Here in the Greater San Antonio, TX area there are many different insects, birds, and rodents that pop up frequently. As we chat with other people about any annoying encounters that we may have with these insects, birds, and rodents it is quite common for us to hear some “facts” from our friends that neighbors that are actually just myths. Today A Five Star Termite & Pest Control want to set the record straight on some of the myths that we find that many of our customers believe about scorpions.
Are Scorpions an Aggressive Pest?
One of the most widely spread scorpion myths is that scorpions are aggressive. When you look at a scorpion it is easy to think they are aggressive because they look scary and dangerous. The truth is that scorpions are not as aggressive as they look. Most of the time scorpions actually prefer to stay out of your sight. They like to hide under rocks and debris to help them stay away from predators. They see humans as a threat so they will do their best to stay away from us. Typically they only attack if they feel threatened. So the best thing to do if you see a scorpion is to just leave them alone and call A Five Star Termite & Pest Control so that we can come out and safely help you get rid of them.
Do Scorpions Bite & Sting?
Another frequent myth that people hear and believe about scorpions is that scorpion both bite and sting. It is impossible for scorpions to bite because they actually do not have any teeth. They do have large stingers on the end of their tails that they will sting you with though. If they use the stinger for defense it will deliver some venom. In addition to their long stingers on their tails, scorpions also have large claws at the front of their bodies. They will wave them at you to scare you but they realistically will not use them on you.
Can You Die from a Scorpion Sting?
Speaking of scorpion venom, most people believe that scorpions’ venom is lethal. When a scorpion stings a human they will not typically feel anything overly painful. In fact, a scorpion sting does not hurt any more than a wasp or bee sting. The only scorpion that can deliver a fatal sting is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. This does not happen very regularly though. If you are stung by a scorpion and have swelling lips, hives, rashes, or trouble breathing you will want to go see a doctor right away. If you seek medical attention immediately you should be just fine.
Many people believe that the larger the scorpion is the more dangerous that it is. This is absolutely not true! As mentioned above, the Arizona Bark Scorpion is the only scorpion species in the United States that can deliver a fatal sting and it is also one of the smallest species of scorpion. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is only the size of a nickel. The size of the scorpion does not determine the potency of its venom or the damage that it can cause.
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It is clear that you should definitely not believe everything you hear about scorpions. Scorpions can definitely cause harm but they are not as dangerous as you probably think they are. If you do find scorpions on your property you will want to take care of them as soon as you can. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control can help you with that. Give us a call today!