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.
Spiders. It seems like these fear-inducing insects are everywhere around this time of the year. You can find them in your lawn, your home, and even in your car on the drive to work. While they may cause you to scream, shout, and run for your life, the truth is that most spiders are harmless.
Here are a few things you should know about what attracts spiders in Arkansas and how Hopper Termite & Pest can help.
WHAT ATTRACTS SPIDERS?
Like humans and other pests lurking in and around your home, spiders need the three basic life necessities of food, water, and shelter in order to thrive. And for most spiders, your home creates the perfect environment.
Food - Most spiders come lurking into your home in order to get their next meal such as other insects.
Water/Moisture - Like most living creatures, spiders need a source of water. It doesn’t have to be a large source. Dirty dishes in the sink, water in the pet’s bowl, and a wet towel on the floor are just a few examples of water sources.
Shelter - Spiders also need a place to nest and get ready for the next generation. Most spiders search out places that are warm and dark.
COMMON SPIDERS IN ARKANSAS
There are several different species of spiders in Arkansas. The Arkansas chocolate tarantula, trapdoor spiders, garden spiders, and bold jumping spiders are just a few found in our state. However, most people are more concerned with the spiders that can cause harm. Arkansas is home to two spiders that can cause severe reactions and harm to humans: the brown recluse and black widow spiders.
Brown Recluse: These spiders hang out in dark, warm, and dry environments. These small fiddleback spiders usually don’t seek out humans. However, they can become aggressive if you invade their territory by putting your foot in a shoe or hand in a glove that they have been inhabiting. Their bites cause different reactions to humans and should be closely monitored.
Black Widow Spiders: These spiders are a little bit larger than the brown recluse and are black. Their identifying mark consists mainly of the red marks on their abdomen. The female black widow is the one you should be worried about since it is the one that bites. Like most insects and spiders, you can find the black widow in a web in the corner of a basement or garage, under rocks or ruble, or in a pile of leaves. Like the brown recluse, the bite can cause different reactions to humans and should be closely monitored.
SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP SPIDERS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
Clean Up Inside
One of the easiest ways to keep spiders and other bugs out of your home is to keep it cleaned up inside. Create a cleaning routine to make sure dishes are out of the sink, keep food in sealed containers, and hang up any clothes that are just lying around.
Clean Up Outside
Keeping the outside of your home is just as important. Keep shrubbery cut and away from the home, stack firewood and rocks away from the home, and cut your lawn on a regular basis.
Call Hopper Termite & Pest!
Dealing with spiders is more than just trying to get rid of a bug in your home for some people. However, it is almost impossible to get rid of every single spider. If you think that you have more than the normal amount of spiders running around your home, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call. From a few spiders here and there to a spider infestation, we have seen a thing or two. Our experienced and trained technicians also know what steps to take next in order to help you feel better about living in your home.
Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 or fill out the form on our website to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION. Our technicians can evaluate your home or business and create a custom plan of action to help get rid of spiders inside your home.