Scorpions

scorpion pest control in Phoenix, East ValleyA common way they enter your home is through the bottom of the hinged doors to the outside. Often that’s the front door and the door to the garage. So if you are having scorpion problems inside your home, one of the first things to check is the condition of the weather-stripping on the bottom of these hinged doors. This can be done at night with your spouse or a friend. Turn off as many lights as you can and have the other person shine a flash-light slowly and repeatedly along the bottom of the closed hinged door while you carefully observe for any light ‘leaking’ through, thereby identifying the small openings in the weather-stripping that would allow a small, thin bark scorpion to crawl through. Because scorpions have a special way of flattening their legs down, the space necessary for a small one to crawl through is deceptively smaller than one would think.

It is these small bark scorpions that have the powerful nerve-toxin. The sting of some of the larger species like the Desert Hairy are not venomous to humans. However the less venomous and larger species are frequently too big to fit under the available openings in a home unless they are in the juvenile stage when they are difficult to distinguish from their venomous cousins. So, either way, when you find them in your home, it is best to assume they are venomous and proceed accordingly.
You shouldn’t rely on door- or window-screens to keep them out of doors or windows left open. These screens are not usually tight-fitting enough and scorpions, attracted by the cool moist air, can flatten themselves down and slip in through the small openings.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this article. I was stung by a scorpion a few weeks ago, and I wish I had know this information before that happened!