The Ultimate Guide To Scorpion Control In Phoenix: What To Know

Scorpion in bright sun

Scorpions are in Phoenix throughout the entire year. During the peak summer months, you will likely find these creepy creatures around your patio and other outdoor areas. However, once the weather gets cooler, the scorpions will try to find a warm place to take cover, which could be inside your home.

At Protection Termite Control, we offer a wide range of Phoenix pest control services, including scorpion control. We know the best way to prevent scorpions from tormenting you all year. 

Common Types Of Scorpions: Identification And Characteristics

There are several types of scorpions in Phoenix. Many people mistakenly think that all scorpions are the same. But each species in this area have its own set of unique characteristics and behaviors. Here is a look at the different types of scorpions that you are likely to find around your home:

  • Stripe-tailed scorpion: This scorpion usually measures 1 to 3 inches long. They have pale yellow limbs, but their body is generally darker. You will find a dark mark between their eyes in the shape of a triangle. 
  • Desert hairy scorpion: This scorpion looks similar to the stripe-tailed scorpion. It has light-colored legs, head, tail, and claws, but the back of its body is dark brown or black. One thing that sets this scorpion apart from other species is the fine hairs covering its tail. 
  • Bark scorpion: This type of scorpion is smaller than most and usually does not grow larger than 2 inches. They have brown bodies that are typically a shade darker than their tan legs, head, and tails. At night, the bark scorpion's body will glow in iridescent green color when they are near ultraviolet light. 

All scorpions have the same basic appearance. They all have long front arms with large claw-like pincers and long tails with needle-like stingers on the end and curl upward whenever they feel threatened. 

Scorpion Stings: Symptoms And Treatments

Scorpions are natural-born hunters who use their stinger and pincers to subdue their prey. The venom in their stingers is powerful enough to subdue bugs and other small animals, but it is not usually potent enough to harm people. 

Most of the time, if you are stung by a scorpion, the symptoms are usually mild, and you will only experience extreme pain and mild swelling near the sting site. A bark scorpion, however, has venom known to be dangerous to humans. Some people stung by this dangerous scorpion experience extreme swelling, convulsions, tingling, loss of muscle control, and numbness. If you experience any of these severe symptoms, you should seek medical help as soon as possible. 

Scorpion Prevention: Proven Effective Tips

Scorpions like areas that have plenty of food and plenty of hiding spots. Some things you can do to keep scorpions away from your yard include:

  1. Remove any large stones, wood piles, or ornamental statues from your yard or around your patio.
  2. Don't stack firewood directly on the ground or place it near your house.
  3. Reduce the amount of patio furniture that you have in your yard.
  4. Practice bug prevention techniques to keep insects away from your home.

Ensure that the screens on your doors don't have any cracks or tears. Also, seal any gaps around your home to keep the scorpions out during colder weather. 

Expert Scorpion Control: The Smart Way To Get Rid Of An Infestation

If you see scorpions around your Phoenix home, call us today. At Protection Termite Control, we have provided scorpion control for over 30 years. Contact us today for a free estimate.