Tulsa's Ultimate Guide To Effective Scorpion Control
July 15, 2021
The striped bark scorpion (Centruoides vittatus) is common in the Tulsa area. These scorpions are yellow to tan colored with two dark stripes across the abdomen. The average size is 2 3/8 inches long with a long slender tail that ends in a venom gland and stinger. The striped bark scorpion may be found under rocks, logs, lumber, and other items. It is nocturnal and eats other scorpions, spiders, centipedes, and insects for food. They will enter homes searching for prey and moisture.
Dangers Of Scorpions
When a scorpion feels threatened, it will sting a person. There is only one scorpion in the United States with the potential to kill people, the Arizona bark scorpion. The sting of the striped bark scorpion is painful and causes local swelling, numbness, itching, discoloration, and pain that may last for several days. While not lethal, some people who are allergic to the sting may be at more risk for major complications. The sting also causes more problems in the elderly or in children. You should always seek medical attention for anyone who has been stung.
Lifecycle Of The Striped Bark Scorpion
The striped bark scorpion mates in the fall, spring, or early summer. About eight months later, the young are born alive in individual sacks. Once they escape the sacks, they climb on their mother and stay there until the young scorpions first molt. At that point, they leave the mother and fend for themselves. It takes about a year to reach full maturity. The young are born in litters of up to 47 babies. A scorpion lives for three to five years and can produce multiple litters of offspring.
Preventing Scorpions From Getting Inside The House
Scorpion prevention begins in the yard.
- Remove debris, rocks, logs, and other items that a scorpion may find shelter under.
- Fix any drips or outdoor damp areas such as those around pipes, condensers and evaporative coolers, as these attract scorpions.
- Seal all cracks and crevices in the foundation and outside walls.
- Caulk and seal the openings around pipes, electrical wires, and cables where they enter the house.
- Eliminate leaks or damp spots inside the house.
- Clean-up clutter inside the house as clutter gives scorpions places to hide during the day.
Once Scorpions Get Inside
Once the striped bark scorpion gets inside, it is most often found in the walls, crawl spaces, and attics. They may be drawn to the kitchen and bathrooms in search of water. When the weather gets hot, scorpions move to the cooler parts of the home where you spend your time. The striped bark scorpion generally will not stay in the house unless there is prey there, so eliminating other pests will help keep scorpions from staying in your house.
Controlling Striped Bark Scorpions
Once you have cleaned up your yard and sealed up your house, you may still have to get rid of the scorpions in the house. This is not as simple as smashing one when you see it. You must eliminate the pests the scorpion feeds on. You must also eliminate the scorpions you can’t see. It is difficult to treat for scorpions yourself because they may be in spaces from the attic to the crawl space and everywhere in between.
Dandi Guaranty can help. When you contact us, we will send one of our trained technicians to inspect your house inside and out. Based on that inspection, we will develop a treatment plan just for your home. After the initial pests are eliminated, we will come out quarterly to make sure they do not return. If you see a targeted pest between treatments, we will come and treat the problem at no additional charge. Contact Dandi Guaranty today and get rid of all your pests.