As a homeowner in Dallas, you’re probably used to a busy lifestyle. Unless you’re a pest expert, you probably have not taken the time out of your busy schedule to learn all about scorpions. Here’s a snapshot of some of the most frequently-asked scorpion questions for Dallas area homeowners.
What Are Scorpions?
Scorpions are some of the most unique-looking pests in the world. They’re part of the arachnid family, so they have eight legs. However, they also feature a large stinger, capable of injecting venom into their victims. Scorpions range in size and color from black to brown or pale yellow and are usually anywhere from an inch to six inches in length.
Even though there are dozens of scorpion species in the area, the only one that is dangerous to humans is the striped bark scorpion, which is actually the smallest in the region. These light brown scorpions can be identified by three dark brown stripes that run vertically along their backs and their stinger, which curves to the side rather than straight up.
What Do Scorpions Eat?
Scorpions are like their cousins (spiders). They love to feed on insects. They’ll usually wander into your yard as they search through the soil for their next source of pest prey, and this hunt could lead them into your house.
Where Do Scorpions Live?
It’s unusual to find scorpions in your house because that’s not their preferred living situation. They’re much more comfortable in the yard, hiding from the sun under lawn ornaments, rocks, or piles of lawn clutter. That’s why you need to be extra cautious when doing yard work or gardening activities. Gloves are always recommended when moving rocks or lawn ornaments, as disturbing a scorpion during its nap could lead to a sting.
How Poisonous Is A Scorpion?
Most are not very poisonous, but the stings can be very painful. If you’re stung by a striped bark scorpion, seek immediate medical attention as these stings can lead to severe health complications.
What Does A Scorpion Bite Look Like?
Even though it’s a sting from their stinger rather than a bite from their jaws, scorpion “bites” will usually swell up to a sizable red welt, especially if poison is transmitted.
What Do Scorpions Hate The Most?
Scorpions can be repelled by mixing essential oils like cinnamon, lavender, and vanilla with water to make a spray. You can spray this on any potential scorpion entry points or out in the yard under rocks or lawn ornaments. But this method of scorpion control is limited at best.
What Should You Do If You Encounter A Scorpion?
Since scorpions usually only sting when they feel threatened (and you don’t want to get close enough to it to decide if it’s poisonous or not), it’s best to call a professional pest technician instead of trying to deal with a scorpion yourself in your home or yard. Most scorpion stings are the result of people trying to deal with scorpions themselves.
What’s The Best Way To Prevent Scorpions?
While limiting the number of insects that scorpions could feed on in your home and yard could reduce your chances of scorpion activity on your property, there is very little you can do to prevent scorpions for good. The safest and most effective way to keep scorpions away from your home and yard is with professional assistance from Evolve Pest Control. Give us a call if you have scorpion problems at your business or home now, or if you don’t want to have any in the future. We can help.