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Scorpion control

Scorpions have a reputation for being deadly and attacking humans, but that’s not the case. Most scorpions prefer to hide and are generally quite shy. They tend to sting when threatened, but they don’t go human-hunting and stings from North American scorpions are very rarely deadly to people. However, effective scorpion control and removal should be handled by trained professionals as their stings are painful and can cause health problems to those with allergies to stinging pests, sensitive immune systems, or heart problems.

Western Exterminator scorpion control experts are trained to find where scorpions are hiding and know how to effectively remove them from your home or business. Schedule an online appointment or call 800-937-8398 to speak with a Western Exterminator scorpion expert from your local service center and learn how you can protect your property from these pinching pests.

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Where do scorpions live?

Scorpions are found on every landmass on the planet except for Antarctica. They like any environment from tropical rainforests to grasslands and deserts. In the United States, they prefer warmer climates and are common in California and Arizona. With warmer climates year-round, there is not a time throughout the year when scorpions are not active, which is why scorpion prevention and control are crucial for your home or business.

Where do scorpions nest?

Scorpions like to nest on their own away from other scorpions. Since they are nocturnal, you might have trouble spotting any during the day. However, if you are searching, they typically nest in shaded areas in your garden or garage and cluttered areas inside your home. Scorpions will hide in small cracks and crevices, under woodpiles or piles of rocks, and sometimes in your shoes. Some species of scorpion, like the Bark scorpion found in Arizona, prefer to nest upside down, so you may find them attached to the bottom of your outdoor furniture.

Scorpions are very hardy and are difficult to kill. Once they make their way indoors, they can live for months without water or food. If you think your home has a problem with scorpions it’s better to contact us than try to deal with it yourself.


Types of scorpions

There are 70 species of scorpion in the United States, but most of them are not considered deadly to humans. The species you are more likely to find in California or Arizona include:

  • Arizona hairy scorpion - yellowish in color with black markings on its back. Found in Arizona and Southern California, this scorpion will sting and inject venom, but the venom is not considered dangerous to humans.

    Bark scorpion - a small yellowish scorpion found on trees and in areas like Southern California and New Mexico, but most plentiful in Arizona. The bark scorpion is the most venomous in North America and its venom is considered potentially very dangerous to humans.

  • Stripe-tailed scorpion - brown body and darker brown stripes on the upper body. Also prominent in Southern California and Arizona. Like most scorpions, they are venomous, but it is not considered deadly to people.

How Western gets rid of scorpions

Our scorpion control and removal process is two-fold. Your specialist will focus on proper scorpion prevention and treatment to ensure your home doesn’t welcome any unwanted visitors.


The warmer climates in the Western Exterminator coverage areas, like Arizona, are just the right weather system to make scorpions a constant threat. Because of this, we offer scorpion prevention as part of our services. We also offer a Scorpion Lookout Service that will stop them from setting up their homes in yours. Follow the prevention tips below to help keep scorpions away from your property:

  • Trim back all vegetation and tree branches around your property
  • Reduce clutter and organize outdoor furniture, toys, and equipment to minimize hiding places
  • Keep woodpiles away from your house
  • Inspect your boots and shoes before wearing them
  • Avoid leaving your clothes or other materials on the ground


Your specialist will need you to let them know the areas that you have seen scorpion activity as treatments will vary depending on if they are inside or outside of your home.

  • Indoor activity: Your specialist will use a flashlight or blacklight to inspect inside your house and garage. Any scorpions that are found will be removed at that point.
  • Outdoor activity: Your specialist will check for things that might attract scorpions to hide, such as woodpiles, ground cover vegetation, or overgrown landscaping.

After inspecting your property for activity, your specialist may use either repellent liquid residual insecticide, a granular insecticide, repellent dust, glue boards, or monitors for treatment and control. Your specialist will find the access points for the arthropods and help you eliminate areas where they might like to hide, sealing up entry points that allow them to get into your property.


Western Exterminator scorpion control services

When it comes to scorpions, you want the experts in scorpion control and removal. Here at Western Exterminator, we have the right equipment, training, and experience to find where scorpions are hiding on your property, and we’ll recommend the most effective treatment to rid your home or business of scorpions.

Western Exterminator has been striving for complete customer satisfaction for over 100 years. Discover the peace of mind only Western can provide. Schedule a pest specialist visit online or call us today at 800-937-8398.

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