Thinking of moving to the valley? Worried about Scorpions? Well don’t worry. Encounters with Scorpion in the developed areas of the valley are rare. The following precautions are appropriate for new developments. Once an area is established, encounters with Scorpions are substantially reduced.
Scorpions are night feeders, and they are attracted to water, swimming pools, and irrigation areas. Scorpions live both outside in wood piles, palm trees, decorative bark, and inside homes or places that are dark and cool. During the day, scorpions seek shelter under loose boards, wood piles, rocks, or the bark of trees. Scorpions also find daytime hiding places in crawl spaces, attics, and closets. They will enter occupied rooms; kitchens may draw them when they are in search of water. They also hide in man-made objects.
Openings around plumbing fixtures, loose fitting doors and windows and cracks in foundations and walls allow easy access. Exterior lighting that is less attractive to insects is recommended in areas of the valley were scorpions are prevalent.
Do not leave shoes, boots, clothing items, and, especially, wet towels, outdoors where scorpions can hide.Shake all clothing and shoes before putting them on. Wear gloves when working in the yard. Wear shoes outdoors, especially during the evening hours.
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
Is a large species between 5 and 6 inches long. It possesses a black cephalothorax, with each segment being rimmed in pale yellow. Its under surface is pale, with erect brown hair covering much of its body. The Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion ranges throughout all of the southwestern deserts of the U.S. and is the largest of the 9 species in the United States.
The bark scorpion is about two inches long, and its common name reflects its habit of resting on the underside of wood pieces. The sting of this scorpion can be fatal. There is now an antivenin available.