Common Types of Scorpions in Arizona

When you think of the Arizona landscape, you may recall images of sandy expanses with rolling tumbleweeds, cacti and scorpions. The southern Arizona desert is known for its variety of different scorpion species.

While scorpions are intimidating looking with their pair of large pinches and dangling, poison-tipped tail, most scorpion species actually pose little to no threat to humans. Scorpions do store venom in their tails. However, most scorpions species don’t have enough powerful venom to seriously harm humans as it’s intended for much smaller and more vulnerable prey. You can help reduce the flow of misinformation about scorpions by understanding the main types of scorpions in Arizona, taking proper precautions when necessary and having a better appreciation for your local wildlife.

The Most Common Scorpions Found Throughout Arizona

If you live in Arizona, the most common types of scorpions you’re likely to find in your home or while exploring the desert are:

  • Arizona Bark Scorpions: Bark scorpions are both the most common and poisonous species of scorpion found in Arizona. They’re easily recognized by their long, slender tail, arms and fingers. Bark scorpions are often yellow or tan but may appear striped in higher elevations. Arizona homeowners usually find bark scorpions in their homes in large social groups in cinderblock structures or in and around the bark of trees. Local homeowners should be incredibly wary around the bark scorpion because they’re the most poisonous species in the U.S. If stung, the poison can cause painful swelling at the site and eventually difficulty breathing and muscle spasms. While the venom is typically not life-threatening to adults, if stung, the victim should seek medical attention immediately.
  • Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions: The largest species scorpion in America is the giant desert hairy scorpion, recognizable by its hairy metasoma, or tail, and often hairy body. This scorpion has a unique coloring scheme with yellow appendages and a dark brown dorsal. Giant hairy scorpions are rarely found inside Arizona homes but may seek shelter inside garages or doorways after a heavy rain or flood. Typically you’ll find these scorpions within Saguaro National Park. Their sting is not considered dangerous and is comparable to a bee sting.
  • Striped Tail Scorpions: A striped tail scorpion is often mistaken for the more dangerous bark scorpion, but has thicker pinches and tails and a dark striping pattern beneath its tail. Striped tail scorpions typically burrow beneath rocks, but can be found in Arizona homes occasionally. They are generally smaller than three inches in length, and their venom is mild and not considered hazardous to humans.

Find Scorpions Around Your Home? Call Green Home Pest Control to Investigate

While several Arizona scorpions don’t post a significant threat to local homeowners, you should watch for an infestation around your home. If you suspect you have bark scorpions, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Green Home Pest Control to investigate and determine the most appropriate, affordable solution. We offer pest control services for scorpions, spiders, ants, crickets and more to homeowners throughout Phoenix and its surrounding communities, including Arcadia, Mesa and Scottsdale.

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