Pest Control for Texas Scorpions

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Common Questions about Scorpion Pest Control

 

Scorpions come with the territory when you live in the Texas Hill Country. In fact, there are 18 different species of scorpions found here. The Striped Bark Scorpion is the most prevalent and the one you’re most likely to encounter in and around your home.

 

scorpion with tail raised over backCommon Types of Scorpions Found in Texas

  • Striped Bark Scorpion
  • Texas Cave Scorpion
  • Straight-Faced Solifugid Scorpion
  • Florida Bark Scorpion
  • Lindo Scorpion
  • Lesser Stripetail Scorpion

 

What does a scorpion look like?

You’ll recognize a scorpion by its large, curved tail with a stinger that it carries over its back. In addition, a pair of grasping pincers or claws in front, used to hold its prey as it eats, gives the scorpion its intimidating appearance.

Scorpions have a hard outer shell and a segmented body with 8 legs. The average size is about 2.5 inches.

Although scorpions have up to twelve eyes; two in front and 2-5 eyes on each side, they do not see very well. They rely on their sense of touch and hearing. Scorpions can be yellowish or light brown in color or brown or black depending on their habitat.

Scorpions are closely related to spiders, ticks, and mites.

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scorpion with a brood of nymphs (baby scorpions) on its back

Scorpions carry their brood on their backs until the young are able to survive on their own. One scorpion in your home can quickly multiply.

Lifecycle of a Scorpion

Scorpions breed during the warm months from late spring to early fall. Males will travel hundreds of miles to find females. After mating, the males are sometimes killed and eaten by the females.

Unlike other non-mammals, scorpions give birth to live young. The gestation period can take from several months to a year. On average, a female scorpion gives birth to 25 young.  However a brood can range from 1 to 100 or more.

Young scorpions rely on their mother until after their first molt. They crawl onto the mother’s back and remain there, defenseless, for a period of 1-50 days. The young use food reserves in their bodies and get water from the mother’s body. Scorpions typically molt five or six times before they reach maturity.

Scorpions develop slowly and have a longer lifespan for an insect.  They typically live for 3-5 years, however, some have been known to live up to fifteen years.

scorpion on rocks with tail curled next to body

Where do scorpions hide?

Scorpions don’t like very cold or extremely hot temperatures. During the hot summers, they seek out cool, moist places to hide. Their bodies are flat which helps them to hide in small cracks and under rocks, logs, woodpiles, or inside your home. Typical hiding places in your home can include closets, cabinets, garages, and other dark places.

Scorpions are nocturnal. In general, they hide during the day and come out in the evening or at night.

Are scorpions dangerous?

Fortunately, none of the scorpions found in Texas are poisonous. They can cause a painful sting but are not considered dangerous.

Scorpions in other areas of the country are dangerous and can affect your nervous system and cause paralysis, heart irregularities, and even death.

 

Protect Your Home and Family from Scorpions

  • Eliminate standing water. Scorpions seek out water sources. Make sure not to leave leaking hoses or water buckets in your yard. Scorpions can live for months without food as long as they have water.
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are well sealed. Replace weatherstripping, as necessary.
  • Check for any cracks or crevices where scorpions might enter. Caulk around outdoor pipes leading into your home.
  • Replace damaged window screens and make sure they fit tightly.
  • Keep the perimeter of your home free of overgrowth. Trim bushes or shrubs around your home.
  • Don’t landscape with rocks against the home. One of the favorite resting places for scorpions is the moist underside of rocks.
  • Move firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Turn off outdoor lights at night to keep small insects away. Scorpions feed on small insects like crickets, spiders, pillbugs, and cockroaches.
  • Utilize regular pest control services in your home even in the winter months. Scorpions seek out the warmth of homes in the winter and then breed in early spring.  This can result in a houseful of unwanted guests.

What should I do if a scorpion stings me?

Scorpions will not sting unless disturbed. If you suffer a scorpion sting, you’ll generally experience mild symptoms similar to a bee sting. You may have pain, burning, or localized swelling. Tingling, numbness, and skin irritation are common. If your sting appears minor, at-home remedies might be helpful.

It is important to monitor your symptoms for any allergic reactions or adverse effects. If you begin to experience more severe symptoms, seek medical help right away. Particular care should be taken for babies, young children, and the elderly.

Scorpion Pest Control Treatment

The best approach to getting rid of these unwanted pests is to call our experienced pest control team at Covenant Pest Control. We specialize in integrated pest management. We’ll provide a FREE inspection. And a comprehensive treatment plan to fit your budget.

We’ll discuss your options including our family and pet-friendly products. If you prefer an all-natural, organic pest control approach, we offer that service as well.

Call us at 830-431-1960 to schedule your appointment today!