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Winter Scorpions On the Move In Your Home

Winter Scorpions On the Move In Your Home

We have mellow winter climate here in Arizona, such a large number of our vermin populaces remain dynamic. A typical myth is that scorpions vanish amid the winter, however they in reality simply rest. Actually, in light of the fact that scorpions don’t care for frosty climate, they regularly sleep in homes where they can remain warm all winter. This is what you have to think about scorpion control in the winter months.

Scorpions are exceptionally strong and can survive greatly icy temperatures and bark scorpions rest amid the winter. While scorpions are lone animals, bark scorpions really sleep together in groups of up to 30 scorpions.

Despite the fact that they can survive cool temperatures, scorpions don’t care for the icy so they stow away in warm places in the winter. As the temperatures chill off in the fall, scorpions search for a warm dull spots to rest. Frequently, this implies scorpions will advance inside your home amid the winter a very long time to remain warm. Once inside, they cover up in any dim, warm cleft that they can discover. Scorpions just need an opening 1/16″ wide to interrupt, so they can be found in hole amongst floors and baseboards, behind furniture, and even in shoes.

In the event that you have scorpions in your home in the winter, you’ll likely notice them as the days begin somewhat hotter. We regularly get notification from individuals requiring scorpion control when the climate begins to warm up, and one of the basic misguided judgments is that scorpion season is starting. Actually, these scorpions found in your house were in all probability resting throughout the entire winter. Now and again, in any case, they aren’t seen until the point that the outside temperatures begin to warm up, and scorpions leave hibernation.

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Cold Weather Pests in Arizona

Cold Weather Pests in Arizona

Just because it’s cold out…finally…doesn’t mean you can get lazy with your pest control efforts. This is the time of year when we get calls from surprised and overwhelmed clients…

Clients with family coming into town who had a scorpion invade their bedroom. Clients with friends coming into town for the holidays who saw a mouse scurry across their kitchen floor.

We’re well into the thick of holiday season, and travel season, and keeping the house as clean as you can to impress the inlaws season. All of this means that pest control should also be at the top of your list. Travel season is huge for bed bugs. And holiday season is huge for ants, cockroaches, rats and mice. Oh, and cold winter weather is the best time of year for scorpions to move into the warmth of your home.

Earwigs

One of the most annoying insects that can invade your property and home during the winter months is the earwig. Since they are not capable of withstanding the extremely cold temperatures, they will do their best to harbor in warmer areas such as mulch, patio stones, a deck, or an above-ground pool. The real problem arises when they find a way into your house. One of the common methods earwigs will use to get inside your home is by nesting in plants and soil that you bring in for decoration. They were there to stay warm outside, but now that they are in a warm house they will start moving about again and become a nuisance.

Wasps

Although wasps are one of several species that die off in the freezing weather, they can still be a nuisance in the winter months. When the temperature drops, the wasps desert their paper nests and leave their larvae to die in the cold. Although their fate is almost certain death, during the time from when they leave their nest to when they freeze they are flying around without a home, just waiting to sting innocent bystanders.

Rodents

  • Secure your home. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent mice and rats from using easy entry ways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Don’t build rodent attractions near your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground. Keep shrubberies cut back from the house.
  • Make sure your home isn’t rodent-friendly. Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear, and store boxes off of the floor. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.
  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a pest professional. Hiring a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem is the most effective solution to eliminate rodent infestations.

Scorpions

Scorpions are very resilient insects, and just like a termite, they can survive the freezing weather and bark scorpions hibernate during the winter. While scorpions are creatures, naturally live in solitary, bark scorpions hibernate together in clusters of up to 30 scorpions.

Even though scorpions can survive cold temperatures, they don’t like the cold, so they hide in warm places in the winter. As the temperatures begin to decrease in the fall, scorpions search for warm dark places to hibernate. Many times, this indicates that they will make their way into your home during the winter months in order stay warm. Once they are inside, they will find any warm, dark crevice to hide. Scorpions only need an opening 1/16” wide to intrude into your home so that they can be found in crevices between baseboards and floors, behind furniture, layers of clothes and even in shoes.

You will likely start to notice scorpions’ activities in your home during winter as the days start to get a little bit warmer. It is common to see people requesting for scorpion control when the weather starts to heat up, and one of the widespread misconceptions is that scorpion season is approaching. Indeed, these scorpions found in your house were most likely hibernating in a dark, warm crevice all winter long. Sometimes, they aren’t noticed at all until the outside temperatures start to warm up, and scorpions come out of their hiding place.

