You’ll usually find your first scorpion scuttling along your baseboards, near a doorway, or climbing up a wall. Unfortunately, as with most pests, the presence of one bark scorpion probably means others are nearby.
Remember: these scorpions have a dangerous sting that can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, or those who are allergic.
If you see a scorpion, don’t delay and just hope that it goes away. Instead, give KY-KO Pest a call.
Once you’ve called KY-KO Pest, we’ll come out and start your free pest inspection.
Our technicians are experienced at seeking scorpions, and will usually start in the areas around the exterior of your home.
Bark scorpions have a preferred habitat for hiding during the day, and then come out at night.
If there is an infestation, we’ll then report back to you and review your options for removing the scorpions.
Scorpions are trickier to remove than other pests such as crickets or roaches. Pesticides that kill most pests only makes them drowsy or slowed, thanks to the resistance of their armor and biology.
However, since scorpions are predators, effective treatment can involve using insecticide to kill off their prey in your home.
Bark scorpions can fit through tight spaces, so blocking quick entry under doorways and through cracks is essential, as well.
Upon first sight, the Arizona Bark Scorpion isn’t as intimidating as some of its cousins. Pale and small, bark scorpions carry their stinger to the side. Not exactly something out of a horror movie.
Yet, they should not be underestimated. These scorpions are not only one of the most venomous species in North America, but they also are unique in that they can climb walls and even crawl across ceilings.
Their small size and stinger orientation also means that they can squeeze into spaces as thin as a credit card.
Unlike other pests, bark scorpions aren’t attracted by cleanly or uncleanly conditions. As predators that feed on insects such as roaches and crickets, scorpions often enter your home at night seeking prey and water.
Unless provoked or otherwise cornered, bark scorpions are more shy than aggressive. In fact, most stings occur when humans step on them or brush up against them on a wall.
When exposed to a blacklight (UV), bark scorpions glow bright. If you’re worried about scorpions in your home or outside of your home, you can carefully use a blacklight to try to spot them.
Don’t ever try to pick a scorpion up! Removing scorpions from your property isn’t just about keeping them outside.
You’ll need to call KY-KO and have us work on a holistic plan to deter them from wanting to be there. By eliminating their food, habitat, and entry to your home, the scorpions will move on to an easier target.
OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCORPIONS
What can I do to make my yard less friendly to scorpions?
Wearing protection such as gloves, recommend their friendly habitat, including old logs, leaf piles, and some types of river rock. There are also ways to ensure that your yard wall isn’t a friendly home for them. Talk to your KY-KO technician for more tips and an assessment of where scorpions are dwelling.
How can I go above-and-beyond to make sure scorpions can’t get in?
If you really want to block their entry, consider having KY-KO perform a home seal. This detailed work blocks off, weatherstrips, and caulks major insect and scorpion entry points. If they and their prey can’t get into your home, you’re far, far less likely to see a scorpion.
What makes KY-KO a good choice for scorpion control?
We’re realistic, and being honest with you when we say that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all insecticide that takes care of scorpions. Instead, we recommend a long-term solution and multi-part strategy that focuses on removing current scorpions and making your home unappealing for future ones entering the area.
It’s summer, and I’ve seen an explosion in the number of scorpions. Why?
Bark scorpions are partially seasonal because they hibernate in the colder months. That’s not to say that you’ll never see a scorpion in the winter, but it is less likely. Bark scorpions aren’t solitary like most other scorpions: they hibernate in a cluster with 30 others for warmth.
For more than a decade, KY-KO Pest Control has been providing quick, reliable pest and scorpion control services to Phoenix residential and commercial properties. Our trained and experienced technicians can take on any size of infestation and any pest, and our Owner’s Pride Guarantee ensures that you’ll receive our best level of service and our guarantee that the work will be effective and efficient.
At KY-KO, we employ the best pest control technicians in the Valley of the Sun. Our personnel are certified by the state of Arizona, fully trained, and thoroughly background-checked prior to being hired. In addition, we pride ourselves on our honesty, friendliness, and professionalism. You can expect that KY-KO and our technicians will be flexible and willing to work around your schedule.
Stu Keenan: Breaking new ground in pest control
Stu Keenan is not just a technician for KY-KO Pest. He’s also an advocate for pest control experts everywhere, and represents their interests in the Arizona state legislature, where he works with state officials to advise them on issues related to household pests like scorpions. In this position, Stu sits at the forefront of the pest control industry and advocates for homeowners everywhere.
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