How To Identify Scorpions
A scorpion’s appearance will vary depending on its exact species. In the United States, there are approximately 70 species of scorpions. In general, scorpions range in length from 2 to 4 inches and are brownish-yellow to tan in color. They have 4 pairs of legs which include a large pair of front pinchers that they use for capturing and holding down the prey that they have caught. Once they catch their prey they use their arched tail, which has a stinger located on the last segment, to inject a powerful venom into their victim and paralyze them. Scorpions have two eyes in the middle of their head and more on either side; despite the large number of eyes that scorpions have, they have very poor vision and rely on vibrations to detect their prey.
Why Do I Have A Scorpion Problem?
Scorpions are a related to spiders, mites, and ticks. They are typically found living outside, creating burrows in the cool, moist soil underneath rocks, logs, fallen trees, and piles of organic debris. However, if the weather outside becomes too hot and dry for them to live comfortably, they will look to move inside temperature controlled homes and other buildings. Scorpions can find their way inside through openings found in the foundation and exterior walls, openings found around windows and doors, or torn screens. Inside, scorpions are usually found living in basements, laundry rooms, behind wall voids, in closets, and in crawl spaces.
Are Scorpions Dangerous?
Yes, scorpions are very dangerous to people and pets. The pain of being stung by a scorpion is likened to an extremely painful bee sting. Their venom is very powerful and has the ability to trigger a severe allergic reaction. If a person or pet is stung by a scorpion, immediate medical attention should be sought. Scorpions are not a pest that should be messed around with. Care should always be taken to avoid contact with these venomous creatures.
How Do I Control Scorpions?
Controlling scorpions can be difficult because they hide in the dark and hard to reach areas of your home. Because of their powerful venom, it is never recommended to try to handle a scorpion infestation on your own. The safest and most effective way to get rid of scorpions is to contact the professionals at Russell's Pest Control.
Scorpions Prevention Tips
The best way to prevent problems with scorpions is to stop them from entering your home in the first place. This can be done by sealing and fixing all possible entry points and making sure that all doors and windows have intact screens. Inside your home, you should minimize clutter in storage areas like basements and closets. It is also a good idea to shake out shoes and clothing before putting them on and inspect bedding before climbing into bed at night. Outside of your home, remove fallen trees and logs, as well as any piles of organic debris from your property, and make sure to trim back overgrown trees and vegetation from the exterior of your home.
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