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Tucson's Handy Guide To Effective Bark Scorpion Control

April 15, 2021 - Scorpions

Some experts estimate that we have over 60 scorpion species in Arizona. Almost all of them will do nothing more to you than a bee or a wasp. While their stings are certainly painful, they aren't considered life-threatening. But there is one scorpion species in Tucson that can be life-threatening. The bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America and it is considered dangerous. It is rare for anyone to die from a bark scorpion sting, but it does happen. These scorpions are a particular threat to children and the elderly. Today, we're going to offer up some simple tips to reduce scorpions in your yard and keep them out of your Tucson home.

What You're Up Against

Most scorpions hide under rocks. The bark scorpion, as its name implies, can be found hiding under bark. Not only will they hide under the bark of trees, they'll hide under the "bark" of your house (if you have siding). They also hide in tree holes. If your exterior walls have holes, they can exploit them. But, most importantly, bark scorpions have the ability to climb to entry points the same way they would climb up to a hole in a tree. Keep these facts in mind as you consider how to control them.

How To Keep Bark Scorpions From Getting Into Your Tucson Home

The first step in scorpion control is to seal any holes, cracks, and gaps in your exterior walls.

  • Replace weatherstripping that doesn't have a seal.
  • Adjust exterior doors that don't make a good seal.
  • Replace door sweeps that have gaps.
  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps.
  • Fill in cracks and gaps in your foundation.
  • Fill in wood holes that have been created by wood-destroying organisms.
  • Apply a seal around window and door frames that have gaps.
  • Repair or replace damaged door and window screens.
  • Create a seal around plumbing that comes in under your kitchen and bathroom sinks.

Why It Is Important To Reduce Scorpions

If you have fewer scorpions around your Tucson home, you'll have fewer scorpions getting inside. Makes sense, right? Here are a few tips to help you reduce bark scorpions, other scorpions, and also general pests, which scorpions feed on.

Clutter. Scorpions hide under the things in your yard. When you remove clutter, it makes your yard less habitable.

Water. Scorpions need a drink. If you have conditions that provide a drink, altering them can have a big impact on scorpions.

Food. Scorpions eat insects. If you take steps to reduce the number of insects in your yard, it will work to reduce scorpions as well. Moisture is a big attractant. Many pests are attracted to moist conditions. And reduce light at night or switch to yellow lighting. Many insects are attracted to light. Remove things from your yard that insects feed on, such as open garbage, animal droppings, and food left out after a cookout. 

The Best Way To Prevent A Bark Scorpion Infestation

It is a lot of work to seal your exterior and to alter the habitat around your Tucson home. If you don't have the time, energy, money, or know-how to make it happen, the first step could be to contact Preventative Pest Control. As the name suggests, our team can provide your exterior with what it needs to prevent pest problems inside your home. With routine inspections, treatments, and pest management, scorpions (and the insects they eat) will be repelled, reduced, and excluded. 

For more information about our year-round pest control services, or to schedule a visit with one of our licensed pest professionals, reach out to us. We'll guide you in finding the right fit for your unique pest control needs.

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