The Arizona Bark Scorpion is the pest most feared by Phoenix homeowners. However, not every Valley home has scorpions. What are the signs of scorpions in your home or yard? How do you find them, and what factors lead them to invade your home?
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Not every home here in Phoenix has bark scorpions. If you’re seeing signs of scorpions, there might be a number of factors that are drawing them to your home, allowing them access, or encouraging them to stay. Ultimately, it comes down to habitat, food sources, and location.
Bark scorpions are true survivors. Able to squeeze in-between spaces as thin as a credit card, they’re able to make a home almost anywhere.
In this graphic, we show why your home and yard is nearly perfect for them, and where you should look for signs of scorpions.
The block wall fencing found in many Valley neighborhoods is a perfect place for bark scorpions to squeeze into and thrive. The smallest gaps or cracks allow them entry.
Many Phoenix-area homes have citrus trees in their backyard. As the name implies, bark scorpions evolved as excellent climbers, but there’s another factor here. Fallen citrus attracts prey for the scorpions to strike.
GRASS & LANDSCAPING
Your sprinkler system not only keeps your grass alive, but it also creates a great habitat and water resource for pests such as crickets and roaches. This, in turn, creates a bountiful hunting ground for bark scorpions looking for a ready meal.
Bark scorpions will move through your backyard to the exterior walls of your home. There, they can squeeze into tight spaces to gain access. Typically, they move into gaps between your foundation and your walls, or in the gap between exterior doors and the floor.
The Arizona Bark Scorpion is predatory. In the dark of the night (scorpions are nocturnal hunters), it hunts insects such as crickets and roaches, using its venomous sting to incapacitate its prey.
As its favorite food moves into your home, the scorpion follows. Here, it has access to water, shelter, and food—everything it needs for a happy home is in your home.
This is why conventional pest control can help cut down on scorpions. While it’s true that pesticides have trouble penetrating the armor of scorpions, they can cut down on their access to food. With nothing to eat, bark scorpions will typically start to get the hint and hit the road.
Some areas of the Valley are infamous for their high scorpion populations. Areas near mountain preserves—such as Ahwatukee and Camelback—see the most signs of scorpions, but so do relatively flat areas where development over the desert is recent. Golf courses have water, which attracts the pests that scorpions eat.
Here’s the truth: scorpions don’t pay much attention to geography or city limits. They can be found throughout the Valley, in almost every neighborhood. There can be two houses next to each other, where one struggles with scorpions and the other has never seen one before.
Protecting your home from bark scorpions is up to you as a homeowner, as is watching out for signs of scorpions. With help from the experts at KY-KO Pest, you can successfully defend your home. Contact us today!
A (UV) LIGHT IN THE DARK
Thanks to a unique chemical found in their exoskeleton, bark scorpions glow bright when exposed to UV light.
One of the telltale signs of scorpions is to inspect your exterior walls and block walls at night. If bark scorpions are present and on the hunt, they should glow bright against the much darker wall.
You can buy a residential-grade UV flashlight at your local hardware store. However, you should also consider calling us here at KY-KO to schedule a free scorpion inspection.
Seeing signs of scorpions? Get started with a free scorpion inspection here in the Valley: