When you hear about scorpions, you probably picture the deserts of the southwest in Arizona and New Mexico. In actuality, scorpions can live in many different habitats, including forests, grasslands, deserts, savannas, and rainforests. Although they are a less common pest in Oklahoma, scorpions are definitely found here. The OSU extension center estimates that there are 3-5 species of scorpions found throughout the state. You don’t want to be caught unaware because scorpions can give you a painful sting if you aren’t paying attention. For this reason, it is helpful to learn how to prevent them around your home and family.
What are scorpions?
Scorpions are arachnids that have an elongated body, eight legs, two pincers, and are commonly about 2 inches long in size. They also have a segmented tail that can be arched over the back. This tail is tipped with a venomous stinger. Most scorpion stings feel very similar to a bee or wasp sting, but others can cause severe pain and swelling. In rare instances, scorpion stings can even cause difficulty breathing or anaphylaxis. These most serious symptoms are most likely to occur in sensitive populations like the very old, very young, or individuals that have allergies.
How can I prevent scorpions around my home?
Since scorpions can be dangerous and cause significant pain, prevention is key. A comprehensive prevention plan that involves removal of habitat, sealing entry points, and use of pesticide is likely to achieve the best results.
Scorpions live and hide in areas that are sheltered from the sun like piles of leaves, under stones, in wood piles, and around shrubs and bushes. Eliminating these harborages in your yard will go a long way toward getting rid of scorpions.
Sealing the Exterior
Sealing the exterior of the home is another great option to help control scorpions. Make sure that all of your window and door screens are in good condition. If they have tears or holes, fix or replace them. Use caulk to seal small cracks or gaps, and use expandable spray foam to fill larger holes. Pay special attention to where pipes and wires enter the home, as these areas often do not get sealed properly. You should also use door sweeps or weather stripping around doors and rubber seals on garage doors.
There are several different kinds of pesticides that can be beneficial against scorpions. Always follow label directions and use caution when handling chemicals.
Residual pesticides can be sprayed around the perimeter of the home to form a barrier that will work to prevent scorpions and many other pests. These treatments often include spraying 3 feet up from the base of the foundation and several feet outward. Pay special attention to entry points like windows, doors, and garages while spraying.
Insecticidal dusts are long-lasting and work well in hard to reach places like wall voids, attics, around baseboards, in cracks and crevices, and in basements. You can use a bellow-like hand duster to apply the insecticidal dust.
Lastly, if you want to monitor the scorpion population around your home, you can set out glue traps in areas where scorpions have been seen. Glue traps do not do a lot to control the population of scorpions, but they can alert you to an increase in numbers or possible areas where they may be coming from. This information can help you intervene early before the population gets out of hand.
Scorpions are potentially dangerous little critters that you do not want inside your house or around your family. Take precautions now to avoid the pain and worry. If you are in need of pest control in Tulsa and surrounding areas, Midwest Pest Control can help. Our expert technicians will come to your home, perform a full inspection, and come up with a customized plan to meet your needs. With Midwest Pest Control on your team, you can feel confident that your home will be safe and pest-free.