Living in Arizona, you have had to learn to become uncomfortably familiar with scorpions. If you have ever had to endure the agonizing pain of a scorpion sting, you know just how dangerous these insects are! Especially for children and elderly, scorpion stings can cause serious physical problems. Not only are their stings dangerous and scary, but once you’ve survived a scorpion sting, you will always be on the look-out, and will loose a sense of safety when in your own home. It’s important that Arizona residents learn about specific behaviors of scorpions in order to learn how to best control them.
Scorpions in Arizona
The most common species of scorpion you will see in Arizona, is the Bark Scorpion. Unfortunately, this little pest is also one of the most dangerous types in the world. They pack a powerful sting, and unlike bees do not die afterwards. Here are some common behaviors of these scorpions that are important to know to keep yourself safe.
These Bark Scorpions are found throughout the entire southwest. The Sonoran Desert is the best environment for them to thrive in! They are very sensitive to light, so during the day, they find clever places to hide that are shady and dark. These dark places will include any shady areas you have in your home including your shoes, towels, clothes and beds! Scorpions are always looking for water, so you will commonly see them in sinks or near a water source.
They like to come out at night and do their hunting. Typically the Arizona Bark Scorpion lives off of other insects like crickets and roaches. They are very resilient and can become aggressive when they feel threatened, which often times leads to those nasty stings when humans come in contact with them by accident.
Being stung by a scorpion is a painful experience. And since most scorpions like to hide out of site, and are often times hard to spot, these stings can happen at any time, making it even more scary to be sharing your home with these creepy crawlies. Most scorpion stings occur on hands and feet, when a person is walking around with out shoes or grabbing for something when they encounter a scorpion. Most people commonly experience pain, swelling, numbness, and some redness, while others who are allergic could demonstrate more sever symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty breathing, and twitching of the neck, head, and eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical help right away, as the Arizona Bark Scorpion’s venom is extremely toxic and stings should be taken very seriously.
How to Avoid Scorpions
If you live in Arizona long enough, you will more than likely encounter a scorpion whether in your own home, at work, or a friend or family members house. However, you are not going to see the EVERY day, and you shouldn’t have to be worried about getting stung by a scorpion every time you slip your foot into your shoe. It’s important to simply be aware that they are around. Here are a few tips to help you avoid scorpions in your home.
- Seal openings– Scorpions can slip into your home through a space as thin as a credit card! Make sure all of the openings around doors and windows are tightly sealed.
- Clean the Clutter– In the daytime, scorpions around your house will find shade in rocks, wood piles, and debris around your home. Make sure to keep the area around your home clear eliminating places for them to hide.
- Eliminate their Food Source– Knowing that scorpions like to feed on crickets, roaches and other insects, eliminate their food source with general pest control measures. Without anything to eat, they’ll likely leave your home alone.
- Clean the Corners– Clean in the areas of your home that are typically avoided such as under furniture, in corners, and behind large items. Also, keep clothes and shoes picked up off the floor, this is often the perfect hiding spot for hiding.
- Protect those Toes– Slip some flip flops on before walking around at night. Since scorpions hunt at night, this is the time you will typically find them crawling across your floors.
- NO Towels on the Floor– Throwing your damp towels on the bathroom floor is just asking for trouble! A cold, damp, dark place is the PERFECT resting spot for a scorpion.
- Scorpion Hunting– Get a black light and put on your scorpion hunting hat. After dark, take a walk around your home shining the light into all of the corners, cracks, and crevices. The scorpions will glow bright green, making them easy to spot and eliminate. Go ahead and take a walk on the inside of your house too- just in case.
- Call the Pros– Seek help from the professionals. Unfortunately, because scorpions are SO resilient, they do not respond to regular pesticides, but rest assured that a professional pest control company with experience in scorpion control can help!
Professional Scorpion Control
A professional pest control company can help give you quality options for controlling your scorpion problem in Phoenix, AZ. These would include eliminating the food source with a general pest control treatment, a home sealing service to keep those nasty scorpions outdoors, and applying a scorpion control product outside your home on a regular basis to prevent scorpions from getting inside!
Finding the Best Pest Control Company in Arizona
Before hiring a pest control company to help you control the scorpions around your home, it’s important to do your research! Not all pest control companies are created equal, especially in Arizona where there are about a million options to choose from. It is important to choose a company that has been in business for many years, showing that they have experience and have produced great results for their customers. Also, look for a company with certified technicians. Certified technicians will have the most knowledge to help with whatever pest problem you might have. Do your research, and choose a company that will genuinely help you control the scorpions in your home to keep your family safe. For the very best pest control in Phoenix, Arizona, give us a call at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. It would be our pleasure to help you get rid of those scorpions!