How to make your home unfriendly to the bark scorpion

There are few things worse than a guest showing up uninvited. When that said “guest” is a venomous bark scorpion and its friends, make sure you’re not unintentionally rolling out the welcome mat. At KY-KO Pest Control, our technicians are scorpion control experts who can help you remove scorpions from your home. However, as part of long-term scorpion prevention, we also recommend that you put up the no vacancy sign for scorpions in the following ways:

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Bark scorpions are not solitary creatures, and will often congregate in the winter to hibernate for warmth.

Know your enemy

Scorpions can be scary, but you need to start by realizing their strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths:

  • Unlike other scorpions, bark scorpions can climb walls and ceilings.
  • Also unlike other scorpions, bark scorpions can squeeze into tight spaces.
  • Bark scorpions have a lot of reasons to try to get into your home, including seeking prey, water, and a cool place.

Weaknesses:

  • Like all scorpions, bark scorpions glow bright when exposed to a blacklight. With a UV light from a hardware store, you can quickly spot and identify where they are in the open.
  • Bark scorpions aren’t aggressive by default, and most stings occur when people make first contact, such as stepping on one or brushing up against one.
  • Bark scorpions have poor eyesight, and often rely on existing pathways for travel. This means they like to prowl along baseboards, making glue traps effective.

When insect treatment alone isn’t enough

Thanks in part of their thick armor, scorpions are mostly resistant to even powerful insecticides. At best, it makes them extremely sluggish and lethargic: good conditions for trapping them and removing them from your home, but it doesn’t prevent or disincentivize them from entering. For that, you’ll need to take more drastic steps.

Remove the buffet

Scorpions are predators and hunters on the search for crickets, roaches, ants, and other insects. If any of those pests have access to your home, scorpions probably do, as well, and they have an incentive to find a way inside. The first step to dealing with your scorpion problem is to deal with your pest problem. Using a combination of cleaning your home of all easily accessible food for roaches and crickets and insecticide applied by the professionals at KY-KO, you can shut down the easy food source for scorpions.

However, removing the food source isn’t enough. Bark scorpions are unique in that they can actually live for years without food. If worse comes to worst, scorpions will even hunt and eat one another. If your home offers a suitable habitat, they may decide to ride it out. Which means you need to kick them out.

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Under a blacklight, bark scorpions glow a bright green color. This helps you spot them at night.

Fortify your castle

Bark scorpions can be persistent at getting into places, but they often select the easiest means of getting into your home. For example, a bark scorpion can fit anywhere a credit card can slide under (about 1/16 of an inch), but is more likely to just enter through the gap between your stoop and your door. Using caulking and weatherstripping, you can secure this area and gaps around windows and the foundation. If you really want to block all points of entry, talk to KY-KO about a home seal.

There goes the scorpion neighborhood

In the summer, scorpions seek cool spaces to escape to during the day, away from the sun. This includes hiding under large rocks, under logs, in piles of leaves, and in the cinderblocks that comprises many backyard fencing in Phoenix. If it’s time to get serious about scorpions, take the fight to them by carefully removing these habitats. Clean up loose debris, and place river rock away from your exterior walls. Remove any firewood from your backyard and call KY-KO to have us help you apply a permanent cement that seals wall blocks.

Call KY-KO

Our technicians have the expertise and equipment needed to remove and kill scorpions, and we offer a free inspection so that you can know where they’re hiding. Give us a call today! Together, we’ll make sure that your home has a scorpion-free summer ahead.

5 Signs of Scorpions Near Your Home

Phoenix HomeLiving in Arizona, we have our fair share of scorpion infestations. If you haven’t encountered one yourself, you will, at least, know someone who has seen a scorpion face to face. As the weather starts to heat up, homeowners and renters cannot help but wonder if their home will be subject to a scorpion infestation. Scorpions are terrifying for their simple fact that their venomous sting can harm you or your family. They tend to sting when they are disturbed, but since they are generally translucent, they can be hard to miss. Noticing crucial warning signs of scorpions in and around your home can help you to be more proactive in finding these scary critters before they sneak up on you.

Shade

Although scorpions prefer warm climates, they are a nocturnal insect and prefer to hide out in cool and shady areas. If your Phoenix home has a lot of shady places to hide, you have a higher chance of seeing the venomous pest in your home.

Citrus trees

There are various types of scorpions that live in the state. One type of scorpion is known as the Bark scorpion and they tend to live in dark, wet environments. If your home is located near an orchard or your have citrus trees in your yard, you could be unexpectedly housing scorpions near your home.   

