Oklahoma City's Bark Scorpion: What Every Resident Should Know
October 4, 2021
Scorpions are not insects. They are arachnids related to ticks, mites, and spiders. Scorpions are nocturnal ambush hunters and stay hidden during the day. Outside, they are beneficial predators who kill other arachnids, insects, and each other. Inside, they are serious pests.
Description of Oklahoma City’s Scorpions
Scorpions have eight legs, two pinchers on the front, and a segmented tail. The tail has a bulb where venom is made and stored and a stinger to inject the venom. They have poor vision and hunt by sound and touch. It is estimated that there are three to five species of scorpions in Oklahoma City, but only one is of concern. The bark scorpion is around 2 ¾ inches long and is the only scorpion known to flatten its tail to fit through small cracks. Bark scorpions are light yellow with two darker stripes on the body and a dark spot behind the eyes. They do not hunt as much as they ambush prey that walks near them.
Lifecycle of Bark Scorpions
Bark scorpions mate in the fall or early spring. It can take five months to over a year for the eggs to develop and hatch inside the scorpion. She has between 14-100 in a litter. The babies climb on the mother and stay there until after their first molt. At that point, the young leave the mother and disperse. They grow for about a year before reaching maturity. Most scorpions live three to five years.
Medical Issues With Bark Scorpions
Scorpions are shy and hide under and in things around the house. Most people are stung when putting on garments or shoes that have a scorpion hiding in them. Normally, the sting is painful, but the pain subsides in about 24 hours. Some people experience numbness and tingling at the bite site after four to six hours. A few individuals who are allergic to the venom may experience difficulty breathing. Children and the elderly are more likely to experience serious symptoms. Always seek medical attention for a scorpion sting to be on the safe side. The antivenom will stop the medical symptoms quickly.
Prevention of Bark Scorpions
Bark scorpions are more likely to enter homes when searching for water, to find prey, or when weather extremes like heavy rain displace them from their hiding places. Here are some tips for keeping them out of your house:
- Good lawn maintenance is essential. Keep the lawn well maintained by mowing regularly, clearing debris from the yard, keeping hedges trimmed back from the house, and putting firewood or lumber up on a rack away from the house.
- Scorpions will enter homes in search of water. Make sure your yard drains work well, and there are no water leaks inside or out. Take steps to dry out wet spots in the house. It doesn’t take much moisture to attract a scorpion.
- Remove pests that are the prey for scorpions. Scorpions do not stay where they cannot find enough food. If you are having many problems with scorpions, you probably have a prey species as a pest in your house.
Getting Rid Of Bark Scorpions
Because of the pain from scorpion stings and the possibility of a serious medical issue, it is not recommended that you try to get rid of the scorpions yourself.
Call Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma, and we will rid you of the scorpions and their prey species. Our technician will perform a free inspection in and out of your home to identify not only the scorpions but the prey they are feeding on. We will develop a home pest control treatment plan to address all the issues. After initial treatment, service will continue at regular intervals to renew the outside treatments, so no new problems occur. Contact Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma today to keep your home scorpion-free.