Scorpions are sneaky pests that can deliver painful stings. You may just reach into your closet for a pair of shoes and get a nasty surprise instead. In some cases, the stings are nothing more than a nuisance, causing you pain and discomfort. But in some cases, depending on the type of scorpion or whether you have allergies or other health issues, the stings can be life-threatening.
Scorpions are not easy to eradicate on your own. You need to hire a reputable pest control company to get rid of the scorpions and to protect your home so they don’t come back. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to make your home less vulnerable to scorpions. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent scorpions from infesting your home in the first place:
Scorpions will walk right into your home if you let them. Hopefully, you are keeping your doors and windows shut to keep out unwanted pests. However, you also need to take a few other steps to protect these entry points.
Make any adjustments or repairs to ensure that doors and windows close properly in their frames and do not hang loosely. Fix broken window screens. Add weather stripping around doors and windows, and add door sweeps to your doors. All of these things will make it harder for scorpions to get inside.
Scorpions can get into your home through very small cracks and holes. You may have many of these entry points around your home without even realizing it. You should closely inspect the exterior of your home for any holes or cracks in your foundation, siding materials, or vents, and fill them with the appropriate material.
It’s best to hire a pest control company to do this work for you. Pest control technicians are trained to identify these openings, and they know the right materials and techniques to use for effective pest prevention.
Firewood attracts a lot of pests, so you should make a practice of keeping it far away from your home. Firewood is especially problematic since many people like to keep it in a big pile next to their house. The trouble is that scorpions will go into the firewood for shelter or to look for other pests that they eat. Then they may start exploring and wind up inside your house.
Keep the firewood in a pile at the far end of your property. Take a close look when you are ready to bring it inside to ensure that you don’t have any unwanted hitchhikers.
Other yard debris can attract scorpions and other pests in the same way that firewood can. Branches, sticks, and decomposing leaf litter can all shelter pests or provide sources of food or water. You can make your property less hospitable to scorpions and other pests by keeping this type of debris out of your yard. Scorpions will have to search other properties for what they need, which will lead them away from your home.
Once inside your home, scorpions will look for spaces to hide. They like damp and dark spaces, so your basement or crawl space are going to be very attractive. There, they are likely to hide out under stacks of newspapers, in cardboard boxes, and behind bottles of cleaning products, and so on. You can remove these little shelters by getting rid of the clutter in your basement or crawl space.
Scorpions, like other pests, are going to search your home for things to eat, which include other pests. If your home is teeming with these pests, it is going to be very attractive to scorpions. By removing these other pests, you are going to send scorpions looking elsewhere for their next meal. Work with a pest control company to develop a comprehensive plan to remove all the potential food sources.
Taking all of these steps can make your home less attractive to scorpions and deter them from taking up residence in your home. However, none of these measures is foolproof. The only way to be sure that scorpions don’t come into your home is to hire a pest control company to perform full interior and exterior sealing and to apply preventive, barrier treatments.
Call Varsity Termite and Pest Control to consult with a pest control technician about scorpion prevention and treatment solutions. We offer complete interior and exterior sealing, as well as preventive treatments and solutions to treat an active infestation. We offer comprehensive pest services to keep out other pests, which can be a source of food for scorpions but also a nuisance for your family. Contact us in Phoenix today to talk with a pest control technician about the best solutions for your home.