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What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids which means all adults have eight legs. This species of scorpion has a waxy cuticle that covers its body to help them maintain moisture. Under ultraviolet light, the cuticle glows.

 

Bark scorpions have yellow or tan bodies with two wide, black stripes on the topside of their abdomens. These scorpions grow to between 2 and 3 inches long, with most reaching about 2-3/8 inches. They have segmented tails that curve up over their backs; the last segment has a venom-filled stinger attached to it. Their tails, as well as their pair of claw-like appendages, are narrower than other species of scorpions. They use their claws to capture and hold onto their prey.

Scorpion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

a scorpion on the bark of a tree

Are striped bark scorpions dangerous?

The striped bark scorpion is dangerous because like bees, wasps, and other stinging pests they deliver painful, venom-filled stings as a means of defense. After being stung there may be swelling and itching around the bite sight that persists for several days. A reaction to their venom varies by individual, those sensitive to scorpion venom may experience a more severe allergic reaction.

Why do I have a striped bark scorpion problem?

Properties that have a lot of insects, spiders, and small mammals like rodents living on them have the potential to become home to striped bark scorpions. Striped bark scorpions have high moisture needs and are also attracted to properties with easy access to water and dark, damp areas to hide in during the day. Striped bark scorpions are good climbers and are often found on trees or climbing up of the walls of a home, allowing them easy access inside through any small opening they come across.

Where will I find striped bark scorpions?

Striped bark scorpions do not burrow, but do hide under rocks, mulch, woodpiles, fallen trees, and behind tree bark. They prefer to live outside, but if the weather becomes too hot and dry, they move indoors, seeking a more humid environment. Basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms (sinks and tubs), and laundry rooms all make great hideouts for striped bark scorpions.

How do I get rid of striped bark scorpions?

Locally owned and family-operated, All-Safe Pest & Termite is the best choice to get rid of scorpions from your home or business. We offer fast response times and peace of mind knowing that your pest problems will be solved, and they won’t return. Our experienced pest professionals provide top-quality pest control services using the latest and most effective products to eliminate scorpions from Dallas properties. Discover why your neighbors choose All-Safe Pest & Termite for their pest control needs. Give us a call today!

How can I prevent striped bark scorpions in the future?

Prevent problems with striped bark scorpions by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Seal up cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Replace torn window or door screens.
  • Cut tree branches away from the outside of your home.
  • Remove fallen trees, woodpiles, and other excess debris from your yard.
  • Use dehumidifiers to dry out basements and crawlspaces.
  • Repair any dripping hoses, faucets, and pipes.
  • Wipe down excess moisture from sinks and tubs.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are directing water away from the outside of your home.
  • Keep storage areas in your home free of clutter.

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