What are scorpions?
Scorpions are a type of arachnid, and like all arachnids, adults have eight legs. A scorpion also has pair of large claws and a segmented tail that curls up over its body. At the end of the tail is a stinger used to paralyze prey and defend themselves from threats. A type of predator, the scorpion, feeds on a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, and the like.
While many people associate scorpions with desert living, they actually have high moisture needs. The heat and humidity in Georgia provide a habitat that allows scorpions to thrive.
Are scorpions dangerous?
Like all stinging pests, scorpions pose a danger to us when they decide to live in our yards and homes. Not only are their stings painful, but the venom they inject is strong enough to trigger allergic reactions in people. Scorpions easily blend in with their environment, making it easy to accidentally come into contact with these pests and not realize it until it is too late. At first sight of these arachnids in your yard or home, contact a professional to have them removed.
Why do I have a scorpion problem?
Scorpions will make themselves at home anywhere there are damp, dark living conditions and where there is prey to hunt. Yards with a lot of landscaping, ground cover, and clutter are places where scorpions feel at home. Lots of vegetation provides the perfect place for various insects and spiders to live and feed, and scorpions won’t hesitate to take advantage.
A property that meets their moisture needs is most attractive to these pests; scorpions can live for long periods without food but can’t survive very long without water. Things like leaky pipes, outdoor fixtures, dripping hoses, clogged gutters, and low-lying areas that collect water attract scorpions to an indoor or outdoor space.
Where will I find scorpions?
Outside, scorpions hide within mulch, trees, rock walls, woodpiles, and areas of overgrown or dense landscaping. It is common for scorpions to move from our yards and into our homes while following their prey or searching for water.
Scorpions are good climbers and move inside through spaces they find around windows and doors, the roofline, or in the foundation. Openings around vents and pipes are other common entry points.
Inside, scorpions rest on walls, in tubs, or sinks. They also hide in things like cardboard boxes, folded towels, shoes, and bedding. Basements, bathrooms, utility rooms, and kitchens are places in our Georgia homes where we often run into these creepy-crawly pests.
How do I get rid of scorpions?
Keeping scorpions from feeling at home in your yard and house is vital in order to protect yourself and your family from their painful stings. These outdoor pests are difficult to guard your property against, so the best way to eliminate them and prevent future issues is to partner with a professional.
Ennis Exterminating is a locally owned and operated company, allowing our professionals to maintain a deep understanding of the specific pest problems that our Georgia customers experience. We understand how unpleasant it is to deal with scorpions and will provide the fast action and effective services needed to get rid of them. For information about our home pest control and commercial pest control services, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent scorpions in the future?
Scorpions will think twice about using your yard and home as a place to feed and nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Standing water in and around your home attracts scorpions; repair leaking pipes, dripping hoses, and low-lying areas.
- Seal any cracks discovered around windows or doors or in your foundation or exterior walls that scorpions can squeeze their body through.
- Use dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from your home.
- Clear away brush, woodpiles, leaf piles, and other debris from your yard that can act as a hiding spot for scorpions.
- Inside your home, keep storage areas clear of excess debris and organized. Use plastic containers with locking lids instead of cardboard boxes to store items.
- Always inspect clothing or bedding that you have stored away before using them.
- Wear gloves when gardening to help avoid an accidental scorpion sting.
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