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A guide to Scorpions found in Oklahoma, where they reside and getting rid of them.
Scorpions belong to the class Arachnida, and are relatives of spiders, mites and ticks. The most common species of the house-invading scorpion is the bark scorpion. Scorpions are venomous, stinging pests that are found living throughout many areas of the United States including parts of Oklahoma. Most scorpions found in Oklahoma are nocturnal and are relatively small, ranging in length from 7cm to 3 inches.
Scorpions have distinct, elongated, thin pincers (pedipalps). The pedipalps are what bark scorpions use to capture and hold onto their prey. At the end of their abdomen is the telson, which is a bulb-shaped, tail-like structure. It contains venom glands and a sharp, curved stinger at its end to deliver venom to their prey, paralyzing them.
All scorpions have venom and can sting, but they are shy creatures that usually hide to stay out of the way of threats. Bark scorpions are the only scorpions within the United States whose venom is strong enough to cause serious health concerns for people. Depending on the amount of venom delivered, a sting from a bark scorpion can be lethal, especially in young children or the elderly. Care should always be taken around scorpions, and one should never purposely handle them.
Scorpions are found living on properties that provide them with a habitat where they will thrive including deserts, grasslands, forests and caves. If they are living somewhere on your property, it is because they have found a food source. Scorpions are predators, and feed on a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, other scorpions and sometimes small vertebrates.
Scorpions are most active at night when the temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They are less active throughout the winter and it is rare to see them active during the heat of the day. Scorpions prefer to live outside and burrow into cool, moist soil underneath rocks, logs, fallen trees, in trees, behind tree bark, in wood piles and in piles of organic debris. If the weather outside becomes too hot and dry for them to live comfortably, they will invade temperature-controlled homes and other buildings.
Bark scorpions are among the few species that are known to climb and scale vertical walls. They commonly find their way inside through openings in the foundation and exterior walls of homes, through openings found around windows and doors, and through torn screens. Inside, scorpions are usually found living in dark, secluded areas like unfinished basements, behind wall voids, closets, crawl spaces and locations that are not frequented by people.
If you have scorpions in or around your home and are impacting your daily life, the best method for controlling existing populations and prevention is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dependable technicians provide year-round services to rid your home and property of scorpions. We are committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove household-invading pests while preventing their return. To learn more about removing scorpions from your home or business throughout Greater Tulsa, reach out today to schedule your free 58-Point pest inspection.
Hiring a professional scorpion control team will be the best method of defense, but there are a few steps you can take to keep them away from your home:
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