Posted on 15th Jul, 2013 by Susan Talarico

Scorpions - Truths and Myths

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The most predominate scorpion in our area is the Bark Scorpion. I think you'll find some value in the following information regarding this pesky rascal pictured.

Description: Bark scorpions are smaller than most of the species averaging 1-2 inches in length, and have long, thin pincers. Their abdominal segments are also longer and more slender than other scorpions. The color varies from light tan to a darker golden brown.

Habitat: Preference is for areas that provide shelter, moisture, and are rife with their prey that consists primarily of insects. Harborage areas include piles of lumber, bricks, brush, trash, large ornamental stones, and mulch.

Home Invasion: Spring and Fall are typically when most home entries occur. Believe it or not these scorpions can easily squeeze through a structure crack as small as 1/16" that is often invisible to the human eye. Once inside the home hidden places with cover are sought out but they but can show up anywhere. Climbing and walking on all surfaces except glass and smooth plastic is second nature to them so walls and ceilings are not obstacles to their wandering.

Bark Scorpions are generally most active at night, particularly when temperatures are above 73F. Direct sunlight is avoided like the plague and activities decrease during the hottest part of summer.

Breeding: Mating season occurs during the April to May time frame and the female will have 4 to 5 sets of babies soon after being fertilized. Each birthing will contain up to 30 babies that are born live and ride on the mother's back for 7 to 10 days after which they depart and on their own.

Health Risks: The Bark scorpion's sting is poisonous and can be deadly, particularly for the very young and elderly. The sting will generally not cause swelling but severe pain throughout the affected area will be experienced.

Management: Trained professionals should be used for the safest and most effective management of scorpions.

Myths: Scorpion myths abound and below I've listed the most widely spread tales along with the truth about each.

  • Don't smash a scorpion because it could have babies that will be strewn everywhere.
    WRONG: kill scorpions on site any way you can.
  • Scorpions cannot be killed with pest control products.
    WRONG: products used by trained professionals are effective and will do the job.
  • Eliminate their food sources and they will leave the area.
    WRONG: Scorpions can live for up to 5 months with only hydration.


The presence of even one scorpion shouldn't be taken lightly so call us with any concerns.

Your business is appreciated and will never be taken for granted.

Sincerely,
Bret
480.473.2264
bret@sonoranpest.com
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