Scorpions

When someone says "Scorpions," you may think of the Wild West, tumbleweeds, cowboys and gunslingers

What you may not know is that there are close to 70 species of scorpions throughout the entire United States, and they have been found as far northeast as Baltimore, MD and as far northwest as western Canada.

The second thing that may come to your mind is the fear of a deadly sting. A scorpion’s sting is very similar to that of a wasp or bee; the overall damage mostly depends on the victim’s allergic reaction to the venom. Most stings result in swelling, itching and redness, all which commonly go away within 24 hours for those without allergies. The only “deadly” species of scorpion that we have in the United States is the Arizona Bark scorpion (also commonly referred to as the Sculptured scorpion) which is only found in Arizona and the surrounding areas.

Scorpions have been observed to live up to six years, with a diet consisting of other insects such as crickets, spiders, and sometimes even other scorpions. Their main necessity is water, and have been observed to live up to six months without food as long as they have a steady source of water nearby. Their entire lifestyle is built around consuming and conserving water. They are nocturnal in order to limit the amount of water loss due to heat, and they hide in foliage which is conducive for receiving and retaining condensation. Often times when found in a place of residence, they will be seen in/near bathtubs, sinks, drains, etc. during the morning hours before they’ve made their journey back outside to rest for the day.

The best way to manage these pests alongside the use of a pesticide is to limit a moisture rich environment outside the home by removing foliage and areas of excess runoff. Sealing the home’s doors, windows, entryways, and any cracks in the foundation will also limit their chance to enter the home.