Scorpion run-ins on the rise

July 11, 2012

Mild winter, dry summer results in higher scorpion populations

SAN ANTONIO – While scorpions are no stranger to South Texas, residents are reporting an increase in scorpion run-ins this summer.

“We’ve been having a lot of calls recently for scorpions,” said Ande Nervis, branch manager for Bullwark Pest Control.

According to Nervis, a mild winter jumpstarted reproduction and a dry summer has drawn out the native species of Bark scorpions. The arthropods are looking for moisture and food and can often find their way into homes. During the winter, scorpions can find refuge in your attic until the summer heat arrives.

“Even the scorpions don’t want to be in the attic. They’ll start trying to come down,” said Nervis. “You might find them in the ceiling fixtures where the lights are, and dropping down in the vents.”

Cracks in crevices on exteriors of homes are also paths for scorpions to find their way into homes.

Nervis recommends spraying around the home to keep out the unwanted guests.

Scorpions prefer dark, moist places and, while not aggressive, will sting should they have a run-in with a human.

So far, local clinics are finding an increase in scorpion-related visits.

“They come in as stings; they’re treated very similarly to insect bites,” said Dr. Joseph Elizondo, with Texas MedClinic.

Usually, no trip to the emergency room is needed, but a sting will hurt.

“They absolutely can be painful,” said Elizondo. “At the local site there’s a little bit of an allergic reaction that will usually stick around for about 24 to 48 hours.”

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