Four Easy & Effective Scorpion Control Tips For Phoenix Property Owners
June 15, 2021
Scorpion infestations are fairly common for homes within desert climates, and Phoenix homes are no exception. These nocturnal arachnids may only be searching for a cozy crevice and abundant food sources, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous to have in or around your Phoenix property. While they're generally non-aggressive, they will sting if they feel threatened. Their venom isn't deadly, but a bad enough allergic reaction could send you to the hospital.
There are over 30 different species of scorpion that can be found in Arizona, but thankfully there are only three that are commonly found as household pests in Phoenix:
- Arizona Bark Scorpion; 3 inches long, light brown, incredibly painful sting
- Stripe Tail Scorpion; 3 inches long, light brown with dark brown stripes, moderately painful sting
- Giant Hairy Scorpion; 5 ½ inches long, yellow with a dark brown top, sting compared to a honeybee
Scorpion venom has been known to cause excruciating pain, numbness, and temporary paralysis at the site of the sting, and even nausea and vomiting in more extreme cases. Allergic reactions, though, have sent people to the hospital for extreme swelling and difficulty breathing. Keeping scorpions away from your home can be a difficult task, but there are still ways to make your Phoenix home less susceptible to an unwanted invasion.
Tip Number One: Household Maintenance
Keeping an eye on the structural integrity of your home is crucial in keeping scorpions away. This means sealing up any cracks and holes in the foundation and outer walls, repairing leaky pipes, and replacing worn-down insulation on your windows and outer-leading door frames. Scorpions can squeeze through some pretty small gaps, and they require ample amounts of moisture to live, so regular household maintenance is a must.
Tip Number Two: Outdoor Property Maintenance
Scorpions will nest in anything they can crawl under. Remove fallen and decaying branches and wood, wood and mulch piles, and any kind of decaying plant matter. These conditions also attract food sources for scorpions, such as cockroaches, crickets, lizards, and small rodents. Keeping your yard and surrounding property regularly manicured and free of debris will certainly make it less appealing for scorpions.
Tip Number Three: Remove Clutter
While removing debris and clutter from your yard is important, it's equally important to remove it from your home, garage, and any other storage buildings on your property. Scorpions will hide within cardboard boxes, under tarps, and pretty much anything that will provide a comfortable shelter for them. Air out any dark spaces such as cupboards, underneath sinks, and secluded corners in closets and storage rooms.
Tip Number Four: Eliminate Food Supply
Like any other pest, scorpions are attracted to an ample source of food, so making your home altogether uninhabitable to any pest will be sure to keep scorpions out. This means regular cleaning habits to keep crumbs and food spills to a minimum, proper food storage, and minimize moisture in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Scorpions are a big indicator of an ongoing pest problem, so if you ever find them lurking around the darkened corners of your home, it's likely you have more than one type of pest shacking up in your Phoenix abode.
When All Else Fails, Call In The Professionals
A scorpion infestation isn't something you want to mess around with, and thankfully, you don't have to. If you're having problems with scorpions, then Complete Pest Management has your solution. Our highly-trained pest professionals have over four decades of experience in dealing with pests in the Phoenix area, and we're constantly improving our pest control methods. We use top-of-the-line pesticides in all of our treatments, and we're confident in our ability to satisfy your needs. When scorpions sting, give us a ring!