The unique characteristics of scorpions allow them to be classified with other creepy crawlies one could find skittering about the Arizona landscape. They owe their tough, chitinous exoskeletons to the Arthropoda phylum, and their four pairs of jointed legs place them in the class Arachnida. This technically makes scorpions the cousins of other common pests, such as spiders, mites, and ticks.
In total, there are over 1,500 species of scorpions, with over 70 living in the United States. Despite their crab-like exoskeleton and pincers, the long segmented tail that curls at the end of their bodies distinguish a scorpion from its ancestors.
It’s also what makes a scorpion dangerous.
Though most scorpion stings are not considered life-threatening to humans, there is one exception: the bark scorpion. The Arizona bark scorpion, known scientifically as Centruroides sculpturatus, is the most venomous scorpion in the United States.
The Arizona bark scorpion is small and light brown in coloring. An adult male typically measures 8 cm in length, and an adult female is slightly smaller at 7 cm in length. A female typically gives birth to 25 to 35 young at a time, which will remain with their mother for up to three weeks. Despite most scorpions remaining solitary, bark scorpions will travel in packs of 20 to 30 in the winter and can live up to six years.
If you’re located in Maricopa County, whether it’s Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale, or the surrounding areas, and fear that bark scorpions have moved onto your territory, call Insectek to send them packing.
Bark scorpions take shelter during the heat of the day and will hide under:
In developmental areas, heightened construction often disrupts scorpions’ natural habitat and sends them scurrying to the nearest pile they find – which may be in your front yard or the back of your business.
Because they do not burrow, bark scorpions are often found in the shelter of homes. They require a mere 1/16 of an inch to enter into a space and move stealthily once they’ve done so. As many properties in the Metropolitan area feature irrigated lawns, these moisture-inducing systems draw scorpions into the area to hunt for prey and breed.
At Insectek, we understand the fear that surrounds a scorpion infestation and our main priority is keeping you and your loved ones safe. We treat your home with EPA-approved or organic products (based on your preference), that won’t pose any danger to humans or pets living inside the home. With over twenty years of combined experience, the experts at Insectek will be beside you every step of the way to assure your space remains clear of scorpion infestations.
To guarantee safety in the arid Arizona landscape, we do recommend our 365 Pest Prevention Program. With this program, you can choose from monthly-care, bi-monthly care, or quarterly-care, and a pest control specialist will routinely visit your space to actively assure scorpions don’t find their way in.