Scorpions belong to the spider class (Arachida) because they have 8 legs, no antennae and two body segments. Other insects have 6 legs and have antennae and 3 body segments.
Scorpions must have water but can go months without food. They like to eat a variety of insects and spiders as well as other scorpions and small lizards. They have very strong pincers and immobilize their prey by stinging them with a neurotoxic venom.
The sting of a scorpion is harmless unless you have an allergic reaction. The sting usually results in swelling and pain similar to a bee sting. Scorpions are not aggressive, most stings are a result of reaching into a shoe or glove and pressing against the stinger.
Scorpions need moisture so they mostly come out at night and hide in cool places during the day. They can enter the home through cracks and tight spaces. Doors and vents are typical entry points.
The best way to keep scorpions at bay is to make sure wood piles and clutter are kept away from the house. You can also place screening over the weep holes the run around your home at ground level. Weather-stripping of doors and windows help.
If you think you have a Scorpion problem call Hart’s Extermination today to schedule a free home inspection.