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What are scorpions?

Living in Phoenix means sharing your outdoor spaces with several unsavory pests. The scorpion is an example of a critter in Phoenix that we would rather not spot in our yards and certainly not in our homes.

Scorpions are arachnids; adults have eight legs like all arachnids. We identify scorpions by their pedipalps, claw-like structures that help them grab their prey, and curved tails with a stinger at the end.

Our region has two types of scorpions that commonly become a problem for Phoenix homeowners; the Arizona bark scorpion and the Arizona desert hairy scorpion.

The Arizona bark scorpion is the more common of the two species and is quite small in size, has slender pedipalps, and is light brown. An interesting fact is that these are the scorpions that glow under blacklight. 

The Arizona desert hairy scorpion is a much larger species of scorpion and is yellow to tan in color with a black back. Brown hairs stand up off their curved tail.

Are scorpions dangerous?

Scorpions in Phoenix are dangerous. They blend in with their environment, making it common for people to contact these pests accidentally. When scorpions feel threatened, they will defend themselves the only way they know how, by using their venom-filled stinger.

Though the Arizona desert hairy scorpion may look intimidating, they are less dangerous than the Arizona bark scorpion. A sting from an Arizona desert scorpion typically results in pain similar to a bee sting, but its venom isn’t potent enough to trigger a serious response in most people.

The Arizona bark scorpion is dangerous. Their venom is quite potent, and a sting from one of these scorpions is not only extremely painful but can result in a life-threatening allergic reaction. After being stung by an Arizona bark scorpion, a person needs to seek medical attention so symptoms can be managed by a professional.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Scorpions have high moisture needs, and our properties typically offer them the sources of water they need to survive, along with dark, cool hiding spots. In addition, our trees, yards, and gardens usually provide them with easy access to their most common prey; insects and spiders.

Unfortunately, scorpions don’t just stay outside in our yards. Scorpions can crawl up the exterior walls of our homes and move inside through small cracks and gaps they discover. Scorpions typically move into our homes while following their insect prey or searching for water or shelter.

Where will I find scorpions?

Most scorpions are nocturnal and hide during the and emerge at night to hunt their prey. Outside, scorpions hide behind tree bark, in wood or rock piles, and under landscaping ties.

If scorpions have found their way into your home, some of their favorite hideouts include:

  • Under furniture
  • Walls
  • The inside of tubs or sinks
  • Inside dark cabinets or pantries
  • In potted plants

It is important to know that if you find one scorpion in your home, there are likely more that you have yet to discover. At first sight of scorpions in or near your home, immediately reach out for professional help!

How do I get rid of scorpions?

So, the question you need to ask yourself is, where is the best scorpion control near me? Let ACTION Termite & Pest Control and our more than 50 years of experience guard your family and home from scorpions. We offer exclusive scorpion control services to get to the root of your infestation and remove these stinging pests from your home. Through our Scorpion Plus Service, our professionals will locate and treat common nesting sites and perform comprehensive treatments and exclusion services. To learn more about scorpion control in Phoenix, please call ACTION Termite & Pest Control experts today.

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

Use the following tips to reduce your chances of scorpions becoming a problem on your property and putting you and your family in danger.

  • Clear away clutter and yard debris from your property.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s exterior that scorpions could use as entry points.
  • Place screens over vents and seal spaces around wires. 
  • Keep garages, sheds, and storage areas within your home clear of debris. 
  • Eliminate water sources by repairing leaky pipes and poor ventilation, and make sure gutters are in good working order.

Call us at ACTION Termite & Pest Control today to get rid of scorpions and keep your family safe from stinging scorpions.