Why sealing your home is an effective way to keep pests out

No one wants pests like roaches, ants, and scorpions in their house. But once these creatures find a way in, it can be challenging to get rid of them—and your house won’t feel quite so much like home until you find an effective pest control solution. If you don’t want to deal with an infestation, consider sealing your house so that these unwanted intruders can’t find their way in.

For more on home sealing, contact us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We offer expert pest prevention services and consultation throughout the Phoenix metro area.

Why sealing your home is an effective way to keep pests out

Once pests get into your home, they’re good at finding places to hide, such as walls, baseboards, and other crevices. This can make getting rid of them a lengthy process. A better (and simpler) option is to have a professional seal your home, preventing them from coming inside in the first place.

Pests are opportunistic. They invade people’s houses in search of comfortable temperatures, food, and water. If they can’t find a way into your house, they’ll most likely move on in search of other shelter.

Here in the Valley, this is especially true for bark scorpions. As predators, scorpions will only invade your home in search of prey and water. If neither is there and there are no easy pathways in your home, you’re going to see a lot less scorpions in coming summers.

What you can expect when you have your home sealed

Many people don’t realize just how many points of entry their home has for pests. Small cracks around doors, windows, and the foundation can all let unwanted bugs in. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are also high-risk areas for pest invasions.

As part of our home seal, we’ll take a look at your home and identify all the potential trouble spots that could let pests in. After that, we’ll go through a comprehensive 25-step home sealing process to close off these openings. From your attic to your basement, we’ll lock bugs out of your house to give you better peace of mind.

Older homes are often at greatest risk for pest infestations, but newer buildings aren’t necessarily safe, either. If you’re building a new house, our team of technicians can seal it during the construction process, keeping it bug-free from day one. It’s never too early to think about protecting your home from pests!

What are the other benefits of sealing?

A home seal is a long-lasting, permanent solution to pest problems. It can be effective at deterring pests in concert with insecticides, or done without it for an insecticide-free means of pest prevention. Plus, some aspects of the home seal can actually save you money: by reducing cracks, openings, and other gaps in your home’s insulated layer, you’ll boost your energy-efficiency in the summer and winter.

Call us today for a free pest inspection

KY-KO Pest Prevention is Phoenix’s premier home sealing and pest control company. If you’re interested in having your home sealed or learning about our other pest control services, get in contact with us to schedule your free inspection.

Why summer is Arizona Bark Scorpion season in the Valley

Summers in Phoenix bring more to the Valley than just extremely hot temperatures; they are also the prime pest season for scorpions. Scorpion season is a big challenge for homeowners, especially because scorpions are difficult to eradicate with insecticides alone.

Bark ScorpionThe good news is that you don’t have to settle for unwanted guests during scorpion season. With a little know-how and some help from the professionals at KY-KO Pest Prevention, you can protect your home and family from a scorpion infestation. Contact us today.

Get to know your enemy this scorpion season

It’s a good idea to know your enemy. Here’s what you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion:

  • They are the most common and most venomous scorpions found in the United States.
  • They are nocturnal creatures that like to hide under rocks, in wood piles, and around other areas where they can remain undetected before they become active after dark.
  • They are relatively small, between two and three inches in length, and the females are smaller than the males.
  • They are not aggressive and sting in self-defense when they feel threatened.
  • They are social creatures and hibernate in small packs during the colder months.
  • Their sting is rarely fatal, but they can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, and people who are allergic to them.

For more facts, read our blog, 5 facts about the Arizona Bark Scorpion.

Stop the intrusion

Arizona Bark Scorpions can be tricky to get rid of because they are well-protected by their exoskeletons and are experts at hiding. They tend to come inside during the hottest months of the year to search for food, mainly crickets, roaches, and spiders, and water, which can be scarce, even during monsoon season. (READ: Signs of scorpions near your home)

Not only can they hide, these scorpions are also climbers. It is not unusual to see scorpions climbing walls or crawling across a ceiling, which is a sight most homeowners would not welcome.

Insecticides alone are not enough to remove them, so you should take a multi-faceted approach to pest control. A thorough inspection of your home can identify their entry points as well as the extent of the problem.

We have the solution to your scorpion problems

KY-KO Pest offers home sealing services, including caulking, weather-stripping, and more to keep them out of your house. We also offer pest control services to rid your home of the pests that scorpions like to eat.

To get started, or to schedule your free scorpion inspection, contact KY-KO Pest to see how we can help you protect your home this Arizona Bark Scorpion season.

Here are the facts behind 5 Arizona bark scorpion myths

When the temperature rises, it’s time to look out for the Arizona bark scorpion. This species is the most common scorpion found in Phoenix-area homes and packs a painful sting. However, many of the so-called facts about this creature are actually misinformation. Here’s the truth you need to know behind five common Arizona bark scorpion myths.

For a free scorpion inspection here in Phoenix, contact our team today! To learn more about scorpions, be sure to check out our blog post, 5 Facts About Bark Scorpions.

