common in Southern and Southwestern states. All species of scorpions have elongated bodies and a segmented tail that’s equipped with a stinger.
While some species of scorpions are highly venomous, others are much less harmful. In the U.S, most species are not venomous. There are only two species in Texas that are considered dangerous to humans, and they aren’t common.
Typically, scorpions live outdoors. They like deserts, grasslands, forests, and many other habitats. But some scorpions find their way into dwellings. This causes distress to home and business owners throughout the region.
At night, scorpions are most active and hunt for their food. It’s unusual to see a scorpion during the day, but not entirely impossible. You’re most likely to see one in your home later in the evening or at night.
Are Scorpions Dangerous?
As previously mentioned, some scorpions are dangerous to humans. They have a venom in their stinger that can be painful, and in rare cases, fatal. In extreme cases, scorpion stings can cause convulsions, paralysis, and breathing difficulties.
That said, most Texas scorpion stings only result in moderate reactions. If a scorpion stings you, it’s important that you watch your reaction to the venom and seek medical attention if needed. Some individuals have allergic reactions to the stings, which result in swelling and pain. At times, the symptoms of a scorpion sting are similar to that of a wasp.
The sting of a scorpion isn’t usually fatal. However, you probably don’t want to give any scorpion a chance to enter your home or even your yard. By taking some steps to scorpion prevention, you can keep your pets and your family safe.
Most scorpions prefer to live outside. However, this does not mean that they never make their way into Texas homes. If you have scorpions in your yard, you can’t be certain that they won’t come indoors.
One of the best ways to keep scorpions away is to make your yard less appealing. Because they like to stay in covered areas, you should remove all potential shelter. This means removing piles of leaves, stones, and firewood. Move them as far away from your home as possible.
You should also prune your shrubs enough to leave the trunk exposed. With less ground cover, scorpions will find your backyard less appealing. Be sure to clean up leaf litter, mulch, and organic debris immediately, or you could find yourself with a pest problem.
There’s only so much you can do to keep scorpions away from the outdoors. Therefore, you should also try to seal up your home. Close up any gaps in your foundation and under your windows and doors. Avoid keeping your doors or windows open, unless you have tight-fitting screens in place. The fewer entrances to your available, the less likely it is that scorpions will make themselves at home.
Working With A Professional
Although your prevention efforts will help keep away scorpions, they are not fool-proof methods. There’s only one way to truly keep scorpions out of your home - and that's to work with an experienced pest control company.
Our team has the experience and resources you need to keep your home safe from pests. If you want to protect your home, contact Innovative Pest Control for advice or assistance.