What Do Scorpions Eat?
July 12, 2017
In much of the United States, if you mention the name scorpion, the only image that comes to mind is usually a creepy extra in a mummy movie scuttling across the sands of Egypt. However, live anywhere in Texas and the scorpion is as real life as it gets. If you haven’t had the opportunity to come face to face with one of these frightening creatures, we can assure you that the experience is not one you would soon forget.
Most people who live in the South have a healthy fear of the scorpion, and rightly so. Not only is the scorpion a frightening surprise when you happen upon one, they are also aggressive and can be dangerous to humans if they feel threatened enough to sting. Closely related to the spider, these arachnids can grow up to 3 inches in length. Their long tail, sporting a venomous stinger, is always at the ready for this predatory creature to grab its prey with its front pincers and either crush or sting their dinner into submission. Luckily, they are most interested in their favorite prey which includes: insects, spiders, other scorpions, and even the occasional mouse.
In areas where scorpions are prevalent, it is common practice to shake out clothing from the line, and to never leave shoes outside. It is also a regular habit of those living in the South to check patio furniture cushions before sitting, and to check any woodpiles before grabbing an armload for a campfire. But, what if one finds its way inside? The scorpion isn’t really looking for human interaction. They prefer to hide among rocks and debris outside while trying to catch their prey, but if there is easy prey and water to be found in your East Texas home or garage, they will go where they can gain access to an easy meal.
The best way to ensure that you or your family are not surprised by a scorpion hiding in your home is to make sure that you have an inhospitable environment for insects in the first place. Innovative Pest Control understands that any unchecked insect infestation in your home is just an open invitation to any pest that makes a meal of other insects or rodents. By taking advantage of one of Innovative Pest Control’s year-round Advantage Plus services, you can protect your home from a multitude of threats from common pests that affect homeowners all over Texas. Taking a scorpion’s main source of food from in and around your property drastically limits the potential for scorpion/human interaction in your house or yard. To learn more, contact us today!