Somewhat recently it seemed like a lot of my friends were encountering scorpions in their homes more frequently. A few of my friends on facebook were talking about being stung, finding them, etc. Then there was this article on azcentral.com about the cost of antivenom. Dude. $7950 for one dose? Really? I kind of freaked out a little. This coming from the Arizona girl that grew up with scorpions in her house and knew how to catch them in a jar without being stung by the age of 8. So I called up my favorite pest control company, Foothills Pest Control, and grilled Steve about what we could do to reduce our chances of being stung. Here’s what he had to say:
Sealing your house for scorpions helps. Steve comes out for a free estimate, but most average sized homes can get a basic exterior seal for $400-600. (Less than the $7950 for anti-venom!) This helps limit the ways they can get in your house.
Regular pest control helps keep the population down. I’ve lived in Arizona all my life, so I’ve heard lots of people say that to keep scorpions away, you have to kill what they eat. Like crickets. Some people think you can’t spray for the scorpions themselves. I guess it’s a little trickier (they have to come in contact with the spray within a certain time frame or something, ask Steve) but they actually can! A few days ago we found two in one day! But it was weird because they were half-dead. One was laying on the floor right by where I was doing dishes all like, “please…help…dying…” like they do in the movies or on tv. So I scooped him up and properly squished him. These little boogers had come in contact with the spray Foothills had put down a few days prior and came out of the walls to let us know they were dying. YAY!
What else can you do?
Scorpions like debris, so keep the build up clear. Those dead leaves in a pile in the corner of your yard? Yeah, like that.
Keep trees, plants, and shrubs up off the ground.
They also like to cluster in palm fronds and lumber piles, FYI.
Oh, and they like large river rock. Great for them to hide in. So be sure to teach your kids to kick over the rocks before collecting them.
At our house we like to go scorpion hunting at night with a black light. We have a little black light flash light and it lights those little boogers up! I’d suggest closed-toe shoes and have a plan for squishing them. We use the end of a broom handle.
You can also add fine mesh screens to your air conditioning vents.
Keeping bed clothes up off the floor helps too. Dust ruffles are a pretty little ladder!
One I’ve always heard is to put baby’s cribs in glass jars. Scorpions can’t climb glass and if you keep dust ruffles up, they shouldn’t be able to get in.
Be aware when you bring things in from the garage, outside or other people’s homes. I found one alive and kicking this morning under life vests we had brought in from the garage.
If you have any other tips or tricks, please share them in the comments section, I’d love to hear them!