Scorpions love winter and summer
It’s still winter in Arizona and yes our days are getting warmer – maybe too warm too quickly. But our warmer days still have cool nights.
Our cool nights may be causing scorpions to enter your home in order to keep warm. Scorpions don’t have the ability to make their own body heat, so they seek warm environments to help stay alive. If there is a way for scorpions to enter your home, they’ll find it.
Looks are not deceiving
Scorpions which live in the low desert areas of Arizona range in size from 2 to 4 inches in length. They are related to spiders, mites and ticks and with their unique shape (segmented body, pair of pinchers and stinger), there’s no mistake when spotting one.
Not all scorpions are created equal
The venom from the variety of scorpion species differs depending on the species. Most stings are painful (similar to a bees ting) and are usually not life threatening. The area that has been stung can become tingly and numb (as if it has fallen asleep) and there may be some slight redness. Symptoms usually disappear after a few hours.
As we mentioned in another blog article, the venom from a bark scorpion is more poisonous and can be deadly. The pain from a bark scorpion sting is more painful and lasts longer than most other scorpion stings. The pain can be more acute, have a burning sensation along with tingling and numbness. These symptoms are usually more intense than stings from other scorpion species.
Because the sting from a bark scorpion can be life threatening to the very young, elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems, careful observation of symptoms should be monitored. Any shortness of breath, swollen mouth, face or airway should prompt a call to Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 or dial 911.
There are several precautions you can take to minimize the chances of scorpions entering your home (in the winter OR summer) and stinging you and your family:
- Since scorpions are more active at night and glow under the beam of a backlight, hire a pest control company to come out and check in and around your home for scorpions by doing a blacklight service. The ultraviolet light helps make scorpions more visible in the dark – when scorpions are most active.
- Look under items which are piled on the floor such as papers, clothes and towels. BUT also look on the walls. That’s because bark scorpions can climb and they may be behind pictures, curtains or even on your ceiling.
- Wear slippers when walking around at night. When working outside, wear gloves. Get in the habit of shaking things out before using.
- Check your home for small openings which scorpions can squeeze through. Seal all openings if possible.
- Remove debris piles which scorpions love to live in. Leaves, wood and yard waste are great hiding places for scorpions, but they will emerge when you disturb them.
The best prevention against scorpions is to hire an experienced pest control company. Not only do we offer a backlight service, we also can recommend precautions you can take to reduce the risk of scorpions entering your home. We will treat your home for any possible scorpion populations to help you sleep easy. Give us a call or text at 480-593-7034 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.