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Spotting Trouble: A Guide to Arizona Bark Scorpion Identification

Living in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, is pretty darn idyllic. You’ve got stunning mountain views, incredible weather, and…wait, what’s that scuttle across the bathroom floor?  Yep, Arizona bark scorpions. These little arthropods can put a damper on your desert paradise if you’re not careful.

But fear not, Green Machine Pest Control is here to help you with Arizona bark scorpion identification and, more importantly, eradication.

This handy guide will equip you with the knowledge to identify these creepy crawlies and, more importantly, let you know what to do if you find one setting up shop in your home.

What Exactly Are We Looking For? Arizona Bark Scorpion Identification 101

Close-up of an Arizona bark scorpion, a small light brown scorpion with eight legs, two pincers, and a slender tail with a curved stinger at the end.

So, you suspect you might have a scorpion visitor? Here’s what to keep an eye out for:


These scorpions are relatively small, averaging about 2–3 inches long. That’s roughly the size of a credit card—not huge, but definitely enough to send shivers down your spine!


Arizona bark scorpions, as the name suggests, are light brown or tan in color. This excellent camouflage technique allows them to blend in perfectly with wood, bark, and other natural materials—their favorite hangout spots.


The key giveaway is the segmented body structure that all scorpions share. They’ll have eight legs, two large pincers, and a slender tail with a curved stinger at the end. This is where they pack their venomous punch, so be cautious!

Let’s Get a Closer Look: Arizona Bark Scorpion Identification – Up Close and Personal

If you’re brave enough to get a good look (from a safe distance, of course!), here are some additional Arizona bark scorpion identification tips:


Those eight legs aren’t all created equal. Take a close look; if the two front legs look more like pincers or pedipalps, then you’ve got yourself a scorpion. Spiders, on the other hand, have eight legs that are all pretty similar.


This might sound strange, but scorpions actually glow a greenish-blue under a blacklight. While this isn’t exactly the most practical identification method for everyday use, it’s a good trick to have up your sleeve if you’re scorpion-hunting at night (which we definitely don’t recommend doing yourself!).

Okay, I Found a Scorpion. Now What?

If you’ve identified a bark scorpion in your Scottsdale home, don’t panic! But also, don’t try to be a hero. Scorpion stings, while rarely fatal, can be quite painful.

Here’s the best course of action:

Call Green Machine Pest Control Immediately

We’ve got the expertise and the tools to safely remove scorpions from your home and prevent them from coming back. Our scorpion control technicians are highly trained and will ensure your home is scorpion-free—no ifs, ands, or buts!

Seal Up Your Home

Scorpions like to sneak in through cracks and crevices. Take some time to caulk around windows, doors, and any other potential entry points. Think of it as scorpion-proofing your castle!

Don’t Let Scorpions Spoil Your Scottsdale Paradise

Living in Scottsdale shouldn’t mean living in fear of scorpions. By familiarizing yourself with Arizona bark scorpion identification and calling in the professionals at the first sign of trouble, you can keep your home safe and scorpion-free.

Remember, Green Machine Pest Control is here to help. Contact us today for a free inspection, and let us take care of the scorpion problem so you can get back to enjoying the sunshine!

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