Scorpions…are they really that bad?

When we moved here 18 years ago I was thrilled to not have all of the mosquitoes, flies and various bugs that we had back in North Carolina. The kids being able to play outside without a heavy dousing of off spray! Shortly after we moved here I was at my children’s school & heard a woman talking about scorpions. Her description of them sounded like the beginning of the apocalypse! Were they that bad? Were they going to attack my children and pets?

If you are moving to the Phoenix area, rest assured that scorpions are not crawling around everywhere you look as some people believe.

Get to Know Scorpions… (as found on tripsavvy)

Scorpions have four pairs of legs. They also have pincers that look like little lobster claws. Scorpions come in many sizes and colors, but most of the ones you’ll see in Arizona are usually pale gold or tan in color & are less than 3 inches long. Scorpions hide under rocks or debris. They live in crawl spaces.

They are active and feed at night. The scorpions that are native to Arizona typically eat spiders, insects and each other, if they are hungry enough.

  • They hide during the day. Check your shoes and clothes before putting them on if you live in an area where there are likely to be scorpions.
  • If you live in an area where there is a lot of construction, you may be more likely to find scorpions inside because their outdoor habitat has been disturbed.
  • They can live for months on water only. Because they are looking for water, you may find them in or under sinks or tubs.

Here are some common sense tips that will help control scorpions.

  • Close or caulk door openings, screen openings, and window cracks so scorpions can’t get into the house.
  • Dust and vacuum in corners and normally undisturbed places where scorpions hide.
  • Eliminate the scorpion’s prey (crickets, spiders, and other insects) by using common pesticides.
  • Eliminate outdoor places where scorpions can hide, such as trash piles, rock piles, decaying wood or piles of junk.
  • Don’t walk around the house at night in bare feet.

 

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