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    Myth Buster: Scorpion Edition

    September 12, 2012 // No Comments »

     

    English: Arizona Bark Scorpion

    English: Arizona Bark Scorpion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Scorpions are one of St. George, UT’s most feared pests. This fear is derived from their menacing appearance, and their ability to sting injecting poisonous venom. This fear has led to a few popular myths about these St. George pests:

     

    Scorpions are aggressive. Scorpions are not malevolent pests that hunt down people they want to sting. They are actually very cautious, shy, and timid. Most people get stung by scorpions when they unintentionally step on them, stick their hands or feet into places that act as shelter for scorpions (such as under rocks, under debris, etc.) or when someone purposely handles them.

    All scorpions are deadly. Scorpion stings are not normally deadly, unless they sting small children or the elderly. Out of the 1,500 or so scorpion species found around the world, only around 25 species have venom that is strong enough to be deadly to humans. The most poisonous scorpion, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, is found in St. George along with 10 other scorpion species.

    Scorpions love living inside our homes. This statement is only partially true. Scorpions are wild creatures in nature that prefer to hunt for insects in their natural habitat. Sometimes they will come into our homes in search of water.

    Scorpions can breathe underwater. When you go out for a swim, you don’t have to be afraid of a scorpion finding you in the water… They actually can’t live underwater. It is true that scorpions can hold their breath for a several minutes.

    Scorpions love trees. If you have trees on your property, there is a chance that you have a few scorpions. It’s not the trees that scorpions love, but they way they are irrigated and watered that draw them in. Scorpions need water to survive, and they thrive when there is standing water that frequents tree bases.

    You cannot kill scorpions with pest control products. This may have been the case 20 years ago, but with innovation and technology this sentiment doesn’t hold true today. St. George pest control companies already provide the state-of-the-art and truly effective pest control products.

    Scorpions are beneficial pests that are an important component to natural Eco-systems, playing intricate roles of both predators and prey. Just because scorpions are beneficial to the ecosystem, that doesn’t mean you want them in or around your home. Like I mentioned before, their stings can be harmful to your little ones, and they hurt!

    If you are seeing scorpions in or around your property, contact a St. George pest control professional today!

    Bulwark Exterminating
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com

    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com

    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com

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