When it comes to common pests in our home, we often think about ants, spiders, flies, silverfish, and even cockroaches. Here on the West Coast, we’ve also had our fair share of such creepy beasties such as scorpions or millipedes wandering in our backyards. However, ticks are something else entirely as they aren’t something we can often spot as quickly as these pests. There are ticks in California, and understand which types, which diseases they carry, and how you can protect yourself is all essential information.

Make Your Home Undesirable to Scorpions

When it comes to pest control, you can often take specific measures to prevent, stop, and even get rid of an infestation altogether. There are a few pests, however, that you should not attempt to get rid of on your own – among these are scorpions. Even so, you can take steps to make your home undesirable to scorpions while you wait for local pest control to arrive to take care of the infestation. 

  • Ruin the scorpions’ living space.
  • Destroy the scorpions’ food source.
  • Seal up any cracks in your home.
  • Control leakage and moisture.

Scorpions, like most other pests or critters, come onto your property because they find a reason to be there. This reason is typically food or shelter, or both, and so you want to ruin or completely eliminate these elements to deter scorpions. Scorpions, in particular, love rotting logs, unattended plant life, mulch, and other leftover garden and plant material. Around this material, scorpions find the food they love the most – other bugs. They love to feed on flies and other small insects, any manner of insects. Any of this natural and green clutter and trash is ideal, so once these desirable resources go down or disappear, you’ll see a drop in numbers soon after. 

Once you can clear up the enticing debris, make sure you’ve sealed up any cracks in and around your home. You will need simple tools, such as caulk, to seal up every single crack – even ones you feel are too small for anything to get in. Scorpions will be able to get in those tiny spots. Scorpions have an exoskeleton that has no bone structure, so this means they can squeeze into nearly anywhere they please.

How Do I Look for Scorpions?

Although you are not likely to be able to kill scorpions on your own, you may still want to go ahead and give it a try. When you want to tackle do-it-yourself scorpion pest control, you’ll first need a UV light specially designed for searching for scorpions. Start your search after dark and use your black light to look out for scorpions in your yard or around your home. When you do find them, you can use a scorpion insecticide, which is specially formulated to destroy these poisonous pests. 

Be very careful when you are hunting around for scorpions. Use safety gear and do not handle the dead bodies of scorpions with your bare hands – they can still sting. Even if you do not plan to kill the scorpions on your own, it may make you feel safer knowing where they are.

When to Get Professional Scorpion Pest Control

A qualified professional is able to take care of a scorpion infestation quickly and without hesitation. They have the right knowledge, tools, and materials to get rid of these creepy crawlies, so you no longer have to worry about them being around your home or property. A pest control expert is not squeamish and can get right into the thick of the issue. Hiring a pest control professional services can help to make any DIY problems seem like small potatoes in comparison – and that is perfectly alright when your home is finally free of scorpions.

 

Scorpion Pest Control is About Education

After you find that you have a scorpion infestation, make sure that you alert your neighbors after you’ve informed your pest control professional. Especially if the scorpions are running about on your property, they may just be able to do the same for your neighbors living around you. Let them know that you have seen scorpions in your yard and home and that you are working to eliminate their shelter and food source. Share eradication advice if you have any, or share the name of a reliable pest control company. You don’t want to see this troupe of critters traveling around the neighborhood, causing havoc wherever they can.

When you find your home has become infested with scorpions, you do not want to attempt to tackle a growing infestation on your own. It is best to contact your local pest control professional to help to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.