5 common Arizona Bark Scorpion myths:

Scorpion Treatment Phoenix1. You’ll see a mark if a scorpion stings

You might not know that you’ve been stung by a scorpion if you don’t see the creature. Their barbs rarely leave marks and typically don’t cause swelling. When infants and young children are stung, parents often can’t understand why they are in pain.

2. Scorpions lay eggs

Actually, scorpions give birth to live babies. They typically have 25 to 35 offspring at one time, which is why one adage is actually true: if you see one scorpion, you likely have more in your home. Scorpions give birth in the summer and the young grow to their first molt within one to three weeks. Mothers carry their infants on their backs.

3. Scorpions only come out at night

While it’s true the Arizona bark scorpion is nocturnal, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter one during the day. They tend to stay in dark, tight spaces, so use caution in your attic, closets, and basement. Outdoors, they hide in leaf piles, under rocks, and in stacks of wood when the sun is out.

4. The larger the scorpion, the more serious the sting

This is one of the most pervasive Arizona bark scorpion myths. Although it’s one of the smaller scorpion species at just 2 to 3 inches long, it’s the only one in the U.S. that can cause human fatalities.

However, most bark scorpion stings are not life-threatening. That’s because scorpions can control the amount of venom they inject. Actually, baby scorpion stings tend to be more dangerous because they haven’t developed this control yet.

5. Scorpions are aggressive

Although they have a nasty reputation, scorpions are prefer to avoid human contact. Most scorpion stings occur when accidental contact is made by a human (you) onto a scorpion. For instance, stepping on a scorpion on the floor, brushing up against one on the wall, or reaching under something and accidentally touching one.

You can see how—if you have an infestation in the home—your chances of a scorpion sting increase. However, it’s certainly an Arizona bark scorpion myth that these pests are “out to get you.”

Call KY-KO for a scorpion inspection!

KY-KO Pest Prevention offers free scorpion inspections to homeowners in the Phoenix metro area. Our experienced technicians can determine whether your home has an issue and take safe steps to remove the scorpion population. We’ll also help dispel any other Arizona bark scorpion myths by answering your questions and providing you with questions.

Summer is pest season here in Phoenix. Is your home ready?

As someone who lives in the Valley, you really didn’t need more reasons to hate summer more than you already do. All the same, here’s another one: summer is pest season here in Arizona. From scorpions to roaches, you’re going to see more creepy-crawlies than in the winter.

If you’ve been seeing pests “waking up” this spring, it’s time to call KY-KO Pest to schedule your free pest inspection. Our pest control experts can help ensure that your home remains pest-free through the hottest months of the year.

Scorpion Treatment PhoenixWhy are pests more prevalent in the summer?

Many insects shut down when the weather cools down. While temperatures rarely reach freezing here in the Valley, cockroaches, crickets, and scorpions tend to be less active; in the case of the latter, bark scorpions will huddle together for warmth in nests.

This doesn’t mean you won’t see these pests in the winter. It’s just that they’re more likely to be searching for food, water, or shelter in the summer when temperatures are warmer.

It’s not just about the weather, either. Monsoon storms in the later summer bring much-needed water to the Valley, increasing pest activity. Of course, pests are also able to supplement this water supply with water found in backyards, golf courses, and sewer pipes.

Why are scorpions more active?

Bark scorpions are carnivorous. They’re on the hunt for crickets, roaches, ants—really, any insect. Since those insects are more active during the hottest months of the year, so are bark scorpions. On warm summer nights, scorpions are on the prowl.

Summer is also the bark scorpion mating season. Mother scorpions will carry their young on their backs during the early summer.

If your home has had a history of bark scorpions, there are ways to make your home less inviting for this all-too-common summer pest.

What other pests are noteworthy?

Ants tend to be most active during the summer, moving in armies in search of food and water. Homes that have had ant problems in the past often see ants ebb-and-flow with the seasons. In the winter, ants are all but missing. In the summer, they’re out in full-force.

Bees, too, can be more active in warmer weather, and in search of new places to create hives.

Call KY-KO for summer pest control services here in Phoenix

If you’ve noticed that your pests have started to become more active this spring, give KY-KO Pest Prevention a call. We offer superior pest control services here in Phoenix, and free pest inspections.

5 Important Facts About The Arizona Bark Scorpion

The Arizona Bark Scorpion, also known as centruroides sculpturatus, is species of scorpion native to the Sonoran Desert. Bark scorpions are small in size and light brown in color, and reside in arid and semi-arid regions.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

A bark scorpion might not look imposing, but that sting packs a punch.

If you’re a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, it’s important to understand the Arizona Bark Scorpion and what you’re up against as a homeowner. You should also know the signs of scorpions in your home and on your property.

In this blog post, we’ll outline the top things you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion—and about dealing with them with effective scorpion control.

Have you seen one in your home? Call us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We offer free scorpion inspections!

