Latin Name: Scorpiones
While there are thousands of scorpion species in the world that vary in coloration and size, all scorpions share certain characteristics. They all have segmented bodies, two pinchers, 8 legs, an abdomen, and an erect tail with a stinger. While all scorpions are venomous, the severity of the venom varies from species to species.
Scorpions live in dry, arid regions of the world, but their bodies are not actually suited for such an environment. They need to stay near a water source and typically stay burrowed underground until nightfall.
At night, scorpions leave their burrows to hunt for insects, small mammals, and other small prey. In humans, numbness, swelling and varying degrees of pain are the typical side effects of a scorpion sting. In more serious cases, the person may have difficulty breathing.
Of the many species of scorpion, the most lethal are the ones found in the Middle East (the fat-tailed scorpion) and Africa (the death stalker). Other species of scorpion may not be as toxic or hostile, but none should be taken lightly. Any scorpion can potentially pose a serious threat to persons with weak or compromised immune systems: such as the young, the elderly, or the ill. Scorpions may also cause serious harm to pets.
What To Do If You Have Scorpions
While scorpion infestations are rare, they can be quite dangerous. Here are some steps you can take to deal with and prevent infestations.
- Remove their habitats. Scorpions prefer to burrow in shady and moist areas during the day. Clean up areas with loose organic debris, rock piles, moist or decaying wood, and any other clutter that may provide a dark and moist environment in which the scorpion might hide.
- Eliminate their food sources. Scorpions mostly eat insects and are drawn to places with a lot of insect activity. Using naturally sourced insecticides and non-toxic yard treatments to decrease insect activity will make both your home and yard less attractive to scorpions.
- Seal the house. Scorpions are typically larger than the average bug, which means they need larger cracks and entry points to enter your home. Check your home for cracks in the foundation or openings around windows. Seal any and all holes to prevent scorpions from entering your home.
- Keep things dry. Scorpions need moisture to survive. Check for leaking pipes or ventilation issues that could be attracting scorpions. If you notice puddles forming around your foundation, it could be a sign that there is a serious drainage problem. Fixing such issues will help prevent scorpion infestation.
- Practice Active Prevention. For your family and pets’ sake, it’s important to prevent these potentially dangerous pests from entering your yard and home. Watch the videos below for tips on how to use Cedarcide products to keep pests of out of your yard and home.