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Scorpions are terrifying little creatures that are as deadly as they look. They are natural-born killers with ferocious appetites and a bad attitude. But though they may seem like a menace, scorpions actually benefit the environment by helping to maintain the populations of other unwanted pests. Scorpions also provide a staple food source for other animals when found in their natural habitats.
A scorpion’s sting is of great concern when it comes to the safety and well being of you, your family, and your pets. They can pose a serious threat when they make their way into your yard or inside your home. Learning the behavioral traits of Arizona bark scorpions will help you protect your family and pets. Keeping your home free from the threat of scorpions allows you to have peace of mind and a safe environment for your loved ones to enjoy.
In general, Arizona bark scorpions are classified as arachnids. They have an erect segmented tail with a stinger at the end, a segmented body, multiple sets of eyes, claws, and eight legs. They are capable hunters and stalk and capture their prey. Scorpions are typically not deadly to humans, but precautions should be taken with the elderly and children, as they are more vulnerable to the venom delivered in a scorpion’s sting. The typical reaction to a scorpion’s sting is numbness, localized swelling, and pain. In extreme cases, vomiting and trouble breathing can occur.
An Arizona bark scorpion can measure up to three inches in length. They can vary from light brown to a brownish-yellow in color with noticeably darker bands running the length of their body. Their pedipalps are more lobster-like and thick compared to other scorpions. Arizona bark scorpions also have elongated and thin pincers. Their tail is also considered to be slender and is light brown or yellow.
Arizona bark scorpions are hunters and follow the trail of their food sources. When you begin to notice scorpions in your yard or your home, you can rest assured that they have plenty of prey, such as roaches, crickets, and spiders, to satisfy their ravenous appetites. Scorpions follow their food sources, so if you begin seeing an increase in insect populations in or around your house, scorpions won’t be too far behind.
If you see one scorpion, there are sure to be more, and that sighting is a sign of an infestation. You rarely see scorpions during the day unless you happen upon one in a cool shady area in your yard. Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, coming out at night to hunt for their next meal. Arizona bark scorpions do not burrow and can be found under woodpiles, rocks, or tree bark. They are also commonly found inside homes and only require an opening of one-sixteenth of an inch to gain entry.
The Arizona bark scorpion is considered to be the most deadly scorpion in the United States, making them a threat that needs to be swiftly eliminated. If you see the signs of a scorpion infestation, a professional pest control agency can help you neutralize the threat. Professional exterminators have the necessary skills and training to identify the pest, implement a plan to eradicate the threat to your family, and set up a preventative strategy to lessen the risk of a scorpion invasion in the future.
Having Arizona bark scorpions in your yard is one thing, but having them in your house elevates the threat. They can hide out in your shoes, under your bed, in your kitchen or bathroom, or even in your clothes. This can make for a precarious situation, putting you, your family, and your pets at risk of being stung or bitten.
Keeping the insects that scorpions prey on out of your house is the best way to keep them out as well. Once you have eliminated all potential scorpion food sources, they will no longer have a reason to be inside your house and will move back to the outdoors in search of prey. Scorpions will also invade your home in search of water.
If you have moisture issues such as leaking pipes, humidity problems, or leaky faucets, scorpions will be drawn to the water. You will need to correct these issues to keep scorpions and other pests out. Sealing off any cracks, holes, or crevices in the foundation or around windows and doors will also help deter them from entering your home.
Prevention is the key when it comes to keeping pests from invading your yard and your house. By taking the initiative and specific steps, you can provide a safe environment where you don’t have to worry about the inherent threat that comes with a scorpion infestation. Here are a few preventive measures you can implement:
When you are faced with an Arizona bark scorpion infestation, it is a serious matter that needs to be handled immediately. This is especially true when you have elderly family members, children, or pets. You will need to act quickly to ensure the safety of everyone in your home by eradicating the scorpions from your home and your yard. For more information regarding the Arizona bark scorpion and other pests, Bulwark Exterminating is a resource you can count on