One of the more common scorpions found in Texas is the striped bark scorpion. I have found, on several occasions, this type of scorpion in different areas throughout my property.
This two-and-a-half-inch long scorpion has 2 yellowish-tan stripes running down the length of their back along with a black triangle on their neck area behind their head.
The most intimidating part of this insect, for me, is that curled up tail. The way it raises before striking its prey and paralyzing the other insects definitely makes me want to run the opposite direction. Scorpions will sting and inject their venom from their tail stinger.
Depending on the species of scorpion, the venom can affect the nervous system causing difficulty in breathing, allergic reactions or even death. The striped bark scorpions sting has moderate reactions, meaning it doesn’t attack the nervous system but allergic reactions could occur in some people and may require medical attention.
It’s important to keep your property clean and free of debris. Scorpions will nest and hide under rocks, in wood piles or in the bark of trees. During the hotter months, scorpions may move indoors to escape the heat. I’ve seen a couple crawling up the walls, which isn’t uncommon, because they are often found in attics.
Here’s some helpful tips to help your pest control provider with the battle of scorpions:
- Make sure to clean up all the debris and trash
- Make sure wood or log piles aren’t directly on the ground
- Check all wood or logs for insects before bringing indoors
- Tightly seal all trash bins
- Check weather stripping on doors and windows
- Seal any cracks or crevices
- Keep lawn, bushes and tree branches trimmed
- Discard any unused stones or bricks that scorpions can hide under
- Call a professional—setting up a regular service will help keep scorpions out
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