Scorpion Pest Control Solutions
Though spiders present a special kind of fear to many people, one type of arachnid can cause even more anxiety because of their immediate danger: scorpions. These flat-bodied and often translucent creatures carry with them a tail filled with venom that they use to incapacitate prey. While few scorpions in southwestern Utah are dangerous to humans, children, the elderly, and those with health problems can be at a higher risk from the species commonly found near Hurricane, St. George, and the surrounding area.
Signs Of A Scorpion Infestation
It may come as a surprise that scorpions do not lay eggs like other arachnids or insects. They are small and transparent enough to resemble larvae, but they are indeed young scorpions (called nymphs). Instead, scorpions give birth to young scorpions and carry them on their backs until their first molting, when they are mature enough to search for food themselves.
Scorpions are nocturnal creatures. Their flat bodies are perfectly suited to fit beneath doorways and cracks inside a home. They have a terrible habit of finding any location where they can wait for night, including shoes, towels, and anything else left outside. If you have any citrus plants or a large leafy yard, your home may be more susceptible than others. This is especially true if you have seen an increase in insect numbers on your property: scorpions go where the food goes.
If you spot scorpions crawling around during the night, especially more than one, you likely have a problem.
Here are some additional facts that you should know about scorpions that live in the arid parts of southern Utah:
- There are nine species of scorpions in the state, all of which live in southwest and southeast Utah. While the only scorpion to pose an immediate threat to humans is the Arizona bark scorpion (located mainly in the southeast), all scorpions in Utah can sting with venom that presents a health threat.
- Believe it or not, for every person killed by a snakebite, ten are killed by scorpion stings. In Mexico, for example, over 1,000 individuals die every year from scorpion stings.
- The rumor that baby scorpion venom is more potent than their older counterparts is false. What is true is that adolescent scorpions do not know how to control their venom and release all they have at once. This does indeed make them more dangerous.
Solving Your Scorpion Problem
There are a few simple steps you can follow to reduce the likelihood of a scorpion infestation. These include:
- Removing any shoes, towels, sheets, or tarps from your yard to reduce the number of spaces that scorpions could use to hide.
- Maintain proper yard care. Trim back bushes, remove log piles, and dispose of plant waste. Scorpions do not have nests, but they do hide under anything thin enough to provide cover and safety during the day.
- Keep your plumbing maintained, as scorpions are always looking for a source of water.
If you find your solutions are not enough, contact Pest Off Pest Control in Hurricane, UT, and we will be on the scene right away to protect your home and your family. Contact us for scorpion pest removal today!
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