Why summer is Arizona Bark Scorpion season in the Valley

Summers in Phoenix bring more to the Valley than just extremely hot temperatures; they are also the prime pest season for scorpions. Scorpion season is a big challenge for homeowners, especially because scorpions are difficult to eradicate with insecticides alone.

Bark ScorpionThe good news is that you don’t have to settle for unwanted guests during scorpion season. With a little know-how and some help from the professionals at KY-KO Pest Prevention, you can protect your home and family from a scorpion infestation. Contact us today.

Get to know your enemy this scorpion season

It’s a good idea to know your enemy. Here’s what you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion:

  • They are the most common and most venomous scorpions found in the United States.
  • They are nocturnal creatures that like to hide under rocks, in wood piles, and around other areas where they can remain undetected before they become active after dark.
  • They are relatively small, between two and three inches in length, and the females are smaller than the males.
  • They are not aggressive and sting in self-defense when they feel threatened.
  • They are social creatures and hibernate in small packs during the colder months.
  • Their sting is rarely fatal, but they can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, and people who are allergic to them.

For more facts, read our blog, 5 facts about the Arizona Bark Scorpion.

Stop the intrusion

Arizona Bark Scorpions can be tricky to get rid of because they are well-protected by their exoskeletons and are experts at hiding. They tend to come inside during the hottest months of the year to search for food, mainly crickets, roaches, and spiders, and water, which can be scarce, even during monsoon season. (READ: Signs of scorpions near your home)

Not only can they hide, these scorpions are also climbers. It is not unusual to see scorpions climbing walls or crawling across a ceiling, which is a sight most homeowners would not welcome.

Insecticides alone are not enough to remove them, so you should take a multi-faceted approach to pest control. A thorough inspection of your home can identify their entry points as well as the extent of the problem.

We have the solution to your scorpion problems

KY-KO Pest offers home sealing services, including caulking, weather-stripping, and more to keep them out of your house. We also offer pest control services to rid your home of the pests that scorpions like to eat.

To get started, or to schedule your free scorpion inspection, contact KY-KO Pest to see how we can help you protect your home this Arizona Bark Scorpion season.

Here are the facts behind 5 Arizona bark scorpion myths

When the temperature rises, it’s time to look out for the Arizona bark scorpion. This species is the most common scorpion found in Phoenix-area homes and packs a painful sting. However, many of the so-called facts about this creature are actually misinformation. Here’s the truth you need to know behind five common Arizona bark scorpion myths.

For a free scorpion inspection here in Phoenix, contact our team today! To learn more about scorpions, be sure to check out our blog post, 5 Facts About Bark Scorpions.

5 common Arizona Bark Scorpion myths:

Scorpion Treatment Phoenix1. You’ll see a mark if a scorpion stings

You might not know that you’ve been stung by a scorpion if you don’t see the creature. Their barbs rarely leave marks and typically don’t cause swelling. When infants and young children are stung, parents often can’t understand why they are in pain.

2. Scorpions lay eggs

Actually, scorpions give birth to live babies. They typically have 25 to 35 offspring at one time, which is why one adage is actually true: if you see one scorpion, you likely have more in your home. Scorpions give birth in the summer and the young grow to their first molt within one to three weeks. Mothers carry their infants on their backs.

3. Scorpions only come out at night

While it’s true the Arizona bark scorpion is nocturnal, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter one during the day. They tend to stay in dark, tight spaces, so use caution in your attic, closets, and basement. Outdoors, they hide in leaf piles, under rocks, and in stacks of wood when the sun is out.

4. The larger the scorpion, the more serious the sting

This is one of the most pervasive Arizona bark scorpion myths. Although it’s one of the smaller scorpion species at just 2 to 3 inches long, it’s the only one in the U.S. that can cause human fatalities.

However, most bark scorpion stings are not life-threatening. That’s because scorpions can control the amount of venom they inject. Actually, baby scorpion stings tend to be more dangerous because they haven’t developed this control yet.

5. Scorpions are aggressive

Although they have a nasty reputation, scorpions are prefer to avoid human contact. Most scorpion stings occur when accidental contact is made by a human (you) onto a scorpion. For instance, stepping on a scorpion on the floor, brushing up against one on the wall, or reaching under something and accidentally touching one.

