• Eric Hoelscher

When Are Scorpions Most Active in Arizona

Scorpions are among the most dangerous creatures in Arizona, mainly because they are relatively small and can invade your home without you even noticing. On top of that, scorpions tend to hibernate during the winter months, and if you happen to notice a large group of scorpions hibernating close to your home, that could be a sign of a scorpion nest close by. Needless to say, having a scorpion nest in the vicinity of your house is a massive danger for you, your family, and even your pets.


One of the main questions you should think about if you’re looking to prevent an infestation is – when does scorpion season start? By knowing how these critters behave during the whole year, you can act preventatively rather than finding yourself in a situation that requires professional intervention.


If you’re looking to find out when are scorpions most active and where to find scorpions in Arizona, take a moment to check out the timeline we’ve covered in this article. By the time you finish reading, you should have more than enough information to save yourself some trouble, especially if you’ve already dealt with an infestation of similar nature.


Scorpion Season in Arizona – The Timeline

  • Summer – July to August

Scorpions love heat, and they thrive during the summer months. In fact, summer is the time of year when scorpions are most active. If you live in Arizona (or any other “hot” state for that matter), chances are you’re going to stumble upon some scorpions throughout the summer. While you’re relatively safe, if you happen to stumble upon a scorpion in your backyard, finding one inside your house is definitely a red flag. However, as long as you notice them before they get aggravated and nervous, you should be fine.


Since scorpions do not aggressively pursue humans, your chances of getting stung are somewhat low. With that being said, always make sure you’re wearing proper footwear in order to avoid being stung. You should be especially careful around the Arizona Bark Scorpions, which is the smallest species in AZ, but it’s also the only scorpion that can potentially cause fatality. They are sometimes extremely hard to see and notice since they are about the size of a nickel.

  • Winter – November to February

Many people wonder do scorpions hibernate and where do scorpions go in the winter, and the answer is – they go into their hiding mode. Once the temperatures get cooler, scorpions start to look for places that are dry and warm to wait out the winter months. It’s somewhat common to find scorpions in your home during the winter months, but not because they are particularly active but rather because they have been inadvertently disturbed.


Since scorpions cannot handle cold temperatures, they are mostly inactive in the dead of winter. Therefore, if they’ve already found a hiding place in your house during November or December, chances are they are going to stay put until the end of February. As mentioned, they will become active if disturbed, regardless of temperature and conditions.


The important thing to point out is that you should always inspect the area near heaters and under duck work since those are the most common places scorpions tend to hide in during particularly cold months.


When are Scorpions Most Active, Do They Hibernate?


Now that we’ve covered the season timeline, we can conclude that scorpions are most active during hot summer months and more or less completely inactive during cold winter months.


As far as hibernation goes, Arizona Bark scorpions do hibernate, and it’s usually in clusters of up to 25-30 scorpions. As you can assume, disturbing a cluster of highly poisonous scorpions is something you would definitely want to avoid at all costs. On top of that, since Bark scorpions are rather tiny, many people don’t even realize they’ve disturbed a group of Bark scorpions until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to prevent these scenarios rather than trying to solve the situation once it escalates.


It’s important to point out that AZ Bark scorpions live up to six years, and being such survival machines, they can handle the coldest winters Arizona has to offer.


If you’re wondering when do scorpions come out, it’s usually in March or whenever the temperatures reach low 70s.


How to Effectively Control Scorpions in Arizona


There are a couple of ways and methods you can use in order to lower the risks of facing an infestation, but the vast majority of these methods are based on regular inspections. In other words, keep your eyes wide open throughout the year, and if you stumble upon a cluster of scorpions (especially during the winter), don’t hesitate to hire a team of professionals and let them handle the situation.


Some people like to solve their own infestation problems, but rest assured that dealing with potentially lethal critters on your own is simply not worth the risk. As we’ve mentioned, a single sting from a Bark scorpion can be fatal, so putting matters in professional hands is a no-brainer.


Myths and Rumors about Scorpions


In order to prepare well for a potential infestation, you ought to know a thing or two about scorpions. Unfortunately, the internet is full of rumors and myths about scorpions, and you shouldn’t take those for granted, especially when there’s no legitimate source behind these claims.


Here are some myths you should keep in mind:

  • All Scorpions are Equally Lethal

This is a rather popular notion, but it’s fortunately not true. As we mentioned, Arizona Bark scorpions are the ones you should be worried about. There are a couple of other species of scorpions in AZ, but none of them are nearly as dangerous as Bark scorpions. In conclusion, all scorpions are NOT equally lethal.

  • Scorpions are Highly Aggressive

This myth is pretty easy to debunk since it’s well-known that scorpions don’t pursue humans and aren’t interested in clashing with someone who is orders of magnitude bigger. With that being said, scorpions will resort to stinging when they are cornered and disrupted.

  • Scorpions Can Bite

Scorpions do not have teeth, and therefore they do not bite. Even though some species of scorpions have rather intimidating claws, they do not use them for defensive purposes. Even when they do, getting pinched by their claws is nothing in comparison to getting stung by their barb.

  • Scorpions Die in Cold Weather

Apart from being untrue, this misconception is also highly dangerous because people tend to relax during the winter since they think most scorpions have died due to cold weather. Needless to say, they are incredibly resilient and will survive the winter months without any significant issues. So, scorpions do NOT die during the winter months.


If you would like to know more about proper pest control for scorpions in Arizona, how to deal with the infestations of certain critters, don’t hesitate to read our other articles! If you’re looking for a reputable company to take care of a particular problem with pests, give us a call, and we’ll be more than happy to help!

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