Scorpions in Winter
Where are scorpions during the winter? Do scorpions hibernate in Arizona? Usually, November through February scorpion activity slows way down. Where do scorpions go during the winter?
Scorpions are usually all over the Phoenix Valley, but as night temps drop under 70 degrees we don’t see them! That’s because Arizona Bark Scorpions gather to nest in sheltering areas till it warms back up. This year nighttime temps have cooled off sooner than normal, and scorpions are already looking for sheltering ares!
Scorpions are survival machines and survive the coldest winters the Phoenix AZ Valley has. In fact, Arizona Bark Scorpions live for up to six years! Scorpions DO NOT die during the winter, or magically disappear when it cools down. You may not see any scorpions during the winter, but bark scorpions do not die or leave. They gather to nest together like a scorpion bomb waiting to explode in the spring! [Read more…]
Several things kill scorpions, but some wok better than others!
Scorpion Pest Control Products
Several pest control products are labeled for scorpion control, but they don’t all work the same. Almost all professional pest control products will kill scorpions on contact… Meaning if you spray a scorpion directly with a pest control product it will kill the scorpion. Products that kill on contact include pyrethrins.
✔ Pyrethrins products are organic and made of NATURAL compounds of African Chrysanthemum flowers that attack the nervous systems of scorpions and other pests! Pyrethrins kill scorpions ONLY when sprayed directly. Because after the pyrethrin DRIES it has NO EFFECT and stops working.
Most people are interested in what kills scorpions BEFORE they need to kill them directly. However, most people want to kill scorpions BEFORE they’re a problem in their home or yard. To kill scorpions and keep them under control BEFORE you have to spray them directly, you’ll need a RESIDUAL product.
✔ Residual products are a manmade version of pyrethrins designed to keep killing scorpions, after being applied, OVER a period of time. Responsible Pest Control specializes in EFFECTIVE Scorpion Control that kills scorpions on contact AND with residual products proven to keep killing scorpions over time, preventing future infestations! Once products dry scorpions take a couple hours to die as opposed to minutes when sprayed directly.
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Animals that can kill scorpions
There are several animals or arthropods that can kill scorpions. For example, cats and chicken have the ability to kill scorpions. However, cats and chickens are not immune to scorpion stings and can also get stung despite their fur or feathers. Only a few animals like the Grasshopper mouse, are immune to scorpion stings.
✔ Cats – Cats are known for their fast paws and reactions. This gives cats the ability to kill scorpions (usually as a result of playing with them.) HOWEVER, cats are NOT immune to scorpion venom and do get stung too!
✔ Chickens – Chickens have insane vision and quick beaks. They also eat bugs. They’ve been know to kill a scorpion or two. HOWEVER, chickens are NOT immune to scorpion venom and they can get stung too.
✔ Centipedes – Some species can kill scorpions.
✔ Grasshopper mouse
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How Scorpions Get Inside
Scorpions get inside homes during the night as they’re out hunting for food or a mate, and as bark scorpions gather to hibernate/nest. During the day scorpions seek shelter and rest in or under cracks, crevices, landscaping materials, in block wall fences, and around homes and and other structures. Scorpions come out at night and make their way inside homes in 5 different ways: [Read more…]
Pest vs. Scorpion Control
Effective scorpion control is different from general pest control through product selection and treatment application.
Scorpions are built survivors, and one of the hardest pests to control, so scorpion control treatments must be specialized to work. [Read more…]
Scorpions carry babies on their backs, and glow under black-lights! Scorpions give LIVE BIRTH (they don’t hatch from eggs) to a brood of “scorplings” that climb up on her back where they stay till their exoskeleton hardens (usually from 10-20 days). Depending on the species, scorpions can give birth to 100 scorplings at a time. Scorplings look like tiny scorpions, and are creamy white in color. Baby scorpions have not yet developed the protein that makes bigger scorpions glow under black light.
The rumor is that baby scorpions are more dangerous (like a rattlesnake) because they can’t control the amount of venom released with a sting. According to the biologists at ASU this is FALSE! [Read more…]
Specialized Scorpion Control
Regular pest control does not kill scorpions. So scorpion pest control treatments must be specialized by product and application. Because scorpions are built to survive, and are nocturnal, specialized scorpion control treatments need to be specific to areas scorpions shelter in with products formulated to be residual and effective specifically for them. [Read more…]
MOST pest control treatments will kill scorpions IF SPRAYED DIRECTLY, meaning during the pest control service. After regular pest control treatments dry, they have little to NO effect on scorpions.
