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2013-12-12

Watch out for scorpions

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Scorpions are arachnids with eight legs and two body regions. Scorpions also have two pincers or claws, called pedipalps, which help them hold their prey as they eat. They also have a long tail with a stinger on the tip that is used for defense or to paralyze prey.
The most common scorpion in Texas is the striped bark scorpion. This species is yellowish-tan with two dark stripes that run along the back. Striped bark scorpions get up to 2 ½" in length.
Striped bark scorpions are capable of stinging, but only cause moderate reactions for most people. Ice packs can be placed on the sting area to reduce pain and swelling. A person stung by a scorpion should be watched closely for several hours following the incident to ensure that an allergic reaction does not manifest. If breathing
difficulties or hives occur, seek immediate medical attention.
To help keep scorpions from moving into the home, try the following techniques:
• Removing debris (including firewood) away from the home
• Pruning any trees or shrubs that touch or overhang the house
• Replacing weather stripping as needed around doors or windows
• Stuffing weepholes with copper mesh
• Sealing cracks and crevices and/ or pipe penetrations with sealant
• Treating the foundation of the home with a pesticide; look for active ingredients such as permethrin, cypermethrin, deltamethrin, carbaryl, propoxur.