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Can Scorpions Live in Plumbing

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Can Scorpions Live in Plumbing

“I swear a scorpion came up through the plumbing into the sink yesterday!”

Arizona scorpions are sneaky little critters, getting into every nook and cranny within your home. If there is a crack small enough to fit a credit card through, scorpions will use it like a one-way highway…

One way right into your home where it’s comfortable and full of food.

But, there are scorpions who make the trek through plumbing lines and into your sink…

Scorpions in the Sink

Scorpions can survive in water. In fact, they can survive in water for up to two days…completely submerged…with no food!

Scorpions are remarkable creatures, truly fascinating. Did you know they’ve been around since the dinosaurs?! And in roughly 350 million years they haven’t changed a bit.

That isn’t to say you want them in your home, or plumbing.

Here’s a quick tip: if you do see a scorpion, don’t flush it down the toilet. It will live, and it might even come back out that same toilet….

Now, even though scorpions can survive in water, and they have been known to crawl up drains and into your home, it is an unlikely scenario. It might happen once, perhaps twice, in the lifetime of your home, but for multiple scorpions to be coming into your home directly through the plumbing of your Arizona home is extremely rare.

You might find a scorpion in a tub or a sink and think that they crawled up a drain.  Scorpions do not live in drains.  

Bark scorpions can climb up walls and even climb on ceilings, but they do fall onto beds, into children’s cribs, onto bathroom sinks, and into bath tubs from time to time.  

The slick sides of a tub or sink do not provide enough friction for the scorpion to grip, so people often find them trapped there when they fall in and just assume they crawled out of a drain.

If you have found a scorpion in your sink, take note of the following:

  • Is there an A/C vent nearby?
  • Is there s credit-card-sized crack near the sink where the scorpion might have come through?
  • Is the caulking around the bathroom counter top sealed properly?
  • Is the caulking around the sink faucet sealed properly?

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