I am contacted from time to time by people who are new to the valley, or are considering moving to the valley, who are concerned about scorpions. I have lived in various parts of the Phoenix area for more than 30 years, and I have rarely seen a scorpion that was not in captivity. Others who live in the Valley of the Sun have had quite a different experience. It all depends on where you live.
There is no doubt, we do have scorpions in Arizona. Here are some things to know about scorpions in general, Arizona's venomous bark scorpion in particular, and how to keep scorpions away from you and your family.
Believe it or not, some people don't want to avoid scorpions. They rather like the creepy things and collect scorpion paperweights, key chains, lollipops, and bookmarks. Some people actually collect the arachnids! But if you are like me, I'd rather stay out of their way. On the following pages you can learn about scorpions, and learn how to keep them out of your home.