Scorpions can be an issue that many have to deal with, especially in Oklahoma. While they may be an issue not all scorpions are the same. There are also different things they are attracted to, different reasons why they may enter your home and special ways that you can provide treatment to get rid of the scorpions.
In Oklahoma, it can be fairly simple to recognize a scorpion by the shape of a body, but not all scorpions are created equal. There are many different species of scorpions that you will be able to find in Oklahoma, in fact, there has been an estimation of 3-5 species that you will see in Oklahoma. While you may seem a variety of scorpions in Oklahoma, the most popular scorpions you will see are:
Bark scorpion: These scorpions tend to stay in very dry climates. During the day they hide because they are delicate to the loss of moisture from their body. Most of the water they have in their body the get from their prey. They choose to go indoors when they want to leave the outdoors and generally choose a place that has more food sources. They commonly use a gap they find under doors or ground-level windows; they may also use gaps they’ve found in your foundation.
Striped scorpions: This species of scorpions usually habitat under rocks, debris or boards. They will stay either outdoors or indoors; they are considered to be bark scorpions because they are associated with fallen tree logs, dead vegetation in the earth and human dwellings. These scorpions like most stay out of sight during the day and come out at night. This helps them from losing too much water and it regulates their body temperature.
Scorpions will feed off of insects, spiders, centipedes, small lizards, snakes, and mice. The majority of the time they will feed on insects and mice, but they don’t have to eat often… they can go without eating for six months.
To make sure that scorpions don’t get in your house there are a few precautions you can take:
- Seal all points they can enter in… including but not limited to windows, pipes, and doors
- Remove things from around your home where they can hide; stones, firewood, piles of garbage, or boards
- Use a residual insecticide like a wettable powder; apply a 3-10 foot band around the area of your home or the entry site you think the scorpion(s) are entering at.
- You may also try a dust insecticide; these are great to use in attics if you believe this is where the scorpion(s) may be entering into your home. The dust will sit well in voided areas in your walls, window frames, cracks and crevices, and electrical fittings.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.