Of all the potential pests to find in your home, scorpions are among the most frightening. Between their numerous legs and threatening-looking claws and stinger, many people find their appearance upsetting. Here’s what to do if there’s a scorpion in your home.
In the best-case scenario, you’ll be able to take precautions to prevent scorpions from entering your home in the first place.
Scorpions usually try to get into your house when temperatures outside are too low or too high. They prefer a range between 68 and 99 degrees.
You’re more likely to have scorpions in your area if you have a large bug population, overgrown vegetation or piles of debris like trash and lumber. Scorpions may be more common in neighborhoods that have been developed recently, although you can find them almost anywhere.
To keep them out, caulk around pipes and cracks that they are able to crawl through. Put weather stripping in and around doors and windows.
A scorpion sting is unlikely to kill a healthy adult human, but it won’t be pleasant. Children, older people and pets are at a higher risk of having a severe reaction to a scorpion sting.
Arizona is home to more than 30 species of scorpions, including the bark scorpion. The bark scorpion is the most venomous species in all of North America. An estimated 0.27 percent of scorpion stings are fatal.
While not a high percentage, that’s still a risk that’s best avoided. Always shake out clothes and shoes before putting them on if you’re in an area where scorpions are a concern. Never handle a scorpion with your bare hands. If you see one, keep pets and children away from it.
Contacting a professional pest control company is the best way to remove scorpions from your home and keep them from coming back. Because scorpions prefer to stay hidden, you’re unlikely to have much success applying insecticides yourself.
Pest control professionals have the knowledge to find and remove scorpions. They can also reduce the bug population and other elements that might be attracting them. The advice and expert pest control professionals can offer will be invaluable when it comes to keeping scorpions from entering your home.
If you’re in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, contact Alliance Pest Management today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. There’s no reason for you to live in fear of scorpions any longer.