Scorpion

Scorpion
Size: Mostly under 1/2"
Color: Yellowish tan to dark brown
Habitat: Warmer climate regions
Found: Worldwide
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Scorpion Control

The culture of scorpions can date back into ancient history where scorpions represent fierce warriors and protectors of kings and pharaohs. In some cultures, scorpions represent evil entities that are fighters that possess irreconcilable powers. These historical and cultural connections with the scorpion figure may have led to a bad taboo on the scorpion and often times, in today’s world, even the sight of a scorpion will terrify homeowners. Unfortunately, these ancient stories and myths may have sprouted from an all too eerie reality. Although they are considered an occasional invader inside homes, they pose a potential medical threat to people and animals. Known to be fierce hunters, scorpions utilize venoms to paralyze insects and even small animals to forage for food. Because this venom can also pose as a health threat to people, there has been a general concern for scorpions that invade homes. Their nativity is unknown, however, they can be found all over the world with about 70 species located in the United States. In the United States however, they are primarily located in the southwest region and dry southern regions.

Scorpion Identification

Adult scorpions can range in size depending on species and will be as small as 2 inches or can grow to be about 4 inches long. They are easily recognized by their body shape. Their heads look like it has been fused to the thorax. Their thoraxes are elongated and extend out into a tail like appendage that curves upwards that completely ends with a stinger. Towards the front of their bodies, they possess two large legs that end with pincerlike claws. They have 4 pairs of legs and the colors will also vary depending on the species.

Scorpion Biology

Scorpions undergo a simple metamorphosis which means that the young scorpions have the same shape as the adults but are differentiated by size, color, and other minute physical and biological differences. They do not lay eggs; rather, female scorpions give birth to their young. As soon as the young are born, they crawl onto their mothers’ backs and remain on the back until their first molt which can be as far as 30 days after they are born. They will not feed until after their first molt and on average, a scorpion will molt 6 times before they are fully developed. The development process can take anywhere from several months to a staggering 4 years, depending on the species and environmental conditions. Furthermore, the color that the adult scorpion will give off is not attained until after 2 to 3 months of development. Fully matured scorpions can live for several years but on average, they will survive about 3 years. One rare occurrence that can be found in the scorpion group is their ability to regenerate lost appendages. Often times, however, their new appendage is malformed and may not operate as well as the original appendage.

Scorpions as a Health Threat

There are not many scorpion species that are found in the United States that can deliver a fatal sting to people. However, the sting of one of the most common scorpion species found in the United States, the common striped scorpion, cause temporary pains, itching of the skin, localized swelling and sometimes even bruising. Normally, the sting of a scorpion is best related to a sting of a wasp or a bee. Although in most cases, the symptoms of a scorpion sting will subside within 24 hours, there are people who will develop a fatal allergic reaction.

In general however, scorpion stings can be fatal. Usually, stings made by scorpions deliver an intense pain and will be followed immediately by distress, numbness, dizziness, anxiety, hyperactivity, difficulty speaking and swallowing, respiratory malfunctions, paralysis of the injured area, and sometimes even convulsions of the body. If a death occurs from a scorpion sting, it is caused by respiratory failure and a combination of other stressful complications on the body.

Scorpion Behavior

Scorpions are nocturnal creatures that are the most active during the night. They forage on food during their active stage and will feed on such things like small insects and spiders. There have been reports of scorpions exhibiting cannibalistic behavior; however, this is a rare case and often times when they feed on their own species, they are without an adequate food source. If there is a legitimate water source available, scorpions can actually survive without food for several months.

During the day, scorpions will usually rest or hide in protected areas. This may be in a burrow, under rocks, under logs and fallen trees, in leaf litter and debris, and etc. This helps to conserve water loss and energy for the night’s activities and hunt. In and around the house, scorpions can be found in the crawl space area, in basements, garages, attics, and in the wall voids. If there are windows that are left open without screening or open and freed entry points, they will directly enter living spaces. At sunrise, scorpions will hide in the nearest protected area in the house which is often times inside shoes, in folded clothes and blankets, inside jackets and etc.

