Scorpion prevention in Fall looks much like scorpion prevention throughout the year. The twist is that many Gilbert and East Valley homeowners don’t realize that scorpions are still active in October, and looking to invade your home as temperatures begin to drop in the evenings.
Today, let’s talk about some of the ways you can prevent scorpions in October…
In the yard and around the home
With the upcoming changing of the seasons, take time to remove any debris from the exterior of your house that may be providing shelter for scorpions. A simple neglected flowerbed or loose rocks alongside your Gilbert house are encouragement enough to invite a scorpion to settle in.
Start by removing any loose rocks, brick, or woodpiles around your home that may have amassed over the summer months. Do a thorough walk around the exterior of your Gilbert home and look to fill in any holes in your foundation or cracks in your walls that might provide an entrance into your home for these eight-legged creatures.
Clean and organize
Next, focus your efforts inward and remove the clutter inside of your home as well. Be sure to break down and throw out any unused or partially filled boxes in your attic that may provide a cool, dry place for these arachnids to hide.
Also look to fix any interior structural defects that may allow the scorpions to come and go from your Gilbert home in the evenings when they look to feed on their prey.
A good defense
Scorpions primarily feed on insects like crickets, moths, spiders and centipedes. They may also eat lizards, mice, and possums. To deter scorpions from making your home theirs, be diligent about containing food or prey of any kind both inside and outside of your home.
For example, keep pet food that attracts rodents and bugs in airtight containers inside the home, and trash in closed, locking cans outside the home. By curbing an invitation to these other pests, you will reduce the potential for a scorpion to follow them to your home.
The combination of well-developed sprays and granules is a proven successful dual prevention method to getting rid of scorpions. Helpful demonstration videos can be found online to gain a better understanding of how to apply granules and how to kill scorpions that may be hiding in your home or yard.
Just because the temperatures are dropping you should not stop treating for pests. Remember scorpions are hibernating during the cooler months, but will be out in full force when it warms up. Make the fall and winter seasons your time to safe guard your home from unwanted pests.