Scorpions are a common household pest that can be tricky for homeowners to deal with. These arachnids are frequently found in warm and arid regions, like Arizona, and tend to make their home in dark and secluded areas of your property like attics, basements or crawl spaces. While they are a scary critter for homeowners to encounter, most aren’t dangerous, and there are ways to safely and effectively remove them. At 520 Termite & Pest Solutions, we have serviced the pest control needs of Valley residents for decades. If you are concerned your home has a scorpion problem, don’t delay in seeking a solution. Read on to see what to do if scorpions have settled into your home.
Identify the Species
There are over 2,500 species of scorpion, and of these, thirty species are typically found in Arizona. While all scorpions are venomous, for the most part they try to avoid contact with humans unless they feel threatened. Often these attacks are accidental and prompted by someone unknowingly disturbing a scorpion, which then reacts. Though they are often considered more of a nuisance than a danger, the Bark Scorpion is one species known for its powerful venom that can be life-threatening if stung.
While it is best to consult a professional pest control company if you are unsure what species of scorpion has infested your home, it can be helpful to identify certain types of scorpions and how dangerous they are. Arizona Bark Scorpions are often differentiated by their slender bodies and thinner tails, as well as a characteristic bump located on the tail just under the stinger. As these scorpions are the most venomous found in North America, they are best removed by a trained technician.
Eliminate Food Sources and Seal Openings
Scorpions thrive in dark places that are infrequently used, and can be found in interior spaces like attics or exterior spaces like sheds or garages. Scorpions are usually found in homes during periods of extreme weather like rain or heat, as these interior spaces can provide them with shelter and food. Regularly removing debris and clutter around your home, both inside and outside, can give scorpions fewer places to hide and drive them elsewhere.
As they are natural predators, the presence of scorpions generally means that other pests are in your home, providing plenty of food for the scorpions. Dealing with an underlying pest issue might even resolve the presence of scorpions, as they will have to look somewhere other than your home for their next meal.
Sealing cracks and gaps in your home is also an effective way to keep scorpions at bay. Scorpions have the unique ability to flatten themselves and maneuver through tight spaces and crevices and into your home, so even very small holes can allow scorpions entry.
Pesticides and Traps
For homeowners looking to remove scorpions themselves, many stores stock glue traps and pesticides that can eliminate these pests. While traps can be easy and quick to lay, scorpions are fast and often glue traps are not enough to thoroughly treat the presence of a larger number of scorpions. While very effective, pesticides are often best used as a last resort, as they can be harmful to humans or pets. If your scorpion problem is serious enough to have to utilize pesticide, it is often best to call a pest control specialist to resolve the problem quickly and safely.
Consult a Professional
Dealing with scorpions can be tricky, and disturbing or attempting to remove them from your home can cause them to become aggressive. While manual removal with a dustpan and broom can work in a pinch, scorpions tend to live in groups, so a professional pest control service is often one of the only ways to ensure your home stays scorpion free.
Like with termites and many other common household pests, prevention is often the key in cutting off scorpion activity. However, even the most vigilant of homeowners may notice the presence of scorpions, particularly in months with extreme heat or inclement weather, and professional removal is a worthwhile investment.
Why choose us?
At 520 Termite and Pest Solutions, we have decades of experience servicing the pest control needs of Valley residential and commercial customers. As a family-owned company, we offer services without contracts, sign-up fees or long-term obligations because we are committed to providing exceptional, risk-free inspections and treatments.
Our expertly trained technicians receive ongoing training to ensure they stay up to date with the newest methods and technology, giving you the peace of mind that whenever you work with us you have access to the best and most advanced treatment options.
We service Tucson, Phoenix and many other parts of Southern Arizona, so if your property is experiencing issues with termites, scorpions, rodents or other pests, don’t delay in seeking a solution. Contact us today for a free estimate!