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Five Effective Ways To Keep Scorpions Away From Your Greater Phoenix Area Home

bark scorpion on a tree

Other than spiders, scorpions might be the most feared pests in the Phoenix area. Scorpions are known for their terrifying stingers, and even coming across one of these creatures in your home can be upsetting. Scorpions are actually arachnids making them closely related to species like spiders, mites, and ticks.

In Arizona, there are a few common species of scorpion: the Arizona bark scorpion, the striped tail scorpion, and the giant or desert hairy scorpion. However, of these, the only species that has venom strong enough to be life-threatening is the bark scorpion.

These scorpions are slender in shape and are light tan to orangish-yellow in color. Their pincers are more delicate than other species in the area, and they are also the only of the three that often climbs.

While the Arizona bark scorpion is the most dangerous species in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, there is always some risk from any scorpion sting if you’re allergic to their venom. And, since many people don’t realize they’re allergic until after they’ve been stung, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and take steps to prevent scorpions in the first place

Three Helpful Scorpion Prevention Tips

While it’s not always possible to completely prevent scorpions, you can take certain preventive measures to make your property less appealing to them. By following just a few simple steps you can reduce the chance that you’ll find a scorpion around your home.

  1. Focus on removing things that scorpions like to hide in or under. This means getting rid of fallen trees, leaf piles, woodpiles, organic debris like grass clippings, and other clutter from around your yard.

  2. Make sure to keep your yard well-maintained and trim excess foliage on a regular basis.

  3. As the Arizona bark scorpion is specifically attracted to more humid areas, get rid of excess moisture around your property by fixing leaky pipes, using dehumidifiers, and making sure that rainwater can drain properly

The Fourth Big Tip For Preventing Scorpions

After you’ve taken steps to make your home and yard less appealing to scorpions, the next thing you should do is to identify and seal off entry points around your home. This way, you can make it harder for scorpions to make their way inside.

Start by fixing or replacing broken screens in both doors and windows, and then go throughout the home and install door sweeps and weather stripping. Next, look around exterior walls and the home’s foundation for holes or cracks and fill these in with caulk or insulation foam. Lastly, make sure to store firewood at least 30 feet away from the exterior of your house as many scorpions will use firewood to hide in.

The Fifth And Most Effective Scorpion Prevention Step

After you’ve done all you can to keep scorpions away from your greater Phoenix area property, the final and most important step is to contact the pest professionals at What’s Bugging You Pest Control. Scorpions can be quite dangerous, especially for young children and others with health problems. The best way to keep yourself and your family safe is to get reliable home pest control or commercial exterminator services for your Phoenix property.

Contact us today at 480.788.2017 to learn more about our service plans and STOP what bugs you today! We can’t wait to help you protect your home from scorpions and other dangerous pests.