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How To Seal Your Home From Scorpions

How To Seal Your Home From Scorpions

When you become a Magic Pest Control expert, you learn a thing or two about sealing a home…and how tedious, meticulous and scrupulous it can be.

There are areas of your home that you probably would never in a million years things about for sealing…but a Magic Pest Control expert knows about them, knows how to find them, and knows how to keep scorpions out of them.

Did you know that a scorpion can fit through a crack the size of a credit card? Yep, if you can fit a credit card through it, a scorpion can fit through it too…and they will.

Sealing up your home from scorpions, and other pests, takes a great deal of work and attention to detail, but it can be done.

Sealing Your Home

In all honesty, the best way to seal your home from scorpions is to call in an expert, and here’s why.

You know where your walls come to meet the roof…that tiny space where construction didn’t properly seal the wall to the roof…around the entire home…that will need to be sealed.

Any areas between the roof and the walls will need to be sealed.

Any areas of cracking around the foundation will need to be sealed.

Any areas of cracking between brick or stone and your home will need sealing.

Any areas on the walls where the stucco is cracking will need sealed.

And that is just the beginning!

Sealing your home also includes:

  • Windows and Doors: Windows and doors rarely seal to be air tight, and weather stripping will either wear down, tear or just not work over time. Every window and door in your home will need to be resealed and new weatherstripping should be added.
  • Screens: If you ever leave your windows open, check all screens for tears or holes. Make sure they fit tight into the window frame.
  • Plumbing: From the outside to the inside, every plumbing pipe throughout your home needs to be sealed. Check under the sink to be sure that plumbing from the wall is sealed. Check outside to make sure the plumbing from the wall of your home is sealed.
  • A/C: Any crack in the A/C piping through your home is an invitation for scorpions.
  • Garages: Scorpions love to hang out in the garage, and garages are nearly impossible to seal because of the garage doors. The best you can do is make sure the attic is sealed, as well as the door to your home from the garage.

When you’re ready to keep scorpions out of your home, call a Magic Pest Control expert!

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Are Smaller Scorpions More Dangerous

If you’ve lived in Arizona for any length of time, you’ve heard it…

“Don’t worry about the larger scorpions. It’s the little guys. The babies don’t know how to control the poison in their stings and it can be deadly.”

Is this true?

Are the stings from baby scorpions more dangerous?

Do baby scorpions have more poisonous, more painful stings?

In today’s blog I want to lay out all of the facts regarding this commonly-held theory here in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona.

Baby Scorpion Stings

Let’s get it out of the way…

The venom from a baby scorpion is not more dangerous than the venom from an adult scorpion. In fact, according to physiologist Michael Quinlan from ASU…

The studies don’t necessarily support the idea that a baby scorpion in a given species is any more or less venomous than the adult. Certainly they have a harder time injecting the venom, because they are smaller.

Quinlan goes on to say…

Other people say the sting of a baby scorpion is more dangerous than the sting of an adult, but again, this is false. The venom in a scorpion’s stinger is the same all through a scorpion’s life. Perhaps the biggest myth is that all scorpions are deadly, and this is totally wrong.

But let’s dive in a bit more. The rumor is that when a baby scorpion stings you, they don’t know how to control their venom and will pump more into the sting.

This part is true.

Just like a baby venomous snake, when they sting, or bite, they will let out all of the venom. So, even though the venom itself is not more dangerous, or more potent, the fact that you will end up with all of it can make it more dangerous.

Additionally, an adult scorpion will sting quick and fast, striking a strategic blow.

A baby scorpion doesn’t know this yet, and will have more of a tendency to sting and not retract as quickly, thus injecting more venom.

Arizona’s most common scorpion, the Bark Scorpion, is dangerous no matter what age or size. If you’ve seen any scorpions in or around your home, and aren’t sure if it is a Bark Scorpion or not, don’t wait to find out.

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Do Termites Swarm?

Do Termites Swarm?

Yes, and Spring is swarming season for termites. When the weather is favorable, termites will head to the skies and travel.

Termites head to the skies during Spring to mate and start new colonies. Unfortunately for Phoenix homeowners, these termite swarms could mean bad news for your home.

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What to do if You See a Bee Swarm

What to do if You See a Bee Swarm?

While the scorpions and snakes are making their way out of hiding for food and water…so too are bees. Most notably, Spring Training here in Arizona is also associated with bee swarms, as they tend to find their way to baseball fields around the valley.

You will no doubt see some swarm attack or Spring Training incident in the next few weeks. This is bee season, and the swarms are making their way across the valley.

If you see, or hear, a bee swarm approaching…

Or if you find a beehive in your neighborhood…

Here’s what you need to know:

Call a professional immediately! Do not try to deal with the beehive or swarm on your own. Only a trained professional should handle bees.

Clear the area. Keep all children and pets away, as well as seniors. The one most susceptible to extreme health issues should remain clear of the area.

Stay calm. Bees cannot ‘smell fear,’ but they can tell if something ‘strange’ or unknown is near their hive or their queen. If you run or swat your arms around, it’s not fear that bees sense but aggression, and they will attack to protect their hive and queen.

Stay quiet. Noises such as barking dogs, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, or any other lawn maintenance tool that is loud can disturb bees and send a swarm your way on the attack.

Head Indoors. If you see a swarm, a beehive, or if you’ve been stung, head indoors immediately. Do not jump in the pool to escape bees. Bees might follow you inside, but tend to become confused by the sharp change in temperature from outdoors to indoors.

Do Not Squish Bees. When a bees is squished, it emits a scent that actually attracts more bees.

If you are at a Giants Spring Training game, or simply doing yard work, and you see a beehive or hear a swarm approaching, get indoors and call in a professional immediately.

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Preparing for a Pest Control Inspection

Preparing for a Pest Control Inspection

You do a lot to take good care of your Gilbert, AZ home. From regular maintenance to upgrades, there are always things to be done to keep your home safe, functional, and enjoyable.

Pest control is definitely one of those services that is needed in the region to keep your home in its best shape. One form of pest control you will want to have a regular basis is a termite inspection. Read more

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When Are Termites Most Active?

When Are Termites Most Active?

We talk about termites quite often. It’s kind of what we do…termite control…keeping your home safe and in one piece…literally.
But, one of the questions that we come across from our homeowners and clients is, ‘when are termites most active?’
“Do termites slow down in the winter?”
“Do termites multiply in the spring?”
“Do termites prefer one type of wood over another?”

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