I live in the desert of Phoenix Arizona from January thru March and I hear there are scorpions in the area. I stay in my 23 foot rv and sometimes worry when I am sleeping or about that a scorpion may bite me. Last year was the first time I stayed at the desert and did not see any, however people from the area said they are around. I am an artist so I move my rv to drive to a show about 6 times during that stay and then come back to the same area where I park and stay in my rv. Any thoughts? Also do you know anything about the same idea about rattlesnake, there was one under my step leaving my rv. Thank you.
Scorpions are very much an active pest in Arizona. Generally they’ll avoid people but there are times when confrontations occur. As our online SCORPION CONTROL ARTICLE explains, they typically forage where food is present. Food to scorpions is mostly other insects and in general, it takes a little time for both insect and scorpion populations to build up at any one location. With this in mind, I don’t think the chances are high that you’ll get a major scorpion problem since you state you aren’t staying in one location for long periods of time. But is there a chance one might forage into your living area? Of course. Here are a few suggestions on how you might be able to reduce unwanted encounters.
First, does your RV have a section that folds out, onto the landscape, which will put you that much closer to any local insect or scorpion population? If so, the chance of a rogue encounter will be increased. If the living/sleeping area of your RV is a “camper” style container, atop all four wheels, the potential is diminished greatly since scorpions aren’t likely get up and inside via the contact of your RV tires. But entry points which have ground “touch” sections are vulnerable and should be observed closely. For example, a main entrance door which has steps installed when you make a location “permanent” for a week or so can become a welcome path for unwanted visitors too. Try to minimize such locations when staying at one location where possible.
Second, try to avoid high risk locations such as moist, “plant dense” camp sites. Any place harboring active, healthy insects like ants or termites would be a magnet to scorpions. By staying clear of where scorpion “food” lives, you should help diminish the odds of finding any scorpions close by.
Third, get some of the products listed in our SCORPION PRODUCTS page. The two I highly recommend would be the CYKICK AEROSOL for use in the RV itself. It will provide residual so if any scorpions were to make it inside, they won’t be able to nest effectively. I also recommend getting a BLACK LIGHT. This could prove real handy for use at night where scorpions might be active. A quick scan with the black light will allow you to see if there are any in the vicinity.
As for rattle snakes or any snake for that matter, the same applies. Stay away from land that’s full of vegetation and try to camp where snakes and scorpions aren’t likely to be active.