Don’t Know Where to Start?
Don’t start where you “think” the problem is. Start where you least want to find a scorpion. It is very common to inadvertently flush scorpions or reroute pheromone trails from one area to another less desirable area (e.g. from garage to bedroom; from floor to ceiling; from backyard block wall to house). Bark Scorpion Control plans should start from the inside of the home, working out (one Poison Control study found that 30% of scorpion stings happen in the bedroom). The focus should then be from the perimeter of the home to the perimeter of the property. Pest Control with insecticides, should NOT be the first step even if the home has been sitting vacant.
Bark Scorpions do not nest or colonize so there is no source in the house or property to eliminate with insecticides. Scorpions are not a property problem, but a problem of the neighborhood or surrounding areas. Healthy Bark Scorpions are pheromone driven, migratory, elusive, energy-minimalists and keep themselves well protected. This allows them to live and travel around for many years and are very difficult to control compared to many insects and other arachnids. Scorpion pheromones help explain why residents see scorpions in the same general area of their home or property over and over again. It also explains why some homes in the neighborhood seem to be plagued by scorpions and others rarely or never see them.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies, especially for the scorpion species Centuroide sculpturatus and Centuroide exilicauda a.k.a. Arizona Bark Scorpion is essential for optimal results. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to scorpion and pest control that relies on common-sense practices and a good understanding of scorpion behaviors and how they relate to our urban environment, seasonal changes and pest control methods.
Effective and long term scorpion control is not a matter of just spraying insecticides or partially sealing a home. Often, sporadic or non-comprehensive services don’t work for scorpions. If they do, there wasn’t much of a scorpion problem or path to begin with. Sometimes it could also be other unrealized factors at play.
Scorpion control should begin with protecting the home with weatherization and sealing from the inside-out, followed by property maintenance and specific pest control strategies. However, with the EPA banning of organophosphates and today’s insecticides being more environmentally friendly, a focus on killing some individual creatures is often a never-ending battle.
For more specific information how to get and keep scorpions out of your Arizona home, please contact us for a quote, for scorpion home sealing financing options available, suggestions, or just to be pointed in the right direction.
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