When we put out the call on Facebook and Twitter for topics that people wanted to read about on our blog we got a request for scorpions. Scorpions are one of those pests that can send chills through your body at just the thought of them. There are currently 1,200 known species of scorpions in the world.
Typically, if you get stung by a scorpion you get a similar reaction as you would if you were to be stung by a bee. Pain, itching, tingling, swelling, skin turning blue/black at the site of the sting are all signs of a scorpion sting and usually subside within 24 hours. Many people hurt themselves more trying to get away from a scorpion than they would if they had gotten stung. However, some people may develop an allergic reaction to a scorpion sting that can be life-threatening.
When a person gets stung by one of the more dangerous scorpion species, venom is injected into the body that can cause respiratory paralysis and other complications, usually between 2-20 hours of the sting. Thankfully, there is anti-venom that can be administered within 2 hours of the sting.
*Note – If there is no swelling or discoloration around the site of the sting, get to a Doctor immediately.
Scorpions are nocturnal feeders that feed mostly on insects and spiders. During the day, they go into hiding which helps to conserve their water (if water is available, they can survive for months without food). Scorpions are fond of cool temperatures and water so attics, crawl spaces, and even sinks are ideal places to find them. But beware; once the sun comes up they will go into hiding in just about anything.
Ways to control scorpions:
- Remove piles of wood, trash, and debris.
- Store firewood and lumber off the ground.
- Reduce their food by controlling the population of spiders and other pests.
- Block their entrances by tightening door thresholds and windows.
- Call your local pest control company, such as Northwest Exterminating, to control scorpions as well as other pests.