Arizona Scorpion Control & Prevention Services

How Dangerous Are Scorpions?

The Phoenix area may be home to the largest scorpion in North America, the Desert Hairy Scorpion, but not the deadliest. However, that is not to say you have nothing to worry about. The more common Arizona Bark Scorpion is venomous and often found in and around your Phoenix home. While the Arizona Bark Scorpion is the one species to be most concerned about, the sting is more annoying and painful, than it is harmful and deadly.

Many residents and visitors to the Phoenix area assume that every scorpion they see is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. And, although the Bark Scorpion is more common, there are roughly 30 species of scorpion that call Arizona home. Of the many varieties, there are three common species that you are likely to come across in the Phoenix metro area.


Arizona Desert Hairy Scorpion

Arizona Desert Hairy Scorpion

  • Can be 4-6 inches in size
  • Largest scorpion in North America
  • Not harmful to humans or pets
  • Found in saguaro forests; burrowed in the ground

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Arizona Bark Scorpion

  • Typically 2-3 inches in size
  • Most dangerous scorpion in Arizona, but not deadly
  • Found in dark, cool, moist areas
  • Most commonly found in your Arizona home

Arizona Stripetail Scorpion

Stripetail Scorpion

  • Under 3 inches in size
  • Not harmful to humans or pets
  • Most common scorpion in Arizona
  • Found in the desert; typically under rocks

Scorpion Prevention Techniques

With three main scorpion species to be aware of in the Phoenix area, the professionals at ProBest Pest Management know where the scorpions tend to hide and how to best prevent them from being a nuisance to your family, your pets, and your home. With the Arizona Bark scorpion being the most dangerous and elusive, we tend to receive customer calls referencing this species. Often times, we find that the Stripetail Scorpion is the culprit. In any case, Dr. Bug believes that there are three general rules to follow:

#1. Blacklight treatment – to remove and reduce their numbers

#2. Home-Sealing – to prevent scorpions from entering your home

#3. Consistent professional pest control – monthly services are ideal

#4. For even more information visit our Scorpion-Repel page.

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