You can see how—if you have an infestation in the home—your chances of a scorpion sting increase. However, it’s certainly an Arizona bark scorpion myth that these pests are “out to get you.”

Call KY-KO for a scorpion inspection!

KY-KO Pest Prevention offers free scorpion inspections to homeowners in the Phoenix metro area. Our experienced technicians can determine whether your home has an issue and take safe steps to remove the scorpion population. We’ll also help dispel any other Arizona bark scorpion myths by answering your questions and providing you with questions.

Summer is pest season here in Phoenix. Is your home ready?

As someone who lives in the Valley, you really didn’t need more reasons to hate summer more than you already do. All the same, here’s another one: summer is pest season here in Arizona. From scorpions to roaches, you’re going to see more creepy-crawlies than in the winter.

If you’ve been seeing pests “waking up” this spring, it’s time to call KY-KO Pest to schedule your free pest inspection. Our pest control experts can help ensure that your home remains pest-free through the hottest months of the year.

Scorpion Treatment PhoenixWhy are pests more prevalent in the summer?

Many insects shut down when the weather cools down. While temperatures rarely reach freezing here in the Valley, cockroaches, crickets, and scorpions tend to be less active; in the case of the latter, bark scorpions will huddle together for warmth in nests.

This doesn’t mean you won’t see these pests in the winter. It’s just that they’re more likely to be searching for food, water, or shelter in the summer when temperatures are warmer.

It’s not just about the weather, either. Monsoon storms in the later summer bring much-needed water to the Valley, increasing pest activity. Of course, pests are also able to supplement this water supply with water found in backyards, golf courses, and sewer pipes.

Why are scorpions more active?

Bark scorpions are carnivorous. They’re on the hunt for crickets, roaches, ants—really, any insect. Since those insects are more active during the hottest months of the year, so are bark scorpions. On warm summer nights, scorpions are on the prowl.

Summer is also the bark scorpion mating season. Mother scorpions will carry their young on their backs during the early summer.

If your home has had a history of bark scorpions, there are ways to make your home less inviting for this all-too-common summer pest.

What other pests are noteworthy?

Ants tend to be most active during the summer, moving in armies in search of food and water. Homes that have had ant problems in the past often see ants ebb-and-flow with the seasons. In the winter, ants are all but missing. In the summer, they’re out in full-force.

Bees, too, can be more active in warmer weather, and in search of new places to create hives.

Call KY-KO for summer pest control services here in Phoenix

If you’ve noticed that your pests have started to become more active this spring, give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call. We offer superior pest control services here in Phoenix, and free pest inspections.

5 Important Facts About The Arizona Bark Scorpion

Arizona Bark Scorpion The Arizona Bark Scorpion, also known as centruroides sculpturatus, is species of scorpion that is native to the Sonoran Desert. This creepy little creature is small in size and light brown in color, and resides in arid and semi-arid regions.

If you’re a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, it’s important to understand the Arizona Bark Scorpion and what you’re up against as a homeowner.

In this blog post, we’ll outline the top 5 things you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Have you seen one in your home? Call our Arizona pest control company. We offer free scorpion inspections!

1. They’re a nocturnal pest

Like most other scorpions, the Arizona Bark Scorpion is a nocturnal pest. The scorpion is active during the night and sleep during the day.

However, this does not mean that you can’t encounter the scorpion during the day. A number of cases have been reported of scorpion stings at home during bright daylight when the individuals had accidentally stumbled upon their hiding place. Arizona Bark Scorpions typically like to hide under rocks outside, in piles of wood or debris, or in piles of leaves. They’ll also make their homes in trees on your property.

2. They’re after other pests in and around your home

The Arizona Bark Scorpion feeds on insects. Cockroaches and crickets are the preferred food items of the scorpion. Spiders can also become food for the scorpion. The Arizona Bark Scorpion can survive days without food—but not without access to water.

3. They can squeeze into your home easily

The scorpion spends most of its time outside, hiding under logs and rocks. But, they usually enter the house during hot weather in search of their prey. The scorpions enter the home through voids in the walls.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion can squeeze between spaces that are incredibly thin, meaning they’ll often exploit any gaps in your home’s defenses. They’re a good reason to consider home sealing services from us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention.

4. Their sting hurts—and can be very dangerous

Individuals that are stung by the scorpion experience acute pain for 24 to 72 hours. The sting causes tingling sensation and numbness in the affected area. The affected part may also become temporarily immobilized after the sting. Some people also experience convulsions a few minutes after the bite.

