Arizona is home to the deadliest scorpion in North America called the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Just the mere mention of the name can send shivers down some people’s spines, then seeing one in your house or yard can cause quite a panic. Their look alone can also be scary with their tail curved up in the air with a stinger, then having two large front claws in front when they walk is very different. Scorpions are nocturnal and only visible at night with a black light. Scorpions are also excellent climbers and have been seen on the ceiling of homes. Because of this, we highly recommend you avoid them and give us a call.
Biggest myth: Scorpions are only active during warm months, this is NOT TRUE. Scorpions are year-round pests but are more active during the warmer months.
- Exoskeleton made of chitin
- Eight legs
- Two Pedipalp
- Exterior Lungs called spiracles
- Tail with a Stinger
Color- can vary anywhere from yellow, reddish brown and black, depending on which species of Scorpion you see
How do they eat- Known for being great hunters with poor eyesight. Scorpions rely on touch and vibrations. Once Scorpions capture their prey with the pincers (claws) the Scorpion use their stinger to inject venom into their prey. Once that has happened the Scorpions then crack open their prey and soak up all the liquid from them since Scorpions do not consume solid foods.
Diet- Scorpions can go months without food but need water much sooner. Scorpions eat insects, spiders, mice, lizards and other scorpions.
How do they enter my home or business?- Scorpions only need about the thickness of a credit card to enter. All homes have numerous gaps around the home that need to be sealed up. Including but not limited to: J trim, bird block, windows, doors, light fixtures and outlets.
What do I do if I get stung: Do not call us, we cannot provide medical advice. You must call poison control at 1-800-222-1222
Other scorpions in Scottsdale and surrounding areas:
- Desert Hairy Scorpion
- Stripe tailed Scorpion