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Five Easy Ways To Keep Scorpions Away From Your Tucson Property

August 13, 2021

The colorful language shrieked aloud when someone finds a scorpion in their home could paint a rainbow in the skies over Tucson. They are a completely unwelcome guest, and yet they come anyway. Pest friends will follow the rainbow to your front door, and eliminate the problem.

Scorpions Common To The Area

Currently, there are about 35 species of scorpions in Arizona. However, we only have one to worry about here in Tucson. The bark scorpion is common in Arizona, and is not considered lethal. However, this scorpion is the most venomous in the U.S. Its venom can cause severe pain in adult humans, typically lasting between 24 to 72 hours.

Temporary dysfunction in the area stung is common. A foot or possibly leg can be immobilized, or experience convulsions. The sting may cause the loss of breath for a short period of time. Due to the extreme pain induced, many victims describe sensations of electrical jolts. The bark scorpion has a tan body with a brown back. It is about 2.5 inches long, including tail and pincers.

Scorpion Habitats & Behaviors

The mating cycle of scorpions is unusually long; it can take from five months to over a year for the eggs to mature within the female. This can be a positive thing for pest control if you eliminate the problem in a timely fashion. However, if you wait, you will soon find out that the female can give birth to up to 100 live babies in one liter.

Scorpions will not sting humans unless they are provoked. Picking up or stepping on one will certainly cause it to sting. Only 25% of the world's scorpions are deadly. Most people have only minor reactions, akin to a bee or wasp sting, for four to six hours. The sting can be treated at home without having to see a doctor. Small children, the elderly, and sickly individuals often have stronger reactions, and should seek medical attention.

Scorpions prefer dry arid climates, although they can be found on six of the seven continents. They will build their dens by digging and burrowing into the soil, preferring only to come out at night. They also like to hang out under rocks or dead trees.

Four Prevention Tips

Naturally, you will want to avoid sharing your home with a scorpion. Since their bodies are fairly flat, they can easily find their way into your home. Try out these four-pointers to keep scorpions out of your house:

  1. Check door sweeps on exterior doors.
  2. Remove dead trees, logs, and any piles of organic debris that scorpions could burrow into and hide in.
  3. Caulk gaps in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  4. Trim back overgrown trees, shrubs, and grasses from home.

These are great tips and basic common-sense steps to take to avoid most any type of pest problem, but bark scorpions aren't just any pest. They are dangerous. We knowingly took the risk to encounter scorpions when we made Tucson our homes, but that doesn't mean we can’t get a little help from our Pest Friends along the way. That's why the fifth prevention tip is so important.

The Fifth & Most Important Tip

Calling for professional assistance right away is the best way to keep your property, and those on it, safe. Pest Friends of Tucson are well versed in the proper procedures and techniques of scorpion extermination. We understand how unsettling finding a scorpion in your home can be, and we're here to help. Expertise.com voted us the best pest control company in the Tucson area. We are proud to offer environmentally friendly solutions. Call us for our scorpion removal services today.