Here’s everything you need to know about bark scorpions

There are a lot of myths and tall tales out there about bark scorpions. The truth is that bark scorpions are a very unique pest, and there’s a lot of about them that’s different from crickets, roaches, and other insects. Let’s dive in:

1. They’re nocturnal hunters

Bark scorpions are nightly predators, on the hunt for some of their favorite foods: crickets, roaches, spiders, and more. When they find their prey, they use their stinger to disable it and begin feeding. Humans most often encounter scorpions during the night. They have poor eyesight, so they often travel along baseboards in search of their next meal. They can go days without eating.

During the day, bark scorpions generally retreat to places of hiding—block walls, river rock in your yard, or in various nooks and crannies around the home. True to their name, they also like certain types of trees. Humans encounter scorpions during the day when this hiding place is accidentally disturbed. This leads to our next point…

2. Most scorpion stings are accidental

Put away the old Hollywood idea of a large, dangerous scorpion chasing people through a crypt. Bark scorpions are typically non-aggressive, and seek to avoid human contact. A vast majority of stings occur when people accidentally brush up, step on, or touch the scorpion. The sting is a reflexive means of protecting the scorpion from predators.

3. Does whatever a scorpion can

Remember how we mentioned that bark scorpions like trees? That’s probably why they’re the only type that can not only climb, but also suspend from ceilings and crawl across them. This only amplifies scorpions as a nuisance in the home: they can get to virtually anywhere at night while on the hunt.

Pictured: Bark scorpions can be solitary hunters, but prefer to nest with others. This display case includes both infant and adult scorpions.

Bark scorpions can be solitary hunters, but prefer to nest with others. This display case includes both infant and adult scorpions.

The scorpions are also able to get where they need to go because of their ability to flatten their stinger and squeeze into some tight spaces. In fact, bark scorpions have been known to squeeze between gaps less than the thickness of a credit card. This means that any cracks, gaps, or weaknesses in your doors, windows, or walls can act as an entry point for scorpions.

4. Enjoying that summer living

Bark scorpions might be the only thing in Phoenix actually enjoying the summer. Ok, that’s not true: their prey—such as roaches and crickets—also thrive in the warmth of summer, especially after the monsoon rains arrive. Summer is bark scorpion season in Phoenix.

Homeowners typically will see an uptick in scorpion activity and hunting in July and August. It’s not unheard of to see scorpions in other times of the year; however, they’re generally inactive and in hibernation throughout the coldest months of the year.

5. The pest that’s hard to kill, but not impossible to stop

The Arizona Bark Scorpion, like all scorpions, is from a long line dating back before the dinosaurs. Hardy survivors, scorpions boast an armor that can resist most insecticides. Roaches are famous for being nuclear survivors, but bark scorpions were found relatively unaffected at ground zero after atomic tests in the Nevada desert.

Here at KY-KO Pest Prevention, we do have insecticides capable of impacting scorpions. However, generally, the strategy we recommend is using pest treatments to kill off the food source. We call this making your home unfriendly to scorpions.

Scorpions can’t subsist on crumbs: if they can’t find their prey in your home, they’ll typically leave. Partner that with our home sealing to block off all points of entry, and you’re on your way to being scorpion-free.

6. A dangerous, painful sting

Let’s start by saying this: bark scorpion stings are very rarely fatal. There’s been two recorded fatalities in Arizona from scorpion stings since stats began being kept in the 60s. That’s with the population of Phoenix increasing and people moving into new scorpion-filled areas. While infants and the elderly are most at risk from venom, a sting is most likely not a death sentence. It’s important to remain calm.

What makes a sting severe or not?

The severity of the sting can depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Scorpion age: Adult scorpions inject the exact amount of venom they need to disable their prey. They can also control venom distribution when defending themselves, so stings from adult scorpions can vary from the equivalent of a bee sting to something far more painful. In contrast, baby bark scorpions lack this self control, so their stings can often contain more venom.
  • Allergies: Rarely, some people have an allergic reaction to the scorpion sting, which escalates the threat of the sting.

So, what is the average sting like, then?

On average, people who are stung by bark scorpions experience acute pain for anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. This includes a tingling sensation, numbness, and pain in the impacted area. Other symptoms can include nausea, convulsions, or vomiting.

It’s important to seek immediate medical treatment for scorpion stings. Most adults are fine, and can call poison control for next steps. Children, the elderly, or those with an allergic reaction should be taken to emergency services.

5. You can easily find this pest in and around your home

Bark scorpions have a unique protein in their armor that causes them to glow a bright neon blue when exposed to UV light, such as that from a blacklight. Against a dark wall or floor, homeowners using a blacklight flashlight—here in Phoenix, available at almost any hardware store for this exact purpose—can easily spot scorpions.

For more information on bark scorpions, call KY-KO Pest Prevention

KY-KO Pest Prevention is the Valley’s leading source for scorpion control services. Our experts can help you find and deal with bark scorpions—for good. In fact, we offer free scorpion inspections here in the Phoenix metro.

To get started, or for more information about bark scorpions, contact us today. Or, learn more about our pest control services.