Posted 03-01-2004 at 02:58:16
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I'm not sure there is any way to control them. I lived in a mobile home that had rock underpinning and I was over run with them. I slept on a mattress on the floor and it was nothing to wake up with them in bed with me EVERY NIGHT. They were thick in the bathroom, always in the tubs, and sinks.
I got to where I would wake up two or three times a night and shake out the sheets as a matter of routine, but I was still stung three or four times a week. If you spray for them they just go in the walls and hide until the spray dries. They can go without food and water for up to a year. I don't know if chickens or turkeys will eat them as I didn't have any at the the time but I can offer some suggestions.
If you're building a house, build it on pier and beam, or cinderblock and stucco on a concrete slab. Keep the area under and around the house free of wood piles or rock piles, they love stone and brick and junk piles. Insulate solidly around pipes that enter the house and chink up any and all cracks until they won't even let in air, as a scorpion can flatten it's body and get through amazingly small cracks. Also the darker the body of the scorpion the worse the sting. The little translucent brown ones are comparable to a bee sting, but the bigger/slash darker, they can make you very sick. Just out of curiosity....is your land in Texas? If so...God help you (grin)