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Everything You Need To Know About Scorpions In Helena, AL

Scorpions are arachnids and much larger cousins of spiders and ticks. They have long tails tipped with venom-infused stingers, and while they all look menacing, some are a lot more dangerous than others. Use this guide to answer your questions about dangerous scorpions and pest control in Helena, AL.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scorpions

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are predatory arachnids with eight legs, two pincers, and a long segmented tail ending in a stinger. They vary in size from just under an inch to nine inches, and there are well over 2,500 scorpion species worldwide. However, only two types live in Alabama; the hentz striped scorpion and the southern unstriped scorpion.

The hentz striped scorpion is also called a striped bark scorpion and is the most common scorpion across the United States. They grow to be just under three inches long and range in color from light tan to dark brown with two dark stripes.

The southern unstriped scorpion is also common in Alabama. They are smaller than hentz striped scorpions at about an inch and a half, have dark coloring without markings, and are sometimes called southern devil scorpions.

Are scorpions dangerous?

Alabama scorpion stings are poisonous but rarely deadly to humans. Their stings are painful and can cause muscle spasms, cramping, nausea, and shortness of breath. If a scorpion stings you and you have symptoms beyond swelling and pain, it’s important to consult with your doctor. If you have scorpions on your property, it would be wise to consult a pest control professional before a sting occurs.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Scorpions enter homes for the same reasons many other pests do; they enjoy sheltered, climate-controlled areas with access to food and moisture. Scorpions are more likely to get inside if your home has gaps in the foundation or around windows and doors. If you have an abundance of insects like cockroaches for them to hunt, they will also be more inclined to come inside. A pest control professional can help you identify these entry points and any underlying pest issues that may lure scorpions into your home.

Where will I find scorpions?

Scorpions are nocturnal creatures and will come out to hunt at night. During the day, they seek out cool and moist areas to hide. Outside this can mean rock piles, logs, or other debris. Inside, you'll often find scorpions in storage areas, laundry rooms, crawl spaces, potted plants, under appliances or furniture, in the bathroom, or inside drawers and cabinets.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

The safest and most effective way to get rid of scorpions is with help from the professionals at Farmers Pest Control. We are a locally owned and operated company providing safe family treatments. Our pest control technicians can inspect your property to find areas scorpions or their pest prey may be hiding or using to get inside. We will treat any existing infestation and help you put plans in place to prevent scorpions from returning. Call to get your free quote and start your home pest control or commercial pest control service today!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

There are things you can do to keep scorpions from invading your home in the first place by eliminating entry points and minimizing factors that attract them. For example:

  • If scorpions are nesting near your house, they are more likely to wander inside. Get rid of scorpion harborage areas by picking up yard debris and stacking wood at least twenty feet from your home and five inches off the ground.
  • Minimize entry points into your home by repairing and replacing torn screens, installing weatherstripping and door sweeps, and sealing cracks and crevices in your exterior walls and foundation.
  • Eliminate excess moisture by fixing leaks, maintaining drainage, addressing condensation, and using dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas.
  • Store food and trash in covered containers so they don’t attract the pests scorpions will enter your home to hunt.
  • Work with a pest control professional to reduce insects and other scorpion prey.

For help with scorpions and other pests, call the experts at Farmers Pest Control!