Arizona SCORPION Removal/Control Facts
Some important facts:
1. Most common in Greater Tucson areas:
Bark Scorpion – Centruroides Sculptaurus [Straw-pale yellow in color]
A. Also seen is the Giant Hairy Scorpion, which is much larger/darker than the much smaller and paler “Bark Scorpion”. The Bark Scorpion is very venomous, if stung, call Poison Control Center @ 626-6016, go to the nearest hospital or personal physician for antivenin treatment. Try to take scorpion with you as treatment may vary according to specie. Proper identification is very important from a medical treatment perspective.
2. Nocturnal and will be in areas around moisture or outside lights where food sources are known to gather such as beetles, cockroaches, crickets, moths, or other insects.
3. NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL: Keep wood piles away from walls, check all wood carefully before bringing into your home, remove heavy shrubbery that is growing close to the structure, remove medium to large rocks that are situated next to the structure, inspect all rocks before moving them! Seal/caulk all pipes, wiring outlets, or cracks located around the outside of the structure. Stop any water from dripping (i.e. Evaporative coolers) if at all possible as they will gather around moisture sources. Keep chimney flumes closed when not in use. Keep outside lights to a minimum. Keep doors closed after dusk and until dawn. Pay particular attention to “doggie” doors as this a very, very easy way to obtain entry. Keep sealed when animals are in the home.
4. Do NOT walk around the home during the nighttime hours with BAREFEET! Check all shoes, folded towels, dresser drawers, closets on a periodic basis for scorpions. Check molding around all in door piping and repair if any holes are present. Keep all drains (tub, shower, sinks, etc) closed or sealed when not in use as scorpions have been known to come up through the drains on rare occasions.
5. Screen (with a tight mesh screen) ALL floor level return air or heater ducts. Remove face plate, insert pre-measured screen and replace face plate.
6. ALL IT TAKES IS AN OPENING OR CRACK NO LARGER THAN 1/16TH OF AN INCH FOR A SCORPION TO GET ACCESS TO YOUR HOME!
7. CALL A PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROL COMPANY TO PERFORM A NIGHTTIME “BLACKLIGHT SERVICE” IF INFESTATION IS DETERMINED TO BE MORE THAN A MINOR NUISANCE OR RARE OCCURRENCE.
The Blacklight program will many times reveal entry and hiding places not easily determined during daylight hours. Then a combinations of appropriate products and exclusion can be prescribed to achieve eventual elimination of this dangerous pest.
8. Never ever pick up a scorpion or any other venomous insect or reptile with your bare hands or fingers! Use appropriate tools or immediately call a professional for assistance.
Visit us at www.AZpest.com for more information.