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All You Need To Know About Scorpions In Boerne, TX

Scorpions, with their large, curved tails and grasping pincers, may have an intimidating appearance, but don’t worry; Covenant Pest Control is here to provide you with all the necessary information and solutions to keep these unwelcome guests away from your home and property. We will delve into the identification of different scorpions in Texas, the potential risks they pose, the reasons for their presence, and most importantly, how you can effectively prevent scorpions from becoming a problem around your property

Frequently Asked Questions About Scorpions

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids, closely related to spiders, ticks, and mites. Their characteristic features are their large, curved tail that culminates in a stinger, and a pair of grasping pincers or claws at the front of their bodies. Scorpions have a hard outer shell and a segmented body with eight legs. They are relatively small creatures, with an average size of about two and a half inches.

In Texas, there are three main types of scorpions we commonly encounter:

  • Bark scorpion: The bark scorpion is a slender species that is typically light brown or yellowish. It is known for its ability to climb walls and other vertical surfaces, making it more likely to enter homes. 
  • Texas cave scorpion: As the name suggests, this species is often found in caves or other dark, secluded areas. It has a dark brown to black coloration and prefers a more reclusive lifestyle.
  • Wind scorpion (sun spider or camel spider): Despite its name, the wind scorpion is not a true scorpion, nor is it a true spider, although it is an arachnid. Wind scorpions are typically found in dry and sandy environments and may be mistaken for scorpions due to their similar appearance.

At Covenant Pest Control, we’re familiar with all types of scorpions in Texas. With our comprehensive knowledge, we design tailored treatment plans to effectively remove and prevent scorpion infestations. Trust us to create a scorpion-free environment for you and your loved ones.

Are scorpions dangerous?

Fortunately, the scorpion species found in Texas are not venomous enough to cause severe harm to humans. While their stings can be painful and may cause discomfort, they are generally not life-threatening. However, it is essential to exercise caution, as some individuals may be more sensitive to scorpion venom and could experience more severe reactions. In other areas of the country, dangerous scorpions can pose significant health risks, including affecting the nervous system, causing paralysis, heart irregularities, and other severe health problems.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Scorpions seek out environments with access to water and abundant food sources, such as small insects. Therefore, homes and properties that provide these conditions are susceptible to scorpion infestations. During the colder months, scorpions may enter homes seeking warmth and shelter, leading to unwelcome encounters with homeowners.

Where will I find scorpions?

Scorpions can be found in various areas around your property. Outdoors, they may hide in gardens, in woodpiles, under rocks, and in cracks or crevices. Indoors, they can enter through gaps in doors and windows, as well as through openings around plumbing and utility lines.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

The best approach to effectively get rid of scorpions and prevent their return is to seek the assistance of a professional pest control service like Covenant Pest Control. Our experienced team is well-versed in identifying scorpion infestations and tailoring effective treatment plans to suit your specific situation. With a thorough inspection of your property, we can determine the extent of the infestation and implement targeted solutions for the effective and efficient removal of scorpions from your home.

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

Practicing proactive scorpion control around your home can help keep these arachnids away. Here are Covenant Pest Control’s best tips:

  • Eliminate standing water. Scorpions are attracted to water sources, so make sure not to leave leaking hoses or water buckets in your yard, and fix any plumbing issues promptly.
  • Maintain landscaping. Keep the perimeter of your home free of overgrowth, and regularly trim bushes and shrubs around your property. Avoid landscaping with rocks against the house, as scorpions may find refuge in the moist underside of rocks.
  • Store firewood away. Keep firewood stored at least 30 feet away from your home, as it can attract scorpions seeking shelter.
  • Limit outdoor lights at night. Turn off outdoor lights at night to keep small insects away. Scorpions feed on insects such as crickets, spiders, pillbugs, and cockroaches.
  • Receive year-round pest control services. Covenant Pest Control can help you prevent scorpions before they become a threat.

Whether you've encountered scorpions in your home or want to guard your property against potential infestations, Covenant Pest Control is here to help. With a free inspection, we can assess your property's unique needs and design a comprehensive treatment plan that fits your budget. Our commitment to Integrated Pest Management ensures the highest standard of pest control, with an emphasis on eco-friendly practices that protect your family and the environment.

Contact Covenant Pest Control today to learn more about our options for scorpion control near you.