It’s not uncommon for homeowners in Arizona to discover scorpions within their homes, particularly during what is known as scorpion season. While these small intruders are typically harmless, they can certainly be a nuisance. Although their sting is not generally life-threatening, it can still deliver a painful sensation.
In Phoenix and other surrounding areas, scorpions are very common and can easily find their way indoors through cracks or crevices. If you have kids or dogs or both, you will want to be extra vigilant to protect them from the occasional sting.
Stay with us as we walk you through some tips on how to get rid of scorpions in your home.
What are the Most Common Scorpions You Can See in Arizona?
Unlike most places in the country, Arizona homes tend to host a wide variety of scorpions. The most common species found in the area are desert striped, giant hairy, wary, and often bark scorpions. All of these species are venomous and none should be taken lightly.
Though they are mostly encountered in the desert areas of Arizona, scorpions can also be found in more humid habitats which can be found close to rivers and streams.
How Can You Get Rid of Scorpions in Your House?
Now that we’ve identified the most common scorpions found in Arizona, let’s talk about how to get rid of them.
1. Identify How Big of an Infestation You Have
First things first, you’ll need to identify how big of an infestation you have. Depending on the size of your home, it can be hard to tell at first glance. Try to look for the scorpions and their droppings around your home, especially if you notice any crevices or cracks that they may have crawled through.
2. Identify Areas of Entry
Once you’ve identified the size of your infestation, it’s time to look for its entry points. Scorpions can easily squeeze through small cracks and crevices, so look for any possible routes of entry. You may also want to inspect around doors and windows, as these are some of the most common areas for scorpions to enter your home.
3. Seal the Entry Points
Once you’ve identified all of the possible entry points, it’s time to get to work sealing them up. Use a silicone sealant to fill any gaps or cracks, and make sure doors and windows fit tightly within their frames. This will help prevent the scorpions from entering your home in the future.
4. Set Sticky Traps
Sticky traps make an excellent tool for capturing and removing scorpions from your home. Place them in areas where you are likely to find scorpions, as well as near suspected entry points. The sticky trap will help capture the scorpions and keep them contained so that you can discard or relocate them. You can find scorpion sticky traps in your local hardware store or online and can range anywhere from $5 to $8 for a two-pack.
5. Shop for a Scorpion Chemical Spray
There are some stores that sell chemical sprays that are specifically designed to kill scorpions. These chemicals typically contain pyrethrin or cypermethrin, both of which are effective in eliminating scorpions. When using these chemical sprays, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure that you do not cause harm to yourself, your family, or your pets.
Call for Professional Help
Arguably the most effective way to get rid of scorpions in your home is to call a professional. An exterminator can come into your house and use specialized treatments and equipment to eliminate the scorpions from your home. This will also help prevent future infestations.
How to Prevent Scorpions from Entering Your Home
In addition to the steps outlined above, you can take some extra precautions to keep scorpions away from your home. Here are a few simple steps you can take:
- Keep your yard free of debris and clutter; scorpions like to hide in dark, moist areas.
- Regularly inspect your home for cracks and crevices; seal any that you find.
- Be sure to keep door and window frames in good condition.
- Trim overhanging trees and keep branches away from your home; scorpions can easily climb up these surfaces.
- Mown your lawn regularly; scorpions are attracted to tall grass and weeds.
- Avoid storing items such as boxes and shoes outdoors; these can provide a perfect hiding spot for scorpions.
- Don’t overwater your lawn or garden; excessive moisture can attract scorpions.
- Use essential oils to keep scorpions away; lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, and cedarwood are proven to repel scorpions.
The Bottom Line
There’s no telling when you will be having scorpion infestation in your house, but if it happens, you now know the steps to take to get rid of them. Follow the tips outlined above and before long, you can be free of these pesky pests once and for all.
If the infestation is too big to handle on your own, don’t hesitate to call a professional. At Arizona Pest Solutions, we have the experience and knowledge to get rid of your scorpion infestation for good and more.
If you are in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and other nearby areas, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.