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The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Dealing With Scorpions in Your Home

Scorpions are a common sight in Arizona, and you’re wise to keep your distance from them. The Mayo Clinic lists several serious health reactions to their stings: for example, respiratory difficulties, drooling, sweating, high blood pressure and an accelerated heart rate. Since they pose such a grave danger to you and your family, you need a strategy to minimize your risk of contact with these pests by keeping them out of your home. A bit of diligence and a few helpful tips can ensure that they stay outside where they belong.

Beware the Bark Scorpion

Arizona Oddities mentioned in a 2011 blog post that there are five common species of scorpions in Maricopa County. Out of these varieties, the Arizona bark scorpion poses the greatest hazard to humans and domesticated animals. Ranging between two and a half to three and a half inches long, this arachnid is best recognizable by its dull yellowish-brown exoskeleton, thin claws and a long tail that’s raised and curled backward above its body. At the tip of that tail, there’s an attached stinger that delivers the deadliest venom of any scorpion in the United States.

What also makes the bark scorpion particularly dangerous is its ability to scale vertical surfaces. While this capability was likely an evolutionary adaptation permitting it to climb trees, it also means you’ll find it on your walls, curtains, or other rough, vertical surfaces. In addition, its preference for resting upside down means you might even discover one on the underside of an object. By then, it’s too late and you’ve already been stung.

Secure Your Home Against These Pests

Your tactics for keeping your home scorpion-free should include both sound housekeeping strategies and regular pest control services. If you see scorpions in your residence, your first call should be to a company with experience in dealing with these unwelcome guests. An effective plan of attack will include extermination and sealing of entry points. It should also incorporate the removal of the insect species on which they typically feed: crickets, cockroaches, beetles, spiders and certain types of worms. After extermination, these professionals should also recommend treatments to keep them away for good.

Besides pest control, there are some steps you can take on your own to avoid future invasions. Move wood piles or other stacked up items to locations that are far away from your house’s exterior walls. Avoid leaving wet towels lying around, as they’ll attract scorpions seeking moisture and cooler temperatures. They also love wood mulch, especially varieties containing redwood bark, so avoid using these products near your house. Finally, you may want to convert outdoor white light bulbs to yellow LED versions, as they’re far less likely to attract insects according to a 2016 Science Alert report.

A Little Vigilance Goes a Long Way

To be fair, scorpions were here first. However, the only way to peacefully coexist with them is to evade their presence altogether. That includes preventing their entry into your home and hiring reliable pest control services when you do find these treacherous critters taking up residence. Staying on your guard with preventative measures and acting quickly to exterminate them will keep your home and family safe.