Scorpion Species Spotlight: Identifying And Dealing With Common Varieties In Tucson

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If you live in Tucson, we don't have to tell you that scorpions can come into your yard and cause trouble. But you might not know all you need to know to evaluate the risks and take action to remove factors that attract those stinging pests. In this quick guide, we'll give you what you need to get ahead of these arachnids, from how to identify common species to how to get rid of scorpions on your property. As always, we're here if you need guidance or scorpion control in Tucson.

Conquistador Pest & Termite offers reliable scorpion solutions for home and business owners. Connect with us by phone or reach out to us through our contact page. With over 40 years of experience controlling scorpions, we know what works to address these sneaky (and painful) pests.

How To Identify Common Types Of Scorpions

a large scorpion on a rock

Scorpions have common physical traits, such as two claws, eight legs, and a segmented tail that curves upward with a stinger on the end. They look a bit like a crab or some other crustacean. But scorpions are not crustaceans. They are arachnids. They hide underneath and inside objects in your yard, hunt for prey, and have venom. Do these sound like the characteristics of a spider? Spiders and scorpions are very similar in many ways.

But scorpions aren't exactly like spiders. There are some big differences. For example, they inject venom with a stinger, not fangs. And they don't create webs, as some spiders do.

Common scorpions in Tucson are also different from each other in subtle ways. Let's quickly look at the different species here and consider a few facts to help you deal with these pests.

Arizona Bark Scorpion:

This type is the worst of the three common scorpion pests in Tucson. It is the only medically important scorpion in the United States and is widely considered the most venomous scorpion in North America. It has a slender body and long, thin pincers (claws). It varies in coloration from a light tan to yellow. An adult of this species is between two and three inches.

Striped Tail Scorpion:

There are an estimated 84 species of striped tail scorpions in the United States. Its sting is painful but not particularly dangerous. It is two to three inches long, depending on the species and sex of the scorpion. Females are larger. They're typically brown or yellowish and have stripes on the tail. The stripes run along the length.

Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion:

There are only about nine species of giant desert hairy scorpions in the United States. It is larger and stockier than the others here. A large scorpion of the species H. arizonensis is five to six inches long. It has brown hairs that cover its body, though they aren't easily visible at a glance. You'll notice that this scorpion is dark on the body with light-colored appendages. Its sting is comparable to a bee sting.

If you see any of these scorpions in your yard, it is important to use caution. While only the bark scorpion is considered a medical threat, it is not fun to have any scorpion sting you. Let's take a quick look at how you can mitigate the risks.

How Dangerous Are Scorpions?

A scorpion is only as dangerous as you allow it to be. General precautions can prevent a sting, and fast treatment of wounds can help reduce the symptoms significantly. First things first, what can you do to avoid having a scorpion sting you?

  • Wear something on your feet when you walk in your yard, particularly at night.

  • Consider using a blacklight to check your yard for scorpions. They glow in UV light.

  • Take caution when going into a storage area or when opening boxes.

  • Wear work gloves when doing yard work.

  • Apply pest-proofing to keep bark scorpions from getting in through tiny gaps.

If a scorpion stings you, step one is to stay calm. You're not likely in any danger, even from an Arizona bark scorpion. Here are some other steps to take:

  • Have someone use soapy water to gently clean and disinfect the wound.

  • Elevate the wound so that it is at the same level as your heart.

  • Keep the limb immobile if stung on your arm, hand, leg, or foot.

  • Have someone apply a cold compress or ice pack to manage the swelling.

  • To address the pain, use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

If you experience an allergic reaction, seek medical attention. Some symptoms of an allergic reaction are difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, vomiting, disorientation, or shock.

Now that you know all about scorpions in Tucson and how to deal with scorpion stings, it is time to look at prevention. One of the best ways you can prevent trouble with scorpions is to reduce their numbers on your property and to do that; you need to remove the things that attract them.

How To Remove Factors That Attract Scorpions

There are three factors that can attract scorpions to your yard. Use the following simple tips to help you reduce these attractants and keep scorpions away from your home.

Factor 1: Hiding Places

The first place you'll find scorpions hiding is in organic debris, such as under rotting wood branches or leaf piles. These provide damp, shaded hiding places and hunting grounds for locating prey.

Another common place to find scorpions is in dense vegetation. If you thin your landscaping out, you can deter scorpions.

Yard work is essential for scorpion management. Make sure to wear proper clothing while doing this.

Factor 2: Pests

Scorpions will go wherever prey is available because they are hunters. Consider pest populations in your yard to reduce scorpions.

Scorpions eat spiders. Remove spider webs and destroy spider egg sacs to reduce spider populations.

Scorpions eat insects. Replace exterior white lights with yellow lights. Insects aren't able to detect yellow light.

Scorpions eat small animals. Deter mice by removing clutter in your yard, which mice use for navigation.

Factor 3: Moisture Control

A yard with damp conditions is sure to attract scorpions. While they don't live in the water like a crustacean, these crab-looking land dwellers love moist habitats. A scorpion can go longer without food if it has moisture.

Clear out any obstructions inside your gutters and make sure rainwater can flow away from your exterior. Perimeter dampness can lead to scorpion troubles.

Repair damaged sprinklers to avoid moist soil and damp areas.

Scorpions are simple animals. They hide during the day to stay cool. They come out at night when they can hunt for food without drying out and heating up in the sun. They explore the places where their food hides and can sometimes get into homes. If scorpions have found their way inside, here's what you need to know.

The Trick To Getting Rid Of A Scorpion Infestation

Most scorpions stay outdoors. They do not find the indoors to be a suitable environment. The exception is the Arizona bark scorpion. That is unsettling, considering it is the most dangerous of all the scorpions that may come into your yard. If you find one indoors, it is best to contact a licensed pest control service provider, like Conquistador Pest & Termite. Here are a few ways we can help:

  • We do a thorough inspection to track scorpions and warning signs of activity. During this inspection, we catalog the conditions that may have led to your scorpion problem and consider ways to prevent continued access.

  • We apply control materials as needed to arrest all scorpion activity.

  • We apply monitoring devices to provide surveillance of pest activity in your home.

  • We will perform follow-up inspections and check monitoring devices until no signs of activity are detected.

  • We apply critical exclusions to seal scorpions out of your home and to prevent them from coming out of wall voids and entering your common areas.

Once the scorpions are gone, we can keep them out of your home. Our home pest control service plans provide ongoing scorpion protection in a few critical ways:

  • We will spot treat to reduce the insects on your property that scorpions eat.

  • We remove spider webs and destroy egg sacs to reduce spiders, another scorpion food source.

  • We apply treatments in key areas, such as around trash receptacles, which can deter pests and reduce scorpion activity.

  • We apply a liquid treatment to your exterior that works to prevent scorpions and other pests from entering your home through cracks and crevices.

Sustained pest control in Tucson directly reduces scorpion activity and indirectly deters them by removing the food they seek on your property. If you'd like to learn more or want to meet with a licensed technician, we're happy to set that up for you. Contact us today for immediate assistance.

You don't have to live with scorpions in your Tucson home. Your Conquistador Pest & Termite team provides professional scorpion control near you. Give us a call today.

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