Scorpions moving into San Diego homes for the summer
Sightings more common during hotter weather
Last Updated: 102 days ago
LAKESIDE, Calif. - San Diegans are being visited by some unwanted guests this summer: scorpions.
"I found a total of six. Five of them have been inside the house," explained Lakeside resident Kim Gainus. "They're the ugliest things I've ever seen."
Scorpion sightings are more common during the summer when the weather is warm, bringing bugs out – bugs that hungry scorpions like to feed on.
"Summer season is our busiest time of year," said Garrett Thrasher, who is with Thrasher Termite and Pest Control. "I had a customer [in El Cajon] with about 10 in two weeks ... we see a majority of them in east county, northeast county, rural areas where it's less developed."
Local pest control companies 10News called say they have not seen an uptick compared to last year, though some businesses are seeing more scorpions where they usually do not live: closer to the shore.
A woman in La Jolla took a photo of the eight-legged creature inside her home. There have been infestations reported in Del Mar as well.
Most scorpions in San Diego County are not lethal, according to local pest control businesses. Of the known 1,500 species of scorpions, 50 carry toxic venom. The bug's tough exoskeleton make them resistant to some chemicals, so Thrasher says the surest way to get rid of them is starve them of their food supply.
"By reducing the insects around the home, it's going to, in turn, reduce the scorpion count," Thraser added.
If you are stung by a scorpion, apply a cold pack. Thrasher suggested capturing the bug to help identify what species caused the sting.
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