The Trick To Keeping Scorpions Out Of Your Phoenix Property
Arizona has 30 species of scorpions, but only three cause problems. The Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) is 2-3 inches in length. It varies in color, with some being a pale brown and others dark with stripes or other patterns. It is relatively slender and has a slender tail. The bark scorpion likes to climb, so it may be seen on walls or the ceiling. From the ceiling, scorpions can drop onto furniture such as your bed. This scorpion has venom powerful enough to kill a child or an adult.
The Arizona giant hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis) can grow up to 6 inches long. It is considered a heavy-bodied scorpion. In fact, it is the largest scorpion in the United States. They have a darker body, but their tail and appendages are buff-colored. The sting from this scorpion causes minor pain and local swelling. These scorpions eat bark scorpions.
The Arizona stripe-tailed scorpion (Paravaejovis spinigerus) is the most common scorpion in Arizona. It has dark stripes on the tail, a dark, sturdy body, and pale, sturdy appendages. It eats smaller arthropods. Its venom is mild so although a sting hurts, medical treatment is not usually needed.
Keeping Scorpions Out
Scorpions require food, water, and shelter. When you think of preventing scorpions from coming into your home, think about keeping their prey out, too. If there is nothing to eat, there is no reason for the scorpion to stay. The best way to keep scorpions outside is to make it difficult for them to come in. If you can slide the corner of a credit card in a crack, the bark scorpion can use the crack to get into your house. Here are some steps you can take to try to keep yourself safe from scorpions.
- Caulk all cracks and crevices.
- Caulk around pipes, electrical wires, and cables coming into your home from outside.
- Eliminate any outside drips or sources of water near the home.
- Eliminate any moisture spots in the home.
- Store shoes off the ground.
- Check window screens and door weatherstripping to make sure they have no tears in them and fit tightly.
- Do not leave towels or clothes on the floor or ground because a scorpion may hide there.
- Check anything you are bringing into your home for hitchhiking scorpions.
- Do not store firewood inside the house.
- Remove debris close to the foundation that may shelter scorpions.
- Trim back shrubs and trees so they do not touch the house and allow the scorpion to crawl on the house looking for a way in.
- Use caution in the attic as scorpions can climb and enter through holes in the eaves or roof.
- Check drains and bathtubs for scorpions before using them.
Get Professional Help
Scorpions are extremely hard to get out of the home. They also reproduce rapidly, so one scorpion in the house can quickly become many scorpions in the house. They are dangerous to handle and their sting can cause major problems, particularly for children or people who are allergic to their venom. Don’t risk yourself or your family. Call Green Home Pest Control for help. When you call us, we will send out our trained and licensed technician to talk to you about the pest problems you are having.
We will do an inspection to find out what scorpion species you are dealing with and how they are getting in the house. We will then seal all the ways scorpions are getting in your house without reducing the ventilation and airflow in your home. We use only EPA approved products to remove scorpion’s prey, access to the house, and shelter. We come back as often as necessary to eliminate the scorpions. Don’t mess with scorpions. Call Green Home Pest Control at (520) 585-4767 today and rid your house of scorpions.