These “scorpions” are not actually scorpions, and even though they look like spiders, they aren’t spiders either. This creature belongs to a group called Solifugae, that is related to scorpions and spiders.
When they are disturbed, they move quickly, running “like the wind,” which is where this name comes from. Solifugids also go by the names of Camel Spiders and Sun Spiders because of their similar body structure, even though they are not true spiders.They’re shy, too. They’ll often be seen at night, coming out from burrows they made in the sand or from underneath stones and rocks. The solifugid thrives in desert areas and other warm, dry environments.
Solifugids cannot seriously harm people. Wind scorpions will only attack if they feel threatened or they are disturbed. This will result in a bite, but because they cannot produce venom, the bite isn’t serious. Apply an ice pack to reduce any pain or discomfort.
Wind scorpions will lay up to 50 eggs eggs under rocks or other covered areas that the mother constructs. They will produce silk to help protect them to predators. She will continue to guard them and even capture prey to feed her young once the eggs hatch. This process can take several weeks. The solifugid will typically live between one and two years.
They will feed mostly on insects, spiders and other creatures like lizards. This happens mostly at night, but they will occasionally make appearances during the day.
The wind scorpion does not have pincers like a real scorpion, nor does it have the ability to secrete venom or create webs.
Types of Solifugids
Their bodies range in length anywhere from 3/8 to 4 inches and are light gray, tan, or reddish-brown in color. They resemble spiders, having a bulging, segmented middle section and eight legs. The back six legs are used primarily for walking, whereas the front two are used like antennae to identify their surroundings. It may look as though this solifugid has another pair of legs, however this is not the case. These extra “legs” are actually appendages called pedipalps that help them catch prey and climb on various surfaces. The solifugid is notable for its large jaws that they use to grab and crush their prey. These jaws saw as they chew, creating a pulp out of their victims.
Commonly described as: sun spiders, camel spiders, solifuges
Solifugids In The Home
Wind scorpion only occasionally enter homes while looking for shelter and moisture. They typically hide in attics, basements and crawlspaces. Solifugids may also burrow into the sand in children’s sandboxes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wind Scorpions
How to get rid of solifugids in the house?
Wind scorpions are often seen as beneficial creatures because they feed on various insects that can be annoying to humans. If you find one indoors, place a jar over it and then cover it with paper to release it outside. To prevent them from getting inside in the first place, make sure to seal any cracks or potential entry points around your home, such as openings around foundations or around doors and windows.
Benefits of Professional Solifugid Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a solifugid problem. Finding and treating the solifugids can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the solifugid infestation.