Scorpions - Meet the Culprits
Scorpions are common in much of the southern and southwestern United States. Most species, which enter houses are not very poisonous, their stings are comparable to those of bees or wasps. Certain types of scorpions in the desert Southwest can be dangerous, especially to sensitive or allergic people. Most scorpions are active at night. During the day they hide under bark, boards, or in rubbish. In houses, they are most often found in undisturbed areas such as closets, seldom-used shoes, or folded clothing in the southern United States.
- They have two broad, dark bands extending the length of the back, on a yellowish-brown body
- Mature specimens are slightly less than 1.5-inches long
- They feed on small spiders and soft-bodied insects, and will eat other species of scorpions
- Scorpions have poor eyesight, so do not stalk or chase their prey, but lie in waiting to grab it with their pincers
Management of scorpions consists of removing all debris such as loose boards, rocks, stacked wood or any other materials under which they can hide. If necessary, outdoor areas can be treated with a residual insecticide. Indoor areas such as crevices in woodwork, closets, around plumbing, doorway or windows, and other areas where scorpions might hide should also be carefully treated with an appropriate spray or dust. Non-residual or contact applications of synergized pyrethrins or synthetic pyrethroids can be useful when rapid control is needed indoors.
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