You can find scorpions all throughout the U.S. and most particularly, throughout the southwest regions. There are about 1500 different species of scorpions in the world, and 70 species can be found in America, with many of them in Texas. Scorpions come in many sizes and colors. They can grow between ½ to 3 inches in length. As the sting of most species of scorpion won’t cause serious harm to a healthy adult, the elderly, young children and infants can suffer serious affects. One of the most potent species found in Texas is the Arizona Bark scorpion. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will share a few scorpion behaviors as well as tips on scorpion control so that you can keep them out of your home.
When it comes to controlling scorpions, a lot can be learned by understanding their behavior, diet and basic needs. Scorpions are nocturnal and come out at night to hunt for food or look for water. In most cases, scorpions are solitary. However, groups of scorpions can be found when drawn to the same hiding spots. Scorpions will get out of the light during the day and seek dark places to hide. They will hide under tree bark, in palm trees, under rocks, and debris that provides them adequate shelter. Scorpions can go months between meals. However, they do depend on water and are often drawn to stagnate water. Scorpions will eat other insects, mostly targeting crickets and cockroaches but will feed on other insects, such as spiders and bugs.
Scorpions are a common pest in Texas. New developments on the outskirts of our cities or newly built homes in rural areas will often encounter a major scorpion problem. Scorpions will get disturbed during new construction and will leave their habitats in search of safer or more promising sites. When new buildings are being constructed, they will often have a major surge in scorpions.
How to Prevent Scorpions
Knowing scorpion behavior and needs and then denying them of their basic needs is first step to scorpion control. Scorpions depend on water to thrive and as stated, they are drawn to stagnate water. By maintaining the yard’s plumbing as well as preventing leaks, puddling and eliminating all standing water sources, you have taken the first good step in scorpion control. Another major step is maintaining the yard’s vegetation. Scorpions love dense vegetation and so does the food they eat. By keeping the lawn and vegetation trimmed, you can help reduce hiding places for scorpions and their prey. No food and water can greatly reduce the scorpion population around your home. One common problem for many homeowners is the pile of firewood. Firewood piles or stacks is a pest magnet. For those with fireplaces or firepits and who regularly store firewood, keep the firewood at least 30 feet away from the house or as far as possible in smaller yards. Another helpful tip is keeping the outdoor lights off. Many people will leave porch lights on all night. However, the light draws in crickets and cockroaches which will simply draw in more scorpions. Instead, install motion sensor lighting that switches off when not needed.
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When controlling any pest, you will always want to seek out professional assistance and ensure your home is properly secured. Scorpions are a very difficult pest to treat and often require professional aid. If you have a scorpion problem and need help, contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control today.