The heat is on to control scorpions

It’s been really hot lately and scorpions seem to be everywhere. What are scorpions looking for and what can you do about it.

First let’s start from the beginning. Scorpions have been around for over 430 million years. It is believed that scorpions used to live on land AND in water. Some species of scorpions used to be huge according to fossil findings.

Thankfully they are no longer huge, but they can be found all over the world (on all continents) except Antarctica. They usually live in the ground, but can be found living in trees, sand or under rocks/leaves/wood piles – anywhere they can hide from sunlight. They live alone, so if you see one scorpion, that doesn’t mean you’ll see a whole colony.

Scorpions have evolved to change with their habitats. They have at least 6 eyes and can tell the difference between light and dark. They use their senses to get around. They have tiny hairs over their body and can pick up vibrations very easily. They have a sense of smell and can find food by using all their senses. They can go a long time without food (or water), but will travel in order to eat.

So why are we seeing more scorpions – especially since daylight hours are longer?

There’s more construction going on lately. More commercial, public and housing structures are going up and scorpions are being chased out of their habitat.

If you live near canals, lakes or ponds, you may be noticing more scorpions. It’s not because they’re thirsty (they can go a year without drinking any water). They like to hang around water sources because that is where they can find their prey. The more insects there are – the better the chance you’ll find scorpions.

This also explains why you may see scorpions after it rains. Rain brings out insects and scorpions love to eat insects. They have been known to eat their own, especially when their environment is threatened. When there’s food, scorpions will eat. When they can’t find prey, they move on.

Predators of scorpions

Scorpions are well equipped to defend themselves and attack prey. Their front pinchers and venomous stinger makes hunting convenient. However, they still have to watch their backs. There are plenty of predators who love to snack on scorpions. In the Arizona deserts these are some creatures that prey on scorpions:

  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Birds (especially chickens)
  • Rodents
  • Bats

Humans are big predators of scorpions. People kill, eat (some cultures around the world regularly include scorpions in their diet) or capture scorpions for pets. Some people even try to preserve scorpion populations for preservation, scientific research or anti-venom production.

How to deal with scorpions in and around your home

There’s a good chance you won’t be capturing any scorpions for scientific research or dinner, so how can you deal with them when you find them inside (or outside) of your home? Contact a qualified pest management company.

Pest control companies are experienced (and licensed) to deal with a scorpion infestation. A good pest control company will even offer backlight services to check your home and property at night – when scorpions are most active and more likely to be seen.

Dealing with scorpions is a part of life in the Arizona desert. You have to learn to live with the heat and desert creatures, but you shouldn’t be worried about becoming a scorpion victim. We have treated countless homes and businesses for scorpions and do backlight services when necessary. If you’ve seen scorpions (or are concerned that scorpions are on your property), then call us soon. Call or text us at 480-593-7034 to set up an appointment or you can email us at desertcastlepc@gmail.com.