Scorpions, Scorpion Control and How to Get Rid of Scorpions
Scorpions are close
relatives of spiders, ticks and mites. They have broad, flat bodies
with eight legs. They are most easily identified by their two
pincer-like "crab legs" at the front of their bodies and four pairs of
legs followed by the six-segmented stinger-tipped tail at the back.
Scorpions can range in color, depending on species, from the mustard
yellow of the deadly sculptured scorpion to the black of the black
scorpion. Most are striped brown or tan.
Scorpions are most commonly found in warmer parts
of the country, particularly in the South and desert areas of the
Southwest. They are frequently found under stones, in piles of rocks
or masonry, in piles of wood and under tree bark. They are often
found in crawl spaces, attics or in dry stone walls or foundations.
They may invade homes in search of moisture and are most likely found
in washrooms, bathrooms, closets, garments, shoes or bedding.
Scorpions are poisonous; the poison glands are in
the last segment of the tail. All scorpions produce a painful sting.
Most species are not dangerous but the deadly sculptured scorpion,
common in Arizona, has been responsible for many deaths. All stings
should be promptly treated by a physician especially when small
children are involved.
The mother scorpion produces an average of 30
living young per brood which she carries on her back for up to 15
days. It takes up to four years for most species to reach maturity.
Scorpions are predators, feeding mainly on insects and spiders. They
can survive without feeding for many months.
Control of Scorpions
Sanitation is the first step in scorpion control.
Loose boards, wood piles, rocks, and debris should be eliminated from
areas around the home, especially near foundation walls. Spray an
excellent residual insecticide in these areas. This will also reduce
populations of insects that the scorpions feed on. Spray a swath
outside approximately six feet around the perimeter of the home and
one foot up the foundation wall. Spray all entry points from the
inside. We recommend using
Use a Chapin pump-up type sprayer
for application. Both are excellent insecticides. Use Delta Dust to
treat the electrical outlets, attic spaces and around the plumbing and
electrical fixtures. Use a Hand Duster for application of the dust. Always
wear Gloves and a
Scorpion infestations can be effectively controlled with thorough
applications of the above insecticides into cracks and crevices and
other potential harborage areas.
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The word scorpion is sometimes misspelled as
scorpian, and the plural scorpions has sometimes been misspelled as
scorpians or scorpiones. The correct spellings are scorpion and
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