How To Keep Scorpions Away From Your Tempe Property
January 26, 2021
There are some creatures that need no introduction to be feared, and scorpions are one of them. These scary looking arachnids have every visual sign of a pest that means business. One can only assume that their stinger tipped tails and powerful looking pincers are there to cause humans as much pain as possible. The question is, "Are these assumptions correct?" Are scorpions as dangerous as they look, and what is the best way to keep them away from your Tempe property? Here is everything you need to know.
Scorpions In Tempe
Arizona has one of the highest populations of scorpions of any state in America. Not only do we have a large number of these pests, but we also have a wide variety. In our area alone, there are bark scorpions, giant hairy scorpions, and striped tail scorpions.
What Drives Scorpions Into Homes
The majority of the time, scorpions do not invade homes because they want to come indoors. Most often, they are pushed inside by factors outside of their control. When left undisturbed, a scorpion prefers to live out in nature, hiding under rocks, logs, and debris. It is only when the weather becomes inclement, food becomes scarce, or construction drives these pests out of their natural habitat that they start looking for ways to invade homes.
The Threat Scorpions Pose
Most species of scorpions that live in our area pose no serious risk to human health. Stings from these pests fall under the same pain threshold as wasps and have minor symptoms in those who are not allergic to insect venom. If you are allergic to venom, a sting from a scorpion could send you into anaphylactic shock. Find out your risk by consulting with your local doctor.
One scorpion species in our area, the Arizona bark scorpion, has a sting that you should not ignore. Considered to be the most venomous scorpion in North America, this pest's venom causes severe pain, often coupled with numbness, tingling, and vomiting. These symptoms can last up to 72 hours. If you ever receive a sting from one of these dangerous pests, seek medical attention immediately to minimize symptoms.
Practical Ways To Prevent Scorpions
Scorpions live on a diet of insects, spiders, centipedes, and on occasion, other scorpions. To prevent these pests from coming into your living areas, here are some practical tips we recommend:
- Clean up debris and clutter from your yard.
- Mow your grass regularly.
- Eliminate sources of water buildup around your property.
- Make sure your gutters are working properly.
- Identify cracks and gaps in your home's exterior foundation and seal them using high-quality caulk applied with a caulking gun.
- Fix leaky pipes and fixtures in and around your house.
- Repair broken window and door screens, door sweeps, and weatherstripping.
- Clean up your living areas and pick up food and drink messes as they happen.
- Clean out your pet's food and water bowls after every meal.
A Better Solution To Scorpions
Keeping up with DIY scorpion control is not easy. To make your journey to a pest-free home as simple as possible, let Scorpion Shield, LLC help. As our name suggests, we are experts in controlling scorpions and have the training and treatments needed to handle pests around your property. With our commitment to quality pest control at affordable rates, you should have no trouble finding a solution that won't just solve your problems, but fit your budget too.
Reach out to us now to discuss our comprehensive pest control options and find a service that best solves your home's scorpion problems.