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Why Scorpions Invade Phoenix Homes And How To Keep Them Out

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Scorpions are amazing little critters. Unfortunately, a sting from a scorpion is amazingly painful, so it is best to not have them around your Phoenix home. But, if you're lived in Phoenix for any length of time, you know that scorpions are common pests. If you have a pool, you can expect to routinely find them underneath wet towels or swimsuits left near the pool. If you have a stack of wood in your backyard, you're sure to find them hiding in the cracks and crevices. Join us today as we look at common scorpions in our area, problems they create, how to make your property less appealing to them, and how to get the best control for scorpions in Phoenix. If you need immediate assistance with scorpion pest control in Phoenix, feel free to reach out to us through our contact page. We know all about scorpions, we deal with them all the time. With that said, let's dig in.

Common Types Of Scorpions Found In Phoenix

If you use a black light, you can easily detect scorpions in your yard at night. You'll see big ones and small ones. You'll find them crawling on the ground, sneaking around in piles, and scaling walls. These are the three types of scorpions you're likely to see.

  • The giant desert hairy scorpion is the largest American scorpion and is between 4 to 7 inches in length. It prefers to hang out near the ground, loves holes, and isn't all that good at climbing. This big guy has big claws which it uses to crush its prey. These scorpions need these big claws because their venom isn't strong. But don't get it in your mind to tangle with a giant desert hairy scorpion. While it won't send you to the hospital, a sting from one of these scorpions feels like a bee sting. It isn't pleasant.
  • The striped-tailed scorpion is a tiny pest that is less than 3 inches long. While often mistaken for a bark scorpion, these little guys hang out near the ground and aren't great climbers. For this reason, you'll rarely find them in your home. They have a sting that is as potent as a giant desert hairy scorpion.
  • The most common pest scorpion in Phoenix is the Arizona bark scorpion and it is considered the most venomous of all North American scorpions. Not only does it have the worst venom of the three scorpions listed here, but it is also the worst pest. Bark scorpions have some problematic behaviors that bring them in contact with humans. They are excellent climbers. Some can squeeze through gaps as thin as a credit card. At full size, an Arizona bark scorpion is 2 to 3 inches long and has a very low profile. Their ability to climb and squeeze through tight gaps make them common home invaders. The bad news doesn't end there. Have you ever seen a fly or ant clean itself? Scorpions don't do that, so when they climb over pest control materials, they don't ingest them. If you try to use over-the-counter products to stop scorpions, you will have little to no success.


Phoenix scorpions are common pests. Most residents have learned ways to avoid them, but if you're new to the area, you should know what to expect from scorpions and how to deal with them. Let's take a moment to consider the problem of scorpions and simple tricks for avoiding stings. 

The Problem With Scorpions Hiding Around Your Home

Scorpions can sting you. That is the obvious problem. But there are many reasons why you might get stung. If you understand them, you can avoid the pain.

  • We pointed out above that scorpions hide under towels and swimsuits. Be careful when picking items up in your yard. You can further guard yourself by not leaving items out, or by putting items on furniture with smooth legs that scorpions can't easily scale.
  • Scorpions love tight spaces. We touched on the fact that they'll hide in stacked wood. But they'll hide in lots of things in your backyard. They'll also hide in gaps and recesses in your exterior walls. Wear gloves when working in the yard.
  • Scorpions are docile. When you move near them, they're not going to attack you. They're also not going to run away. What they do is hunker down and remain still. If you don't see one, and you step on it, you will instantly regret it. Always wear something on your feet when you walk around in your yard, particularly at night.
  • Scorpions can survive underwater for a long time. If you find a scorpion in your pool and it isn't moving, don't think for a second that it is dead. Many people get stung by scorpions because they think they drowned in the pool.
  • Scorpions are sometimes found in beds. The reason for this is that they come out of ceiling vents and attempt to crawl across the ceiling. When they lose their grip, they fall. If you have a bed under a ceiling vent, you could have a scorpion land in your bed. Check your covers before getting into bed at night.
  • Scorpions love secluded spaces. Be mindful of this when you go into attic spaces to grab items out of storage. They can be under, around, and inside stored boxes.
  • Scorpions are attracted to moisture. If you go into a shed or outside storage locker, be careful. There are many places a scorpion might hide, such as inside a stored cooler.

The main issue with scorpions is that they can appear unexpectedly and sting without warning. Keep in mind all of the many places they tend to hide, and be cautious.  

Easy Ways To Make Your Property Less Appealing To Scorpions

Since scorpions are resistant to general surface treatments, we often share tips to deter them naturally. You can make your yard less appealing if you know what attracts scorpions. 

  • Reduce insects. Scorpions eat insects. While a pest control service plan is the best way to reduce insects, there are a few ways you can reduce insects naturally. Replace white exterior lights with yellow lights, which insects can't see. Clean gutters to prevent perimeter dampness. Address lawn weed problems. Manage your trash to prevent odors. 
  • Reduce debris and piles of scrap cardboard. Scorpions love to hide in these, and they eat insects, such as cockroaches, which also like to hide in piles.
  • Store scrap wood, construction materials, campfire wood, bricks, stones, and other wood sources well away from your exterior.
  • Trim vegetation, remove unnecessary plants, and take other steps to keep your landscaping dry.
  • Don't leave items lying on the ground near your pool.

Along with these simple preventative alterations to the landscape around your home, you can directly work to reduce the number of scorpions if you're intrepid. Get a deep metal container and some metal tongs and go hunting for scorpions. Use a blacklight to find them shining in the dark. Clamp them with your tongs and put them in the container. You can also do this inside your home. Inspect your attic spaces and storage areas. These arachnids hang out in undisturbed and secluded areas of homes. If you collect and remove them before they climb in your ventilation ducts, squeeze out of a vent, and drop onto your bed, you can consider that a win!

Scorpions remain still when you approach them. You don't have to worry about one turning on you and attacking. But, of course, we realize that few people want to tackle this chore. The good news is that you don't have to capture scorpions. You can take ACTION and contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control for sustained scorpion prevention around your Phoenix home. We do the hard work for you and help you get better rest at night.       

The Pros To Know For Total Scorpion Control

When it comes to scorpion control, it pays to know someone who knows scorpions. We are family-owned and operated, and we are familiar with scorpions in our area. Plus, our service team members have seen everything, and they add their experience on top of a foundation of extensive training to provide the greatest level of scorpion control in Phoenix. You can trust ACTION Termite & Pest Control to remove troublesome scorpions, manage scorpions around your home, and keep scorpions out. If your goal is complete scorpion control, the only way to get close is with expert assistance. We perform detailed inspections to locate and get rid of scorpions. We apply exclusion work to seal the gaps, cracks, and holes that scorpions use to enter your home. If an entry point requires your attention, we'll point the vulnerability out. Creating physical barriers is the best way to stop scorpions from getting inside. We also use specialized products and equipment to target scorpions as needed. If you'd like to learn more about how we approach pest control and management, connect with us. We'd love to have the conversation with you.