Scorpions may not do damage to your property, but they are still a hazardous nuisance around your home. Scorpions are one of the 12 bugs found on the Children’s of Alabama’s list of poisonous insects. Researchers at the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s of Alabama found that in 2014, brown scorpions stung people more than any other insect in the state. In total, there were 196 reports of scorpion stings.
There are three types of scorpions found in Alabama, two of which are native to the state. Scorpions that you may see around your home include:
Giant Whip Scorpion
Hentz Striped Scorpion
Southern Unstriped Scorpion
You may also come across tiny, harmless pseudoscorpions. They are often mistaken for spiders and they feed on small arthropods.
In order to dissuade scorpions from wandering into your home (and yes, they do tend to wander), you’ll need to know what draws them.
Scorpions Like to be in Darkness
Much like many other creepy, crawly insects, scorpions like hiding in dark places. In fact, scorpions are nocturnal. They become active at night in order to better preserve water, manage body temperature and sneak up on their prey.
Basements are hot spots for scorpion activity, but scorpions will travel all over the home in search of dark corners.
Here’s a fun fact about scorpions: they glow in the dark. If you’re worried that you may have a scorpion problem, you can use a black light to search for them at night. When a black light hits a scorpion, the proteins on its exoskeleton create a bright neon blue hue.
Moisture Attracts Thirsty Scorpions
Every animal and insect needs water to survive, and scorpions are no exception. During hot spring and summer days, they often wander into homes in search of water. Scorpions often find their way inside through pipe drains and the plumbing system, which is why they are often found in the kitchen or bathroom.
Rotting Logs and Leaves Are Common Outdoor Hiding Spots for Scorpions
You’re more likely to see a scorpion outside than in your home. This is especially true if there are piles of decaying leaves or rotting wood in your yard. Scorpions love to hide in and under damp foliage, logs, bark, straw and mulch. Clearing rotting debris out of your yard will greatly increase your chances of diminishing your scorpion infestation.
Scorpions Snack on Other Insects
A scorpion’s diet consists mostly of insects. Spiders, centipedes and other scorpions are their meal of choice, and when they find a good source for their prey they will linger or possibly increase in number.
Scorpions use their venom to render their prey immobile before killing them. Luckily, it’s not potent enough to harm humans beyond causing pain at the sting site.
Keeping Scorpions Under Control
If scorpions move in they aren’t likely to move out on their own. These buggers mate all year long, give birth to live babies (rather than laying eggs) and can live up to four years. Without intervention and precautionary measures the problem is likely to worsen over time.
The first thing homeowners should do is clean up debris in the yard and seal their house. Putting on a pair of gloves and cleaning out all trash is an excellent start. It’s also a good idea to remove sizeable rocks, clear out stumps and store your firewood high above the ground.
Look for gaps and crevices around windows, doors, vents andpipes leading into the home. Be careful to seal every crack you see. Scorpions can wiggle through crevices that are just ⅛” wide. A little caulk and weather stripping is usually all you need to seal cracks and prevent entry.
Regular pest control treatments will also help to control the bug population around your home. The biggest concern with scorpions is that termites are usually not too far away. This is most likely due to rotting wood rather than the scorpion being hungry.
Have you seen scorpions around your home? Call Vulcan Termite and Pest Control Inc. to take care of the problem. We’ve been providing pest control treatments in Alabama for 50 years and are well-suited to handle native scorpions.
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