Unfortunately for Spring, TX residents, the above title is unfortunately true. There are scorpions everywhere! The winter’s warm weather has created an explosion of five-legged buggers that have made their way into homes this year. The last thing you need in 2022 is Scorpions! Keep on reading so you can learn what we can do to make your home Scorpion free this winter!
“We’ve had so many calls lately about finding these things in bedsheets and linens because they’re cold and you want to cover up, but they’ll come out of hiding when you do that,” said Chris Villarreal, owner of CPL Pest Control.
“Anywhere where it is warm. If you go outside and look under a piece of wood or steel, they’re going to be there.”
Chris added that the scorpions are out in full force, and reports of calls regarding them have increased by 70% over the average.
“We’ve received more calls right now than we do in any other season.”
One Spring,TX resident reported that she woke up one morning to find a scorpion crawling on her neck. She swatted it away but still experienced a sting on her arm. “The pain is intense.”
It was reported this last summer that doctors treated a 40-year-old woman who had been stung by a scorpion multiple times after discovering one in her bed.
“I thought it was a spider, but then I saw the pinchers and realized it wasn’t a spider. I started to panic,” said the woman. The scorpions are most active around 80 degrees and anything below that will send them into hiding for a few days or weeks at a time. Spring residents, be sure to keep your homes and surrounding areas clean – especially places where there is vegetation – because scorpions like to hide in woodpiles and under carpets.
What Does A Scorpion Look Like?
The scorpion is a small arachnid with eight legs and a segmented tail ending in a venomous stinger. Scorpions vary in size depending on species, ranging from 9 mm / 0.3 in to 23 cm / 9 in, but an average adult is about 10 cm (4 in). Most species of scorpion are nocturnal. During the day they prefer to hide under rocks, woodpiles, logs, bark, and other debris. Scorpions are not aggressive unless they are injured or provoked. When scorpions attack people, it is usually a case of them defending themselves.
The scorpion is found worldwide in various habitats, including forests, grasslands, and deserts. Scorpions prefer areas that are humid, dark, and sheltered from the weather. They are also found in rocky areas, under rocks and logs, in crevices, mammal burrows, caves, and in buildings. Scorpions often hide in shoes, clothing, and beds especially when the weather is cold.
How Do I Know If I Have Scorpions In My Home?
Scorpions do not have nests in the typical sense. They usually live alone, in a small group, or with their young. When they want to mate, they search for a partner. Scorpions can sting with their long tails which inject a venom that may be toxic to humans and other animals.
The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and redness of the skin around the area where they were stung. Most scorpion stings are not serious and the pain can be controlled with common medications.
What Can I Do To Keep Scorpions Out Of My Home?
Scorpions are attracted to light and water. They can enter homes through cracks in the foundation or small openings around windows, doors, or dryer vents. You can reduce the number of scorpions around your home by removing objects that provide shelters, such as woodpiles, trash, and rocks. You can also seal cracks and holes leading into the house, repair foundation cracks and damaged windows and doors, and caulk plumbing and electrical penetrations.
When You Find A Scorpion, What Can You Do?
If you find a scorpion in your home and want to remove it yourself, use a jar or other container to capture it. Placing a piece of cardboard in the opening will help you guide it into the jar. Some people have had success with placing a piece of sticky tape around the opening and then trapping the scorpion in the jar. Make sure there is enough space in the container so that the scorpion cannot climb up the sides. You can then take it outside and release it into a shrub or bush.
If you are not comfortable dealing with the scorpion yourself, call CPL Pest Control for help.
What Should I Do If I Have Scorpions In My Home?
You should call CPL Pest Control! We promise to rid of your scorpion problem today! We’ll diagnose the situation, identify areas where scorpions may be entering in and develop a plan to rid of these pesky critters! So call today for your FREE Consultation and Quote! Call 281-683-6737, as always ask for Chris!
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