Scorpions are arachnids, like spiders and ticks. If you live in Texas, you'll likely encounter more than one scorpion.
Texas is home to about 20 different scorpion species. The Striped Bark scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) is the most commonly encountered in Texas and other parts of the country.
Striped Bark scorpions are known to be venomous (the most venomous scorpion species), and can inflict a painful sting. Fortunately, the bite is not going to likely be fatal, but you should seek medical attention, especially if you are allergic to their venom. What can you do to help prevent them and keep them out of your New Caney home?
Striped Bark Scorpions
Striped Bark scorpions are tannish to light brown in color typically, with a dark stripe down its back, and they can get up to 2-1/2" in length. They are incredibly resilient survivors, and actually beneficial, in the sense that they hunt insect pests, like crickets, spiders, centipedes, and flies that invade your home. But you don't want them around, do you?
Scorpions are known to be more active at night and they spend their days looking for shelter in cooler, damp places, like the undersides of logs and rocks, or (bad news), even in your house. If they find a food source, they might stay longer!
What Can You Do to Get Rid of Scorpions?
Here are three things you can do to help keep scorpions away. If you start seeing them around your house, you probably want to call a pest control company.
- Keep Your Yard Clean. As easy as it sounds, this will do a lot to keep scorpions away. They are relatively small, but they are great at hiding. They will take advantage of any leaves, woodpiles, mulch, stones, or other lawn clutter to hide out from the Texas heat. Also, keep your foliage trimmed back from the side of your house, to NOT offer would-be intruders a bridge into your home.
- Keep Your Home Clean and Decluttered. They like to hide outside, but they also like to hide indoors. Keep your home clean and decluttered, as this will not only limit where scorpions can hide and reproduce, it will also make food scarce for the little pests that scorpions hunt. Careful that scorpions like to hide in dark, quiet places such as shoes and piles of clothes.
- Seal Up Entryways Around the Inside and Outside Your Home. Scorpions, like all other pests, need shelter, food, and water to survive, so if you reduce these conditions in your home, you will be making your home uninhabitable for scorpion intruders. Seal up any plumbing leaks you may see indoors and outdoors, and clean up any water spills on your floors and around your sinks to eliminate their water supply. Screen over pipe/utility entry ports, as well. Remember that keeping other bugs out will help keep scorpions away.
Scorpions are loners and usually keep to themselves, but if they perceive they are being threatened, they will become aggressive and sting you or your family members. They may even sting a pet if provoked. Scorpions (like spiders) are usually a sign of some other kind of pest problem in your home, so eliminating the conditions that attract insect pests will likely send the scorpions elsewhere. Don't let scorpion problems ruin your sleep at night or take up all your weekends and days working on DIY pest control projects. Even with all your best preventive measures and clean home, you may still find yourself dealing with scorpions (or problems with other pests) occasionally. Call our New Caney, TX pest control experts today at 832-898-0190 and we can help you save all sorts of money, stress, and time.