A Helpful Scorpion Prevention Guide For Douglas Homeowners

small scorpion in a shoe

If there were a list of the most frightening creatures in the area, scorpions would be on it. Many are the size of a mobile phone. Smaller ones are intimidating, too, because they all have pincer claws. You're just as liable to be nicked by them as being hit with their stingers. Their venom can set off an array of physical reactions in humans. While scorpions are rare in various states, they're very common in Arizona. Professional pest control in Douglas is your best option for protection.

You'll learn everything you need to know about scorpions in this scorpion prevention guide. It covers how these critters function, what's required to keep them away, and their risks. Most importantly, you'll learn how to get rid of scorpions.

How To Identify A Scorpion

Scorpions have two pincers in the front of their bodies and a stinger in the back. Eight legs get these pests from point to point. There are a few types of scorpions that are common in our area. The Arizona stripetail species is yellow and about three inches long. True to their name, they have dark dorsal stripes. Giant hairy scorpions, or desert hairy scorpions, are tan with darker backs and yellow appendages. They also have short, brown hairs on their tails.

Bark scorpions are particularly prevalent. They are tan or yellow and also have dark body markings. In terms of size, they are two to three inches long. Several subspecies have a slim build, and others can creep up walls. Scorpions are active at night, and they like shade and darkness.

Insects, reptiles, rodents, and similar creatures are a part of a scorpion's diet. They'll wander around rocks, wood, and organic matter between feedings. Scorpions will go indoors if the weather becomes uncomfortable or there isn't much to munch on.

Scorpions come through gaps in foundations, windows, doors, and utilities. Then, they'll hole up in the following: 

  • Shoes
  • Garages
  • Bathrooms 
  • Basements
  • Cabinets

It’s good to scope rooms and items out when you live in a scorpion-friendly region.

The Dangers Of A Scorpion's Sting

Common symptoms of a scorpion sting include numbness, pain, and swelling. Itchiness is typical as well. Fatalities are uncommon, but age and health dictate the severity of the reaction. Senior citizens, kids, and those with venom allergies or pre-existing conditions are at higher risk. Breathing complications and vomiting may occur. Promptly seek medical help if you are stung by a scorpion.

Six No-Nonsense Tips To Keep Scorpions Away

Completing these six preventative tasks will make your land much less welcoming to scorpions: 

  1. Inspect items: Check storage containers, outdoor furniture, and wood before bringing them indoors.
  2. Carry out repairs: Have leaks and moisture issues fixed right away. Seal crevices in screens, foundations, and utility lines.
  3. Cool it off: Turn on the air conditioner to regulate warmth.
  4. Take care of the yard: Cut grass and greenery on a routine basis. Discard lawn debris. Keep plants, wood, and rocks two feet away from the property.
  5. Limit standing water: Empty water-filled containers, dry pet drinking bowls, and eliminate other sitting pools of water. 
  6. Contact Mule Mountain Pest Control: We can remove scorpions and the pests that attract them.

With a little bit of household effort, you can get rid of scorpions.

The Most Effective Scorpion Control For Douglas Homes

The best way to kill scorpions is with the professional assistance of Mule Mountain Pest Control. We have over 25 years of experience in pest control and offer 100% customer satisfaction. If scorpions have encroached on your Douglas property, contact Mule Mountain Pest Control today.