Arizona Scorpion Season - How to detect and treat for Scorpions

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

It's the beginning of scorpion season here in Arizona. The Bark Scorpion is the most common and most deadly scorpion in all of Arizona. Now that the Spring temperatures are consistently in the high 80's and low 90's these hibernating desert dwellers are coming out of their hiding places to feed. They cannot handle the daytime heat so during the afternoon they stay hidden under rocks, wood or brick piles, in a persons home, or any cool shady place. Bark Scorpions can climb so they've also been known to hide in trees. Scorpions are predators. They feed on all types of insects, spiders, centipedes, and even other scorpions. Scorpions will generally sneak into your home looking for either, shade, food, or water. 

The venom from a Bark Scorpion sting can be life-threatening especially in young children. Some early symptoms of a Scorpion sting are pain, warmth, and swelling at the sting site. Other more severe signs and symptoms of a Scorpion sting are muscle twitching, unusual head, neck, and eye movement, drooling, sweating, vomiting, high blood pressure, restlessness, and accelerated heart rate. These symptoms can last from 24-72 hours. 

Scorpions aren't like crickets. They don't make any noise alerting you to their presence so how can you find them and protect yourself? Bark Scorpions glow a fluorescent green when under an ultraviolet light. Walking around your entire property at least a few times a week shining a UV light on the ground, fencing, trees, and on the sides of your home will instantly show you where any scorpions are hanging out.



Since Scorpions feed on other insects that can be hanging around your home, one of the best ways to alleviate Scorpion infestations around your property is to eliminate their food source. Hire a reputable pest control company to have your property sprayed once a month during the Spring and Summer or purchase a high quality pest control solution and spray your property yourself. Either way, the goal is to take away their food source. Get rid of any unnecessary piles of rocks or wood around the outside of your home and avoid clutter on floors or under beds inside of your home. Scorpions can slip through an opening as thin as a credit card so make sure your doors, windows and screens close tightly. 

Scorpions have a tough outer skeleton but they will squish just like any other bug. Use a long-handled tool, knife, or the bottom of a shoe to quickly rid yourself of any scorpions you may come across. 

Living in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona means you share your environment with some potentially dangerous and poisonous creatures but with the right maintenance and treatments in and around your home you can sleep easy knowing you're protected against these unwanted intruders. 


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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

No experience with scorpions here--sound like nasty critters.

Mar 28, 2015 10:12 PM #32
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Nicole. This is so terrifying. I am glad you are prepared and pro-active.

Mar 28, 2015 10:22 PM #33
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thanks for this info Nicole and glad you were on Kathy Streib 's list or I might have missed this.  No scorpions around here but now I understand what goes on in the southwest with these critters and I will warn a friend who is traveling to Arizona - YIKES!

Mar 28, 2015 11:03 PM #34
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

OK so just reading this freaks me out.  I would never step foot outside, LOL.

Mar 29, 2015 12:32 AM #35
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post! I can see why Kathy included it this week in her summary!  Well done!

Mar 29, 2015 12:37 AM #36
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Kathy - No, I would not recommend walking around barefoot this time of year!

Tammie - I can only imagine the stress level! I'm sorry Tammie. They really aren't too bad as long as you take precautions. I didn't even see one all of last year around my house but the previous year I found several. 

Michael - They are true desert creatures and like it warm!

Lottie - They are something that I wish didn't exist but they do so we have to deal with them.

Sheila - It's a way of life here. Everyone knows about them but strangely enough not everyone takes the precautions they should. I've been stung by one and it does not feel good. 

Joanna - If your friend is coming out in this Spring or Summer they should definitely read my post about them. 

Sharon - Yeah they are pretty scary looking. They only get about three or four inches long and they'll squish like any other bug with a good shoe swat but I'd still prefer not to run in to them.

Kristin - Thanks Kristin. It's that time of year again so I thought a good thorough reminder to my local area was in order. 

Mar 29, 2015 01:04 AM #37
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

NIcole, this reminds me of when I was about 12 and our family was going to take a long driving trip from Buffalo, NY to Florida. Somehow someone mentioned scorpions getting into our shoes inside whatever Florida destination we would be going to and I was totally freaked out about taking a vacation there! I STILL remember how scared I was. Never saw scorpion one....but anytime I think of them, it takes me back to that memory.

Very VERY smart piece of localism info for your neigbhors to know and you offered some good solutions for easing the stress of dealing with them.

Found this on Kathy Streib's post today!

Mar 29, 2015 03:02 AM #38
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Great post on scorpions Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ! I didn't know the bark scorpion glowed under ultraviolet light. Good to know! One of the many reasons I love the west side of the Cascade Mountains here in the Pacific Northwest. Not very many poisonous critters. 

Mar 29, 2015 04:09 AM #39
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I grew up in Oklahoma and the second most "not missed" thing is scorpions.  #1 is tornadoes!

Mar 29, 2015 05:10 AM #40
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

No scorpions here!!!!!  OMG, cannot even imagine!

Mar 29, 2015 07:32 AM #41
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Gayle - When I was younger I would have had the same reaction you did! I would have obsessed about it the entire time I was visiting and never forgotten about it!

Rene - They light up like a Christmas tree as soon as the UV light hits them so they're easy to spot!

Jeanne - Now tornadoes are something I would not want to deal with!

Cindy - I bet you have some other critters in your area you would rather not deal with though! If it's not scorpions it's something! I'm glad we don't have big rats like in other big cities. I'll take scorpions over rats any day!

Mar 29, 2015 08:15 AM #42
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Nicole.  Kathy sent me -- she must have felt we all need to know more about scorpions!  Nasty looking creatures!  Interesting that they glow under ultraviolet light .. so does cat pee.

Mar 29, 2015 10:52 AM #43
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert I have heard that scorpion stings can be deadly, especially for kids. Good info. 

Mar 29, 2015 12:48 PM #44
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert - spring is around the corner so we will find these creatures out - rattlesnakes in CA and Scorpions in AZ! 

Pest control once a month is surely the best way to keep them away!

(In India, many villages used to have them around - and the houses were made from mud/cowdung! Of course I am talking about 1960s and 70s.)

Mar 29, 2015 02:10 PM #45
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great post Nicole, certainly something to be alert to.  I am happy to say that we have not seen any of these fellows around my place lately.

I will continue to shine my UV light around the yard at night, but I will not be quite up to spraying the place with poison once a month, this could be harmful to our healthy mosquito populations.

Mar 29, 2015 04:07 PM #46
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I love the concept of having a "Scorpion Squishin' Stick".

Mar 30, 2015 12:33 AM #47
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

Great information for home owners

Mar 30, 2015 01:30 AM #48
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have no need for any Scorpions.

Mar 30, 2015 01:10 PM #49
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Interesting. I never realized there was a scorpion season.  Here we look for snakes and alligators mostly!

Mar 31, 2015 02:07 AM #50
Mike Tizzano
Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837 - Mesa, AZ
Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender

I'm knocking on wood as I type this but in 32 years living in AZ I've only seen three living scorpions.  Snakes on the other hand, I've run into quite a few of those when I used to work at golf courses in North Scottsdale.

Mar 31, 2015 07:44 AM #51
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