Scorpions are some of the scariest pests that homeowners find on their property and in their homes. They are a member of the arachnid family but much larger than any spider or other arachnid you are likely to find on your property.
At Pinnacle Pest Defense, we provide premiere pest control in New Braunfels. We are experts when it comes to safely removing scorpions from your property. Here is a look at everything you need to know about identifying and dealing with scorpions in this area.
Common Types Of Scorpions: Identification And Characteristics
There are over 15 different types of scorpions found throughout Texas. However, the type of scorpion that you are most likely to see in New Braunfels is the striped bark scorpion.
Striped bark scorpions can measure up to 2 ¾ inches long. When they are young, their bodies are typically a medium-brown color. However, as they age, their bodies tend to get lighter and are light tan or yellow. Some of the most distinguishing features on its body are the two dark stripes that run down the back of its abdomen and the dark triangle-shaped mark on its head.
Like all scorpions, the striped bark scorpion has eight legs that it uses to run fast. Two long appendages by its head have large pincers. Its segmented tail is long and has a sharp and powerful stinger on the end it uses to attack its prey and any predator it views as a threat.
Scorpion Stings: Symptoms And Treatments
All scorpions in New Braunfels are venomous. They like to hunt small animals and insects, using their venom to subdue their prey. Their venom is strong enough to incapacitate these small creatures, but it is rarely potent enough to be considered life-threatening to humans. Most of the time, when you are stung by a scorpion, you will experience symptoms similar to a bee sting. You may notice extreme pain and minor swelling.
However, a striped bark scorpion has a toxic venom that can be dangerous to certain people. The symptoms may be more severe if you are stung by a bark scorpion. Some of the more severe symptoms that you could experience include:
- Extreme pain
- Muscle weakness
- Blurred vision
- Difficult breathing
Not everyone stung by a bark scorpion will experience these extreme symptoms. But if you are experiencing any of these troubling symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Scorpion Prevention: Proven Effective Tips
Scorpions will only invade your property when looking for food, water, or shelter. They prefer places that have plenty of hiding spots.
Some of the things that you can do to prevent scorpions from invading your yard include:
- Remove any large rocks, lumber, and other harborage sites on your property
- Don't stack piles of firewood near your home
- Eliminate any insect infestation that you have around your home
Scorpions are commonly found outside but will come inside if they cannot find food or if bad weather is out. Make sure that the door and window screens on your home are intact and have no rips or tears in them to prevent scorpions from invading your home as well.
Expert Scorpion Control: The Smart Way To Get Rid Of An Infestation
It can be dangerous to try and deal with scorpions on your own. If you see any type of scorpion around your New Braunfels property, you should call us as soon as possible. At Pinnacle Pest Defense, we can get rid of the scorpions around your home and ensure they never return. Reach out today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in New Braunfels.