Pest Control Companies Notice Spike in Scorpions

Plano shop recommends spraying repellant around homes, at risk-areas such as sandboxes

By Amanda Guerra
|  Thursday, Jun 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:37 PM CDT
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Dallas-Fort Worth area pest control companies say they’re seeing an increase in scorpions lurking in homes in several cities.

Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

Dallas-Fort Worth area pest control companies say they’re seeing an increase in scorpions lurking in homes in several cities.

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Pest control shops across Dallas-Fort Worth say they’re seeing an increase in scorpions lurking in homes in several cities.

A lot of it has to do with the heat, but homeowners also could unknowingly be bringing them into their homes, said Marty Keane, with The Pest Shop in Plano.

Often, scorpions hide in sand. Keane said they can "stay in those areas for up to six months and stay alive without ever feeding."

Many homeowners use sand during housing construction and in gardening.

Parents should also be aware of the possibility of scorpions hiding in children's sandboxes.

"So six months, you know, after kids going back outside and start playing in sandboxes, they start shoveling and there you go -- there are the scorpions," Keane said.

The best way to prevent scorpions is to go to a pest control shop and buy a repellant that can spray around the home and at-risk areas such as sandboxes, she said.

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