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Beware of Scorpions! 5 Facts About These Arizona Pests

According to the experts there are approximately 1,300-1,500 species of scorpions worldwide. About 30+ of those species live right here in Arizona. They are of course attracted to our state’s dry, hot climate. Scorpions rest in the heat of the day, tucked away in desert hiding places, and then come out to hunt by night. Let’s investigate some more interesting facts about these fascinating creatures!

5 facts about scorpions

How dangerous are they?

Of the 30+ scorpion species that live in Arizona, only the Arizona Bark Scorpion is considered to be dangerous to humans. It is straw colored or opaque and is usually around 2 inches long. This scorpion’s sting is always more dangerous if the victim has an allergic reaction to it. The Bark Scorpion’s venom will produce severe pain. Other medical health effects and complications can include: numbness, difficulty breathing, frothing at the mouth, convulsions and muscle twitching. Death is rare from a sting, though immediate medical action should be taken following an encounter with any one of these creepy crawlers. Scorpions can be found in their natural habitat, but also in or around residential homes and backyards. Scorpions have no problem entering homes, as they are great climbers. Most scorpions are known to be solitary creatures, though the Bark Scorpion, in particular, likes to travel in groups of 20-30.

What types of scorpions are common in Arizona?

Experts claim there are over 30 different species that can be found in Arizona. In addition to the Arizona Bark Scorpion, there are other types of bark scorpions, in addition to a variety of other types that are more common. Arizona is known to be home to the Desert Hairy and the Striped-Tailed Scorpions. The Desert Hairy Scorpion is twice as large as the Bark species when fully grown and can reach as much as 5 inches in length. The Striped-Tailed Scorpion is considered to be more “hearty” than the scorpions in the Bark family.

Where do scorpions live?

Scorpions love rocky habitats which feature lots of hiding places and offer them cooler resting places. Bark Scorpions, and their cousins, can also be found in homes and underneath dead trees. Remember, since they like to climb, they can travel anywhere. Desert Hairy Scorpions can be found in more sandy locations, whereas Stripe-Tailed are commonly found in things such as sleeping bags, shoes, and things they can crawl into, so your garage might look like an inviting place. These guys also like to burrow. For scorpion prevention in Arizona, it is best to contact your Phoenix pest control expert, such as Green Home Pest Control, to work out a monthly preventative plan to solve your scorpion problem.

How can you prevent scorpions?

As you can see from the facts above, scorpions are very common in Arizona. Contacting a qualified team for local pest control in Phoenix and setting up a preventative pest control plan is the best way to gain peace of mind. Of course, there are other helpful tips and tricks to lower chances of inviting scorpions into your neighborhood by being proactive around your home and yard.  Keep your yard clean and clear of debris, which are optimal hiding spots for these creatures. Keep trees and shrubbery pruned and away from your house since scorpions love to climb the limbs and live in the bark.  Keep your home air-tight with weatherstripping and caulk to prevent easy entrance into the home, and, lastly, eliminate water sources around your home since scorpions will seek out water in the hot climate.

What should you do if you have a scorpion problem on your property?

By following the helpful tips that the experts recommend, you can minimize your risk of scorpions in and around your home. However, if you are experiencing a scorpion problem that is affecting the safety of your family, an expert in Phoenix pest control is your best source of advice and treatment for scorpions. Scorpions may be common here in Arizona, but they don’t have to be invited into your home!

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