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Scorpion Identification & Prevention


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What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids and therefore related to spiders, mites, and ticks. Scorpions are beneficial predators helping to control populations of nuisance pests. However, when they choose to live in our yards, they are considered problematic pests that we must remove.

Striped bark scorpions are small with brownish-yellow or tan bodies. Their tails and claws are more slender than other scorpion species. Like all scorpions, their tail is segmented and curves up over the body. Knowing the general appearance of a striped bark scorpion is important because they are a species that can cause serious health consequences to the people and small animals they sting.

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Are scorpions dangerous?

Striped bark scorpions are the scorpion species we need to be most concerned about in Texas and across other parts of the United States. Striped bark scorpions have venom that acts as a neurotoxin and is strong enough to trigger a serious reaction in people who are allergic to their venom. Though it is not super common, a scorpion sting can be fatal for young kids, the elderly, or small pets.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Scorpions are in your yard or home for one of two reasons — to hunt prey or search for water. 

Though scorpions live in desert habitats, they require access to a regular water source, which most of our Texas properties provide. Things like leaky pipes, poor drainage, and standing water offer these pests the water they need to survive.

Scorpions regularly find their way to our yards to hunt for prey in our flowerbeds, gardens, and on our trees. Once they are in our yards, it won't be long until they follow their prey into our homes and become an even bigger problem for you and your family.

Where will I find scorpions?

Scorpions rest and hunt for their insect prey in dark, quiet areas. Our yards and homes provide ample hunting grounds and resting spots for scorpions.

Some of the most common places to find scorpions in our yards include: 

  • Woodpiles and rock piles
  • Behind tree bark
  • The exterior walls of our homes
  • Around outdoor light fixtures
  • Around the entrance to pipes, wires, and other utilities entering our homes

Some of the most common places to find scorpions in our homes include:

  • Attics and crawl spaces
  • Boxes or other storage containers
  • The backs of cabinets, sinks, and tubs
  • Behind wood trim of windows and doors
  • On walls in kitchens and bathrooms. 
  • Within bedding or folded towels or clothing

How do I get rid of scorpions?

Scorpions are not pests you want living on your property for any amount of time. Get rid of scorpions in San Antonio quickly and completely by partnering with us at EnviroGuard Pest Control. We provide long-term scorpion control solutions through thorough inspections, a deep understanding of the scorpions local to our area, and our effective treatments. Our professionals will help keep your family safe and your home free of scorpions and other pests throughout the entire year.

To learn more about working together to rid your Austin, San Antonio, or surrounding area properties of scorpions, don't hesitate to reach out to us today!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

Use the following tips to prevent scorpions from taking over your Texas property:

  • Make your yard less attractive to the prey that scorpions like to hide hunt. Keep lids on trash cans, maintain your yard and gardens, keep outdoor lights off as much as possible, and remove areas of leftover food. 
  • Repair dripping faucets, leaking pipes, and poor ventilation.
  • Clean up leaves, brush, and other debris from your yard that scorpions can hide in.
  • Seal entry points. Make sure screens in windows and doors are intact, repair gaps around windows and doors, and seal spaces that develop in the foundation.
  • Keep storage areas free of the excess clutter where scorpions can hide.
  • Seek professional scorpion control for your home to eliminate any problem infestations from your property.

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