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How To Protect Yourself Against The Arizona Bark Scorpions

Updated on December 4, 2014

Many Scorpions Hide In shrubs, PlantsFlower Gardens and Trees Before Making Their Way Inside Your Home

The Arizona Bark Scorpion.
The Arizona Bark Scorpion. | Source

The Garden Is In Full Bloom

Pink rose from Emunah's Garden.
Pink rose from Emunah's Garden. | Source

Arizona Is Beautiful This Time Of Year!

While most of the country is braving the cold, Arizona Natives are embracing the warm weather. Relaxing next to the pool is a common pleasure.

One of my favorite gratifications is admiring my garden. Peaceful pink rose bushes bloom this time of year, its leaves feel as soft as silk. Pink and yellow flowers decorate the walkway.

The towering palm trees allow the break of light to beam through their split elongated leaves.

The African Violets sprinkled throughout the garden make the surrounding a perfect paradise. I must agree to the wise biblical acknowledgement in reference to the lilies, "That not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."

Taking In the Beautiful Enviroment Is Easy To Do

Colorful Bush, Emuna's Garden.
Colorful Bush, Emuna's Garden. | Source
Beautiful Pink Roses
Beautiful Pink Roses | Source
Palm Trees
Palm Trees | Source
African Violets
African Violets | Source

Just As I Am Confident That I Have Found The Perfect Place To Live An Uninvited Guest Appears

Arizona Bark Scorpion.
Arizona Bark Scorpion. | Source

The Arizona Bark Scorpion

The Arizona Bark Scorpions have invaded my home to the point in which I had to call out an exterminator.

These venomous creatures rattle my inner being. The word VENOMOUS could be the reason why I do not take kindly to Scorpions.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion is a poisonous scorpion, and its toxin can cause relentless discomfort. The stinging pain could lead to The following.

  1. Numbness,
  2. Tingling,
  3. vomiting,
  4. Bowel Troubles.

The discomfort could last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. The pain is described as a electrical shock which radiates throughout infected area.

How To Treat An Attack:

  • disinfect the area with soap and water
  • Apply a cool compress towel to the area. (Ice is not recommended as it could cause shock being that the stinging pain is severe.)
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease the swelling.

It's A Family Affair

Scorpion mom size and baby size.
Scorpion mom size and baby size. | Source

The Life Span Of The Arizona Bark Scorpions

Arizona bark scorpions are carried onto their mother's back, in which the mom usually gives birth to 25 to 35 baby scorpions, almost the size of a penny. The mom itself is the size of a quarter if not wider and longer due to its tail, she is also carrying one of her babies upon her back.

The babies are cared for by their mother for three weeks.

Arizona bark scorpions can live up to six years. Scorpions are found in dry heated conditions, they are nocturnal and will roam at night looking for food,which consist of bugs.

The Scorpion cannot survive in cold weather.

Three Important Steps That Will Help Secure Your Saftey

  1. Hire an Exterminator that is specifically equipped to handle scorpions. Scorpions have thick armor which makes them rather difficult to kill. Certain pesticides are used to penetrate through the scorpions exterior.
  2. Plug your drains and seal your doors. Scorpions come into the home through the drain and unsealed door sweeps. Keep drains plugged and seal in your door.
  3. Shake out your shoes. Scorpions like to hide in dark places make sure you give your shoes a firm shaking before you wear them.

Are Cats Immune To Scorpion Venom?

My Trusty Scorpion Indicator A.K.A. Ms. Cat.
My Trusty Scorpion Indicator A.K.A. Ms. Cat. | Source

Cats Are Not Immune to Scorpion Venom.

Through research finds that cats are more alert when it comes to creepy crawly intruders. I'm sure that there are cats that have been stung by a scorpion, however most cats are very cautious. Cats are great to have around to detect uninvited pest.

Cat Vs. The Arizona Bark Scorpion

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    • swilliams profile image

      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Oh how neat! Yes plug your drain! Other than that this is a great place to keep warm! Thanks for your feedback!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this informative article! I am currently wintering in Arizona...sure hope I don't meet up with any of these scorpions!