What is a Scorpion
Scorpions are found in warm climates worldwide, especially in desert regions.
They typically live for about 2-3 years, but some species can live up to 25 years in captivity.
Scorpions are nocturnal animals that hunt and feed on insects, spiders, and other small creatures. They use their long, curved tails to sting and paralyze their prey before devouring it.
Scorpions are relatively harmless to humans, but their venom can be dangerous to children and the elderly. Everyone reacts differently to a scorpion sting.
A scorpion sting is usually not life-threatening, but it can be painful and cause swelling, redness, and numbness. If you are stung by a scorpion, seek medical attention immediately.
Scorpions are fascinating creatures that have been feared and revered throughout history.
These eight-legged predators are well-adapted to their environment and can be a fascinating addition to your home.
If you live in an area where scorpions are found, take precautions to prevent them from entering your home.
Signs of a Scorpion Infestation
Some of the most common signs of a scorpion infestation include:
Sightings: The most obvious sign of a scorpion infestation is sighting the pests. Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, so they are most active at night. There is likely a large infestation if you see scorpions in your home during the day.
Droppings: Scorpion droppings are small and black. They look like mouse droppings but are smaller in size. Scorpion droppings can be found near where the scorpions are nesting.
Exoskeletons: Scorpions shed their exoskeletons as they grow. These exoskeletons can be found near where the scorpions are nesting.
Odor: Scorpions have a distinct odor like rotting meat. If you notice this odor in your home, there is likely a scorpion infestation.
Eggs: Scorpions lay their eggs in sacs attached to their bodies. These egg sacs can be found near where the scorpions are nesting.
Scorpions in Arizona
Scorpions are most common in desert regions, so it is no surprise that they are found in Arizona.
There are several scorpions in Arizona, but the most common is the bark scorpion.
Bark scorpions are small, light-colored ones found in trees and other high places.
They are the most dangerous scorpion in Arizona and can be deadly if their venom is not treated immediately.
These scorpions lurk in shelter and shade, then come out at night since they are nocturnal. This scorpion typically consumes small insects such as crickets and roaches but occasionally ingests other scorpions.
While we mainly see them on the ground, on rocks (after hiding beneath them), they can be seen on trees or some walls. If they can get into the home, bark scorpions may take residence in small hiding places (i.e., wall voids, closets, under furniture, shoes, etc.).
Bark scorpions are about 2 inches long, tan in color, and may be easily missed. However, they can be seen at night or in dark areas with a black light to illuminate their exoskeleton. Also, given their size, they are more likely to invade the home since they can fit in more minor entry points.
The stripe-tailed scorpion is another species of scorpion that is found in Arizona. These scorpions are larger than bark ones and are brown or black. They have a stripe down their backs, hence their name. Stripe-tailed scorpions are not as dangerous as bark scorpions, but their venom can still be harmful. These scorpions are found in desert areas and are most active at night. They feed on insects and other small creatures.
Arizona Desert Hairy Scorpion
The Arizona desert hairy scorpion is the most significant type of scorpion found in Arizona. These scorpions are black or brown and have hair on their bodies. They can grow to be up to 8 inches long!
Despite their large size, these scorpions are not as dangerous as bark scorpions. Their venom is not deadly but can still cause pain and swelling. Arizona desert hairy scorpions are found in desert areas and are most active at night. They feed on insects, spiders, and other small creatures.
Yellow Devil Scorpion
The yellow devil scorpion is the most venomous type of scorpion found in Arizona. These scorpions are yellow or brown and can grow up to 6 inches long. They are found in desert areas and are most active at night. Their venom is very dangerous and can cause serious health problems if not treated immediately. These scorpions feed on insects, spiders, and other small creatures.
What You Can Do?
Some of the best ways to prevent scorpions from entering your home include:
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter.
- Inspect your home regularly for signs of a scorpion infestation.
- Seal any cracks or gaps in your home that scorpions could use to enter.
- Use mosquito netting or screens on doors and windows to prevent scorpions from entering.
- Use lighting around your home to deter scorpions from entering.
- Remove any food sources that could attract scorpions to your home.
Precaution: What Do I Do If I See One
Please do not attempt to kill the scorpion yourself, as they can be dangerous.
If you are stung by a scorpion, seek medical attention immediately.
For more information on scorpions in Arizona or to schedule a free consultation, contact Horn Pest Management today.
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