Scorpions prefer temperatures between 68 and 99 degrees, so when it is too cold or too hot outside, they prefer your home environment. They are a venomous relative of the spider. Nocturnal, they are active hunters at night, and hide during the day. You may be stung when you step on a scorpion when you get up during the night, or reach into a dark area like under the sink during the day. Another common occurrence is a sting to your foot when one is hiding in your shoe.
There are about 60 species of scorpions in Arizona; a dangerous species is the bark scorpion – very light brown, almost clear in color, and up to 3 inches in length. The venom is a mixture of neurotoxins and enzyme inhibitors, causing a great deal of pain and can cause a child, animal, or someone with a suppressed immune system to go into shock. For most adults, a painkiller and a cold compress are all that are needed. For those that go into hypertensive crisis, anxiolytics and vasodilators are needed; the person or animal must be rushed to emergency medical treatment.
Precautionary Steps To Avoid A Scorpion Infestation
- Remove piles of trash, boards, and bricks from around your home
- Keep the bug population down with regular pest control service - bugs are scorpion food
- Keep grass closely mowed near your home and keep bushes trimmed back
- Never bring firewood into your home unless it goes directly onto the fire
- Install weather stripping around doors and windows
- Caulk around pipes and cracks
- Shake out shoes and clothing before putting them on
- Schedule monthly pest control services
Our Scorpion Extermination Services
- Thorough inspection to evaluate scope and severity of problem
- Dusting of river rocks, other harborage landscaping stones
- Apply liquid material throughout interior of home to include under kick-plates, under vanities, and under sinks
More severe infestations may need removal of electrical outlet cover plates, sealing opening around air vents, or, if scorpions are living within walls of a home, drilling, and patching of walls to treat the wall voids between the studs.