Collier Pest Control is your Southwest Florida Pest Authority, including Scorpions. Here in Southwest Florida we mostly see the Common Striped Scorpion. It has 2 broad dark bands extending the length of the back on a yellowish brown body. They usually grow to 1 ½ inches and normally live outdoors and only invade homes foraging for food. They can live 3 to 5 years.
Scorpions are flattened, crab like animals having 10 legs and a fleshy tail. They have an upturned stinger at the end of their tail. There are over 1200 species of scorpions, but only 20 to 30 types are in the United States. They are unique as they do not lay eggs and their young are born alive. After they are born, the mother will carry them until their first molt. Scorpions are most active at night hiding under boards, bark, rubbish, buildings off the ground, debris, under foliage growth, and palm fronds.
Scorpion’s sting! But, they only sting when provoked or disturbed. The sting of the Common Striped Scorpion is painful but not dangerous to our health except for those persons who exhibit allergic reactions to insect stings. Normally, strong ammonia will help the pain and icing the sting will keep the swelling down. There have been no deaths from Scorpion stings in Florida.
Scorpions have poor eye sight and being nocturnal and predaceous, they feed on insects, spiders, or small animal wildlife. They do not stalk their prey, but wait to grab it alive with their pinchers.
Collier Pest Controls can help eliminate any Scorpion problem around your home with our “Collier Complete” pest control service. We will treat all the cracks and crevices inside your home and broadcast spray the soffits, eaves, mulch beds, flower beds, entry ways, and a 5 to 10 foot perimeter around your home. If you remove all the areas Scorpions will hide around your home you will be protected from these silent invaders.
Call Collier Pest Control today for a free estimate and a complete explanation of any of our services. Don’t let unwanted guests spoil your beautiful Southwest Florida lifestyle. Remember, Florida does not have to be shared with insects!