The most common species of scorpion we encounter in New Mexico is the Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus). Not to be confused with the Arizona Bark Scorpion, a sting from C. vittatus is venomous, but not deadly. Also common in New Mexico is the Strip-tail Scorpion (Vaejovis Spinigeris).
Scorpions can enter our yards and homes from nearby open space areas, rocked areas, arroyos and drainages, or neighboring properties.
While scorpions don’t succumb to insecticides as easily as other bugs, our aim is to reduce scorpion populations before the enter the home. We target scorpions as well as their pray (other insects). Treatments may target areas such as cinder block walls, under eves, in weep holes, landscaping areas, entry points, cracks and crevices, or any other harboring areas around the home and yard.
We recommend you attempt to seal as many cracks and openings around your home as well as:
- Reduce clutter inside your home
- Remove debris from around your property
- Remove vines growing on your house
- Clean up woodpiles and stacking firewood 20 ft. from your house
- Remove unwanted or unnecessary juniper bushes
Scorpion hot spots around town
We find scorpions in several pockets throughout the ABQ metro. Many things contribute to scorpion activity, including factors on or adjacent to the property (open space). We have also found scorpion infestations at certain locations, and then find none at the location across the street.