If you’ve lived in Texas for any length of time, you’re probably no stranger to scorpions. It’s fairly common to come across them while walking or hiking outdoors. However, when these stinging arachnids show up on your turf, it’s a whole different story.
When scorpions become pests on your New Braunfels property, this can put you and your family at risk of being stung. Continue reading to learn which scorpions may invade your home, what can attract them, how pest control in New Braunfels can get rid of scorpions, and more.
What Kind Of Scorpions Live In New Braunfels?
Scorpions are arachnids, like spiders and ticks. They have eight legs and two front pincers, or pedipalps. Their tails have five segments and a stinger at the end. All different types of scorpions are venomous, but the potency of their venom varies between species.
The striped bark scorpion is the most common type of scorpion in Texas. Striped bark scorpions grow to approximately 2½ inches long. They are yellowish-tan in color and have two dark stripes on their backs, as well as a dark triangular pattern above their eyes. The striped bark scorpion can best be distinguished from other species by its slender pincers and tail.
A sting from a striped bark scorpion is fortunately not known to be lethal but is painful and can produce a significant allergic reaction. This typically entails swelling and itching around the sting site. Some individuals experience more severe reactions, which can include symptoms such as numbness, discoloration, and more prolonged swelling and pain. If you experience intense pain or swelling, or if you have difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical attention right away.
Can Scorpions Climb Walls?
If you have a high wall around your property, you may think this will keep scorpions out. However, while not all scorpions in Texas are good climbers, striped bark scorpions can easily scale walls and often do. They will also climb up the walls of houses and buildings. In fact, it is common to discover striped bark scorpions in residential attics.
Unlike some different types of scorpions, striped bark scorpions do not burrow underground. To escape high temperatures during the day, they will instead crawl under rocks or debris, inside fallen logs, or into human dwellings. Once inside, scorpions will gravitate towards areas in your home that provide shelter, such as cabinets, furniture, attics, crawlspaces, and even house plants.
In the next section, we’ll explore the factors that can attract scorpions to your home, so you can take steps to deter them.
What Attracts Scorpions To My Home?
Scorpions are nocturnal and prefer to hide and rest during the day and hunt at night. Striped bark scorpions enter homes seeking shelter from weather conditions such as extreme temperatures, drought, or rain. Unlike other pests, scorpions do not typically want to live in your home long-term, as it does not provide adequate sources of food and water. However, scorpions can become trapped and unable to get back outside.
While scorpions may attempt to enter any home in search of shelter, food, or water, there are certain factors that may make your home more attractive to groups of scorpions. Since bark scorpions like to hide in covered areas, homes with lots of harborage sites on the property will be more enticing to scorpions. This includes debris, dead leaves, woodpiles, and large stones.
Scorpions will be able to more easily gain entry to your home if there are any torn window screens, cracks or holes in the building, or garage doors with gaps around the outside. To secure your home against scorpions, try making these changes:
- Remove debris from your yard.
- Trim tree branches and bushes to keep them away from your house, as these can provide access to your roof for scorpions.
- Install weatherstripping around any poorly fitted doors and windows.
- Fill in any holes or cracks on the exterior of your home.
- Store firewood away from your home.
- Use tight-fitting window screens without any tears.
Taking these measures can help prevent scorpions from accessing your home. Next up, we’ll cover how to get rid of scorpions if they do become a problem on your property.
Permanent Ways To Get Rid Of Scorpions
The best way to protect your property from scorpions is to work with professionals. For safe and effective scorpion control in New Braunfels, look no further than Gold Star Exterminators. Gold Star Exterminators has provided New Braunfels with quality pest control since 1992.
If you have groups of scorpions in or around your home, we will thoroughly eliminate them and employ preventative measures to keep them away. Don’t risk being stung by a scorpion. Contact Gold Star Exterminators to get rid of scorpions today.