Lured by early warm weather, scorpions emerge to swarm Arizona homes

Hadrurus arizonensis pallidus  These are the largest scorpions found in the United States.
Hadrurus arizonensis pallidus These are the largest scorpions found in the United States.

By Fernanda Santos | The New York Times

The scorpions that scurry around this desert region emerged from their winter slumber early this year

Usually dormant until late March, the creatures came out in February as temperatures soared, making a month that is generally pretty pleasant the second-warmest February on record.

That got Ben Holland’s phone ringing: Callers were finding scorpions on their beds, in their showers, on walls in and outside their homes and all over their yards. Mr. Holland — a vice president for digital marketing by day, a scorpion exterminator by night — assembled his band of hunters, young men in or just out of college, and put them to work.

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