Summertime brings scorpions and those scorpions need a place to keep cool. So, what does that mean?
Only one thing, they are looking to find anyway possible, into your home. Although these ugly looking and poisonous pests are not very well liked by many, nor given much thought, but here are some facts you may not have known about them.
- Scorpions are actually not considered insects, they are arachnids
- All scorpions are poisonous, however there are only about 30 species that can actually kill a person
- Scorpion toxin has actually been known to treat heart disease and some cancers
- If there is no food for the mother scorpion, she will actually eat her young in order to survive
- Some scorpion species can live up to 20 years or so
- Scorpions are one of the oldest arachnids on earth
- Some scorpions can grow up to 7 inches long
- Main predators of the scorpion are bats, mice, owls, and grasshoppers
- Baby scorpions are more poisonous than adult scorpions, because just like snakes they are not able to control the amount of toxin they release when they sting.
There are over 1500 species of scorpions and all are poisonous. With that being said it is important to know some scorpion first aide.
- If a child gets stung, wash the wound with mild soap and water
- Apply a cold compress to the wound after washing
- If you happen to have pain following the sting, taking an ibuprofen will help relieve the pain
Remember that keeping piles of scrap wood away from your home will make it less likely that they will enter your home. Also, you will want to try and caulk any cracks and eliminate entry points for scorpions.