Here in the Valley, homeowners are no strangers to centruroides sculpturatus—more commonly known as the Arizona Bark Scorpion. This infamous pest is a major pain—sometimes, quite literally—and many homeowners struggle to get rid of a bark scorpion infestation. In this blog, we’ll provide you with the basics you need to know about this pest and the reasons why you should call us at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite services for Casa Grande and Phoenix scorpion control service.
What are these scorpions?
If you’re new to Phoenix, here’s the basics: bark scorpions are anywhere from 5-7 centimeters in length and typically are tan or sand-colored. Like all scorpions, they’re predators, using their senses and their venom-packed sting to hunt down crickets, roaches, and other insects. If you have issues with these pests, it’s also possible that you could have a problem with scorpions down the road, too, since scorpions will follow their prey into Valley homes.
What is their habitat?
Scorpions are nocturnal hunters, which means that they come out at night to hunt their prey. During the day, they want to be out of the sun and away from predators. Some of their preferred urban habitat includes river rock, stacked lumber, landscaping and trees, and—in the case of an infestation—the inside of a home’s walls. Anywhere that is cool and has access to prey and water is a good place for a scorpion to stay.
Why are they such a problem in Phoenix-area homes?
Bark scorpions are survivors. They’re able to squeeze between spaces as thin as 1/16 of an inch—about the width of a credit card. Their exoskeleton is tough, which makes them resistant to most traditional forms of pesticide. Another feature of this species—unique amongst scorpions—is that they are capable of incredible climbing feats. Bark scorpions can climb walls, ceilings, furniture, and many other surfaces.
When do stings occur?
Scorpions typically aren’t aggressive. Most stings occur because of accidental contact initiated by the human—a hand that brushes up against a scorpion on a wall, or a foot that steps on one. Scorpion stings can vary in their intensity: in most cases, a sting causes localized pain and numbness, but more serious conditions can arise from allergic reactions. Children, pets, and the elderly are more likely to experience serious symptoms than healthy adults. That being said, fatalities are extremely rare—in Arizona, only 2 people have died from bark scorpion stings since 1968.
How can I keep scorpions out?
A scorpion infestation requires professional assistance from a team like ours here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. As the Valley’s premier Phoenix scorpion control services provider, our pest experts have years of experience helping homeowners evict scorpions. Here’s the main points of our strategy:
- Remove the food source: If your home has scorpions, chances are that it has something they want in the way of food. In most Valley homes, this is a healthy cricket population. We’ll treat your home to remove the pest population, which means there is nothing for the scorpion to eat inside the home.
- Habitat denial: Next, we’re going to recommend ways to eliminate an easy habitat for scorpions. This will include a yard cleanup that removes debris and wood and methods of reducing the humidity and water used in your yard.
- Home sealing: In extreme cases where bark scorpions are especially prevalent in the area, we’ll probably recommend a home sealing service from our team, which helps to physically block scorpion entry into the home by sealing windows, around doors, and elsewhere. Remember: scorpions can fit into spaces as wide as a credit card, and they’re great climbers.
What should you do if you spot a scorpion?
One scorpion is reason enough to give our team a call for our Phoenix scorpion control services here in the Valley and Casa Grande. We offer free pest inspections, and we can help you determine what the scope of your scorpion problem is and how to best deal with it.