What are scorpions?
Scorpions are arachnids, and like spiders, scorpions regularly visit our Encino, California yards and wind up in our homes. Two of the most common species in our area are the small Arizona bark scorpion and the large Arizona hairy scorpion.
Scorpions vary in appearance by species, but all have similar characteristics that help identify them.
- A long segmented tail that curves over the body
- A stinger at its tail end that is venom-filled
- Two front pincers
- Eight legs
- Many eyes but poor vision
Are scorpions dangerous?
Like most other types of stinging pests, scorpions have venom that is strong enough to cause harm to people. Avoiding contact with these pests is always best because while being stung by scorpions isn’t typically life-threatening, their stings are painful and can trigger allergic reactions. However, the Arizona bark scorpion is the most concerning species in the United States; they have venom that does do produce life-threatening symptoms.
Why do I have a scorpion problem?
Scorpions are predators and inclined to live together in groups. If you spot one scorpion, more are likely nearby that you don’t see. Scorpions are most active on properties offering them ample access to prey (insects) and water sources.
Things like gardens, trees, woodpiles, leaf piles, flowerbeds, and trash cans attract insects and, in turn, hungry scorpions. Things like leaky hoses and dripping pipes or air conditioners will provide these pests with reliable sources of water. Despite thriving in desert climates, scorpions have high moisture needs.
Where will I find scorpions?
Scorpions mainly live outside, but if your home provides them with better living conditions and access to food sources (insects), they will move indoors. Common entry points include spaces under doors or holes in the foundation, gaps around windows, and openings around pipes or wires moving into your home.
Scorpions can also passively hitchhike their way into your house. We can unknowingly bring them inside on firewood or in potted plants, deliveries, and boxes.
Inside our homes, scorpions gravitate to humid, dark, quiet areas. These pests are often discovered in or around tubs and sinks, within folded towels, bedding or stored clothing, inside storage boxes, or on walls in kitchens and bathrooms.
How do I get rid of scorpions?
No one can feel safe in their yard or house if they are sharing either space with scorpions. Taking back your property from stinging scorpions is best done with the assistance of a local pest professional. Don’t put yourself in danger by trying to get rid of these pests on your own.
At A Step Above Pest Control, we are committed to our customers and providing them with quality home pest control and commercial pest control services in Los Angeles. One of our professionals will find, identify, and appropriately remove any scorpions from your property, turning it back into a safe space. Call us today to ask about our effective scorpion control services.
How can I prevent scorpions in the future?
Keep scorpions out of your Los Angeles area home with the following prevention tips.
- Eliminate entry points into your home by sealing cracks in the foundation, making sure screens are intact, and placing weather-stripping around windows and doors.
- Do things around your home to make it less attractive to the insects that scorpions like to hunt. Keep lids on trash cans, remove areas of standing water, and keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.
- Clear clutter from your yard where scorpions can hide.
- Keep storage areas in your home free of clutter.
- Repair any leaky pipes, fixtures, and air conditioners.
- Always inspect items that have been outside for scorpions before bringing them inside.
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