Scorpions have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Though the scorpion has a fearsome reputation as venomous, only 25 species have venom capable of killing a human being. The Bark Scorpion in Arizona is very common and its sting can be fatal.
Scorpions prefer to live in areas where the temperatures range from 68 °F to 99 °F, but may survive from freezing temperatures to the desert heat. They are nocturnal, finding shelter during the day in the relative cool of underground holes or undersides of rocks and coming out at night to hunt and feed. A female scorpion produces a brood of 32, four times a year — totaling 128 scorpions.
Scorpions are opportunistic predators of small arthropods and insects, although the larger kinds have been known to kill small lizards and mice. All known scorpion species possess venom and use it primarily to kill or paralyze their prey so that it can be eaten; in general it is fast-acting, allowing for effective prey capture.
(Source: Wikipedia.com. January 2010)
The Scoop on Scorpions
How to Get Rid of Scorpions
Although scorpions can produce 128 offspring yearly, go six months without food and live four years — they are not difficult to kill or control. The Bark Scorpion is one of the most common pests here in Arizona. Scorpions love hiding under river rock, gravel, tree bark, woodpiles, in block fences, attics.
Many pest control companies say they can only take away scorpions’ food supplies (such as crickets); thus there will be fewer scorpions. We say that you can control scorpions completely!
Bug & Weed Mart carries the exact products that professionals use, but we make sure you use them correctly.
Keep all sides of home clear of debris, leaves, woodpiles, etc.
Apply granules in a 2-5 foot band around all sides of your home, especially where river rock or gravel lie. We will also show you other favorite hiding places where granules work best.
Apply outside spray up home wall,complete door/window frames, eaves, garage door frame, sidewalks and patio.
Apply inside spray along all baseboards, every room, closets and door frames.
We will show you a simple routine, based on your specific needs, to control these stinging pests…and it will cost about $6-$10 per month! The products we show you will also be safe around pets and children; usually odorless, and non-staining as well.