If you are moving to the Phoenix area, let me assure you that scorpions are not crawling around everywhere you look as some people believe. They are usually (but not exclusively) found near recently developed desert areas. If you are concerned, the experienced exterminators in the Greater Phoenix area can tell you if a particular neighborhood they service has scorpions or not. You also might want to take a look at this scorpion map of the Phoenix area, or the About Phoenix Forum where many people have posted their scorpion sightings in various neighborhoods in metro Phoenix. So you know what you are looking for, here's a photo gallery of scorpions you are likely to find in Arizona.
Here are some common sense tips that will help control scorpions.
How To Avoid Scorpions
- Close or caulk door openings, screen openings and window cracks so scorpions can't get into the house.
- Dust and vacuum in corners and normally undisturbed places where scorpions hide.
- Eliminate the scorpion's prey (crickets, spiders, and other insects) by using common pesticides.
- Common pesticides don't work well on scorpions. Contact a professional pest control company if considering applying chemicals.
- Eliminate outdoor places where scorpions can hide, such as trash piles, rock piles, decaying wood or piles of junk.
- Don't walk around the house at night in bare feet.
- A professional pest control company can do a "blacklight" inspection to determine if there is a scorpion infestation, since scorpions glow.
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Special thanks to Matt Reinbold for sharing his knowledge of scorpions with me. Matt is a hobbyist who has been keeping scorpions for about 10 years.