Scorpion Identification & Prevention Guide

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are part of a very diverse group that lives throughout the world, belonging to the class Arachnida, and are closely related to mites, spiders, and ticks. There are approximately 1,100 species of scorpions living worldwide. As a group, scorpions are easy to identify because of their large, well-developed claws that they use to subdue their prey. They also have segmented bodies and long, segmented tails that curve up over their bodies and end in a curved stinger that they use to inject venom into their prey. Despite having many eyes, scorpions have poor vision; they rely on touch and vibrations to hunt.

a scorpion on a tree stump outside of a home in wagener south carolina

Are scorpions dangerous?

Scorpions are dangerous pests that deliver painful, venomous stings. Most of these stings pose no significant health problems, other than an intense burning sensation and localized swelling. However, those allergic to their venom may develop a severe reaction that requires medical attention. You should always be careful around scorpions, and you should never try to handle them directly. As is the case with bees, hornets, or wasps – if scorpions are on your property or in your home, a professional should be contacted.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

The most likely reason scorpions are living on your property is because it is providing them suitable living conditions and abundant food sources. Scorpions are predators and feed on a variety of insects, spiders, and small animals like rodents and lizards. While out foraging for food, or in order to escape harsh weather conditions, scorpions often move inside through gaps in the foundation, spaces around windows and doors, or underneath exterior doors.

Where will I find scorpions?

Whether living inside or out, scorpions prefer to inhabit dark, damp locations. Logs, rocks, trees, and woodpiles are all areas outdoors where scorpions will hide and wait for their prey to come by. Inside, they often hide in basements, bathrooms (inside of tubs and sinks), closets, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, and any other cool, damp area.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

For home and business owners who want to eliminate scorpions from their property, partnering with a professional is the best way to be successful. At Jury Pest Services, we provide exceptional pest solving strategies that will eliminate scorpions and prevent their return. Our green pest control solutions protect the environment, while still being effective against our area’s toughest pests. Serving Richmond County in Georgia and Aiken County in South Carolina, Jury Pest Services is committed to our customers and to providing trustworthy pest control services. We also provide our professional services to homes and businesses in Columbia County, GA, Edgefield County, SC, Barnwell County, SC, and beyond. To learn more about our scorpion control services, contact Jury Pest Services today!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

In addition to the professional solutions you’ll find at Jury Pest Services, use the following tips to help prevent problems with scorpions:

  • Remove piles of leaves, fallen trees or tree limbs, excess woodpiles, and other organic debris from your property.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors – especially basement doors.

  • Seal cracks in the foundation of your home or business.

  • Place garbage cans and compost bins up off of the ground.

  • Create a barrier of crushed rock or stone between your property and any mulch, soil, or grass.

  • Reduce moisture levels by using dehumidifiers in the basement, making sure crawlspaces are adequately ventilated, and fixing leaky pipes.

 

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