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What are scorpions?

Arizona is well-known for having its fair share of scorpions. Over time they have adapted to living near people as our yards and homes often provide them with plenty of food and water and indoor shelter to escape harsh weather conditions. Scorpions are arachnids and have eight legs, two body regions, and pedipalps (claw-like structures).

a scorpion in ultraviolet light in mesa arizona

Although scorpions have poor vision, they have many eyes – two on the top of the head, and two to five pairs running across the head’s front corners. Scorpions use a segmented curved tail with a stinger at its end to paralyze their prey. They also use their stinger to protect themselves from perceived danger. Their ability to sting us and our pets is the biggest reason they are unwelcome in our Arizona yards and homes.

In our region, the following scorpions are most problematic:

  • Arizona bark scorpion
  • Arizona strip tail scorpion
  • Arizona giant hair scorpion
  • Yellow ground scorpion

Are scorpions dangerous?

Being stung by a scorpion is painful, and the venom affects a person’s nervous system. Symptoms caused by a scorpion sting can include muscles twitching, numbness, convulsions, and breathing difficulties. Like with most stinging pests, a person’s reaction to a sting depends on how allergic they are to the venom. Usually, young kids, the elderly, and people with allergies experience the most severe reactions.

It is important to note that scorpions aren’t aggressive, and stings usually occur after we accidentally make contact with these pests. Scorpions like to hide in dark, quiet areas where it is difficult to spot them.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

A property that meets their moisture needs is most attractive to these pests; scorpions can live for a long time without food but can’t survive without access to water. Things like leaky pipes, outdoor fixtures, dripping hoses, clogged gutters, and rotting vegetation provide them with the moisture they are looking for and draw scorpions into an area.

Our yards not only provide scorpions with water but sources of food. Our yards, gardens, and trees are full of the insects, spiders, and centipedes that these pests like to use as a food source.

Where will I find scorpions?

It is typical for scorpions to move from our yards and into our homes while following their prey or searching for water. Scorpions are good climbers and move inside through spaces they find around windows and doors, rooflines, or foundations. Openings around vents, pipes, and utilities are other common entry points for scorpions.

Once inside, they will move to dark, quiet areas where they are likely to find prey. Basements, wall voids, spaces behind sinks and tubs, under cabinets, and the insides of closets are where people often discover scorpions. These pests are also regular visitors to outbuildings like garages, sheds, and pool houses.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

At Overson Pest Control, we can help you rid your property of scorpions, and protect you and your family from their painful and dangerous stings. We care about our customers and are committed to solving pests problems.

To eliminate scorpions, our professionals will find and treat their nesting and breeding sites, using a product that quickly kills the scorpions. With our pest control services backed by a 100% guarantee and unlimited free re-services, you can trust that we will rid your property of scorpions and help prevent them from returning. To learn more about our quality scorpion control services, contact us today!

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, protect your property from scorpions with the following prevention tips:

  • Reduce areas of excess moisture in and around your home.
  • Keep sinks and bathtubs free of water when not in use.
  • Repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home. Seal spaces around utilities entering into your house.
  • Place screens in open windows and doors to keep scorpions from climbing through them.
  • Remove things from your yard like tarps, pool toys, tires, and leftover pavers or bricks where scorpions can hide.
  • Keep storage areas in your home free of extra clutter where scorpions can hide.

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