COMMON ARIZONA PESTS
This common name came from "Scorpiones".
Scorpions are not insects but are predatory arachnids, which
feed on soft-bodied insects and other arthropods. They occupy
habitats ranging from the mountains to the low desert. Nocturnal
hunters and are active at temperatures greater than 77° F. Bark
scorpions generally hide under tree bark, leaves, and debris.
They are common in mesquite, cottonwood and sycamore groves in
river areas. Bark scorpions are the only climbing scorpions and
are the most likely species to be found in houses, especially on
newly developed land.
They shun light, hiding or burrowing during daylight hours.
Remember all scorpions are venomous. The largest scorpion in the
state is the Desert Hairy (Hadrurus arizonensis). The sting of
the Bark Scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda), in particular, can
be fatal, especially to the very young and very old. There is
very little redness or swelling, but the sting is very painful.
The venom is neurotoxic and affects the entire body
(particularly the nervous system), causing fever, increased
heart rate, restlessness, and other symptoms. If you suspect you
have been stung, contact your physician and the poison control
Caution should be exercised when camping or engaging in other
outdoor activities, to ensure that scorpions have not found
their way into footwear, clothing, sleeping bags or other
equipment. If you suspect your house is infested, a professional
exterminating service is your best solution.
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