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Arizona Bark Scorpion Control in Mesa

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There is no pest quite as feared by Mesa homeowners at the Arizona bark scorpion. Carrying with them a threatening appearance and venomous sting, bark scorpions invade homes throughout Arizona every summer.

Dealing with them effectively requires understanding them. That’s our mission here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We want to educate homeowners so that they can make the right decisions and know when to seek professional Arizona bark scorpion control services in Mesa.

Need help removing Arizona bark scorpions from your home?Our team has over 20 years of experience. Call today at (480) 986-8500 or fill out our online form.


We’re Your Scorpion Experts

We’ve been serving Mesa, PhoenixCasa Grande, and surrounding areas for years and our team has the experience and equipment you want when facing down an Arizona bark scorpion problem.

Here’s our process:

  • Schedule your free scorpion inspection: If you’ve noticed a bark scorpion in your home, it’s time to call us for an inspection and free quote. Our technicians are scorpion experts who know where to look either at night when they’re hunting or during the day when they’re resting.
  • Use bark scorpion treatments that work: If you do have scorpions, our technicians will recommend a treatment plan that fully addresses the problem. Keeping scorpions at bay requires more than just pesticide: we’ll build a strategy for denying them food, water, and shelter so that they’ll move on.
  • Ensuring your home’s safety: At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we use an insecticide—Demand CS—that is much more resistant to the sun and the rain than store-bought chemicals. After the product has dried, it’s safe for your family and pets to be around. We also offer home sealing, an effective, non-insecticide form of pest treatment. The Arizona bark scorpion can squeeze through spaces as thin as a credit card. Our home sealing service works to cut off their access to your home by closing small gaps, pinholes, or other points of entry.

    To schedule home sealing for pests in Mesa, call (480) 986-8500 today. We have locations in Phoenix and Casa Grande as well.

    Arizona Bark Scorpion FAQ

    There’s an old adage: “Know your enemy.” When it comes to Arizona bark scorpions, Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services does. We want to cut through the myths surrounding this pest and cut to the chase: what are bark scorpions and why are they in your home?

    What is the Arizona bark scorpion?

    The Arizona bark scorpion (scientific name: centruroides sculputatus) is native to the Sonoran Desert and can be found in areas ranging from the Mexican state of Sonora up to Las Vegas.

    Colonies of scorpions have even started to show up in Albuquerque! However, as the name implies, it has made a name for itself here in Arizona, specifically in Phoenix.

    What does the Arizona bark scorpion look like?

    Throw out that picture of the large, imposing, dark scorpion seen in old Hollywood horror movies.

    The Arizona bark scorpion is small: about the size of a dollar coin. It’s also tan or light brown in color. When at rest, the tail and stinger are often flat against the body of the scorpion.

    Why am I finding Arizona bark scorpions in my home?

    The Arizona bark scorpion is a predator.

    It uses its potent venom to disable prey such as:

    • Crickets
    • Roaches
    • And other insects

    Scorpions often make their way into Mesa homes looking for three things:

    • Food
    • Water
    • And shelter

    If you have other pests, you’re at risk of scorpions following the buffet line into your home.

    How do I know I have scorpions?

    The Arizona bark scorpion, like all other scorpions, has a unique quirk to its biochemistry. Thanks to the presence of certain chemicals, they glow bright when exposed to UV light (also known as “blacklight”).

    Get a UV flashlight from your local hardware store and shine it at night against a dark wall. If scorpions are active around your home, they should glow bright against the otherwise dark exterior.

    Of course, the best way to know whether or not your home has scorpions is to call our team for a free Arizona bark scorpion inspection in Mesa. One of our techs will come to your home and do a comprehensive check for this pest.

    When is the Arizona bark scorpion active?

    Bark scorpions are most active in the summer (as if you needed another reason to hate summers here in Phoenix!). Warming temperatures take them out of hibernation and into their hunting and mating season.

    It’s not impossible to see a scorpion in the winter, but it is less likely. This species is also nocturnal, resting during the summer heat of the day and then going on the hunt at night. Most homeowners report seeing scorpions on the move at night, not during the day.

    Is the Arizona bark scorpion dangerous?

    That depends on how you define “dangerous.” The Arizona bark scorpion has a potent, venomous sting. In fact, it’s the most venomous scorpion on the continent.

    The venom causes great pain in the area, with:

    • Numbness
    • Tingling
    • And other side-effects

    However, bark scorpions are very (very) rarely lethal. Since statistics began being tracked in the 1960s, only two fatalities have ever been reported from scorpion stings here in Arizona. That’s out of the thousands of people who are stung annually.

    What leads to people being stung by scorpions?

    Bark scorpions are not inherently aggressive. They’ll seek to avoid humans and pets if possible. Most stings occur when homeowners accidentally brush up against or step on a scorpion.

    Other stings occur when scorpions fall from the ceiling onto a bed or couch, leading to a sting.

    How do Arizona bark scorpions get inside homes?

    The hint is actually in their name: bark scorpions evolved to climb trees. Doing so required the ability not only to climb, but also to hang and squeeze in tight places for shelter.

    Those tree adaptations translate to invading your home: they can climb exterior and interior walls and squeeze between cracks no wider than a credit card. Denying them access is difficult and will likely require professional home sealing service.

    Where can I look for scorpions in my home?

    At night, bark scorpions hunt. Their eyesight is poor, so they tend to avoid open spaces in favor of baseboards along walls.

    Can Arizona bark scorpions climb walls?

    Here’s what makes the Arizona bark scorpion unique: their same ability to climb and hang from tree limbs translates to walls and ceilings. Bark scorpions are the only type of scorpion able to climb walls, and, in fact, crawl across ceilings of rooms.

    Where do scorpions hide?

    Bark scorpions have some favorite spots. They need to stay out of the sun and heat during the day, so they often will settle in piled wood, bricks, or rocks around your home. If possible, they can also hide in your home’s exterior walls, or your block wall fence.

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