Fatalities associated with Arizona Bark Scorpion are extremely rare, and actually haven’t occurred in decades. However, those with an allergic reaction, young children, and pets are more likely to experience life-threatening conditions from a scorpion sting.

5. You can easily find this pest in and around your home

That’s because the Arizona Bark Scorpion actually glows in the presence of UV light, such as that from a blacklight. If you don’t own a blacklight, many hardware stores in the Phoenix area stock them specifically for scorpion hunting at night.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for help with the Arizona Bark Scorpion

In case you reside in the Phoenix metro area, call us at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We have a team of experienced pest control experts who can help remove the threat of scorpions from your house. We utilize effective techniques to detect and remove scorpions from the house.

How to make your home unfriendly to the bark scorpion

There are few things worse than a guest showing up uninvited. When that said “guest” is a venomous bark scorpion and its friends, make sure you’re not unintentionally rolling out the welcome mat. At KY-KO Pest Control, our technicians are scorpion control experts who can help you remove scorpions from your home. However, as part of long-term scorpion prevention, we also recommend that you put up the no vacancy sign for scorpions in the following ways:

Scorpion gathered

Bark scorpions are not solitary creatures, and will often congregate in the winter to hibernate for warmth.

Know your enemy

Scorpions can be scary, but you need to start by realizing their strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths:

  • Unlike other scorpions, bark scorpions can climb walls and ceilings.
  • Also unlike other scorpions, bark scorpions can squeeze into tight spaces.
  • Bark scorpions have a lot of reasons to try to get into your home, including seeking prey, water, and a cool place.

Weaknesses:

  • Like all scorpions, bark scorpions glow bright when exposed to a blacklight. With a UV light from a hardware store, you can quickly spot and identify where they are in the open.
  • Bark scorpions aren’t aggressive by default, and most stings occur when people make first contact, such as stepping on one or brushing up against one.
  • Bark scorpions have poor eyesight, and often rely on existing pathways for travel. This means they like to prowl along baseboards, making glue traps effective.

When insect treatment alone isn’t enough

Thanks in part of their thick armor, scorpions are mostly resistant to even powerful insecticides. At best, it makes them extremely sluggish and lethargic: good conditions for trapping them and removing them from your home, but it doesn’t prevent or disincentivize them from entering. For that, you’ll need to take more drastic steps.

Remove the buffet

Scorpions are predators and hunters on the search for crickets, roaches, ants, and other insects. If any of those pests have access to your home, scorpions probably do, as well, and they have an incentive to find a way inside. The first step to dealing with your scorpion problem is to deal with your pest problem. Using a combination of cleaning your home of all easily accessible food for roaches and crickets and insecticide applied by the professionals at KY-KO, you can shut down the easy food source for scorpions.

However, removing the food source isn’t enough. Bark scorpions are unique in that they can actually live for years without food. If worse comes to worst, scorpions will even hunt and eat one another. If your home offers a suitable habitat, they may decide to ride it out. Which means you need to kick them out.

Scorpion Blacklight

Under a blacklight, bark scorpions glow a bright green color. This helps you spot them at night.

Fortify your castle

Bark scorpions can be persistent at getting into places, but they often select the easiest means of getting into your home. For example, a bark scorpion can fit anywhere a credit card can slide under (about 1/16 of an inch), but is more likely to just enter through the gap between your stoop and your door. Using caulking and weatherstripping, you can secure this area and gaps around windows and the foundation. If you really want to block all points of entry, talk to KY-KO about a home seal.

There goes the scorpion neighborhood

In the summer, scorpions seek cool spaces to escape to during the day, away from the sun. This includes hiding under large rocks, under logs, in piles of leaves, and in the cinderblocks that comprises many backyard fencing in Phoenix. If it’s time to get serious about scorpions, take the fight to them by carefully removing these habitats. Clean up loose debris, and place river rock away from your exterior walls. Remove any firewood from your backyard and call KY-KO to have us help you apply a permanent cement that seals wall blocks.

Call KY-KO

Our technicians have the expertise and equipment needed to remove and kill scorpions, and we offer a free inspection so that you can know where they’re hiding. Give us a call today! Together, we’ll make sure that your home has a scorpion-free summer ahead.