Frequently Asked Questions About Scorpions

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids like spiders, with eight legs and a hard exterior. Their size and coloring will vary depending on the type of scorpion, but they all have claws and a segmented tail that ends with a stinger.

Scorpions are predators, using their claws and stinger when they hunt and catch prey. As predators, scorpions are beneficial as they help to maintain other pest populations, but this isn't a reason to allow them in your house!

Are scorpions dangerous?

When we think of scorpions, we automatically think of them as dangerous because they can sting and, like other arachnids, have venom. But scorpions in Oklahoma aren't aggressive, so they usually leave people alone unless you bother them first. 

However, they can sting if you accidentally get too close to one of these pests. If you or someone else experiences a sting from a scorpion, you should monitor symptoms and seek medical attention.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Like other pests, scorpions can accidentally wander inside through open doors and windows or come in on a potted plant or package. But these pests may also infest if there are food sources and easy access points like cracks in the foundation or uncovered drains and vents. Because scorpions are predators, they will hunt for prey pests like other insects.

A significant change in the weather can also cause scorpions to seek shelter in your home, garage, or outbuildings. 

Where will I find scorpions?

If scorpions make it into your home, some areas that they gravitate to are under furniture, closets, cabinets, potted plants, windowsills, and sinks. By nature, scorpions are shy and usually hide from people. Plus, scorpions are also nocturnal, so you likely won't see them during the day but might be able to spot them using a flashlight at night. 

How do I get rid of scorpions?

Get rid of scorpions with residential pest control services from our experts at Killin' It Termite and Pest. These services start with a visual inspection to look for signs of pests, conducive conditions, harborage areas, and exclusion opportunities. After the inspection, we will present our findings, treatment options, and pricing. 

We usually start treatment inside, treating all baseboards, the garage, and where there is plumbing and placing baits and traps if necessary. Outside, we will apply a granulate to the perimeter, followed by a liquid treatment around the perimeter, eaves, windows, and doors.

Treatments may vary depending on the scorpion species and home pest control needs, so call us today at Killin' It Termite and Pest to learn more and get started!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

Prevent future concerns of scorpions by using these prevention tips:

  • Reduce harborage by keeping your yard maintained and removing leaves and dead trees.
  • Eliminate standing water by filing in ground holes and removing debris.
  • Seal any potential entry points, repair damaged screens, and cover open vents and drains to prevent scorpions from getting inside.
  • Store firewood away from your home.
  • Reduce food sources, exterior lights, and other factors that might attract prey pests to your home. 

Need more assistance with scorpion prevention and control in Oklahoma City, OK? Call us at Killin' It Termite and Pest today!