Scorpions are not insects, but they are pests nonetheless. Scorpions are arthropods that belong to the same class as ticks, mites, and spiders (aka arachnids). They are common pests in Texas that sting defensively when disturbed. Scorpions have an average lifespan of three to eight years.
Scorpions are most active during the summer, especially in extreme climate conditions like the sweltering Texas heat. They tend to thrive in dry habitats, but are hearty enough to live in even the most humid areas of the Lone Star State. Scorpions usually hide in dark places, under rocks or woodpiles. They often move into homes when they are seeking shelter and water, and take cover in cracks and crevices such as wall spaces and crawl spaces or behind/under furniture. Scorpions are mostly nocturnal, so people tend to encounter them in the evening or early morning as the pests are attempting to make their way out of sight for the day.
All scorpion species produce venom; they use it to immobilize or kill their prey and to defend themselves against predators, which includes humans. While some scorpions have venomous stings that are lethal, most Texas scorpions do not; they only produce mild to moderate reactions in most people. Their stings, which are similar to bee stings, are painful and cause swelling; they can cause more serious reactions in people who are allergic to the venom.
Getting rid of scorpions in Texas can be difficult. To help get rid of the pests, some basic tasks you can do include keeping grass closely mowed, removing yard waste, eliminating standing water sources, regularly sweeping your outdoor spaces and garage, and filling cracks, using weather stripping around doors and windows. You should also inspect cabinets, closets, and other dark places in your home on a regular basis. These things will help make your home less attractive to scorpions.
For more information, check out the entry regarding scorpions in Texas in the online library of “Insects of Homes, Schools & Businesses” from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
Of course, the best way to keep scorpions and other pests away from and out of your home is via regular monitoring and a solid plan of prevention that includes professional pest control.
If you are worried about scorpions invading your home, a reputable pest control company can help you protect your property. The professional pest mitigation experts have the knowledge and experience to help keep you and your loved ones safe from scorpions. Absolute Pest Management is your best choice for effective professional pest control in Austin and the central Texas area. Absolute Pest Management, a family-owned company, is dedicated to helping property owners protect their property from pests, including scorpions by using the most effective pest control, pest extermination, and pest management practices. Every pest specialist on the Absolute Pest Management team is trained to handle scorpions and other pests that invade your home. Contact Absolute Pest Management online or by phone at 512-444-0262 to learn more about the services they provide.