Do you have a scorpion infestation in your home and yard? If so, do you know how to deal with them?
The simplest answer to deal with a scorpion infestation is for a Mesa scorpion control company to come out to deal with the scorpion infestation.
As with other insects, rodents, and animals, scorpions did not start out as pests. It’s only when they inhabit human settlement areas that they’re classified as pests. Thus, in order to understand the basics of what a scorpion is, where it lives, and how it survives, as well as its original purpose in the ecological system, let’s consider an entomological discussion on the scorpion.
What is a scorpion?
According to the nationalgeographic.com website, the scorpion is part of the same family as spiders, mites and ticks; the Arachnid family. The scorpion also has fairly unique distinguishing features; thus, making it fairly easy to distinguish from other Arachnids or spiders.
They have several eyes, two sets in the middle of its head as well as other eyes situated on the sides of its head. Its most defining feature, however, is its set of claws or pincers that are held out in front of it as it moves. It also has eight legs and a long, segmented tail that is carried high over the back of its body. The end of this long tail has a barbed stinger.
Scorpions are usually nocturnal predators; thus, they are very seldom seen during the day. They also reproduce very quickly so their numbers will quickly grow to infestation numbers.
Unfortunately, several species are very poisonous, of which two, the Arizona Hairy Scorpion and the Striped Bark Scorpion, commonly inhabit homes and outside buildings. The Arizona Hairy Scorpion’s sting is not deathly poisonous. However, it’s sting, or bite as people call it, causes redness, pain, and warmth at the sting site.
The Striped Bark Scorpion, on the other hand, has extremely toxic venom that’s deadly for people and domestic animals who are highly sensitive.
The scorpion’s natural environment
Scorpions are found in arid climates like semi-arid regions and deserts. They have the ability to thrive in some of the world’s harshest environments. However, they cannot live without loose soil, similar to what is found in an extremely dry desert.
They are also burrowing animals. And, interestingly enough, they are sensitive to moisture loss, which is why they inhabit cool, moist areas during the hot days. This is why they create dark, cool burrows beneath the hot desert sand. In human settlement areas, they are often found hiding in dark corners of buildings, and sometimes in shoes and boots.
Thus, it makes sense that if you share the scorpion’s natural habitat, it’s best to check your shoes and boots before you put them on. There is nothing worse than being stung by an angry scorpion because you have invaded its warm, safe space.
Climate change, as a result of global warming, this has allowed them to extend their reach and move into areas that were previously unsuitable for their habitation. They also can slow down their metabolism should food sources become scarce.