Scorpions in Southwest Florida? According to recent news reports, this painful pest is living among us, but just how concerned should you be? How common are scorpions in Southwest Florida? More importantly, what can we do to protect our families?
Scorpions in Southwest Florida
Most people associate scorpions with deserts and Southwest Florida is anything but a desert. Because of this association and recent news coverage, some may believe that scorpions are a new pest to contend with. The truth is that scorpions have always been a part of Southwest Florida. As we continue to develop new areas, we can expect to see them even more.
How Concerned Should You Be About Scorpions?
Three types of scorpions are native to Florida and none of them are lethal to adults. That isn’t to say a scorpion sting isn’t painful. Ask anyone who’s been bitten and they’ll assure you it is! But, for the most part, you can rest assured that if you are stung by a scorpion you will survive. Antivenom is available at hospitals to minimize the effects of the sting.
Scorpions will not seek out humans to sting. Most stings occur as a last resort for the scorpion who prefers smaller prey.
How Common Are Scorpions in Southwest Florida?
Scorpions are more common than you might think. The further south you go, the more prevalent these pests are. The average Floridian can expect to run across one every few years, especially if they live in newly developed or rural areas.
Scorpions love wood and brush piles and one of their favorite foods is termites. If you find one inside your home, chances are it got there by accident.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Family?
Since termites are scorpions favorite food, the best thing you can do to protect your family is make sure your home is termite free. Regular pest control service from a technician knowledgeable about wood destroying organisms, (WDO), is imperative.
Keeping wood and brush piles off of your property is important for all types of pest control, even scorpions. Scorpions love to hide out in these piles in search of other creatures to prey upon. If you want to control pests on your property, get rid of the piles.
Break Out the Black Light
Even though we don’t want to share our homes with these pests, we don’t mind sharing our habitat. Scorpions are excellent pest control techs, helping to keep other unwanted species in check. Plus, they’re kind of cool creatures. In fact, one of the coolest things about scorpions is that they glow under a black light. Now that’s awesome, as long as it’s not in the house!
If you’re concerned about Scorpions in Southwest Florida, please give us a call. We’re happy to come out, inspect your property, and set you up on a program to keep these critters away and your family safe.