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 Australia 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.
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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 that are a potential food source for scorpions? If so, take the 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 provide services for residential and commercial properties.