If you reside in Southern Arizona, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a scorpion at some point. These arachnids have been around for more than 300 million years. While the majority of scorpions don’t pose a big threat to humans, others can be extremely dangerous. Here are some key facts you should know about these ancient critters.

What Do They Look Like?

It’s usually quite easy to recognize a scorpion. In many ways, these eight-legged animals look like small lobsters. You’ll immediately notice a scorpion’s pincers and curving tail. In regard to size, the average scorpion is around two inches long. Common colors include yellow, tan, gray, and light orange. When placed under black light, a scorpion’s body will glow green.

Where Are They Found?

Scorpions are naturally desert dwellers. This is why they are so common in the Southwest region. When in your yard, be careful about overturning stones and logs. These pests love to take cover under debris. Known for being good climbers, bark scorpions are likely to be found resting on trees and walls.

To stay cool, some scorpions build burrows in the ground. While hiding out in these burrows, they will ambush unassuming prey. Although scorpions can be seen in shady spots during the day, you’re more likely to see them at night. Amazingly, these creatures can live up to a year without food.

Will Scorpions Come Inside?

Like most pests, scorpions will come inside homes and buildings when given the opportunity. Gaps under doors and openings near plumbing pipes can give scorpions a clear entryway. Keep in mind that scorpions are also hitchhikers. Before bringing in items from the outside, be sure to first check for these pests. Once inside, scorpions will take refuge in cabinets and other dark areas.

What Kinds of Problems Can Scorpions Cause?

You definitely don’t want scorpions hanging out on your property. You or a family member could be stung. Of all species, the Arizona bark scorpion is the most dangerous in the area. Its venom is potent enough to cause sickness in some people. Some of the adverse symptoms include vomiting, muscle twitching, and trouble breathing. Even if you don’t have an adverse reaction to a bark scorpion’s venom, expect to experience intense pain and slight swelling.*

How Can I Help Keep Away Scorpions?

For starters, be sure to eliminate debris and standing water on your property. You also need to seal up any potential entryways. Reducing their food sources like crickets, beetles and other insects is another effective way to keep scorpions away. If you do happen to discover scorpions near your home or business, contact a pest control professional.

When experiencing pest issues, you can always count on Bill’s Home Service to provide an effective solution. We can eliminate and protect against a wide range of different pests, including scorpions. Call us for a free quote on service.

*Disclaimer: The content about scorpion sting treatments is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a medical professional with questions you have regarding pest stings/bites and/or allergic reactions.