While any pests that take up residence indoors can be a nuisance, some present a legitimate danger. Arizona is home to more than thirty species of scorpions. Armed with pincers, venomous stingers, and sensors that can detect prey from a distance of thirty feet, these living weapons are skilled hunters and can range in size from two to six inches. The three most common scorpions in our area are the stripe-tailed scorpion, the Arizona bark scorpion, and the desert hairy scorpion. Commonly found in urban areas, the Arizona bark scorpion is the only scorpion in America that has the capability of delivering a potentially deadly sting, which fortunately can be treated with antivenom. Deaths are rare and usually only occur with individuals having compromised immune systems. Because their sting is an excruciating threat to both humans and pets, it is important to seek professional help in ridding one’s home of these walking land mines.
Like most such creatures, scorpions seek shelter anywhere that is dark and moist, be it under a rock or the bottom of a kitchen cabinet. Bark scorpions are adept climbers and have a predisposition for hanging upside down, so you may find them anywhere from skulking beneath the bathtub or taking a stroll across the ceiling. As they frequent the underside of ledges, unsuspecting people often grab them (and consequentially get stung) when attempting to move furniture. Capable of squeezing through a gap 1/16th of an inch wide, they can enter a building via cracks in the foundation or walls, unguarded vents, torn screens, and the like. Usually the only way to detect them is by a sighting, which is made mildly convenient by the fact that they glow in the dark when exposed to ultra-violet light; hence they can be exposed by a nocturnal blacklight search. Any potential food sources, damp areas, and piles of debris adjacent to the house can encourage them to come within unwelcome range of your home, family, and pets.
To counter any scorpion issues you may be facing, we will implement a treatment plan that includes an inspection of the property, exclusion of possible entrances and harborage, and chemical application when necessary.
What could be worse than a scorpion with wings? Yellow Jackets. Fortunately, we also provide treatment plans for other stinging pests such as bees, wasps, and hornets. The desert can be a dangerous place, but with Enviro-Management Division, help is only a phone call away.