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Just saying the word “scorpion” elicits an instinctual fear in humans which can only be described as primal fear. Though most scorpions are poisonous, they don’t like humans as much as you don’t like them, and the majority of the time, they will avoid human contact. The typical interactions between scorpions and humans are by chance, and most of the time, those interactions end without incident.

Scorpions may seem like a nuisance, but in actuality, they are beneficial to the environment. They serve as a viable food source for many other animals, and they help to keep other pest populations in check. When they encroach on your property and invade your home, they become a pest and a dangerous problem for your family and your pets. Learning about the Giant Hairy Scorpion will help you to deter them from invading your property and your house.

What Are Giant Hairy Scorpions?

The Giant Hairy Scorpion is a member of the arachnid family and is one of the largest species of scorpions. These terrifying critters are predominately nocturnal and dig elaborate burrows and lay low during the day. Due to their size, they tend to feed on other scorpions, lizards, snakes, large insects, small vertebrates, and spiders. They are most active during the night, and they are aggressive as they scavenge and hunt for prey. These scorpions give birth to live young, and their young will live on the mother’s back for up to a week or longer before venturing out.

Giant Hairy Scorpions are rather large when compared to some of their smaller cousins, but their venom’s toxicity is quite low when compared to their size. Their sting is comparable to a honeybee’s sting when it comes to the pain level, but if a person has a severe allergic reaction to a scorpion’s sting, it can prove to be fatal. If you, a member of your family, or your pet is stung by a Giant Hairy Scorpion, you should err on the side of caution and visit the doctor, emergency room, or veterinarian. This is especially true if symptoms such as prolonged pain, difficulty breathing, and excessive swelling persist.

What Do Giant Hairy Scorpions Look Like?

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These scorpions are readily recognizable by their distinct color and size. Giant Hairy Scorpions can grow up to 5.5-inches in length, have a brown body, yellow legs, and yellow pincers similar to a crab’s. It was given its name due to the brown hairs that are found covering its entire body. These hairs are used to sense vibrations through the air and the ground. They use these vibrations as a type of radar to detect the direction of its prey. Their tail is long and is equipped with a stinger and bulb-like poison gland.

Where Do Giant Hairy Scorpions Live?

Giant Hairy Scorpions are sometimes referred to as the Desert Hairy and the Arizona Giant Hairy Scorpion because of their natural habitats and the regions where they live. They are well-suited to live in hot, dry climates. They are mostly found in the Colorado Desert, Western Arizona, the Mojave Desert, Southern Nevada, and the lower Southwestern parts of Utah. These regions contain the majority of Giant Hairy Scorpion populations within the United States. These scorpions are burrowers and will dig out an elaborate tunnel measuring up to 8-feet long. They hide from predators and the sun during the day and come out at night to hunt prey, scavenge for food, and find mates.

Why Are Giant Hairy Scorpions Invading My Property and House?

When you find Giant Hairy Scorpions invading your property and intruding into your home, it’s because there is an overabundance of prey for them to feed on. Scorpions are nocturnal and typically try to avoid contact with humans. Still, when their prey is readily available on your property and in your house, they will risk exposure to satiate their voracious appetites.

Most people aren’t at risk when it comes to scorpions, but a scorpion’s sting can be excruciating and can cause discomfort for a short time. That said, those who are at high risk of having an allergic reaction from a scorpion sting should avoid any contact with them altogether. If you find you are facing a Giant Hairy Scorpion invasion, contacting a professional pest control agency is a prudent decision. A trained exterminator can identify the threat, implement a plan to eradicate the threat, and put a maintenance regiment in place to prevent future infestations.

Giant Hairy Scorpion Control

Scorpions in your yard are one thing, but scorpions in your house are entirely different. If you are dealing with Giant Hairy Scorpions inside of your home, you will need to start by identifying all potential entryways they can use to gain access to the indoors. Once you have found all the places where you think they may be entering your house, you will need to take all necessary measures to close them off, to keep the scorpions and other pests out.

These measures could include sealing cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and your home’s foundations. If you are prone to leaving your front door or windows open when the weather is nice, installing a screen door or window screens are great options to help keep all sorts of pests outside where they belong. The use of essential oils is also purportedly successful in keeping scorpions at bay. To use this method, you will need to have essential oils such as lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, and cedar.

Mixing any of these oils with a little water or carrier oils in a spray bottle is useful for applying the oils onto the scorpion’s most frequented areas. This can include applying them to your windowsills, doorways, baseboards, and directly on the foundations of your home. Another home method for dealing with scorpions is to leave moistened burlap bags inside your home and on your property overnight. Scorpions will often be found in the bags or under the bags during the next day; you can then get rid of them and reuse the bag until you have no more scorpions.

Giant Hairy Scorpions can quickly become a menace to you, your family, and your pets. Taking measures such as the DIY methods above or contacting a professional exterminating company will help to eliminate the threat of a scorpion’s sting. Discover all you need to know about all types of scorpions by contacting Bulwark Exterminating today.

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