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Understanding Scorpions In Phoenix: How To Keep Them Away

September 05, 2023

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It is hard to get rid of scorpions once they've gotten into your home. They hide in hard-to-treat places within walls, floors, and ceilings. But you have many options for keeping scorpions away from your home and preventing them from finding their way inside. The easiest solution is to contact Green Home Pest Control for scorpion control Phoenix. The technicians at Green Home Pest Control are your local area scorpion experts, and we offer ongoing pest management services to address troublesome pests, like scorpions. But there are ways you can perform your own ongoing pest maintenance. Join us today as we discuss the methodology of scorpion prevention, how to locate activity, and how to reduce exposure to scorpions. We'll touch on many questions we hear from Phoenix residents and help you get a complete picture of how scorpions infiltrate your yard and enter your home. If that sounds like a plan, read on. If you'd rather have someone address your scorpion concerns directly, remember that we are here to help. It is stress-free to ask questions through our contact page and learn about services and pricing for your Phoenix pest control. With that said, let's get into our subject for today and explore how and why scorpions invade your space.

Why Understanding Scorpion Behavior Is Crucial To Scorpion Prevention

Most Phoenix residents don't know all that much about scorpions other than they're sneaky pests that hide under things in your yard and sting you when you put your hand (or foot) in the wrong place. If this is all you know about these pests, you're not going to have much success preventing a problem. Let's take a quick look at scorpion behavior by addressing some of the questions we get regarding scorpion prevention.

Can Scorpions Climb Walls?

Some do. But not all scorpions climb walls. We have many scorpions that crawl across the ground and hide in cracks and crevices near the ground. The pest that climbs walls is the bark scorpion. It climbs your walls for the same reason it scales the bark on trees. These scorpions climb trees in search of food. When they scale your home, they're hoping to find food. If they don't, they may search elsewhere. 

What Do Scorpions Eat In My Yard?

What food are those scorpions looking for on your exterior walls and in your yard? Bugs. Their favorite bugs are spiders, crickets, and roaches. Step one in prevention is to reduce bug activity on your exterior walls and in the perimeter around your home. Professional service can help with this and carry the burden of your pest maintenance. There are also many ways you can reduce bugs yourself, such as landscape trimming, weed control, gutter cleaning, and more. 

How Small Of A Gap Can A Scorpion Fit Through?

Scorpions in Phoenix are thigmotactic. What does that fancy word mean? It means they have a preference for touching things and, more specifically, they like to touch things with their backs and bellies at the same time. Therefore, squeezing into a tight space is appealing to these pests. In nature, bark scorpions will slide underneath tree bark. When it climbs on your home, it is only natural for it to slide into the gap of a window frame or slide through a gap in building materials. In nature, many other scorpions hide in the crevices between rocks. It is only natural for these scorpions to slip through a crack in your foundation. How small of a gap or crack can scorpions fit through? They have a low profile. A small scorpion can fit through an entry point as slight as 1/16 of an inch. That's about the width of your debit card. Pest-proofing is key to scorpion prevention.    

Why Do Scorpions Like Beds?

Some people find scorpions in their beds, which is more than a bit alarming. Do they like crawling into your bed? Not particularly. But there are a few reasons why you might find a scorpion in your bed. We touched on the first already. It has to do with thigmotaxis. When they see a gap between a blanket and a sheet, in they go. But how do they get into your bed? If you have a bed on a frame, you're not going to have much trouble with scorpions scaling the frame if it is somewhat smooth. But they don't have to climb up to get in. They can fall from your vent above the bed. That leads us to our last question.

How Do Scorpions Get Into My Closet And Into My Shoes?

Don't worry. We're going to connect the dots between the vent over your bed and the shoes in your closet. It is a long journey for a small bark scorpion to get to a closet in most master bedrooms. When you find one in a shoe, you may ask this question because you want to know how the scorpion got across the living room floor, across the bedroom floor, and into the closet without you seeing it. Chances are, it didn't. While a scorpion could make this journey at night, while you're sleeping, it is more likely that it got into the closet by way of your ducts. While scorpions don't get into ducts because it is far too dry there, they often travel on the outside. When they enter into a vent from a wall or ceiling void, they drink the moisture around the opening of the duct within the void of the vent. They may also explore the area and climb out of the vent holes. If they lose their grip, they can fall. When this happens, they land on carpets, clothing, beds, etc. When a scorpion lands on the carpet in your closet, it will look for tight spaces and dark holes to hide in. A shoe offers an inviting hole.

Your pest-proofing doesn't end with the exterior of your home. It is critical to address gaps around ducts, pipes, and fixtures. Since a scorpion can slip through a gap the width of a debit card, you'll need to do a thorough job.

Now that you know all about scorpions and the behavior patterns that lead them into your home, let's turn our attention to the outside. We'll apply what we've discussed to the job of keeping scorpions away. Population reduction and pest-proofing go hand-in-hand.       

