As the weather cools, spiders emerge in larger numbers in search of mates, making human-spider encounters much more common. In other words, over the next few months you’ll probably see more spiders than you have all year long.
Although they’re usually no more harmful than a wasp or spider bite, scorpion stings can be life threatening to our children, pets, and the elderly. The bark scorpion, for example, which lives throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Mexico, is the most venomous scorpion in North America.
Without question, our lives would be overrun with insects were it not for the spider, nature’s ruthlessly efficient exterminator. It’s for this reason that spiders are considered beneficial. And unless you’re absolutely terrified by them—or commonly seeing venomous individuals like black widows or brown recluses—we encourage you to leave them at their work.
The good news is that scorpions are not nearly as dangerous as people think, with most encounters being no more harmful than a bee or wasp sting. The better news is that by taking preventative measures and using various natural methods, a scorpion problem can be prevented or outright solved.