Most Texas residents are familiar with the sight of scorpions. These creatures, with a stinger attached to their tail and intimidating pincers, can be found across the state. If you live in San Antonio, you need to know what steps to take to keep scorpions out of your home. Here’s some helpful information about scorpions, and prevention strategies.
Are There Scorpions In San Antonio?
In San Antonio, the most common scorpion is the striped back scorpion. This scorpion has a dark abdomen with two stripes along its back. It’s legs, pincers, and tail are yellow or tan in color. They can grow to be close to three inches long.
Scorpions can be found in foliage, under rocks, inside of logs, and in your home. They like warmth and humidity and get into homes in search of food and water. Luckily, you can take some steps to keep them from getting in.
Are Scorpions Dangerous?
A scorpion sting can’t kill you, but it will be painful. Scorpions hunt by catching their prey in their pincers and stabbing them with their stinger, which is filled with venom. If they are surprised by a human, they may sting. A sting from a scorpion can be quite painful and may result in swelling, redness, and even numbness. These symptoms can last for several days. In the case of an allergic reaction, the stung person should seek medical care. However, in most cases, the pain will fade on its own.
How To Keep Scorpions Out Of Your Home
1. Scorpions often get into homes looking for food, so you can keep them out by making sure that you aren’t feeding them. Scorpions eat insects like crickets and spiders, so a scorpion infestation could be a sign of another pest problem. Have Romney Pest Control help you clear your home of pests that could be acting as scorpion lure.
2. The next step is to minimize their access to water and lower the humidity levels of your home. Scorpions are often attracted to wet areas such as tubs, leaky pipes, and showers. Make sure there is no water damage in your home and check for places that might be collecting water. In addition, use a dehumidifier to lessen the damp air that might attract scorpions.
3. Finally, you need to take care of the outside of your home. Clear your yard of debris which may be providing hiding places for scorpions. Check the exterior of your home for holes and cracks that might be letting scorpions in. Make sure there are screens on doors and windows and check for tears in the screens.
What To Do If You See Scorpions
Sometimes scorpions appear despite your best efforts. They can get through small spaces and find food even when you think there is none. In order to avoid getting stung, you should call Romney Pest Control for help when you see a scorpion in your home. Chances are, there is more than one scorpion hiding in or around your home. We’ll inspect the property for harborage points and eliminate scorpions before they cause problems. Don’t risk moving scorpions on your own; multiple stings could be dangerous, and not worth the pain. We have the tools and experience to quickly and effectively clear your San Antonio home of scorpions.