Native to the Sonoran Desert, the Arizona bark scorpion is light brown in color and very small. Some homeowners in Arizona may come up against this pest on a regular basis, so it’s important to be educated about scorpions and know when it’s time to contact a professional for help getting rid of them.
Things to know about scorpions:
1. They eat other pests around and in your home
The scorpion is in or around your home to eat spiders and insects. They can go days without food but must have access to water regularly to survive.
2. Bark scorpions are nocturnal
This type of scorpion sleeps during the day and is active at night. This doesn’t mean that you won’t see them during the day if you accidentally stumble upon where they are hiding on. They prefer to hide under wood, debris, or rocks outside, and may also make a home in a tree somewhere on your property.
3. They can enter your home easily
The bark scorpion prefers to be outside hiding under rocks and logs, but may enter your house looking for prey in the summer when it’s hot. They get into the home through voids in the walls and can squeeze into tiny spaces.
4. They are easy to find
One of the lesser known facts about Arizona bark scorpion is that they glow in UV light. If you are hunting for scorpions, purchase a blacklight at your local hardware store and watch for them to glow.
5. They can be very dangerous
If you are stung by a scorpion, you could feel acute pain for up to three days. The affected area may also be numb and tingle for a while. Although fatalities are extremely rare, some people report convulsions and allergic reactions to scorpion bites.
Stings from the bark scorpion are extremely painful, and children and pets are more likely to experience life-threatening problems from them. If you or someone close to you has been bit by a scorpion, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.
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