In Scottsdale, Az., scorpion control is a never-ending issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.
What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?
In this series I’ll give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, to keep scorpions out of and away from your home.
Block Fence Columns
If Scorpions were 1930’s gangsters then block fence columns would be the dark back allies and speakeasies of Chicago. Fence columns have everything the Al Capone of scorpions, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, could want in a seedy lair.
- Fence columns are shaded and covered.
- They are cool and can retain moisture.
- They provide hiding spaces which are nearly impenetrable to humans.
- They provide plenty of food resources in the form of other pests.
A good pest control tech knows this and we do our best to treat them with varying types of treatments. The problem is that many have obstacles.
Bushy plants should be kept far enough away from the fence, especially the columns, that ideally you can walk behind them, but at least far enough away that the cracks on each side of the columns can be treated.
Sheds or other structures usually pose a problem as well. Not only are they, many times, in the way of the fence columns, but then there’s a barrier to treating under or around the sheds themselves, another hot spot.
Vines on fences. Oh boy! Vines are beautiful, and they sometimes really make the yard, but they also make it near impossible to treat the fence, and they compound the problem by making the hiding spot more shaded, cooler, and even more protected.
If you want to see the scorpion gangsters going in and out of their speakeasy at night, like business is really booming, just go to a property with vines growing all over the fence line.
If you aren’t the one with the green thumb, but your neighbor is the one trying to single handedly replenish the world’s oxygen supply with their landscaping, then by all means, keep your side trimmed to a reasonable level, so as to facilitate the treatment of of the columns, while still having a little bit of pretty hanging over into your yard.
Scorpion expert Bill Stewart says: “Scorpions are naturally attracted to moisture so I like to recommend that folks keep their property as natural as possible but not try to make it a copy of their yard back in Minnesota or Washington state.”
Just keep this in mind, this is the desert, a rather inhospitable place, but if your yard is an oasis in that desert, everybody’s coming to visit. And that may include Capone and his thugs.
Next time we’re going to talk about trees and the role they play.
If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.
Till then, thanks for reading!
Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,
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