Have already had one encounter with signs of scorpions

signs of scorpionsScorpions are naturally territorial creatures. That means that if you have had a past encounter with a scorpion in your home or near it, there is a high probability that you will run into another one in the future. If they are comfortable in their surrounding it takes a lot for them to leave the comfort of the area they are in.

Hiring a professional pest control company to handle the elimination of the scorpions in your home mean you have a better chance of saying goodbye for these scary pests for good!

Increase in smaller insects

Are you noticing more crickets and cockroaches in your home? This may be the most telling sign of a scorpion infestation. These smaller insects are the food that scorpions like to prey on. That means there is more of a chance of scorpions coming into your home to snatch of these insects, and they will, more likely than not, come back for more.

Although general pesticides does not do much in the way of stopping scorpions from entering your home, it can help to get rid of the smaller bugs that acts as a food source for the translucent critters.

Live in a warm climate

This should come to no surprise. Scorpions are attracted to warmer climates (generally around the range of 68-99 degrees Fahrenheit), which is why they are typically seen in Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Texas. Living in Phoenix naturally increases your risk of not only seeing a scorpions but having an infestation in your home.

How to remedy the problem

There are a few home remedies homeowners can try to help the get rid of the scorpions. Scorpions are not the smartest of creatures, so by setting up glue traps near the openings of your home, you have a good chance of trapping them before they sneak into your home. It is also important to look for any cracks (small or large) in your home and seal them to lock out scorpions and other insects.

Scorpions can be dangerous, especially when you have children, so we always urge you to hire a professional if you have a continuous problem. Reputable pest control companies have more experience spotting the various types of scorpions and know what steps to take to ensure they do not scare you or your family again.

Hiring a professional

Pest-Control-Phoenix-AZIf you are ready to call in the professionals to handle your scorpion problem, you will want to bring on a team you can trust. At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we want to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve. That is why all of our work is backed by our Owner’s Pride Guarantee.

If you are ready to schedule your scorpions inspection and service, please give us a call or schedule your service online.

Effective Scorpion Control in Phoenix, AZ.

Life in Arizona has many positives; however, dealing with scorpions on a regular basis is definitely not one of them. There are many creepy crawly insects in Arizona; yet, out of them all, scorpions rank among the least favorite.

Arizona Bark Scorpions

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Scorpions are a prominent species. They thrive in dry desert climates. The bark scorpion in particular, also one of the most dangerous species of scorpions, is the kind we see most often in Arizona. It is the most venomous scorpion in North America, and unfortunately enough, we have them right here in our backyards.

Arizona Bark Scorpions are incredibly resilient, making them more difficult to control. They are nocturnal, and come out at night to hunt for crickets, beetles, roaches and other small insects. This means the more pests you have in and around your home, the better food source you are providing to the lurking scorpions.

While they do thrive in the desert, they do not however, enjoy the strong desert heat. During the day, you will find them under rocks, piles of debris or wood, and other objects you have around your home. They keep themselves well protected from the hot Arizona sun. Their protective measures include squeezing into tiny cracks and crevices that might be accessible to your home.

We are all aware that these scorpions are not the prettiest to look at. With their aggressive front claws and their long tail and threatening stinger, these offensive and menacing pests are not welcomed into our homes with open arms. Moreover, scorpions can cause further damage than just creeping and crawling through your home.

Harmful Pests

The largest threat that scorpions pose is their painful sting. The Arizona Bark Scorpion being the most venomous in North America, can cause more than just pain. A scorpion sting can cause inflammation at the sting point, redness, numbness, shortness of breath, even immobility of the stung area.

 

More severe symptoms may include numbness throughout the body, swollen tongue and/or throat, erratic eye movement, trouble breathing and seizures. In extreme cases, a scorpion sting could even cause death. Scorpion venom is most poisonous to the young or elderly, or those that have an allergy to the venom.

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Luckily, there are simple remedies for mild scorpion stings to ease the pain, and a medication called Antivenom available for those extreme cases when more severe symptoms persist.

Be Aware

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from those Arizona Bark Scorpions is to be aware and take precautions. It is important to figure out what you can do to keep yourself, your family and pets, safe from harmful scorpion stings. Here are a few simple things you can do around your home to reduce the chances of encountering a scorpion.

