What are scorpions?
Scorpions are arachnids that are considered predatory animals. In the United States, they mostly live in the southern part of the country, in desert areas. All over the world, there are more than 2000 different species. Even if they are creatures of the desert, they can often be found in inhabited areas.
These animals have eight legs and a segmented tail that can make them easy to be recognized. Being nocturnal creatures, scorpions prefer to stay hidden in dark areas during the day and they come out at night for finding water and food. There are different ways for people to get rid of them, as they are considered common household pests.
What do scorpions eat and how do they behave?
Being close relatives of ticks and spiders, scorpions are carnivores. They are fierce hunters, so they can sting their victims and inject venom to kill their prey. The prey is ambushed before it is killed. The sting is very painful, but to humans, it is usually harmless. When a scorpion stings you, you need to call your local poison center or go to the hospital for getting treatment. Their victims are usually insects, arthropods, and small invertebrates. Because they can slow down their metabolism as an adaptation to living in harsh environments, some species can live with just one insect eaten throughout the year.
What is their habitat?
Scorpions can be found all over the world in all types of habitats, but they are commonly found in deserts, grasslands, and rainforests. While there are species that are rare, scorpions, in general, are not endangered. These creatures use the soil as a cover, so they like to burrow into the soil, rocks and sand to avoid the sight of predators. They require loose soil for surviving and thriving and they avoid hard and dense soil.
The appearance of scorpions
Scorpions don’t have a nice appearance. They look threatening and repulsive. Just like all arachnids, scorpions have eight legs, two large pincers and one segmented tail that is long and venomous. Many people think about scorpions as black creatures, but they can also have other colors. The external part is an exoskeleton that can have different colors: black, blue, brown, green and yellow. The smallest scorpion size is of half an inch and the largest can even have eight inches. Between these two extremes, there are a variety of sizes.
What is the immediate action for getting rid of scorpions?
The first thing that you can do is to remove any food source from your yard, seal your house and eliminate excess moisture. Scorpions are often looking for water so make sure you don’t have any leaks around the home. Then, you should try to get rid of any bugs that you may have in your house like ants and roaches. The next step is to make sure there are no places that the creatures may use as shelter. They usually look for dark places, cardboard boxes, under the bed, closets and places in bathrooms that have a lot of stuff together. Outside they can hide in bushes.
What is the next step for getting rid of scorpions?
You should look for scorpions during the night and hunt them like their hunt their pray so to speak. They can be killed one at a time and you shouldn’t use this method if you are too scared of them. There are special tools used for killing these creatures, but you must first find them. This can be done by using ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light will allow you to make the animals glow in the dark and they will be easy to spot. One of the weapons used for killing scorpions is the long-handled tweezer, as it can break the exoskeleton of the creatures. Look in all the places that are considered hiding places for these animals, including your house and its attic. You can also kill these creatures with a knife or your boots. Cockroach spray can also be used for killing scorpions.
Traps, repellents, and insecticides
Sticky traps that are usually good for insects can work for scorpions too. These traps can be placed near water sources, or in the dark corners of your house. Cats and chickens can hunt scorpions, so you can use their help. As a repellent, you can use cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon in dark areas and any other areas where the creatures can be found. There are insecticides that are specifically meant for scorpions. You can use them to spread an area of about two yards around your house. The foundation walls and areas where there are stacked materials can also be sprayed. Other substances to use can be synthetic pesticide and wettable powder. The best approach would be to call a professional to deal with these pests.