Striped bark scorpions are thriving in Texas and are a very common urban invader. The striped bark scorpion will hibernate during the colder season and will emerge as it warms back up again. As the season continues to heat up, scorpions will look for ways to escape the intense heat, which is often inside homes and other human structures. A-Tex Pest Management will share how to prepare for this upcoming scorpion season and ways to keep striped bark scorpions out of your home.
When Do Scorpions Come Out?
Due to the Texas climate, scorpion’s hibernation cycles will change depending on the region’s climate. Some areas of Texas will have colder winters than others. For areas that warm up sooner, you can begin to expect scorpion activity. During the beginning of scorpion season, if you are finding scorpions inside your home, this is because they were already inside your home hibernating undisturbed. To deal with current occupants, use a vacuum cleaner to suck them up. Additionally, you can use sticky traps to help control scorpions inside your home. It can be rather unnerving to have scorpions inside your residence, which is why it is essential to work hard to keep them out and get rid of those inside quickly. Take the needed steps to control scorpions inside your home as much as you do the outside to reclaim your property.
How to Prevent Bark Scorpion Stings
To keep scorpions out of your home you will need to begin outside. Scorpions will live and thrive in dense vegetation, in leaves and yard debris, firewood piles and under rocks. You will want to make your landscape unappealing to scorpions. This means keeping firewood off the direct ground and as far away from the house as possible. Keep the lawn cut down as scorpions will use the grass to cool down and for feeding grounds. Yard debris and leaves must be kept clean and do be cautious of land-covered rocks. Scorpions love to hide underneath rocks to keep cool during the day and come out at night to feed. For those who have larger landscape rocks, know the risk. You can try digging the rock partially out of the ground. However, that won’t always stop scorpions. Avoid having cluttered objects on your yard and especially near the house. Not only will it help keep scorpions and other insects or spiders away from your home, it also makes it much easier to apply insecticides around the home. Another element you want to prevent outside your home is stagnant water as this attracts scorpions.
Sealing Home from Scorpions
Next, you will want to prevent scorpions from entering inside your home. As scorpions can reach over 2 inches in length and seem very big they are also very flat. Scorpions can squeeze through thin gaps, typically those in windows and doors. You will want to check exterior doors and windows at least twice a year to make sure they fully closed. Doors will often need weatherstripping replacement and windows may need new screens or total window replacement as well. However, scorpions will also gain access to the home through chimneys, through the attic, the or HVAC system (air ducts). To help keep scorpions out, make sure to use a fine metal mesh or screen and have it placed over the chimney, dry and attic vents.