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Scorpions

Scorpions can be very dangerous pests. They are related to mites, ticks, and also spiders. An estimated 1,500 scorpion species exist in the world and 70 different species in the United States alone! They have 4 pair of legs and also a pair of pinchers in the front. When looking at them, you are going to find a segmented long tail with their stinger at the end. If you find these insects on your property, you need to get rid of them immediately as they can pose a serious threat to your family and others.

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What are scorpions?

Arizona Bark Scorpions are the most common type of scorpion in the East Valley and, subsequently, the most bothersome for homeowners and business owners. They are yellow and brown with horizontal bands across their body. These terrifying creatures are an average of 3 inches long. They have two extended claws, six legs, and one venomous stinger. Arizona bark scorpions are native to Arizona, California, New Mexico, and parts of Mexico. They are the most poisonous scorpion in the state, sending tons of humans to the hospital every year. When it comes to pest control, scorpions are an unfortunate reality. If you aren’t prepared for possible scorpion infestations, your home may be vulnerable.

Why do I have scorpions in my house?

Scorpions can squeeze through incredibly small holes, less than ¼ inch. They are excellent climbers and use this skill to scale walls and ceilings. Arizona bark scorpions are nocturnal, hunting for crickets, spiders, cockroaches, other small or medium sized insects, and even other scorpions. Once they enter your home, they seek out dark areas with higher levels of moisture. This is why you’ll find a scorpion hiding out in your bathtub or basement. Because they prefer to be hidden in the dark, you might not know that scorpions are living in your home until you step on one. Despite their small stature, Arizona bark scorpions pack a powerful punch, causing extreme pain to its victim.

Why should I be concerned with scorpions?

Arizona bark scorpions are one of the most dangerous scorpions in North America. They can deliver a powerful venom to humans, resulting in severe pain. While death is uncommon, frequently experienced symptoms include vomiting, tingling and numbness, and other health complications. In the winter, Arizona bark scorpions gather in large groups of up to 40 individuals. Because they love to hide in darkness, this is especially dangerous when they enter your home. During the remainder of the year, they are mostly solitary, with the exception of mating season. It’s not a good idea to directly handle Arizona bark scorpions or any other kind of scorpion. Call a pest control professional immediately if you find scorpions in your home.

To prevent stinging encounters with Scorpions, do not leave shoes, boots, clothing items, or wet towels outdoors where Scorpions can hide. Shake towels around the swimming pool and shake all clothing and shoes before putting them on. Wear gloves when working in the yard. Wear shoes outdoors, especially during the evening hours. A portable black light may be used to survey for Scorpions in and around the home. Scorpions glow brightly under black light and are therefore easily found and removed.

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