Scorpions are found throughout Arizona and are a common pest concern for everyone. While there are nearly 56 species native to the state, most residents and business owners only deal with a few different ones. At Wagner Pest Solutions, our technicians have trained eyes and can identify the differences between each species of scorpion. Here are the three most common ones we find.
1. Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
This species earns its name for being one of the largest and most intimidating scorpions in the United States. Usually olive green or tan in color, this arachnid can grow to be seven inches long. While surprising to find, most homeowners compare its sting to that of a bee sting. Additionally, these scorpions generally feast on small birds and lizards.
2. Arizona Bark Scorpion
The Arizona bark scorpion is one of the most venemous species native to the state. A single sting from this small, yellow arachnid can cause numbness, swelling, redness, muscle spasms, foaming at the mouth, and in some cases, death. The body of the Arizona bark is slim and dainty, and thus difficult to spot in the brush and around landscaping. Unlike others, this type of scorpion is generally found in groups.
3. Devil’s Scorpion
Devil’s scorpion, or striped-tailed scorpion, is the most prevalent species in Arizona. In fact, this small arachnid can be found throughout the southwestern United States. Generally living under rocks or woodpiles, this species grows to about two inches long and is a little wider than the bark scorpion. The thin brown line that runs down the back is the distinguishing mark for this scorpion, and their sting causes minimal discomfort.
Call the Professionals
No matter the species, finding scorpions in your home can be a little unsettling. So, if you’ve seen one or more scurrying across the floor or up the walls, it’s time to call the experts at Wagner Pest Solutions. Since 2006, we’ve been providing expert scorpion, ant, and termite solutions to residents and businesses throughout Phoenix, AZ. Schedule an appointment online or to speak to a representative, contact us at (623) 466-6752 today.