If there’s one pest that Queen Creek residents don’t want to come in close contact with, it’s the scorpion. Unfortunately, for Arizona and California natives, certain types of scorpions are all too common – especially the California Common Scorpion. These scorpions lack pigment, but they sport large pedipalps and tend to be tan, pale yellow, or pale orange.
After thousands of years under the hot Arizona sun, these scorpions are survivalists. They’ll hunker down in your wood piles, plants, boxes, as well as trees or vegetation.
While the California Common Scorpion’s venom isn’t usually fatal, it is always painful, and some people may have an allergic reaction to it
Here’s what you need to know about preventing scorpions from making their way around your property or into your home.
Tip 1: Keep Windows, Doors, And Pet Doors Sealed Properly
One way that scorpions frequently make their way into your home is through doors, windows, and pet doors that aren’t properly sealed. Some homeowners may use weather stripping to prevent scorpions from crawling through tiny openings, but it’s also a good idea to check that your window screens aren’t damaged as well.
Tip 2: Get Rid Of Loose Clutter Around Your Home and Yard
Clutter can be an excellent hiding spot for many pests, including scorpions. If you’ve got clutter scattered around your home or yard, you’ll want to clear these areas out as soon as possible. And, if it’s a loose object or a pile of clutter in your yard that you can’t get rid of, you may want to move it as far away from your house as possible.
While you’re cleaning up, be careful about shaking out rugs or old clothing in case pests have already made their home there.
Tip 3: Keep Wood Piles Away From Your Home
You’re more likely to find scorpions around your property rather than in your home – especially if you’ve got a woodpile, rotting logs, or old tree stumps in your yard. Damp foliage and wood are a major temptation for scorpions, and if you bring firewood into your home from your woodpile, you could end up transporting a few scorpions with it.
If you can’t completely eliminate your woodpile, try placing it as far from your house as possible.
Tip 4: Eliminate Standing Water Or Leaking Water
Since scorpions like to make their home in damp leaves or wood, it’s no surprise that they’re drawn to anything with moisture, including standing water. Even if you don’t have puddles of standing water on your property, a leaky sprinkler system or pipes can also be a problem.
Letting a leaky system go untreated for too long is sure to attract scorpions into your yard or home.
Tip 5: Contact A Professional Pest Control Service
While the tips above are good ways to prevent scorpions from making their home in yours, they won’t get rid of a scorpion infestation that’s already there. If you’re regularly seeing scorpions in your yard or home, the most effective way to get rid of them is by contacting a professional pest service like Pro Active Pest Control.
Our experienced technicians are experts at identifying (and controlling) any scorpions that might end up on your Queen Creek property. If you suspect that you may have a scorpion issue or infestation, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more about our scorpion control program or to get a free quote.