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Scorpion control

Scorpions are found on every landmass on the planet save for Antarctica. In the United States they prefer the warmer climates and are common in California and Arizona.

In some ways scorpions are similar to spiders. They have a reputation for being deadly and for 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 their stings are very rarely deadly to people.

That’s not to say that scorpion stings are not painful. They are and people with sensitive immune systems, known allergies to other stinging pests, or heart problems can have serious health risks with scorpion stings. That’s why effective scorpion pest control and scorpion removal should be handled by trained professionals.

Western Exterminator scorpion control experts are trained to find where scorpions are hiding and effectively remove them. We know how to get rid of scorpions from your home and buildings. Since scorpions are nocturnal, you might have trouble finding them during the day, but they like to hide in small cracks and crevices, wood piles, piles of rocks and sometimes your shoes.

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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How old are scorpions?

Did you know that looking at a scorpion is like looking at a dinosaur? In fact, there are fossil records showing that scorpions have been around as long as 430 million years! They have stayed similar as they are now, which means they are very hardy insects and hard to kill. It’s yet another reason if you think your home has a problem with scorpions it’s better to call in the experts than try to deal with it yourself.

Do scorpions bite?

Scorpions do not bite. They have mandibles, or teeth, that allow them to chew their prey and ingest them. However, their mandibles are small and entirely for tearing apart prey they have grabbed with their claws and stung before eating.

What many people think of as a scorpion bite is actually them stinging the threat or their prey. They may also pinch something with their claws, but they normally use the claws to hold prey steady so they can sting their intended target and then pull the prey apart and feed it into their mandibles.

Painful scorpion stings

Generally speaking, scorpions sting as a last resort. Even when hunting they prefer to use their pincers to tear the prey apart than sting. However, humans who try to handle or reach for scorpions are liable to find themselves with a painful surprise.

The scorpion’s stinger is located at the far end of its tail. You often see scorpions with their tails and their stinger curled up and over their bodies. The tails have little bristles or hairs and a stinger for stabbing at the end. The stinger is where the venom glands are and how they inject venom into their prey when the want to immobilize their intended meals.

Some important statistics about scorpion stings include:

According to the VIPER Institute at the University of Arizona, more than 8,000 cases of scorpion stings are reported in Arizona every year.

Scorpion stings can result in nerve poisoning which requires immediate medical attention.

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.

Insects confused with scorpions

There are a number of insects and arachnids out there that often get confused with scorpions. They can cause people to panic and assume they are venomous and dangerous, but they generally do not harm people and many do not even have a mechanism to sting.

Some of the most common insects confused with scorpions include:

  • Tailless whipscorpion - these little creatures sure look like scorpions because they have modified pedipalps near their head that look a lot like a scorpion's claws. In fact, these crab-like arachnids use them much the way a mantis does. Their thorny front claws grab prey and they eat the prey alive as they have no fangs and no venom.
  • Scorpionfly - This is a flying insect with a large portion of their abdomen bent over itself much the way a scorpion's tail does. In fact, this is an entirely different kind of insect and the "stinger" is really a bodily organ the scorpionfly uses for mating purposes. They look fierce, but they pose no threat to people.
  • Pseudoscorpions - these are very tiny arachnids that are actually beneficial to people. They eat pests like carpet beetle larvae, booklice, ants, mites and even clothes moth larvae. They are pear-shaped and have tiny, but very long, pedipalps near the front of their bodies that resemble scorpion claws. Pseudoscorpions usually grab their prey with one that resembles a claw and the other resembles a finger, which they use to sting and envenomate their prey. They are so small they pose almost no threat to people.

Western Exterminator scorpion control services

When it comes to scorpions, you want the experts in scorpion control and removal that can do the job right. We have the right equipment, training and experience here at Western Exterminator to find where scorpions are hiding and recommend the most effective treatment to rid your home and property of scorpions.

Given the warm climate in the Western Exterminator coverage areas, there is not a time throughout the year when scorpions are not active. We have just the right weather system here to make scorpions a constant threat. That’s why part of our service focuses on scorpion prevention. We will find the access points for the arthropods and help you remove areas where they might like to hide and seal up places that allow them to get into your property. We offer a Scorpion Lockout Service that stops them from setting up their homes in yours.

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