Effective scorpion pest control is done with specialized products that keep working over a longer period of time. Some of these products actually stick to scorpions, even after drying, giving them more time to work.
Specialized or effective scorpion control applications create a protective barrier that keeps killing scorpions specifically long after they’ve dried, and then they’re reapplied before wearing off.
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Scorpions are survival machines with physical characteristics protecting them from the environment AND regular pest control treatments.
Scorpions not only have exoskeletons that act like body armor, they breath through spiracles, or little openings on the sides of their bodies. Scorpions can open and close these breathing holes to keep moisture in, and keep other things, like pest control products, out. Scorpions can actually survive for two days underwater, through most pest control treatments, through long winters, and without food for a very long time! [Read more…]
If there’s one thing I’ve learned while living in Arizona: it’s the scorpions’ state and we’re just living in it (I mean…they were here first, so I guess they have the advantage…).Call 480-924-4111 Start Service Online > TEXT for Scorpion Control
In my eyes, scorpions are at the top of the creepy-crawler pyramid. It wasn’t until I moved away for one year that I realized I have shaped so many of my daily routine habits around expecting to find a scorpion somewhere in my home. I don’t know if this is the usual for every person from Arizona, but in my situation it was the only option.
The first house I lived in as a kid had a minor scorpion problem. My family identified the areas that the scorpions had claimed as their own, so we knew where to take caution when wandering our home. Unfortunately, one of those areas happened to be the closet in my bedroom. Let me tell you, picking up a shirt off the floor and realizing a scorpion is clinging on to the bottom of it is not a pleasant thing to experience while getting ready for school at 7am (or ever). Other than that area of my closet, we occasionally found them in other areas of the house. So, lucky me, I got the worst of it. However, this was nothing compared to what was to come.
In 2010, my family moved into a house that we built in a small town outside of Scottsdale. It was a beautiful house built in a lot surrounded by desert, overlooking the mountains and valley in the distance. This sounds nice, but we must have built this house on sacred scorpion ground. Every scorpion in Arizona was out to get us. I’ve heard that building a new house can stir up the wildlife around it, but this was nothing like what I expected. Without exaggeration, we found at least 10-15 scorpions in our house weekly. This changed up the way my family functioned in everyday life. There are different ways that you can adapt to having scorpions taking over your house, and I think I’ve become accustomed to all of them.
What I’ve Learned
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- Shoes. All of the time. Walking through the house, whether it’s carpet, tile, or wood- shoes. I do not think I’ve walked around a house without shoes on since 2010. Specifically a pair of flip flops that I kept next to my bed so I could immediately slip into them when getting up in the morning (plus, flip flops mean you do not have to check the inside to make sure no scorpions have cozied up waiting for your toes to disturb them). I have become so used to this that it isn’t even an inconvenience anymore. Just a fact of life that you have to wear shoes all of the time, or you might step on a scorpion.
- Another adaptation I’ve made is realizing that any material is fair game for a scorpion to be hiding in. Clothes, towels, sheets, carpet- it’s all up for grabs by scorpions. There are certain habits that have stuck with me that come from the house we lived in (which should be known as The Scorpion Sanctuary). I shake everything. Getting out of the shower, shake the towel out. Picking clothes up off the floor, shake them out. Getting into bed, shake the blankets. The force of shaking everything for 15-20 seconds should be enough to send any stowaway scorpions flying. Shaking everything before getting too close gives some reassurance that there won’t be any stinging incidents.
- A major way that helped my family and I learn to live with scorpions around was carrying around a blacklight flashlight to help spot them. It’s truly a phenomenon how scorpions glow under blacklights, but it’s incredibly convenient if you’re trying to spot them in your home. This was probably the most beneficial way I have learned to live with scorpions. If you want peace of mind that you won’t be getting stung, do a quick scan of the room with a blacklight flashlight. It isn’t totally effective because of places they can hide, but it certainly helps.
These habits, always wearing shoes, shaking everything out and blacklight inspections, might not seem that abnormal to another Arizona native. I learned they were slightly out of the ordinary while living out of state for a year. This is the same time I learned that the threat of getting stung by a scorpion is not even on the radar of people who don’t live in our desert state. When I was asked why I always wore shoes or always shake things out, and I respond that I’m simply making sure there are no scorpions I could disturb and risk getting stung by, I got looked at like a crazy person. “Scorpions???” People would ask with such confused looks. It’s just not something they have to worry about.
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Scorpions are animals that have been around for OVER 400 MILLION Years. [Read more…]