Scorpions are invading many homes in the Austin, TX area. Texas has about 20 scorpion species, but only one is found throughout the state; the striped bark scorpion. Today, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to relate some information regarding the striped bark scorpions.
Striped Bark Scorpion Stings
Striped Bark Scorpions have a painful sting that fortunately heals on its own. This is great news as they are often found indoors which increases your likelihood of encountering one. They use their pincers to hold their prey while they stab and sting you with their flexible tail tipped with a venom filled stinger. Though their venom is potent, they will only show aggressive behavior when they feel threatened. Unfortunately you may not realize you are provoking them when you put on a shoe with a scorpion hiding inside.
Size of Striped Bark Scorpions
Ranging about 2 3/4” in length, striped bark scorpions are pale yellow in color with two dark stripes on their back and a dark triangle on their head. Their tail and limbs are fairly long. Like all scorpions, the striped bark scorpions have an exoskeleton that molts or sheds several times during its lifespan.
Striped Bard Scorpion Range
Striped bark scorpions can be solitary hunters but they prefer to nest with other scorpions in a wide variety of habitats including grasslands, deserts and forested areas. They rest under loose bark, logs and rocks, in addition to wood piles, clutter and other sheltered places during the day.
Diet of Striped Bark Scorpions
Scorpions usually ambush their prey, by either hiding behind a rock, or in a burrow they dug. They will pounce on them from behind and incapacitate if not kill their unsuspecting victims with their stinger. They are partial to beetles, crickets, and cockroaches, but being opportunistic, they will eat anything they come across. With their venom being extremely powerful, their pray will eventually liquefy, allowing the scorpion to drink them.
Striped Bark Scorpion Lifespan
The average lifespan is about 4 years and they begin mating at the age of 1. The males have to entertain their ladies with a dance, and if they female are so inspired, she will then consent to mate with the male. The striped bark scorpion usually has somewhere between 13 and 47 babies in each litter (averaging about 30), and after they are born, they will climb on their mothers back to safe until their first molting cycle after just a few weeks.
Scorpion Pest Inspections, Treatment & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
If you are stung by an striped bark scorpion you should expect some intense pain. Many folks stung by the striped bark scorpion report feeling an electric current sensation by their venom. Small pets, children and the elderly are most susceptible to their stings and if stung they should seek medical attention. Some symptoms include; swelling at the point of sting, frothing of the mouth, and impaired breathing. If you should spy scorpions in your home or landscape, trust in A-Tex Pest Management to remove the infestation. Call us today!