Unlike other areas in the United States, scorpions are a huge problem in Coachella Valley. They come with inherent risks, including being venomous. This could pose a huge problem for anyone—especially for those that are hypersensitive to the venom. It’s critical that should you see one scorpion, you take action quickly. Where there is one, there is usually more. Taking action quickly can prevent stings and health challenges for you and your family.
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Type of scorpions in Coachella Valley
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Stripedtail scorpions are 2 ½ inches long with characteristic stripes along their bodies.
Robb Hannawacker, while working for Joshua Tree National Park, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Giant desert hairy scorpion
Giant desert hairy scorpions are one of the largest species that reach 5–7 inches in length.
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California common scorpions
California common scorpions are light in color and grow to be 2-3 inches long.
Bark scorpions have a very narrow tail and can be up to 3 inches in length.
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If you can slide a credit card under your front or back door, or underneath a window, a bark scorpion can get inside.
At Arrest A Pest Services we know the favorite hiding places of the bark scorpion, as well as its cousins that are native to the region.
Even so, they are tough to get rid of on your own and require the services of a professional. We make the area inhospitable to these pests and advise you on how to keep your home scorpion-free.
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Scorpions might point to another problem
Scorpions have eight legs, which makes them part of the arachnid family, along with spiders. They eat other insects, mice, lizards, and even snakes. They even eat other scorpions.
If you find a lot of scorpions around your house, that might be an indicator that you have another pest problem.
Are scorpions dangerous?
Is it true that scorpions glow in the dark?
All scorpions have an exterior skeleton, called an exoskeleton. Many insects have exoskeletons, which afford them protection from other predators.
The chemical make-up of the scorpion’s exoskeleton is such that if illuminated at night, it emits a blue-green glow.
How can I inspect for scorpions?
If you suspect that your property and house are infested with scorpions, go for a walk around your property after dark with a flashlight. Scorpions tend to be nocturnal, so the nighttime is when you are likely to see them.
Try to think like a scorpion. Check woodpiles and heaps of stuff that you plan on hauling off to the dump. Also scan over your rock garden, taking care to look in the cracks and seams.
Be realistic and consider that we are in the Coachella Valley and that scorpions are part of the natural environment. As long as you have the flashlight in your hand, turn off the lights in the house and walk around.
Check under and behind beds and sofas. Pull out the refrigerator and look under and behind the washer and dryer.
What should I do if I see a scorpion in my home?
How do I discourage scorpions from coming around my house and property?
Scorpions, especially the bark scorpion, like piles of abandoned stuff. Wood piles, junk piles, toys, anything like that. It is best to clean up any standing piles and wear a pair of heavy gloves when you are doing so. One characteristic of the bark scorpion is they like to hang upside down, which is how people get stung. They grab something by the underside and… ZAP!
The scorpions in the Coachella Valley can grow up to 7 centimeters (about 2-3/4 inches). If they can’t get in through doors or windows, their next preferred entry route is bushes and trees up against the house that can get them into an open window or a torn screen. Trim those bushes and keep the kids out of them. Scorpions also like the various rock garden formations popular in the Coachella Valley. Any crevice between the rocks is a good scorpion hiding place. If you are rearranging the rock garden, make sure to wear heavy gloves.
How can I get rid of scorpions in my home?
The bark scorpion has moved into the Coachella Valley
This scorpion is the most poisonous scorpion species in the U.S. Stings are seldom fatal, but children and those with high blood pressure are susceptible to complications.
This invasive species, native to Arizona and Mexico, does not naturally occur in the California Desert, but they were first found in Indio in 2014. Chances are they hitchhiked in someone’s sleeping bag coming home from a weekend camping trip in the Arizona desert.
The other two common scorpions in the Coachella Valley are the Arizona hairy scorpion and the strip-tailed scorpion. Both can give you a painful sting, but they are not poisonous. With any insect sting, however, there can be allergic reactions. All of these breeds are pale gold. The Arizona hairy scorpion and the bark scorpion have darker brown stripes or highlights across the back.