Where You're Most Likely To Find Scorpions Around Your Home And Why

When scorpions come into your yard, what makes them want to crawl around near your home, where they can accidentally find a pathway indoors? The same general factors we mentioned above are what lure these pests to your perimeter. They're drawn to food sources, tight spaces, and moisture. Let's look at the specifics. We'll also consider the zones you'll likely find them in.

Shady Places: Most scorpions like cool, shady areas in your yard. In these places, they find food to eat because many bugs are attracted to shade. Shade protects insects that are prone to dehydration from the drying impact of the sun. Shady places also tend to remain moist after it rains, and scorpions love that moisture.

Under Logs And Other Wood Sources: Once again, there are a few factors that make scorpions hide under wood. Their food hides underneath natural materials, there is likely moisture in this space, and it is a nice tight space for a scorpion. If you have dead branches, logs, construction materials, junk wood in a pile, campfire wood, or some other form of wood-to-soil contact, you'll attract scorpions.

In Rock Piles: Scorpions love rocks, bricks, and cinder blocks. They remind them of their natural habitats. If you have these materials piled in your yard or you have a structure made with stones, you may attract scorpions.  

Within Ground Holes: Some scorpions dig burrows in the ground. Their burrows can go down as much as a meter into the soil. Finding holes in the ground around your home is one way to detect scorpion activity. If you already have ground holes, you'll offer the perfect starter home for a scorpion.

Around The Pool: Scorpions find many hiding places near a pool. They're drawn to the moisture and will slip into every tight, moist space they can find. This is why you find these pests under swimsuits and towels.

Landscaping: There are few areas as moist and shady as landscaping. Scorpions will also find lots of food options around your plants and tight spaces between landscape ornaments. If you have plants running along the side of your home, you have a vulnerability that needs monitoring.

Brick Stairs: Brick stairs often have cracks and crevices for scorpions to hide in. They are a similar attractant to stone walls and other stone structures. They're also attached to your home, and scorpions can quickly go from your stairs to the interior of your home through a gap under or around your door.

Utilities: Scorpions hang out around pipes that enter your home. They follow pipes in search of moisture and will slip through thin gaps around your pipes or wire conduits.

These are the most common places scorpions hide. If you have attractants in your yard, you can expect scorpions to take notice. Let's take a look at how you can make your yard and home resistant using what you've learned so far.

Tips To Reduce Your Potential Exposure To Scorpions

We've covered a lot of ground so far. We're sure you already have some ideas percolating in your mind about how you can reduce exposure to scorpions. Let's connect the dots again. Here are some specific tips that take into consideration scorpion behavior, what attracts these arachnids, and how you can protect yourself from their stings.

  • Reduce insects, bugs, lizards, and rodents in your yard.

  • Address moisture problems, such as clogged gutters and landscape weeds.

  • Reduce humidity in shady places. An example of this is encapsulating the crawl space under your home. 

  • Wear something on your feet when you're in your yard.

  • Wear gloves when moving objects around in your yard.

  • Wear pants and shoes when trimming landscaping. 

  • Pick up bathing suits, towels, and other moist items around your pool.

  • Elevate items that sit on the ground.

  • Apply pest-proofing to prevent scorpions from entering your home.

  • Apply interior pest-proofing to keep scorpions from entering your living spaces.

  • Reduce indoor humidity.

  • Shake out footwear and clothing before putting them on.

  • Remove trim on beds and make sure blankets don't touch the floor.

It takes effort to keep scorpions at bay, but you don't have to do the work all by yourself. While there are things you may be well suited to do, such as replacing weatherstripping and door sweeps, your pest control service provider can help you with many other aspects of scorpion prevention. Let's take a look at what your Green Home Pest Control team can do for you. 

The Solution To Scorpion Activity In Phoenix

Scorpions in Arizona are sneaky pests. When they find their way into your home, a pest control service provider is best suited to address the problem. You're going to want to know that all of the scorpions in your home are gone. But we don't just offer scorpion removal. We provide expert insight and general pest management to proactively keep scorpions out of your home. Scorpions require layer upon layer of detailed management. At Green Home Pest Control, we provide the following supports:

Inspection: We perform a detailed and professional inspection to catalog evidence of activity, routes, entry points, conducive conditions, and more. 

Recommendations: We share our findings with you and walk you step-by-step through the process of selecting the control options that work best for you.

Control: Our licensed and experienced technicians apply industry-leading control solutions. Many of the methods we use are all-natural, such as applying exclusion work to seal the tiny gaps scorpions use to enter your home.

When you have professional scorpion control services, you have the best solution to reduce scorpion activity on your Phoenix property. Contact Green Home Pest Control today to schedule an initial inspection. We look forward to helping you find peace of mind and making your home the comfortable environment you wish it to be.

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