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Are Bark Scorpions Deadly? The Dangers of Arizona Bark Scorpions

An adult bark scorpion glowing green under an ultraviolet light.

Bark scorpions are the most venomous scorpion species in North America. They are found all over Arizona and are one of the most dangerous pests in the area. These tiny pests often make their way into Arizona homes and can be very difficult to get rid of. Armed with an ominous stinger and large pincers, these arthropods’ alarming appearance may have you wondering: are bark scorpions deadly?

Learn how to protect yourself from bark scorpions below, and contact Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control for scorpion control solutions.

What does the bark scorpion look like?

These scorpions have two main parts to their body: the cephalothorax and abdomen. The tail is part of the abdomen and is made up of five segments, complete with a stinger on the tip. They are typically 1 – 2 inches in length and range from yellow-brown to dark yellow with stripes.

Additionally, their stripes are actually concentrated little hairs that are sensitive to their surroundings and help bark scorpions find their way around. As nocturnal creatures, they have poor eyesight and rely on these hairs. Under ultraviolet light, adult bark scorpions glow green.

How painful is a bark scorpion sting?

A bark scorpion sting is very painful. They have venom potent enough to cause severe reactions and symptoms in young children, the elderly, people with existing health conditions, and pets. Seek medical attention at once if you or a loved one experiences the following symptoms after receiving a bark scorpion sting:

  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Swelling
  • Warmth at the sting site

The pain can last anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after the sting and may include any of the symptoms listed above. A sting from a juvenile scorpion is typically more painful, as they do not have control over how much venom they release.

How to keep bark scorpions out of the house.

Keeping your home scorpion free is not always easy. With their small size, they can slip in through any crack or crevice. They can enter your home through the foundation and gaps in door or window frames.

Have a certified pest specialist make sure your foundation is fully sealed, and your landscaping is kept trimmed back. Scorpions love cool, moist places which makes garden beds a scorpion paradise. Your pest specialist also applies a barrier treatment around the perimeter of your home that repels scorpions. Added bonus – this treatment will also keep other pesky insects away from your home.

Worried about bark scorpions? Call Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control

Bark scorpions can be a dangerous pest to have crawling around your home. Once they have made their way into your home, they can be difficult to control and prevent. If you are struggling with a scorpion infestation, call Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control! We are here to help you with all your scorpion control needs.