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Of all the pests that invade homes in Mesa, scorpions are some of the worst. These stinger-tailed arachnids are about as scary as critters come. If you have never looked into the dangers of scorpions or researched ways to keep these pests out of your home, you are in the right place. Today we will be breaking down some not-so-fun facts about scorpions and discussing how you can keep these pests out of your Mesa home year-round.

The Life Cycle Of Scorpions

Have you had the question, “How long do scorpions live for?” Some species live to be upwards of eight years old. Most local species, however, only survive between two to four years. Where other arachnids like spiders lay eggs, scorpions are an exception and give birth to their young. However, they are not like mammals who have what is called “true births.” The process scorpions go through is called ovoviviparous, which involves eggs that hatch inside a female scorpion and then are “birthed” one at a time. Young scorpions then go through a lengthy process of molting and growing before reaching adulthood. On average, a scorpion molts five to six times and then stops after becoming mature.

The Dangers Of A Scorpion’s Sting

There are a few different types of scorpions that live here in Mesa. All scorpions in our area have venomous stings. However, only one species poses a serious life threat to humans; the species is Centruroides exilicauda, better known as the Arizona bark scorpion. This tan scorpion has a darker-colored back, two pincers, and a long, multi-segmented tail. You can identify this pest during the night by shining a blacklight at it, making it glow. A sting from an Arizona bark scorpion involves moderate to severe pain, numbness or tingling around the affected area, muscle immobility, twitching, convulsions, breathing difficulties, vomiting, and nausea. Other scorpion stings involve mostly pain and discomfort. If you suspect you have been stung by an Arizona bark scorpion, seek medical attention to reduce your risk of serious injury.

Five Eco-Friendly Scorpion Prevention Tips

The two reasons scorpions invade homes are hunting for food or seeking shelter from dangerous conditions outdoors. It is not uncommon for scorpions to move indoors in mass when construction begins nearby. If you are looking for how to prevent scorpions, here are five eco-friendly tips to try today.

  1. Use some liquid cement or caulk to seal off holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  2. Repair damage to your home’s window and door screens.
  3. Keep unscreened doors closed when they are not in use.
  4. Clean your home thoroughly once a week and do your best to keep up with general cleaning like dishes, sweeping, and wiping down countertops.
  5. Turn off exterior lights when it gets dark out, or consider investing in insect-resistant bulbs.

The Pros To Call For Total Scorpion Control For Your Home

Scorpions are one pest that you should not try to handle on your own. Get the professionals at Wave Pest Services involved in your Mesa area if you suspect these arachnids are skittering around inside your Mesa home. We offer quality scorpion control in Mesa that is guaranteed to address any infestation you are up against. It all starts with a professional inspection. Our team will visit your home and check your interior and exterior spaces for pest pressures and potential entry points. They will then use advanced treatments to remove current threats and integrated pest control strategies to keep out future invaders.

Call now to learn more about our Mesa home pest control and commercial pest control options and discover why Wave Pest Services is your best choice for the job at hand.