How to Get Rid of Scorpions

There are several different steps to eliminating scorpions from your house. This will involve identification, eliminating food and harborage sites, exclusion and chemical control. After identifying the area that they are harboring in, eliminate the breeding site and all other potential breeding grounds around the structure. Also, scorpions may thrive in an area where there is an adequate food source. Chemical control may be necessary to eliminate other small insect pests from your structure so that the scorpion food source is eliminated. Exclusion includes caulking around door and window frames, checking for possible entry points around utility lines that enter the building, checking for entry points in the vents and facia boards, and also making sure that screens on doors and windows are tightly fitted and in good condition. Finally, apply appropriately labeled pesticides in concentrated areas. If there are scorpions in the wall void, apply a dust product that provides a long residual. Also, apply an appropriately labeled liquid spray in a barrier treatment method outside the perimeter of the structure. Allow for all treated areas to dry before coming in contact with the area again.

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Q. I'm looking into using a pest service. I've broke my decision down two companies, one is using the product Cy-kick and the other using a product. called demand cs Demand cs
A.   We recommend using Demand CS because it is a micro-encapsulated product. Therefore, Demand CS has a longer residual time.
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I have a large yard in arizona (mostly) rock ft and rear, I have been using Cyper WP for about a year. It seems to kill them after a couple of days, and I have now sprayed 2 lbs total...The scorpions seem to always return, and there are no signs of crickets or spiders anymore! Is there another product I can use maybe a more powerful one? thanks
A.   Demand CS is a great product that will provide you with a longer residual than Cyper WP if you are applying outdoors for scorpion control.
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Hello Now I will try to use Talstar granular, but is nevertheless Bifen Termiticide / insecticide, which are effective after 3rd use. I am very happy now because I have a home of scorpions and other insects Inside. Thank you for selling very good product, and also for my peace, because I was terrified.
A.   Thank you for the update. We hope you find success with the Talstar Granular. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again. Thank you.
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Q. DOES THIS PRODUCT POISON TURTLES, MICE, LIZARDS, SNAKESAND BIRDS
IS PRODUCT POISON TO LOCAL WILDLIFE
A.   Most insecticides are safe for pets or children to be around once it has fully dried. However some pets/animals may be more sensitive to certain chemicals so it is always best to consult with a veterinarian before using the product. We have a PDF file of all products Material Safety Data Sheet located under the product's descriptions that you and your doctor may refer to.
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Q. do you know which pesticide is best for scorpions?
A.   Scorpion control will involve a prevention method by treating outside rather than killing the ones on contact since they are considered occasional invaders. The best type of insecticide for this is to use a liquid concentrate spray to create a barrier around the home. Also, consider using granules on the the lawn. Demand CS is a great liquid concentrate with a long residual. The same active ingredient is used in Demand G Granules.
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Q. What is the best product to use to keep scorpions away from house. Do you have a scorpion granule repellent.
A.   Unfortunately, we do not have a granule repellant for scorpions. If you are looking for a contact kill granule product, we recommend the Deltagard G Granules. It is a contact kill method of treatment and can be broadcast on the yard and around the perimeter of the house. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Do you know which are the best pesticides for scorpions?
A.   Scorpion control will involve a prevention method by treating outside rather than killing the ones on contact since they are considered occasional invaders. The best type of insecticide for this is to use a liquid concentrate spray to create a barrier around the home. Also, consider using granules on the the lawn. Demand CS is a great liquid concentrate with a long residual. The same active ingredient is used in Demand G Granules.
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Q. how to kill scorpions
I am interested in product (prefer spray) that will control scorpions. On the page with details about scorpion control several products are listed. When I click on one and look at the target list non that I found list scorpions. Will you please direct me to the best product for controlling scorpions?
A.   Scorpions are a difficult pest to get rid of, however, many of the products that do not state scorpions as a targeted pest will still be effective in reducing the population dramatically.

We would recommend any insecticide with a long reisudal time, preferably dust, but depending on where you are treating, it could be dust or liquid.

Here are direct links to the products.

Delta Dust

Cy-Kick CS Insecticide

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Q. is cedar a good scorpion barrier?
if not what is?i am told that lavander is ok. thank you for your time i greatly appreciate it.
A.   There are cedar granule repellents and other cedar repellents that are said to be effective for scorpion control; however, we do not carry those products. We have liquid concentrate insecticides that you can use to create a barrier around the home so that when scorpions come in contact with the treated area, they will be killed on contact. Suspend or Cy-Kick insecticide are two great products for scorpion control.
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Q. Do Scorpions hibernate in winter ?
We are in New Mexico. I have never seen a Scorpion in the winter here, Do they hibernate ?
A.   Yes, Scorpions do try to find an area in which they could hibernate for the winter. Many times these ares will be within our wall voids.
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