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Scorpions Choose Cooler Temperatures to Move Indoors

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Earlier this week, we reported on the rise of snake sightings in the Texas Hill Country. However, not only are the snakes on the move but other creepy crawlies are looking for a place to stay over winter, too. As the temperatures dip, scorpions look to a warm, safe place to live for the winter and the inside of your home may prove to be an attractive spot.

scorpioncloseup Photo: Flickr/Terry Presley

Scorpions have been skittering around the planet for about 400 million years. That means they’re of pretty hardy stock. As long as temperatures remain above 76 degrees at night, the scorpion will be active and out on the hunt. Heavy or prolonged rains will often wash them from outdoor hiding spaces driving them to seek drier shelter, like the inside of your house.

They also don’t care for extreme heat or cold. In the summertime, scorpions are hunkered down in dark damp places, napping during the hottest part of the day and coming out to hunt at night. In the fall, as temperatures begin to decrease, scorpions look for a warm, dry place to hang their hats for the winter. Oftentimes, they decide your home is the perfect vacation spot and many homeowners report an influx of scorpions during this time.

A Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruoides vittatus) feeds on a cricket.

A Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruoides vittatus) feeds on a cricket. Photo: Flickr/Dave Wilson

And it’s not just the hunt for a cozy spot to hunker down for the winter that draws scorpions out this time of year. They’re also busy stuffing themselves for the duration of their long winter’s nap. And guess what their favorite all time food is? Crickets. And what cheery, chirping insect is currently in the midst of cranking out romantic ballads at full volume in an effort to make the ladies swoon? Yep, crickets. It’s a hungry scorpion’s dream.

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