Would you eat a scorpion? What if it were fried? If you lived in certain parts of Asia you would in a heartbeat, because they are considered a delicacy there.
With over 1,700 species of scorpions, and only 90 in the United States, they are mainly located in the South and South West. Some scorpions have been seen in Canada, but are much more prevalent in this region. The most common scorpion in Texas, and the only one found in East Texas, is the striped bark scorpion, or Centruroides vittatus. You can distinguish the striped bark scorpion from other scorpions with the two prominent brown stripes running down a yellowish tan body. Scorpions like to live in decaying matter or under debris where food is plentiful. Scorpions are carnivores so they eat spiders, centipedes, and other small insects. The striped bark scorpion is a great climber, which is how they end up in your attic. Scorpions like to take harborage near the air ducts where the air is cooler and it is nice and dark. The scorpion, like some other pests you might know, exhibit photophobic behavior, which means they scatter when they are in light; it’s also a scorpion’s self-defense when it senses it will be eaten by a bird or lizard.
Everyone can identify a scorpion. Like a spider, scorpions are one of the most recognized beings in the pest world, with their long stinging tail that can be arched over their back. Incidentally scorpions are related to the spider as they both have 8 legs, however what makes the scorpion unique is that they give birth to live young. Once born, they immediately hitch a ride on mama’s back for about 2 weeks, and then they are on their own. After a year scorpions are mature enough to start having babies, but can live up to 25 years if the conditions are right and enough food can be found. Another very interesting feature, specific to the scorpion, is its reaction to a certain UV wavelength, or black light. A fluorescent chemical located in the cuticle, which is the outer layer of their exoskeleton, illuminates when exposed to the light. Entomologists have been known to use hand held black lights while studying scorpions in the field.
Scorpion Control in Texas
The removal of all branches, logs, debris and other decaying matter, around your home, can help prevent scorpions from coming in. Making sure that your window screens are intact and that you have adequate insulation around your doors are additional measures you can take to keep scorpions from entering your home. If you think you have scorpions inside, and can’t figure out where they are coming from, then it might be time to give us a call. We have an industry proven protocol that will eliminate the infestation and provide you with a peace of mind, guaranteed.
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