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7 Easy & Effective Scorpion Prevention Tips For Phoenix Property Owners

October 14, 2020

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Other than spiders, scorpions are one of the most terrifying pests in Phoenix, Arizona. Finding a scorpion around your property can be upsetting, and this is no surprise since scorpions are also arachnids just like spiders and ticks.

Given the warm climate, Arizona is home to many species of scorpion including the giant hairy scorpion and yellow ground scorpion, but one of the more dangerous species in the area is the striped bark scorpion. The striped bark scorpion is about 2 inches long and is a cloudy yellow color with brown stripes on its back. Just like other scorpions, they have two pairs of pincers and one large stinger.   Luckily, being stung by a striped bark scorpion is rarely fatal, but in exceptional cases, people can have severe allergic reactions or be hospitalized after being stung. However, even if being stung doesn't often lead to medical issues, these stings are always quite painful.

Facts About Scorpion Behavior

The striped bark scorpion is a nocturnal species that spends its day looking for areas to hide. They prefer to live outdoors and often hide under rocks, leaves, and other organic debris. The main reason these scorpions come inside is while hunting prey, but they occasionally come indoors looking for shelter. Inside, they look for dark areas such as garages, basements, and even bathtubs to hide out.   Another interesting thing about striped bark scorpion behavior is that they don’t live in burrows like many scorpion species. Instead, they forage for prey, and their diet includes insects, spiders, and even other scorpions.

7 Scorpion Prevention Measures

Being stung by one of these scorpions is painful and occasionally dangerous. But, even if you’re never stung, the fear of scorpions and their terrifying presence is reason enough to prevent them. To help you protect your property from these pests, we’ve put together a list of the seven best preventive steps:

  • Focus on removing access points by fixing broken screens in doors and windows and ensuring that doors and windows fit snugly in their frames.

  • Removing any possible entry points is the best way to prevent scorpions, so you should also fill any cracks and crevices in the walls and foundation with caulking.

  • Install weather stripping around doors and windows and door sweeps under doors.

  • Store firewood at least 30 feet away from the exterior of your home or building. Also, make sure that firewood doesn’t have water damage and that it is stacked neatly.

  • Get rid of areas where scorpions can hide by cleaning up leaf clippings and excess clutter from your yard.

  • Remove clutter in basements and crawl spaces as these areas can also provide prime spots for the striped bark scorpion to hide.

  • Underlying pest issues can attract scorpions, so if you have other pest problems, address them right away.

Protecting Your Property From Scorpions

If you’re dealing with striped bark scorpions or any other scorpion species around your property, the experts at Green Home Pest Control have you covered as we provide both commercial and residential pest control. We have specific experience and training in scorpion control and extermination, so you can trust we will handle the infestation in an efficient, reliable manner. Instead of putting yourself and others around you at risk, give us a call if you see striped bark scorpions, and we will take it from there. You can reach us at (480) 525-7378 or request a free quote online.

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