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Scorpion Hunting with Adam

Black Light Hunting for Scorpions (Part 1)

 

Summary:
Here we follow Adam on site with a scorpion inspection, locating all the places where you will find scorpions. Under rocks, near cricket populations, or in weep holes are all places where they'll make their homes.
Transcription:

Whoa, that’s a big guy. Yes, we are entering the gate right now, of the home that sees, oh, I don’t know, maybe thirty scorpions a week, and has contracted with us to first ascertain the source of the problem and prescribe a treatment.

Got some over here too, another adult. The last three scorpions that we're looking at, and this one in particular, looks like it should be about three to five years old by the size. See, they're very fast. If we were to turn some of this over, you're going to see, from the looks of it, we’re going to see a lot of them. Let’s keep moving. The more vibrations we make, the less likely that we are going to see them.

So, crickets like to breed and live in between this expansion joint. You see here there's a paper joint in there that goes between the sidewalk and the foundation, and it's there where the concrete expands and contracts due to the change in the temperature that absorbs that pressure. Well, crickets and other insects eat that and scorpions come in and eat the crickets and insects. So, right here as you can see in there, if you pan in there, you can see that guy. He’s kinda moving away deep down in there. That’s where we find a lot of the scorpions. This here is a plastic container that he used to keep pool equipment in. You’re generally not going to find scorpions on or inside the plastic because they have a really hard time climbing the surface, but you may find something underneath which I may try to be able to move it.

There’s one! You don't want to have one of these guys get you. They have a neurotoxin that debilitates your nervous system. Now some people react differently. I have a friend who weighs about two hundred and fifty pounds and he's allergic. His entire half of his body went numb when one of the stung him after putting a shoe on. As you can see right here, the stinger rolls up. They don’t actually bite you, they sting you. They can bite but their bite is not going to hurt. Let’s get some light on there it's the stinger right here that you see, right there, that really is the problem, he’s coming for you, he likes you.

Let me see if I can stop him. Hold down there, boy. As you can see, he's start getting real active, he is trying to get away. I’m not going to hurt him, but see how he holds? Now this is a striking position. Scorpions are actually almost completely blind. They do almost all their hunting, using vibrations on the ground, so when a cricket comes along they've got a little cilia on the under side of his body and they can tell which direction the vibrations are coming from. They use that to determine which direction they're going to run and also which direction they're going to strike.

He's just scared right now he's not going to even strike me. I can even flick his tail like that and he's not being aggressive right now yet, he’s scared. So, the problem is they live so close to the house, this guy being an adult, there's all kinds of weep holes and gaps, I should’ve brought my mirror, but they can just go right up into the side of this right up underneath the stucco of the home and cause serious problems inside the home once they lay down their babies. This is a good example because he's such a full grown, good looking striped scorpion. Very healthy. Yeah, he’s been eating, notice the center. He’s now going home.

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