Slow Moving Scorpions…

Slow Moving Scorpions…

You may have noticed the weather dipping. It’s beautiful outside now, which can lead many to think that pests like scorpions and termites are done for the season. In fact, the opposite is true.

Scorpions and termites are simply seeking better shelter to keep them warm and fed during the chilly winter months. As they seek out the warm places to spend the winter, they’ll find their way into your home.

Let’s take a flashback to a blog we posted last winter on the topic of scorpions, and other pests, during winter…

When it is mild winter weather, so many pest populations stay active. Although there is a common myth that scorpions die off during the winter time, they don’t, they just hibernate. In fact, since scorpions hate cold weather, they often choose a time to hibernate in homes where they can stay warm throughout the wintertime. Here is what you need to be aware of about scorpion operation in the winter months.

Scorpions are very resilient insects, and just like a termite, they can survive the freezing weather and bark scorpions hibernate during the winter. While scorpions are creatures, naturally live in solitary, bark scorpions hibernate together in clusters of up to 30 scorpions.

Even though scorpions can survive cold temperatures, they don’t like the cold, so they hide in warm places in the winter. As the temperatures begin to decrease in the fall, scorpions search for warm dark places to hibernate. Many times, this indicates that they will make their way into your home during the winter months in order stay warm. Once they are inside, they will find any warm, dark crevice to hide. Scorpions only need an opening 1/16” wide to intrude into your home so that they can be found in crevices between baseboards and floors, behind furniture, layers of clothes and even in shoes.

You will likely start to notice scorpions’ activities in your home during winter as the days start to get a little bit warmer. It is common to see people requesting for scorpion control when the weather starts to heat up, and one of the widespread misconceptions is that scorpion season is approaching. Indeed, these scorpions found in your house were most likely hibernating in a dark, warm crevice all winter long. Sometimes, they aren’t noticed at all until the outside temperatures start to warm up, and scorpions come out of their hiding place.

To tackle scorpions’ scourge, prevention is one of the best processes you can embark upon to ensure winter control of scorpions. You start by making sure that all entry points are blocked off, and no space enough to accommodate the poisonous insect is left open. Scorpions can break into a home through the tiniest space, so it’s imperative to make sure that your home is sealed at utility entry points, pipes, and doors. A firm rule of thumb is that if you can see daylight into your home through an entry point, it probably needs to be replaced or repaired. For instance, changing old weather stripping on doors will help prevent scorpions from accessing your home. Another good step to take to avoid scorpion entry into your home is to make sure trees, shrubbery and foliage are trimmed away from your house, and not to overwater plants as scorpions thrive on water.

If you have taken the necessary steps to repair common entry points into your house, your home is adequately prepared to begin preventative scorpion treatment. A licensed pest control company can then come in to exterminate scorpions and focus on areas that are difficult to seal. A precautionary approach to winter scorpion control will set you up for success in wintertime. You don’t to let your guard down because it is wintertime, insects like a scorpion, termites are hiding somewhere in the dark and warm crevices, furniture present in your home.

Halloween Pests and Ghouls

Happy Halloween! There are all kinds of scary, morbid, even creepy, crawly elements to Halloween evening. But, it’s the pests that live in your walls, in your attic, along the trim of your home, in your basement or your trees or your foundation…those are the pests you’ll want to keep an eye out on this Halloween.

So, which pests are the most dangerous on this Halloween Eve?

Termites: 

Termites are destructive little creatures that chew walls to the extent of crumbling the whole structure of a building. They cause severe damages every year.

These dangerous insects are silent and difficult to detect. Even though these creatures can’t destroy concrete, block or brick foundations, they can, however, enter a Gilbert house through small cracks in the foundation gaps.

The structural support of a house made of wood can also be affected by termite infestation. The subterranean termites on their way to the ceiling can destroy the walls. The brutality of losses from termite attack depends on the value individual places on items there were destroyed.

Scorpions: 

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.

Scorpions can pack a nasty sting, and it can be particularly dangerous for anyone who is even slightly allergic. There are a few scorpions that pack particularly dangerous stings: the Arizona Bark Scorpion and the Striped Bark Scorpion. The Arizona Bark Scorpion is found in Arizona but most of the other scorpions in the state are not very dangerous unless you have an allergy. If you happen to run across scorpions when you least expect them and get stung, don’t panic and apply these first aid techniques before seeking medical help.

