Scorpion Pest Control & Exterminators
Scorpions have eight legs which make them arachnids that are much more closely related to spiders and ticks. They are a durable species that can survive in the harshest environments from deserts to rainforests. There are roughly 1,300 species that exist around the world but there are only a few species in the United States that are considered dangerous. While they are typically more common in the southern states, there has been a rise in scorpion encounters in states they are not common in. This is likely the result of warmer temperatures reaching areas where it was once too cold for scorpions to thrive. This spread of scorpions into areas that have colder seasons can cause these bugs to enter homes through garages or other openings in search of shelter from the cold and elements. This is problematic because scorpion stings are similar to a bee or wasp sting. For most people this results in minor pain but for others it can result in an allergic reaction that can lead to complications that require medical attention. If you discover scorpions, call the professional scorpion exterminators at Absolute Pest Management to come, inspect and treat your property. We will safely and effectively get rid of any scorpion problems you might be dealing with.
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Scorpion Treatment Options
Exterior Residual Pesticide Application
We spray a targeted pesticide application around the foundation of your property using residual pesticides that are designed to stay potent for months. This creates a 3-foot barrier that kills scorpions around the outside of your home that will infect and kill any scorpions that cross it.
Interior Pesticide Treatment
For indoor infestations, areas are spot treated where there has been scorpion activity. Areas like room corners, under appliances, behind toilets, under sinks, along walls in garages and basements, around door and window frames, and in cracks and crevices are treated. Depending on the conditions and severity of infestation, re-treatment might be necessary.
Insecticide dusts are long-lasting and ideal for hard-to-reach areas. These are applied in attic areas, cracks, crevices, wall voids, electrical fittings, inside outlets, behind baseboards, and inside cabinets. These dusts are waterproof which reduce the need for frequent reapplication.
Glue boards or traps offer a non-toxic method to control and monitor scorpions. We place these traps along wall edges, under furniture, in garages, and closets.
What Do Scorpions Look Like?
Scorpions are classified as arachnids just like spiders, ticks, and mites. Different species of scorpions vary in size but the average scorpion measures roughly 2 inches long. Their colors also range wildly depending on the species with some being light yellow and others being reddish-brown or black. They have a very unique look that is not shared by any other insects in the same class. They are distinguished by eight legs, a pair of large pincers, and a segmented tail with a stinger that arches over their back. Scorpions look like they are dangerous, but they typically pose little threat to humans unless allergies to a sting prompt complication. Even though they are not much of a threat to humans, they are an apex predator in the insect world. They hunt and use their pincers to hold small prey while their stinger is used to inject the prey with venom. They can also use these parts to defend themselves against potential threats like other predatory insects and small rodents or lizards.
Where to Look for Scorpions
Scorpions are nocturnal so they hunt at night and are dormant during the day. It’s important to know where to look for scorpions because it helps prevent scorpion interactions and increases the likelihood of effective scorpion control. Having UV lights dramatically helps with the inspection process because scorpions glow
- Attics & garages
- Closets, including pockets of hanging clothes
- Inside shoes and clothing piles
- On curtains and within curtain rods
- Underneath furniture
- Mulch, pine straw, and wood chip piles
- Under flowerpots where moisture collects
- Beneath stones and rocks
- Inside coiled hoses
- Cracks in a building’s foundation
Getting stung by a scorpion is moderately painful for most people. The severity of pain, swelling, and further complications depends on the species and someone’s reaction to getting stung. Adults generally experience mild pain and won’t need medical intervention. However, vulnerable groups like children, the elderly, and those that suffer from allergies should seek medical attention if complications arise.
Symptoms associated with getting stung by a scorpion:
Sharp burning pain where stung
Swelling of the sting site or tongue
Irregular or trouble breathing
How to Avoid Scorpion Stings
Scorpions are predators with the ability to hunt and defend themselves. Even though it is rare, scorpions can sting humans if they feel threatened or disturbed. The following actions can reduce the risk of getting stung by a scorpion.
How to avoid a scorpion sting:
Always check below something before lifting an object
Shake out any shoes, hats, clothing, or towels that were left outside before using
If you find a scorpion on your body, do not react violently. Gently brush it off to avoid provoking a sting
Absolute’s Pest Free Process
Our process begins with a thorough inspection of your property. Our experienced technicians identify the types of pests present, their breeding grounds, and potential entry points, allowing us to understand the extent of the infestation.
Based on the inspection findings, we develop a customized treatment plan. This could involve the use of environmentally friendly pesticides, traps, or other methods, all designed to effectively eliminate the pests from your property.
After the treatment, we focus on pest prevention, which involves educating clients on how to minimize future pest problems and making your property less attractive to pests. This step is crucial in preventing future infestations.
We stand by our service guarantee and follow up on our treatments to ensure the effectiveness of our work. This allows us to make any necessary adjustments and verify that your rat problem has been thoroughly resolved.
The final step is regular maintenance. We provide ongoing services to ensure that your property remains pest-free. This includes periodic inspections and treatments as necessary, giving you peace of mind knowing that your home is protected from pests.
Scorpion Treatment Options
Striped Back Scorpions (Centruroides vittatus):
Size: <2.75 inches
Color: Yellowish-brown with two dark bands extending down the back
Habitat: Hides under debris and rocks
Stings: Can cause some swelling but are generally not lethal
Bark Scorpions (Centruroides exilicauda):
Size: 2.75 – 3 inches
Habitat: Lives in tree bark
Stings: Possess a venomous sting that can be dangerous and may require treatment
Giant Hairy Scorpions (Hadrurus arizonensis):
Size: 5 – 7 inches
Color: Yellow with dark stripes on top
Habitat: Typically burrows underground
Stings: Mildly venomous but not considered a significant danger to humans
How to Prevent Scorpions
It is important to stop scorpions before they become a problem because treating them after they have infested becomes much more difficult. There are several preventive practices that homeowners can use to deter scorpions from becoming a problem.
- Home Maintenance: Seal access points like gaps around doors, windows, pipes, and wires. Use weather stripping and ensure that windows screens and vent covers fit and do not have any tears.
- Yard Upkeep: Clear out any hiding spots that might contain scorpions. Remove trash and get rid of woodpiles and stones that can provide scorpions shelter. Cut overhanging tree branches and shrubs to prevent foliage from touching or hanging over your house.
- Storage Precautions: Don’t leave out any items that scorpions can use to hide under or inside. This includes shoes, clothing, towels, and toys. If you bring an item inside, be sure to inspect it thoroughly before it is brought in.
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What is the best way to get rid of scorpions?
The best way to get rid of scorpions is to combine preventive measures with targeted treatments. Start by sealing gaps in your home’s foundation, doors, and windows. Then, clear your yard of debris, woodpiles, and other potential hiding spots. For persistent scorpion infestations, seek help from professional pest control services like Absolute Pest Management.
What can be used to repel scorpions?
Scorpions dislike lavender and cedar oil because the strong scent deters them. Scorpions also tend to avoid well-lit areas so maintaining a well-lit home and yard can discourage their presence.
What kills scorpions naturally?
Diatomaceous earth is a natural powder made from crushed aquatic organisms calle diatoms. This fine powder can be sprinkled in areas where scorpions are prevalent. After exposure, the diatomaceous earth damages the scorpion’s exoskeletons which dries them out and causes them to die.