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

Arizona Bark Scorpion The Arizona Bark Scorpion, also known as centruroides sculpturatus, is species of scorpion that is native to the Sonoran Desert. This creepy little creature is small in size and light brown in color, and resides in arid and semi-arid regions.

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.

In this blog post, we’ll outline the top 5 things you need to know about the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Have you seen one in your home? Call our Arizona pest control company. We offer free scorpion inspections!

1. They’re a nocturnal pest

Like most other scorpions, the Arizona Bark Scorpion is a nocturnal pest. The scorpion is active during the night and sleep during the day.

However, this does not mean that you can’t encounter the scorpion during the day. A number of cases have been reported of scorpion stings at home during bright daylight when the individuals had accidentally stumbled upon their hiding place. Arizona Bark Scorpions typically like to hide under rocks outside, in piles of wood or debris, or in piles of leaves. They’ll also make their homes in trees on your property.

2. They’re after other pests in and around your home

The Arizona Bark Scorpion feeds on insects. Cockroaches and crickets are the preferred food items of the scorpion. Spiders can also become food for the scorpion. The Arizona Bark Scorpion can survive days without food—but not without access to water.

3. They can squeeze into your home easily

The scorpion spends most of its time outside, hiding under logs and rocks. But, they usually enter the house during hot weather in search of their prey. The scorpions enter the home through voids in the walls.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion can squeeze between spaces that are incredibly thin, meaning they’ll often exploit any gaps in your home’s defenses. They’re a good reason to consider home sealing services from us here at KY-KO Pest Prevention.

4. Their sting hurts—and can be very dangerous

Individuals that are stung by the scorpion experience acute pain for 24 to 72 hours. The sting causes tingling sensation and numbness in the affected area. The affected part may also become temporarily immobilized after the sting. Some people also experience convulsions a few minutes after the bite.

Fatalities associated with Arizona Bark Scorpion are extremely rare, and actually haven’t occurred in decades. However, those with an allergic reaction, young children, and pets are more likely to experience life-threatening conditions from a scorpion sting.

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

That’s because the Arizona Bark Scorpion actually glows in the presence of UV light, such as that from a blacklight. If you don’t own a blacklight, many hardware stores in the Phoenix area stock them specifically for scorpion hunting at night.

Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for help with the Arizona Bark Scorpion

In case you reside in the Phoenix metro area, call us at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We have a team of experienced pest control experts who can help remove the threat of scorpions from your house. We utilize effective techniques to detect and remove scorpions from the house.

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:

Scorpion gathered

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:


  • 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.


  • 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.

Scorpion Blacklight

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.