Conclusion

There are all kinds of pests, hundreds, in fact, that might invade your home on this Halloween evening. So, as you’re handing out candy, be sure to clean up the mess!! The day after Halloween is one of the greatest days of the year for ants, scorpions, spiders, birds, rats, cockroaches, and every other kind of pest who love sugar, or feed of bugs who love sugar.

You’re not the only one with a sweet tooth this time of year…

Where Are These Spiders and Scorpions Coming From?

Where Are These Spiders and Scorpions Coming From?

It’s easy to get frustrated with the pests in your home. You kill a scorpion one night, then find a spider in your home the next night. You think, “How do these bugs keep getting in?”

You think, “Where are these bugs coming from?”

You wonder, “Is there something that I can be doing to keep spiders and scorpions out of my house?”

Yes, there is something that you can do to keep spiders and scorpions out of your home. Here are some tips:

Frequent Cleaning: How often do you vacuum? How often do you sweep and mop? How often do you clean the windows and baseboards? These are the things that need to be done at least twice a week to ensure spiders and scorpions don’t make their way into your home. Many times, they come in simply because the kids haven’t picked up the floor in a few weeks, and things are piling up, making for great hiding spots.

Sealing: Spiders and scorpions, especially scorpions, can fit through cracks you can barely even see. Go around the baseboards and the foundation of your home with something as simple as caulking to seal those tiny cracks. If the baseboards are pulling away from the wall, if the corners don’t align perfectly, or if the windows are showing cracks along the house siding, use some caulking to seal those areas.

It’s the Season: Fall is the season for these types of pests. Scorpions and spiders began to make their way into your home to escape the evening chill.

The best thing that you can do to keep scorpions and spiders away from your home is to call in the professionals. Professional pest control experts, like our very own Magic Pest pros, will not only exterminate any pests, we will also seal your home to keep them out for the future.

Halloween Pests and Your Gilbert Home

It’s that time of year, when pests of all shapes and sizes, and colors, come creeping to your Gilbert home in search of…

Candy!

Halloween season is the best time of the year to celebrate those creepy, crawly, awful little pests that tend to invade your home and keep you up at night. From spiders to cockroaches, scorpions to snakes, even rats, Halloween in Gilbert is all about bringing out the insects….even if they are fake.

As Magic Pest Control, this is the time of year we tend to hear a story or two about how they were surprised by the huge spider that snuck up on them in the shower, only to find out it was a Halloween prank and a fake spider – thank goodness.

So, what can you do with scorpions, spiders, cockroaches and rats this Halloween season?

Spiderwebs: It’s not Halloween without spiderwebs, and lots of them, all over your home. How about DIY trash bag spiderwebs, or cookies with spiderwebs, or spiderweb pie, or spiderweb balloon art.

Check this out: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/338895940702835057/

Cockroaches: We’ve seen some imaginative Halloween decor with cockroaches over the years, but this Pinterest pin of hundreds of cockroaches coming out of an air vent takes the cake: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/213850682286483520/

Spider Ice Cubes: I love the idea of adding fake spiders to your ice cubes for a Halloween party!!

Check it out: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/308567011960744672/

Scorpions: When there’s a scorpion on the door mat in Arizona, you can’t really be sure if it’s real or fake. Especially this time of year!

There are so many great ideas for using pests in your Halloween decor! Just remember, if you have the real thing, call in Magic Pest Control.

Are Scorpions Active in October?

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.

Extra help

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.

Scorpions, Plumbing Drains and Pest Control

Do Scorpions Come Up Through the Toilet?

Can Scorpions Live in the Plumbing Drains?

Do Scorpions Die When You Flush Them Down the Toilet?

We get a lot of questions about scorpions and home plumbing systems. These three are just a few that we hear every day. From phone calls to emails, here at Magic Pest Control our in-house team of pest control experts at our Gilbert offices have the answers…and you definitely have the questions.

So, let’s answer some of the more common scorpion questions that come across our emails and phone lines…and when our pest control professionals are out on the job.

Can Scorpions Live in Drains?

Yes, scorpions can live in drains. In fact, they can survive in water for two days!! So, if you see one floating around your swimming pool, as they often do, don’t be tempted to touch it because you think it’s dead. There’s a good possibility that scorpion is still alive.

