What Everyone In Opelika Ought To Know About Scorpions

July 30, 2020

What’s not to love about summer in Opelika? You may even find yourself wearing open-toed shoes or sandals due to the beautiful weather! However, scorpions in the area may make you want to reconsider that decision. 

a scorpion on a rock

If you’ve lived in Opelika long enough, you’ve probably seen a scorpion or two, on or around your property. Make no mistake, certain scorpions can be dangerous to have near your home or business. Let’s talk about how to identify and prevent these pests from getting too close – and their venom from getting under your skin.

Scorpion Identification Guide

There are dozens of scorpion species in Alabama, but most of them share similar characteristics. They have eight legs, and two long arms that extend past their head. Their bodies are elongated and curve into a sectioned tail that ends with a venomous stinger.

Scorpions are predators, feeding on other insects, and controlling pest populations. Therefore, they are beneficial, but when these scary pests invade your property they pose an issue. There are three scorpion species to worry about in Opelika. Each type can be identified by the following:

  • Bark Scorpion. The most common and dangerous scorpions found in Alabama homes. They grow between 2-3 inches, have tannish bodies, and if you see one on your property, there are probably others.
  • Stripetail Scorpion. They grow between 2-3 inches and have lustrous, yellow-brown bodies. Their tails have notable striations, and their stingers are usually darker than the rest of their body. 
  • Giant Hairy Scorpion. The largest species of scorpion in the United States, sometimes growing over 4 inches in length. They have brown bodies covered in hair and are large enough to eat other scorpions and some lizards.

Scorpions sting when they feel threatened, so if you get too close to one without realizing it, it may just lay its stinger into you. Most scorpion stings aren’t life-threatening, but you should seek medical attention if you have been stung. Bark scorpion venom can be lethal, especially in animals and children, causing erratic muscle movements and heart complications.

In general, it’s wise to avoid scorpions as much as possible, and always seek treatment for a sting. It’s even wiser to prevent an infestation altogether.

Scorpion Prevention Tips

Since scorpions are everywhere in our Opelika service area, how can you keep them away from your property?

For starters, keep your lawn clean and tidy. Scorpions like to hide under rocks, foliage, and anything else that will keep them cool and near food. By removing stones, woodpiles, and foliage around the yard, scorpions are less likely to camp out on your property.

Additionally, you can make sure scorpions don’t get in by sealing any potential entry points. Cracks in your home’s foundation will invite scorpions inside, so sealing these cracks, caulking your windows, and maintaining your home’s masonry will help prevent a scorpion problem.

Finally, scorpions may be nearby because you have another pest problem, providing them ample food supply. It’s always good to make sure your house doesn’t have a different pest infestation, as a pest problem is a surefire way to attract scorpions to your home.

Still, Opelika homeowners can’t always keep scorpions away. If scorpions get into your home or business, reach out to the pest professionals at Prewett Pest Control today, and we’ll take care of your scorpion infestation before they get their stingers near you and your family. 

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