Seeing a scorpion in your own house can be very frightening and unsettling.
We are here to ease your mind with some facts about scorpions, as well as some information about what may be attracting them to your home!
- Scorpions have eight legs, a pair of pincers and a narrow tail that curves over their back. At the end of their tail is a venomous stinger.
- Scorpions are predatory animals of the class Arachnida, making them cousins to spiders, mites and ticks. They use their pincers to quickly grab prey and then whip their poisonous tail stinger over to kill or paralyze the prey. The tail is also used as a useful defence against predators.
- Scorpions can range in size from 0.09 cm to 20 cm.
- Scorpions can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. There are over 1750 known species of scorpion. We generally fear the scorpion and its poisonous sting, but only about 25 of the species have venom capable of killing a human.
- Under UV light (like a black light) scorpions are known to glow due to the fluorescent chemicals in their exoskeleton.
- Scorpions are nocturnal. They hide during the day under rocks and in holes in the ground, and come out during the night to hunt and feed.
- Scorpions can eat a very large amount of food in one meal. As well, due to their biology, they can survive 6-12 months without eating again.
- Scorpions mate all year round, and give birth to live babies, rather than laying eggs.
What Could Be Bringing Them To Your House
- Moisture – If you have standing water anywhere near or inside your home, this could be attracting scoprions, as it is an easy way for them to get the amount of water they need for survival. Getting rid of this standing water could help eliminat scorpions, as they will have to find a new water source!
- Debri – Scorpions tend to hide under leaves, branches, rocks, and any other items that may be piled up in your yard. This may also extended to under boxes or items you may have stored in your garage. Dark places are also a favorite of scorpions, so make sure to keep an eye out when moving things or walking into dark lit areas of your home!
- Cracks and crevices – If you have are any spaces between windowframes or doorframes, it is important to seal them as soon and as well as possible. Scorpions can squeeze through very small spaces, so even the tiniest cracks should be sealed!
- Other pests – Scorpions are attracted to homes where there is food for them to eat. Their diets consists mainly of insects, so if you have other pests around your home, the solution may be as simple as getting rid of those pests and elminating their food source!