Aside from snakes and spiders, few pest strike fear into the hearts of homeowners like scorpions. Their appearance is threatening and their sting brings horror. The only naturally occurring species in Missouri is the Striped Bark Scorpion. Pest Control experts concur that this scorpion is the most common and more than likely the one you will come across.
Adult Striped Bark Scorpions are an arachnid with four sets of legs that average about 2.5 inches in length. Identified by the two dark stripes that run down the length of their bodies and the rest of the body is usually tan or light brown. Like other scorpions, it has two pincers and a long tail with a needle-like stinger.
Striped Bark Scorpions do not burrow like most other species of scorpions. They prefer to hide under vegetation, rocks, debris, and logs. They will also reside inside buildings that humans occupy. Experts warn that it’s thought that every home in Missouri has had at least one scorpion inside of it at one time. Because they are nocturnal, the air condition gives them a cool place to hide out during the day time.
Striped Bark Scorpions only eat insects. This diet consists mostly of centipedes, spiders, and flies. They inject their prey with venom after they grasp the insect in their pincers to immobilize them. Then the scorpion will cough up digestive fluids to liquefy the insect so the scorpion can suck it up.
The sting of a Striped Bark Scorpion is not venomous. In fact, out of more than 1,000 species of scorpions, only a small percentage have venom that is toxic enough to kill a human. They only sting when frightened. People have been known to go into anaphylactic shock that resulted in death because they are allergic to their venom. For the rest of us, a sting will cause sharp pain for about 20 minutes followed by about 48 hours of discomfort that can be treated with ice packs.
By eliminating hiding spots you can reduce the Striped Bark Scorpion population around your home. Logs, stones, and debris should be cleared away. Sealing your home with weather stripping around your doors and windows will help alleviate the scorpion from entering your home. At night you can make a sweep of the inside and outside of your home with an UV flashlight because scorpions glow under unltraviolet light.
Call Zip Zap Termite & Pest Control today at 816-407-PEST (7378) for help with your scorpion problem. Zip Zap has many years of experience eliminating this problem along with other Missouri pests. Please visit our website at zipzappestcontrol.com to learn more about our services and the pest control products we use.