Spotting a scorpion around your home and family can definitely cause anxiety and trepidation. Their stings can be painful and are particularly dangerous to small children and pets. Luckily, with a little understanding about their habits, some tips on how to prevent them, and a little help from Six Brothers Pest Control, you can rest easy knowing your home and family are protected.
What do scorpions look like?
Scorpions are a member of the arachnid family and are related to spiders and ticks. They have long bodies, 8 legs, a set of pincers in the front, and a segmented tail that they like to carry arched over their backs. At the end of the tail is its stinger. In the midwest, there is only one species of scorpion that we have to deal with. The striped bark scorpion (centruroides vittatus) measures approximately 2-3 inches long and can be distinguished by the dark triangular marking on its head and the dark longitudinal stripes on its back. In contrast, the rest of its body is typically a pale yellow color.
Where do scorpions live?
Scorpions are nocturnal, so they spend most of the day time hours hiding. Common places where they like to hide include: under rocks, in wood piles, under the bark of trees, inside sheds, in holes, under foliage, and other dark, sheltered places. If scorpions get inside the house, they like to find quiet, undisturbed areas like attics, storage areas, crawl spaces, piles of firewood, potted plants, and extra bedrooms.
Are scorpions dangerous?
The sting of a striped bark scorpion may feel like a bee sting, but unless you are allergic, is not life threatening. The most dangerous species of scorpion in the United States is the Arizona Bark Scorpion (centruroides exilicauda). A sting from this highly venomous species can cause extreme pain and swelling, difficulty breathing, and even paralysis. Despite these potential symptoms, death from scorpions is still extremely rare. The Arizona bark scorpion lives in the Sonoran desert and not in our area.
How can you prevent scorpions?
You can keep scorpions away from your home and family by performing a few preventive measures. Here are some of the best tips for controlling scorpions:
- Declutter your home and yard to remove potential scorpion harborages.
- Keep wood piles away from your home and off the ground, if possible.
- Seal the outside of your home to prevent entry. Make sure all doors and windows are tight-fitting and fill any holes or gaps where plumbing or electrical wires enter the home.
- Trim the foliage and vegetation in your yard, and keep it away from the foundation of your home.
- Eliminate excess moisture around your home by fixing leaky pipes and unclogging gutters and downspouts.
- Prevent accidental stings by always wearing shoes when walking outside and using gloves when gardening, landscaping, or moving storage boxes.
- When you notice a scorpion problem, get professional pest control help so that it doesn’t get out of control.
Scorpion Control in the Kansas City Area
If you are in need of scorpion control in Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or the surrounding areas, contact the professionals at Six Brother’s Pest Control. We are known for our friendly staff, experienced technicians, and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today for more information.