What are scorpions?
Scorpions belong to the class Arachnida, and are relatives of spiders, mites, and ticks. The most common species of house-invading scorpion is the bark scorpion. Scorpions are venomous, stinging pests that are found living throughout some of the United States, including parts of Oklahoma. Bark scorpions are nocturnal and range in length from 7cm to 3 inches. They are light brown to brownish-yellow in color, and have dark, lengthwise bands on their bodies.
Bark 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.
Are scorpions dangerous?
All scorpions possess venom and can sting, but their natural tendencies are to hide and 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 you should never purposely handle them.
Why do I have a scorpion problem?
Scorpions are found living on properties that provide them with a habitat where they will thrive. Scorpions can be found living in a variety of habitats, including deserts, grasslands, savannahs, forests, and caves. If they are thriving on your property, it is because it is providing them with ample food sources. Scorpions are predators, and feed on a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, other scorpions, and sometimes small vertebrates.
Where will I find scorpions?
Scorpions are most active when the nighttime temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They are less active throughout the winter months and during the summer in the extreme heat of the day. Scorpions prefer to live outside, creating burrows in the 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 good climbers and can 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 basements, laundry rooms, bathtubs, behind wall voids, in closets, and in crawl spaces.
How do I get rid of scorpions?
The easiest and safest way to control scorpion populations is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dedicated technicians provide the year-round pest control services needed to rid your home and property of potentially dangerous scorpions.
Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to eliminate scorpions and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about eliminating scorpions from your Tulsa, Oklahoma home or property, reach out to Mid America Pest Control and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis.
How can I prevent scorpions in the future?
The best way to prevent problems with scorpions and other household-invading pests is to implement a year-round residential pest control plan from Mid America Pest Control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with scorpions:
Seal all possible entry points into your home.
Caulk gaps in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
Make sure all doors and windows have intact screens.
Place door sweeps on exterior doors.
Inside, keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas like basements and closets.
Remove fallen trees and logs from your property, and remove any piles of organic debris that scorpions could burrow into and hide in.
Trim overgrown trees and vegetation away from the exterior of your home.
Place a stone barrier between your home’s foundation and any mulch or soil.