There aren’t many surprises more unpleasant than finding a scorpion somewhere you didn’t expect one!
Arizona is known for being home to a variety of different types of scorpions. While they may be naturally hiding out in rocky desert areas; here in the East Valley, it’s not uncommon to find them in your home!
The Arizona bark scorpion is one of the more common species in our area. They’re distinguished by long, skinny tails and by being a yellow-tan color and marked by horizontal. They are also one of the more venomous scorpions in the state. A sting from an Arizona bark scorpion is typically not life-threatening for an adult, but can result in painful swelling, difficulty breathing, and muscle spasms.
Take care to prevent painful scorpion stings in and around your home with these tips from the experts:
In Your Garden
During the heat of the day, scorpions will hide under rocks, piles of wood, tree bark, or other other small areas of shelter in your yard.
The bark scorpion, unlike most types of scorpions in our area, is able to climb walls, trees, and other objects with a sufficiently rough surface. Bark scorpions even prefer to be upside down, meaning they can surprise you by being on the underside of garden furniture.
To protect yourself and your family against scorpion stings in your garden:
- Be cautious disturbing rocks or garden ornaments
- Avoid using redwood bark as mulch in your flowerbeds. It might look nice, but scorpions love to hide in it!
- Wear thick gardening gloves when digging or pulling weeds
- Check beneath tables, chairs, elevated pedestals, and other furniture before moving it
- Keep debris out of your yard, where it might provide a shady place for a scorpion to take refuge
In Your Garage
Whether you’ve seen scorpions around your home before or not, it’s a good idea to wear shoes when walking around your garage and the perimeter of your home.
Scorpions like to lurk in shady corners, and under piles of junk that might be piling up. Make sure to keep your garage neat and tidy, preventing scorpions from finding a nice place to hide. If you notice that your garage is collecting clutter, make sure to declutter as soon as possible. Eliminating hiding spaces will put you one step closer to protecting your home from this unwanted guest.
Pro Tip: If you leave your shoes in the garage, it is always a good idea to check your shoes before sliding your feet in!
Found scorpions in your shoes? Kick them out!
Inside Your Home
A good way to keep scorpions out of your home is to prevent them from entering in the first place. Keep scorpions from getting inside by the following:
- Check your weather-stripping. If you can slide a business card under your weather-stripping, there’s enough room for a scorpion to wiggle through
- Caulk or plug the spaces where electric lines or water pipes enter your house. Ditto in the kitchen and bathrooms where pipes come out of the wall.
- Close all window cracks, door openings, and screen openings to prevent the scorpions from venturing in.
Once inside your home, scorpions can live for months without food or water. So if you spot one, make sure to get rid of it right away. The best way to find a scorpion in your home is by using an ultraviolet blacklight once it gets dark – their exoskeleton glows under the light, making them easier to detect and get rid of.
Scorpions can be found hiding in piles of linens around your home. It is always a good idea to make sure to always shake out all clothes, towels, and bedding. Additionally, when heading for your midnight snack, it might be a good idea not walk around barefoot, just in case you encounter one of those creepy crawlers!
This blog was written by Ryan Michel, Owner of Defense Pest Control
If you have a scorpion problem that you simply can not handle, give us a call at 480-354-3500 today! Our team of pest control experts at Defense Pest Control can help you prevent any scorpions from making their home in and around your house.