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Help! Scorpions Are Taking Over My New Braunfels Yard

September 30, 2022

Scorpions are a staple of the environment all over Texas, and since we sit in the heart of Texas, New Braunfels rarely gets a break from scorpion activity. That means scorpions must be one of the top priorities on your New Braunfels pest control list. The good news is that there are plenty of weapons you can deploy in the fight against these armored, venomous predators. All you need is a little knowledge of how they behave and what they’re after when they enter your Texas home. 

Scorpion Identification Made Simple

We’ve got 18 different types of scorpions here in Central Texas. The most common Central Texas scorpion is the striped bark scorpion. This scorpion is tan to light brown with two parallel dark stripes that run down the center of its body. Striped scorpions can grow up to 2.5 inches long and pack both a long stinger and a pair of pinchers. Because of this, they can look scarier than any spider. However, don’t worry too much because the striped bark scorpion is not all that dangerous – nor are any other Texas scorpions. 

Steps To Take To Deter Scorpions

It can be challenging to get rid of scorpions, especially during certain times of the year. For instance, during droughts, scorpions might start coming into your home more often if they cannot get access to water anywhere else. They may also seek shelter from a late-spring or early-fall cold snap if you decide to kick on your heat. However, the thing that can draw scorpions into your home worse than anything is prey infestations.

When your home is full of food scorpions like to eat, you can rest assured they will start moving in and making themselves at home. That means the best thing you can do to keep scorpions away is eliminate the main attraction in your home: other bugs. Do things like:

  • Seal up potential entryways for scorpions and their prey alike, including gaps under doors or cracks in your foundation. 
  • Cover all garbage on your property at all times. 
  • Keep pantry foods stored in airtight containers. 
  • Repair any moisture issues like leaky pipes or clogged drainage. 

Following these easy steps can help keep nasty scorpions off your property by reducing the number of prey items that can attract them and the amount of fresh water readily available. 

Is It Dangerous To Have Scorpions In My Yard?

Generally speaking, having scorpions in your yard is not all that dangerous. The striped bark scorpion can inflict a venomous sting, but the impact of this sting is no worse than that of a bee or wasp sting. You’ll feel pain and may experience some swelling, but it’s nothing an ice pack and some pain relievers can’t handle. 

This rule applies to all Central Texas scorpions because the only potentially dangerous scorpion in the U.S. is the Arizona bark scorpion, which does not live in our area. You’ll only need to worry about the sting of a Texas scorpion if you’re allergic. If you start experiencing signs of anaphylaxis, seek help right away.

Professional Help To Get Rid Of Scorpions For Good

If you want to make sure your yard is free of these stinging pests, you’ll need professional help. Fortunately, our techs here at Gold Star Exterminators are experts on every pest in the Lone Star State, including scorpions. We can ensure your property stays free of these nasty bugs all summer. So don’t wait; click or call to get started today.