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Scorpions may not be a regular occurrence around your Plano home. Still, they do appear from time to time and need to be properly understood to prevent any negative encounters or infestations.

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Understanding Plano Scorpions

In the Plano area, the striped bark scorpion is the most commonly seen scorpion species. They are yellow or tan in coloration and typically have dark stripes on their back. The sting of the striped bark scorpion is usually not fatal unless the individual stung has a history of allergic reactions to insect stings or an underlying health issue; if this is the case, you will need to seek medical attention for a scorpion sting immediately.

 

You should also know that the sting of a striped bark scorpion is almost always painful and may cause symptoms such as

  • Tingling, pain, or numbness at the site of the sting or pain that travels up the affected limb
  • Swelling
  • Skin flushing
  • Blurry vision
  • Muscle twitching
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Slurred speech

It is also important to note that scorpions like to live in dark, out-of-the-way areas. This can include under rocks, in crevices, and inside of debris or woodpiles. A scorpion may find itself in your home, typically in the attic, shed, or closets, because of their pursuit of food or because they needed a safer home to move into.

 

Scorpions will reside in their cool, dark homes during the daytime and will come out at night to hunt. However, most scorpions are not highly aggressive and will not go out of their way to attack. You are likely to get stung by a scorpion only when they are being attacked or feel extremely threatened.

Plano Scorpion Prevention Tips

If you want to be sure that scorpions stay out of your home and away from your property, you can take into account these prevention tips to fully scorpion-proof your home.

  • Scorpions enter yards in their search for insects or other food. Deter scorpions from even considering your property by eliminating insects around your home and employing pest control measures on the outside of your property – All-Safe Pest & Termite professionals can help you with this.
  • Scorpions don’t like to stay in the sun, so they will often look out for hiding places (harborage points) around your yard. Remove yard waste, trim back tree branches (to eliminate large shaded areas), and remove any yard debris to eliminate scorpion hiding spots.
  • All insects need moisture to survive, and scorpions are no different. Seal up leaks in and around your home, ensure gutters are clear and consider watering plants in the morning so that there is no trace of dampness around your home during the day or at night.
  • Keep darker areas of your home clean and free of clutter. This includes areas like closets, attics, sheds, and outbuildings that scorpions are prone to make their homes in. Eliminating hiding spots and conducting regular inspections of these areas will deter scorpions from entering your Plano home.

Calling the Professionals

Scorpions can be hard to handle, and their sting, while not usually fatal, can still pack a punch to any unsuspecting human or pet. If you are struggling with scorpions or their pest prey in or around your property, contact the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite for more advice and assistance in dealing with your scorpion problem.

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