Scorpions can live in the drains, but they don’t often do so. Drains are slippery and smooth…or, at least, they’re suppose to be. As your plumbing becomes corroded over time from hard water, there is a slight possibility that a scorpion could make it’s way up your drain.

Can I Flush a Scorpion Down the Toilet?

Well, you can, but not if you’re trying to kill it. Because scorpions are extremely resilient, and because they can survive in water for two days, flushing them down the toilet will just get rid of them…for the time being.

Your best bet is to grab a shovel to kill a scorpion. Or, better yet, call in the scorpion killing experts.

So, if you see a scorpion in your sink, bathtub or shower, call in a scorpion treatment expert. We’ll let you know if that scorpion is coming up your drains.

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Arizona Dust Storms and Pest Control

Just the other day the East Valley, including Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Chandler were hit with a nice little dust storm followed by a monsoon storm…

Rain, lightening and thunder pounded the East Valley for about an hour, and then left us humid and hot.

If you’ve lived in Arizona for any length of time, you know that dust storms not only bring Valley Fever and allergies, but pests seeking shelter.

Dust storms are quite often followed by monsoon rain and torrential downpours. So, Arizona pests have adapted to this monsoon season…by invading your home.

Scorpions and spiders are seeking shelter in your home…within the walls of your home…within the attic of your home…and when you least expect it these scorpions and other pests are also seeking food…exploring your home for dinner.

So, what can you do to secure your home before the next dust storm and monsoon downpour hits? How about a full home sealing…

Magic Pest Control caulks and seals all vulnerable areas around your home or business structure and window seals. It is imperative that your home is sealed properly, as these little critters can come through a crack as thin as your credit card!

  • Seal exterior base of home where weep screed and stem wall meet with a clear silicone caulking.
  • Seal overhang area where freeze boards meet with a clear silicone caulking.
  • Re-screen any open breather holes at overhang.
  • Seal exterior light fixtures, AC lines, water spigot and thresholds etc. with a clear silicone caulking.
  • Seal garage walls where stem wall and sheet-rock meet.
  • Seal exterior and interior mechanical rooms.
  • Screen exhaust fans located in bathrooms and laundry room with nylon screening.
  • Seal between air duct and drywall behind air vents with clear silicone caulking.
  • Seal interior kitchen and bathroom pipes, toilet fixtures and showerheads needed.
  • Touch-up weather-stripping on exterior doors. (We do not do complete weather-stripping jobs)
  • Screen window weep-holes as needed.
  • Place smaller screening on garage air vents.
  • Seal and dust block fence.
  • Seal the underside of door frames
  • Dust all cracks and crevices prior to sealing.
  • Place insect monitors in the garage.
  • Power spray exterior.
  • Granulate perimeter and/or yard.
  • Dust & seal around plumbing under cabinets.
  • Dust exterior wall voids via switch plates.
  • Dust cabinet false bottoms.

For more information on home sealing, check this out: https://www.magicpest.com/scorpion-home-sealing-job-breakdown/

Monsoon Season Gilbert Brings Out the Scorpions

Monsoon Season Gilbert Brings Out the Scorpions

Monsoon season doesn’t just bring termites in seek of rotting wood. Monsoon season also brings out the cockroaches and the scorpions, all seeking food and shelter. Many of these Arizona pests actually love monsoon season!

Scorpions are on the hunt. They’re looking for dry shelter, but they’re also looking for food. And, since the rain brings out the cockroaches, scorpions are not far behind.

As insects make their way out to find shelter from the rain and flooding of their little homes, scorpions make their way out to eat.

You’ll want to seal up your home this time of year not only from the heat and rain, but also from the scorpions and other summertime monsoon pests.

Anything that lives underground in Gilbert, Arizona and throughout the desert, will come out big time when it rains. And, since we’ve seen a lot of rain recently, scorpions are already out and seeking food and new shelter. You’re not the only one who loves to be indoors during a haboob and torrential downpour.

To keep scorpions out, residents should do something called “exclusion,” such as the following preventative actions:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors, including garage doors that don’t close all the way, to keep scorpions out
  • Seal gaps in windows, thresholds and other places that could allow a scorpion to gain entrance to the home
  • Remove debris and clutter from around the exterior of the home, including piles of firewood, yard supplies, vegetation growing close to the house and anything else that would provide a hiding spot and hunting ground for a scorpion

If that doesn’t do the trick, and scorpions are still entering your Gilbert home during monsoon downpours, call us immediately!