Scorpions are typically found in the open desert and dry, rural conditions, such as desert mountains, grasslands, and deciduous forests. However, it’s not uncommon to find scorpions on your Tempe property or even in your home or business.
Even though scorpions are threatening in appearance, they rarely sting humans, and though painful, their stings are not usually life-threatening.
Read on for more about scorpions that are common in Tempe, where scorpions like to hide, and why they wind up in homes and businesses. Learn some tips on scorpion prevention!
What Scorpions Are Common In Tempe?
The two most common scorpion species in Arizona are the bark scorpion and the hairy scorpion. Here’s more about each of them:
- The bark scorpion is small, measuring seven-to eight centimeters long, and light brown in color. Its venom is poisonous enough to cause severe symptoms. Bark scorpions are the most venomous in North America, and their stings can cause severe pain coupled with vomiting, numbness, and tingling.
- The hairy scorpion is larger, measuring up to six inches long, with a long tail. It’s named after the spiky hairs that grow all over its body. This scorpion has a dark body with a scorched-like appearance and a yellow tail, legs, and claws.
Where Do Scorpions Like To Hide?
Scorpions are nocturnal, so if you have them in your Tempe home or property, you likely won’t see many of them out and about. During the day, scorpions prefer to hide out under rocks, logs, wooden boards, and under and among the clutter. The bark scorpion can situate itself on vertical surfaces and may be found on walls or trees.
In the home, scorpions may be found in bathrooms or underneath furniture, inside shoes, behind curtains, or close by windowsills.
Why Do Scorpions Wind Up In Homes?
Scorpions don’t typically enter homes except to find warm shelter from extreme weather and hide from predators. Moisture mainly attracts scorpions, and they often find their way indoors through pipe drains, which is why they’re frequently found in bathrooms and kitchens.
Tips On Preventing Scorpions From Your Tempe Property
Scorpions are difficult for homeowners to eliminate on their own. In addition to the fact that scorpions require direct contact to be eliminated, they can also go up to a year without food. The most effective solution to preventing scorpions is through preemptive methods. Here are a few tips:
- Address Moisture Issues In And Around Your Home: Scorpions are known to wander into homes in search of water on scorching days. Fixing leaky pipes, faulty drains, and sprinkler systems will help to dissuade scorpions and other pests.
- Eliminate Scorpion Prey: Scorpions consume a host of insects and small reptiles and mammals, including spiders, centipedes, and other scorpions. If a home has an existing problem that entails one or more of these pests, it will only feed (literally) the scorpion infestation.
- Clear Clutter From Your Yard: Scorpions hide underneath debris that’s commonly found in one’s yard. Regularly de-clutter your yard space to provide fewer places for them to hide; this includes storing firewood away from your home.
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