  • Remove excess piles of garbage, wood, and debris from around your home.
  • Maintain your lawn and keep the grass cut.
  • Seal all cracks and crevices in your home.
  • Use pest control services to eliminate their food source.
  • Wear shoes when walking around your home at night.
  • Do not leave clothes and especially damp towels on the floor.
  • Use a black light to identify and eliminate scorpions at night.IMG_4309 (1)

If after taking these precautions, you are regularly finding scorpions inside your home, you should seek the help of a professional scorpion control company. However, with so many scorpion and pest control companies in Arizona, it is important to know how to choose the right one that will do the best job controlling the scorpions in your home.

Choosing the Right Scorpion Control Company

Like any service, scorpion control is an investment, which depending on where you live, you may have to make annually. So you are going to want to make an educated decision when choosing a scorpion control company. Here are a few things to consider before finding the company that is right for you.

Experience

Look for a company with experience. And to be clear, 6 months does not equate to “experience.” Look for a local company that has been in business for years. A company that invests time into certifications and trainings for their employees.

Guarantees

It is always nice to find a company that will back up their services with a warranty or guarantee. When it comes to scorpion control, of course there is never a 100% guarantee that you will never see another scorpion in your home; however, a quality company will provide a guarantee for their service, so that you at least know what they did is working. At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer an Owner’s Pride Guarantee to our customers. This guarantee ensures that all of our customers are satisfied with our scorpion control service as well as every other pest control service we offer.

Reviews

Want to see the true integrity of a pest control company? Check their online reviews. See how their previous customers feel about them and about the services they offer. Make sure to refer to the most recent reviews and take some time to read through them to see what other customers’ true experiences have been with this company.

Discounts & Promotions

When you find a company that you would like to hire, make sure to check their website. Many companies provide regular promotions and discounts on their services. Especially if the service is seasonal, it is likely that the company will provide a discount on services.

Quality Scorpion Control

At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we are 100% focused on our customers and their needs. We understand that when it comes to scorpions, we need to provide the highest quality services to our customers to keep their families safe.

We have heard many companies claim that the only way to control scorpions is to cut off their food source by providing a general pest control service. However, we found that by working with our customers and getting familiarized with the home and the entry points that scorpions may be using, we are able to really see a difference in the level of control.

With our years of service, certified and trained technicians, and newest products and techniques, we are able to offer our customers quality scorpion control for their Phoenix, Arizona homes. If you are in need of scorpion control for your home, please give us a call today at 480-964-8900.

 

 

Save Yourself from a Scorpion Sting

Save Yourself from a Scorpion StingScorpion is not a very uncommon creature in Arizona. You must have heard of the Arizona bark Scorpions and the medical emergencies caused by them. We do not want to scare you by any means. We just want you to be safe from all such calamities and this is something that you can control very easily.

You may not need the help of Arizona exterminators but that depends upon your locality and surrounding regions. However, you cannot stay within the premises of your house all the time. Office, school, markets, parking areas etc, you can encounter a scorpion at any place. It is better to keep yourself alert and informed on how to deal with this unwelcome and dangerous guest.

Scorpions Are Smart

The first thing you need to remember is that Scorpions are not like ordinary insects. These critters are difficult to kill and can sting even after dying. Their venom is strong enough to cause medical emergencies even after their death. You don’t want to deal with them all by yourself. It is important that you keep the numbers of some experienced and reliable Arizona exterminators in your list of emergency numbers.

Don’t Go Near It

Scorpions are not so uncommon in Arizona, but it doesn’t mean that you will find them in every house or street. If it is your first encounter with a Scorpion, then you may be tempted to touch or have a closer look at it. Stop right there. This thing may seem tiny and beautiful to you, but it is definitely not worth having a closer look at. They run very fast and will sting you before you know it.

Dead Is Dangerous

Scorpions are dangerous even after dying. Stand far away and move it with a long stick. Make sure it is dead before you take the next step. A sleeping scorpion also looks like it is dead. Don’t touch it with your bare hands in either case. Once you are sure of its demise, use a broom or wooden board to remove it from there.

If You Get Stung…

You may be very careful with it, but can still get stung as scorpions are very fast runners. Well, most of them are not life threatening. Nevertheless you need to take immediate precautions. Wash the infected part of your body thoroughly with water and an antiseptic soap. Immediately call the poison control centre to come and take care of you. Next, make a call to any of the available Arizona exterminators and have them deal with this tiny creature. Grab some ice and get out of that place far away from that creature, before you faint. Rub the ice on the infested part to alleviate some of the pain.

Important Note

If you have scorpions in your areas or worst yet in your house, then try to wear thick soled shoes or slippers at all times. This will save your feet from scorpion stings. Dealing with a scorpion far away from your place is easy, but what will you do if your home is invaded by it? Call in a professional control centre today and have your house completely checked by them. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.