If you’ve lived in Texas your entire life, you likely know the truth about scorpions. But, as New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Spring Branch, and the rest of South-Central Texas grows at an astounding rate, transplants might have some scary ideas about scorpions. We are here to dispel a few myths, confirm a few facts and give you some overall peace-of-mind when it comes to controlling scorpions at your home.
Common Scorpion Myths
Texas Scorpion Stings are Deadly
Scorpions do sting. And they do release a venom that is a neurotoxin so their prey can’t move or escape. However, the types of scorpions in Texas do not carry life-threatening venom. The sting is comparable to a wasp sting and can get red and sharp. (With the exception of an allergy to the venom, scorpion bites in Texas are not lethal to humans.)
Scorpions are Aggressive
Scorpions are shy. They only sting in a defensive move, generally when someone steps on them by accident. They are nocturnal so they’re likely to be more defensive if discovered hiding during daylight hours.
Scorpions Only Live in Rural Areas
While homes closer to the desert might have a higher chance of scorpions infiltrating a home or yard, they are everywhere in Texas. New developments may have a higher number of scorpions too, where they’ve been displaced. But they truly can live anywhere in Texas.
Scorpions are Hard to Get Rid of and Control
Scorpions can be treated for specifically. In fact, we offer a highly effective scorpion control program that specifically treats near your home and the walls to keep them from climbing in at night when they are looking to get out of the heat or cold. But we don’t stop there. We focus on your entire property and lawn too. If we can keep them out of your yard, they won’t get in the house either.
But you can help too!
DIY Scorpion Prevention
Following these tips around your home and property can make your home less hospitable to scorpions in general:
- Keep trees and shrubs pruned back so they are not touching your home.
- Keep firewood piles away from the house.
- Don’t let the grass grow right up to your home’s foundation, or keep it mowed very short if it does go right up to the house.
- Make sure your windows and doors seal tightly, replacing weather stripping as needed.
- Cover weeping holes in stucco or brick homes with steel wool or screen wire.
- Keep your home well sealed and in good repair by sealing cracks and crevices in the walls and foundation and keeping windows screened.
For even further peace-of-mind, call our team at Mosquito Squad for our scorpion control treatment.