Scorpions. Just the name of these insects is enough to send chills down your spine. Due to popular movies over the years like Indiana Jones, most people don’t think twice about running away when they see a scorpion. Scorpions may have gotten a bad name, but the thing is, not all scorpions are the same. Like most insects and pests around your home, there are different species. There are different types of termites, ants, roaches, and spiders to name a few.
Here are some answers to a few FAQs about scorpions in Arkansas and how Hopper Termite & Pest can help you get rid of scorpions in your home and/or business.
Are there scorpions in Arkansas?
When you think of scorpions and where they live, you probably think of dry, remote places like the outback of Austrailia or the deserts Arizona. While these places do have their fair share of scorpions and other creepy pests, Arkansas is also home to scorpions. At this point, the only scorpion known to Arkansas is the Striped Bark Scorpion. They have a yellowish brown color to them with a darker brown dorsal and most adults average 2.5” in size.
Scorpions are nocturnal creatures and come out at night. And when it comes to food, their favorites include mostly insects like spiders, centipedes, and even other scorpions.
Where can you find striped bark scorpions?
These scorpions can be found in a lot of different areas around your yard. On trees, they like to nestle under loose bark. You can also find them in hiding places like loose rocks or the cracks of stacked logs or branches. However, most people aren’t really concerned about scorpions being outside.
Like other pests, most scorpions find their way to the inside of your home in search of food, water, and shelter. And like most insects, they can be found in cool, damp places.
Can striped bark scorpions kill you?
Unless you are part insect, the answer is probably no. While many people react differently to bug bites and stings from insects, most humans will not die as a result of a sting from a striped bark scorpion. However, their sting is lethal to insects they are trying to capture for their next meal.
What should you do if you get stung by a striped bark scorpion?
As mentioned above, people react differently to stings and bites from insects. For most people, a scorpion sting is a lot like a wasp sting. It’s sharp and can be a bit painful. After getting stung, you should:
Wash the area with soap and water.
• Remove items such as rings if stung on the finger.
• To reduce swelling, use an ice pack.
• If you have shortness of breath, blurred vision, or a severe reaction after the sting such as severe swelling, then you should seek medical attention immediately.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST CAN PROTECT YOU FROM SCORPIONS
If you have come across one too many scorpions running through your home or have unfortunately experienced the sting of a scorpion, then there are a few things that you can do to help get rid of these stinging pests.
First, take a look around the house. Do you have a lot of clutter? Do you have food or other things around your home attracting other bugs which are a potential food source for scorpions? If so, take time to clean up the inside of your home. Next, you want to take things outside. Look at your windows and doors to see if there are any holes or cracks that are giving pests an all-access pass to your home. After making minor improvements, it may be necessary to cut back plants and shrubbery next to the house and move rock and log piles away from the home.
Still seeing scorpions? You need to call in the professionals. At Hopper Termite & Pest, we have experience dealing with a variety of insects and pests. Schedule a FREE PEST EVALUATION today. After the evaluation, our trained technicians can create a plan of action to help you get rid of scorpions in your home. We also provide our services for commercial properties.
Let Hopper Termite & Pest save the day! Give us a call at 1-888-863-0206 or visit our website to your schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION today. With two offices, Mountain Home and Springdale, we are able to provide our services throughout North Central Arkansas, Northwestern Arkansas, and we are even licensed and can provide service in southern Missouri.
Scorpions. When most people think of scorpions, they think of the giant black scorpions that play larger than life characters in the movies. Many people also think that scorpions can only be found in the desert. The truth is that you can also find scorpions right here in Arkansas.
The scorpions around here may not be giant black monsters, but when they invade your home, they can become a very unwelcome guest. Here are some easy ways you can prevent and rid your home of scorpions.
KEEP YOUR YARD CLEAN
There are many types of scorpions, but this area is home to the striped bark scorpion. This scorpion is only about 2 ½ inches in size and can be found in various hiding spots. Since scorpions are nocturnal creatures, you will find them in places that are dark and cool throughout the day such as piles of mulch, loose bark, flower beds, rocks, and wood piles.
By eliminating or organizing loose objects in your yard, you make it more difficult for scorpions to find shelter during the heat of the day. In addition to removing these objects, it is also a great idea to make sure shrubbery and plants are not too close or touching your home. Plants and greenery that are too close to the home give scorpions and other insects an easy bridge to get from the outside of your home to the inside.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
No one likes the surprise of a sting in the middle of the night. Taking precautions such as decluttering your home is a great way to prevent scorpions from finding a nice place to settle in and reproduce.
Scorpions like to hide in dark places such as shoes and piles of clothes. Taking the extra time to clean up your closets and under your bed can drastically reduce the number of scorpions and other bugs that are trying to find a hiding place.
SEAL UP THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME
Like us, scorpions and other pests require food, water, and shelter. If you take away these things, then you will have a better success rate with getting rid of them. Go throughout your home and seal any water leaks you may have. It’s also a good idea to clean up any water spills on the floor or around your sinks. This will take away their water supply.
By taking the necessary steps above, you are also making it more difficult for other insects like spiders to come into your home. By eliminating other small insects, you take away food for scorpions.
One of the best ways to prevent scorpions from taking shelter in your home is to make sure that there is not an easy entry point. Make sure you go around the inside and outside of your home and seal up any small holes or crevices. Seal up around doors, windows, and other holes to prevent many insects, including scorpions, from moving into your home.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. CAN HELP SOLVE YOUR SCORPION PROBLEM!
Scorpions are a resilient insect and can be very difficult to get rid of once they have made your home their home. If you have seen more than one scorpion in or around your home within the past month or you are seeing both large and small scorpions, then you need to give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call TODAY.
Our trained technicians can go in and around your home to make additional suggestions for securing your home and finding any entry points you may have missed. We can also put together a plan to get rid of the scorpions.
Remember, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. provides dependable, effective pest control solutions to a large service area. From Fayetteville to Mountain Home to southern Missouri and everywhere in between, Hopper can help you tackle all of your pest control issues.