An estimated ten thousand people are stung by scorpions, Orthosterni, each year, with one out of every five victims under the age of six. The neurotoxin contained in the tail of the scorpion is generally nonfatal to humans. However, this poison causes excruciating pain, numbness, muscle twitching and difficulty breathing. Small children are especially susceptible to serious reactions and complications.
Although generally nonlethal, this eight legged crab-like arachnid is an intimidating pest. The creature is commonly found throughout the state of Florida, and will readily invade homes and properties when pursuing a food source. Although generally non aggressive towards humans, scorpions will attack when provoked. They are attracted to dark, humid environments and are most active at night.
Behavior of Scorpions
scorpions are commonly found under floorboards, in rubbish or debris, in bathroom cabinets, in between bed sheets, or even in boots, socks and shoes. Their affinity for seeking shelter in high traffic areas makes unintentional encounters with scorpions not uncommon. Further raising the risk for an unexpected attack is the nocturnal nature of scorpions. Their natural dark coloring often camouflages them extremely well, even indoors.
These arachnids utilize a complex mating ritual consisting of a “mating dance”, with some even culminating in a prolonged “mating sting”. The female is fertilized by a spermataphore which is placed on a surface by the male, as the female is dragged over it. scorpions have a long gestation period ranging from several months, up to a year and a half. They are born live and are carried on their mother’s back until their first molt. The lifespan of scorpions is between three and five years.
Tips for Preventing Scorpions
The main food source of scorpions is other pests. These include mosquitoes, ticks, spiders and rodents. This means that homes already experiencing pest problems are much more susceptible to the poisonous presence of scorpions.
The best method of preventing scorpions is to keep your home free of all other pests. Regularly inspect dark and humid areas of the home, and be sure to always check inside shoes before putting them on. For the most effective control against these dangerous predators, contact a pest control professional immediately!
How to Control Scorpions
The most effective way to combat scorpions is with the professional service of Tomasello Pest Control. If you have noticed scorpions where you are, Tomasello Pest Control can rid them from your home or business for good!
Tomasello Pest Control can perform a systematic scorpion inspection to carefully asses your home or business to identify and address areas prone to scorpions!
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