You might be surprised to learn that scorpions are a type of arachnid and are related to animals like spiders and ticks. There are over 1,300 species of scorpions found worldwide. They are most often thought of as a desert animal, but scorpions can be found in a number of habitats like grasslands, forests, and caves.
Scorpions have a long body, eight legs, and a set of pincers in front. They are probably best known for their five-segmented tail that they like to carry arched over their backs. At the end of the tail is a venomous stinger that causes a lot of fear and trepidation for many people.
The most common species of scorpion in Anna, Texas and the entire United States is the striped bark scorpion (centruroides vittatus). This species averages about 2.5 inches in length and is pale yellow. It can be distinguished by the two dark stripes running down the back and a dark triangular mark on the head above the eyes. Although a sting from a striped bark scorpion can be painful and cause swelling like a bee sting might, it is very rarely deadly. The most dangerous scorpion in the United States, the Arizona bark scorpion (centruroides exilicauda) is closely related, but lives in the Sonoran Desert.
Scorpions are nocturnal creatures that are not seen much during the day. They eat small animals like insects, spiders, roaches, and centipedes. Larger scorpions may even eat small lizards and mice. Their venomous tails are used to kill prey and for self-defense. During the day, scorpions hide under rocks, wood piles, the bark of trees, and other secluded areas.
You can help prevent and control scorpions by following these tips and tricks:
- Clean and declutter your home and yard to get rid of possible harborages
- Seal cracks in your home’s foundation, siding, roof, etc.
- Prevent excess moisture by fixing leaky pipes and faucets and fixing improper drainage areas
- Store firewood away from the home and off the ground, if possible
- Wear gloves when moving rocks or firewood
- Do not walk around outside barefoot
- Hire a pest control professional to spread insecticidal dust or spray residual insecticides around your home
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