A Step-By-Step Scorpion Prevention Guide For Scottsdale Properties
April 30, 2021
The warmer climate in this region of Arizona is attractive to many different unwanted pests, including scorpions. Belonging to the Arachnida class, more than 2,000 different species of scorpions exist today worldwide. They are most active in this area during the summer months, when they may travel indoors within homes and businesses and become the Scottsdale pest control problem of business and home owners.
What Do I Need To Know About Scorpions?
Scorpions are carnivores that generally feed on spiders, mice, lizards, and other small critters. They are extremely resilient and can survive on water alone for several months if necessary. They have pincers that allow for quickly trapping and crushing their prey, as well as a barb (stinger) that allows them to deliver a venomous toxin.
Although rarely resulting in death, scorpions can sting humans, and inject a neurotoxin that can create severe reactions among those with allergies. Fortunately, they are unlikely to sting humans unless they feel threatened. In most cases, stings occur when people reach inside boxes where they are hiding, accidentally sit on them, etc. Scorpions should not be intentionally handled, and those who experience a sting should seek medical attention.
The Most Common Types Of Scorpions In This Region
- Giant hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis) : Even the name of this type of scorpion is creepy! They grow up to six inches long, and prefer to burrow underground. Despite being among the largest types, their sting typically causes only mild pain in humans.
- Stripe-tailed scorpion (Vaejovis spinigerus) : They are among the most common, and measure two to three inches long with tan or brown striping.
- Bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) : They usually measure two to three inches long, with long slender hands, and an appearance in shades of tan, yellow, or orange. This scorpion is very venomous and can sting multiple times.
Best Prevention Methods
Eliminate hiding places near your home, including piles of logs or vegetation, and keep the grass cut short. Prevent any accumulation of standing water, such as from leaking hoses or outdoor spigots. Sealing up any gaps or openings is critical in preventing them from making it inside. Check for possible entry points where utility lines enter the home, and repair any damage to screens. Install sweeps along the base of exterior doors if an opening exists. Scorpions are commonly found in dark attic or basement areas. Remove clutter that might create ideal hiding places.
The Importance Of Contacting A Licensed Exterminator
Many retailers are selling aerosol sprays, glue traps, and other products that make farfetched claims of eliminating scorpions from properties. Often, these products prove to be ineffective, leaving you and your family at risk of encountering these pests. Also, some of these store-bought options contain chemicals that could potentially be dangerous and might have harmful interactions with cleaning supplies you use, or coatings and finishes that exist.
Green Home Pest Control will not only efficiently locate and expel scorpions but also identify any areas of the home that could make it susceptible to future invasions. We use the latest products and methods, including EPA-approved microencapsulated technology as part of an integrated approach.
Pest Control Professionals In Scottsdale, AZ
Did you know that the extermination experts at Green Home Pest Control are among the best-trained in this region? We conduct a process of scorpion sealing that is effective in preventing them from accessing the home’s interior.
Our organization has been locally owned and serving residential and commercial customers for over 30 years. Our management team is also committed to your safety. We now use organically derived products that have been approved by the leading state and national pest associations. We now have local offices in Phoenix and Chandler, and encourage you to contact us today for an inspection and estimate.