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5 Ways to Outsmart Scorpions in Your Home

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If you’re new to the Texas Hill Country or even just visiting, something that might catch you off guard (not to mention give you a serious case of the “heebie-jeebies”) is a run-in with a scorpion. The “striped bark scorpion” is the most common scorpion found in the Hill Country. Scorpions are not insects but instead considered predatory arachnids. Found mostly in arid, rocky areas, (like most of the Hill Country) they are most active at night, spending most of the daytime seeking cool, damp places to hide from the punishing Texas heat. Scorpions: They’re just like us!

The sting of a scorpion is said to be a bit worse than a bee sting, but unless one is allergic, no medical attention is typically necessary. There are a few tried and true ways to avoid tangling with scorpions, though.

1. Shake it off!

Scorpion

Photo: Flickr/homey00001

Shake your towel before you use it. Scorpions have been known to crawl up walls or in cabinets and hide in bath towels, resulting in an unfortunate sting to the poor soul trying to dry off. A quick shake of the towel before using it will take care of any wayward scorpions.

2. Check your shoes.

Scorpion

Photo: Flickr/John Morton

Check your shoes before putting them on. Another common way of getting stung is by slipping on a shoe without realizing that a scorpion is currently residing there. They like dark (and, yes, damp) places and a musty shoe is paradise for a scorpion.

3. Get a black light.

scorpion glowing
Photo: Pixabay

Scorpions are unique in that they glow under a black light due to a substance in the scorpion’s exoskeleton. If you shine a black light after dark, you might find several scorpions laying in wait around your house. This is a good time to give them a quick “squish” with your shoe or go about the somewhat complicated task of carefully catching them and relocating them to go about their scorpion way.

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