How To … Protect Your Pet from Scorpions

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How To Protect Your Pet from Scorpions

For many animals in the United States southwest, the sting of a scorpion is similar to an insect sting, with pain and swelling at the site. From human reports the pain can be intense and numbness may also be experienced. High blood pressure is also often noted.

Most animals recover without a problem. Some animals, however, will have a more severe reaction, showing signs of neurologic, cardiovascular and pulmonary collapse.

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  • How To Protect Your Pet from Scorpions

    According to Mr. Biniasz, Corporate Communications Specialist at Veterinary Pet Insurance, scorpion stings are a very common sting, behind bee stings, spider bites, tick bites, wasp stings, and ant bites. All reported cases in 2008 were located in Arizona. None of the animal’s experienced anaphylactic shock and all recovered uneventfully.


    High numbers of scorpions can become a problem under some circumstances. Pest-proofing of the home is an essential first step in How To Protect Your Pet from Scorpions. If a reduced population is desirable several steps can be taken. Scorpions are almost impossible to manage with insecticides alone. Therefore, the first control strategy is to modify the area surrounding a house or structure:

    • Conduct U.V. black-light collections several times during the summer between 8-11 pm - they are more active during a full moon.
    • Remove all harborages such as: trash, logs, boards, stones, bricks and other objects from around the building.
    • Keep grass closely mowed near the home. Prune bushes and overhanging tree branches away from the structure. Tree branches can provide a path to the roof for scorpions. Minimize low growing ground cover vegetation.
    • Store garbage containers in a frame that allows them to rest above ground level.
    • Never bring firewood inside the building unless it is placed directly on the fire.
    • Install weather-stripping around loose fitting doors and windows.
    • Ensure door sweeps are tight fitting
    • Plug weep holes in brick veneer with steel wool, pieces of nylon scouring pad or small squares of screen wire.
    • Caulk around roof eaves, pipes and any other cracks into the building.
    • Keep window screens in good repair. Make sure they fit tightly in the window frame.
    • Stucco cinder-block walls


    Chemical and non-chemical Solutions

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     Another completely natural way to protect your pets from Scorpions is to invite bats to your property.  Bats love to hunt and eat scorpions.  A bat house is a good way to make your yard bat friendly.


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    Chemical pesticide spraying during the day is largely ineffective but a recommended insecticide is Cy-Kick CS.  If you choose this option please follow the instructions and keep your pets out of the area until completely dry.


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    Keep pets safe from scorpions with diatomaceous earth. It's a safe product that works through a mechanical reaction, rather than chemical, to kill bugs. When the scorpion comes into contact with the powder, the powder will attach to the exoskeleton of the scorpion. Because DE powder is made up of absorbent diatoms, it will cause the scorpion to dehydrate. Continuing to use diatomaceous earth will also protect your home from future scorpion infestations.


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    Using Black-lighting to Control Scorpions 

    Scorpions fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet light so they are easy to find with the aid of a black-light during the night. Nighttime scorpion hunting is a lot of fun but make sure that you wear boots and have long tongs if you want to capture the scorpions to move them. Powerful black-lights can be ordered from the internet or weaker ones can be obtained from pet stores and electronic retailers. Once located, collect the scorpions using long forceps and keep them in a seal-able, sturdy container. As these wonderful creatures are such a benefit to our environment please consider collecting and releasing the scorpions into the natural desert rather than killing them.


    Other non-chemical solutions include spraying lavender or cedar essential oils (10-20 drops mixed with water in a spray bottle) around the outside of your house and in areas you see scorpions. This will not kill them but they do not like the smell so it act more as a repellent. I always recommend organic oils from Amazon as they are high quality and easy to order.


     My Pet was Stung by a Scorpion what should I do?

    If you see or suspect that your pet has been stung by a scorpion, call your veterinarian immediately. If the scorpion is still around and you are able to safely catch it, bring it along for proper identification.

    Are Cats Immune to Scorpions?


    Are Cats Immune to Scorpions?

    There is some thought that cats are effective scorpion exterminators because they are "immune" to stings. This is not true, cats are not immune to scorpion venom, but rather they are better at avoiding getting stung.

    Although it is important to protect your pets from scorpions, once people look past their fears, they can start to see scorpions as they amazing and beneficial creatures that they are. Scorpions are extremely valuable components to natural Eco-systems, as they play complex roles of both predators and prey.

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