Yes, you may have just seen a scorpion in your basement in Texas. I think we can all agree that there is nothing scarier than coming across a scorpion that is darting across your basement floor toward you, or anywhere near you for that matter; if you saw just one, there are probably many more lurking around the dark damp corners of your home and property. Scorpions tend to nest in high numbers, making a sighting of just one or even two especially frightening.
Scorpion Identification & Prevention
Scorpions are generally nocturnal as they hunt for their food at night, and hide out in the far reaches of basements and attics during the daytime. They will eat various insects and small rodents for their nourishment. They have mouthparts that can bite, claws that can pinch and a tail that can inject poison from its stinger. Scorpions can be extremely dangerous and pose an even more serious health risk to small children and to those that tend to be allergic. For all other people, the stings can cause some pain, swelling and tenderness for many days after the initial bite.
Scorpions can be found mostly outdoors, but they will invade homes to hide, avoid light and find a cool place to hang out, like under porches, and in basements or attics. However, no place is safe, they can invade any room of a home and you will want to check your shoes before putting your foot in them to be sure there isn’t a scorpion lurking there, poised and ready to strike. The most common indoor place that scorpions are attracted to is a damp dark basement.
If you are looking to prevent scorpions and scorpion bites, here are a few tips:
- Seal up all of the openings that allow scorpions to enter your home, including all cracks, holes and crevices
- Set up scorpion traps that will catch them before they can come inside
- Use specifically targeted sprays and insecticides to eliminate scorpions and be aware, however, that some of the chemicals used can be dangerous if not handled properly, and they may not be very effective
- Never leave your shoes outside
- Keep your yard clear of debris and piles that scorpions can hide in
Schedule Effective Scorpion Control Services
For the best results at eliminating scorpions in East Texas, contact us at Innovative Pest Control, we keep pests in check all year long. We have the tools and expertise to take care of your scorpion problems, using advanced pest control methods. Call us today to learn more about our residential pest control options.