Texas is a desert and, as such, creatures like scorpions can be common problems. It turns out Texas is home to about 20 species of scorpions, but Centruroides vittatus – the striped bark scorpion – is the most commonly seen, and the only one found throughout the state.
Like spiders and ticks, scorpions are arachnids. As such they have eight legs. Additionally they are equipped with a set of lobster-esque pinchers in the front and a long tail, complete with venomous stinger, in their rear half. The striped bark scorpion is yellowish to tan in color and wears two characteristic stripes down its back. Adults average about 2.5 inches in length, with males somewhat predictably having longer tails.Scorpions are nocturnal and like to hide in small holes and crevices–making certain parts of homes and businesses desirable. Scorpion stings can be extremely painful and deadly toxic–though this depends on the species–so keeping these creatures outside where they belong is very important to personal health and safety. Preventing scorpions from occupying the inside of a structure comes down to taking measures to seal cracks and holes in walls and foundations, keep yards free of excess debris, and remain vigilant when keeping doors and windows open in scorpion dense habitats. In Texas, this includes most of the state.
Because scorpions can live in such hash environments they have adapted the ability to slow their metabolism to as little as one-third the rate for most arthropods. Even with lowered metabolism, the scorpion has the ability to spring quickly to the hunt when the opportunity presents itself something that many hibernating species are unable to do. Even small young scorpions can inject you with the same amount of venom as adults.
Although Texas scorpions are not considered deadly, they can inflict a sharp, painful, sting which may produce a local reaction. Individual reactions may vary. The venom is a neurotoxin and anyone stung should be watched closely for adverse or allergic reactions.
Not all scorpions have poison that can kill a person, but they all have toxic venom and a powerful pinch. Scorpions can be an unsettling find at home and it is a wise idea to call a professional pest control service to remove a scorpion. Scorpion infestations are rare when compared to insect infestations, but if a scorpion takes up residence in your home, the risk to the safety of children and pets increases significantly. It is important to address a scorpion problem immediately by calling a professional pest control company.
Beeline Texas is the leading pest control service in the San Antonio area. We have highly trained technicians who can safely and efficiently remove scorpions from your home or business. Don’t entrust the safety of your loved ones to any pest control company. When your home has been affected by scorpions, call the most trusted and experienced pest control company in the region for complete scorpion control.