Five Easy Ways To Keep Scorpions Away In Oklahoma City
October 1, 2021
There are many upsides to living here in Oklahoma City. Having scorpions trying to get into our homes is not one of them. These invasive arachnids are very scary and are becoming more and more of a problem in our area. Thankfully, like other pests, scorpions are preventable as long as you know what you are doing. To help you keep scorpions out of your Oklahoma City home, here are five easy steps to try.
1. Address Moisture Problems
Although scorpions prefer to live in hot and arid climates, these pests do still need moisture. Your job is to address moisture problems in and around your home that might be drawing these pests in. Here are some practical ways to do this.
Have your home’s pipes inspected to make sure they are not leaking.
Address damage to fixtures like faucets and out spouts in and around your home.
Eliminate sources of standing water around your property.
Use a dehumidifier indoors to keep moisture levels to a minimum.
Dry out sinks and bathtubs after using them.
2. Seal Your Home’s Exterior
Scorpions get into homes by crawling through gaps, cracks, and other openings. To reduce your chances of finding these pests around your living areas, address as many of these entry points as you can. To do this, start with your foundation. Use a caulking gun to seal off any damage you find. Do the same for gaps around window/door frames. Follow this up by inspecting weatherstripping, door sweeps, and window/door screens, making sure they are all in good condition. Finally, keep unscreened doors and windows closed when they aren’t in use.
3. Keep Your Yard Clutter-Free
A cluttered yard attracts scorpions because it provides them with places to hide. Eliminate harborage opportunities around your property by cleaning up leaf piles, picking up sticks, and eliminating other forms of debris and clutter. We also recommend storing untreated lumber and other building materials a good distance from your home in a covered area.
4. Clean Your Home
In the same way scorpions like a cluttered yard, these pests also love it when homes are unkempt. To make your home unlivable for dangerous scorpions, keep things as tidy and clean as possible. This includes picking up food messes and drink spills as they occur, repackaging stored goods into tightly-sealed plastic totes, and getting rid of things you do not need that are creating clutter.
5. Turn Off Exterior Lights At Night
Scorpions are not attracted to light, but their prey is. Many insects that scorpions invade homes to hunt are drawn indoors by exterior lights. The answer to this is to simply turn off your exterior lights at night. Another option is to replace outdoor bulbs with insect-resistant lights. You can find these at most hardware stores.
Bonus Tip: Hire A Pest Control Professional
DIY is helpful if you are looking for a way to reduce your chances of finding scorpions inside, but it is not a guaranteed solution. The only way to ensure these pests stay outside where they belong is to hire a professional pest control provider. At Dandi Guaranty, our focus is on friendly services, affordable pricing, and effective treatments. Our pest control options cover a wide range of pests in our area including scorpions. Call us today if a scorpion is inside your home causing trouble, or to find out more about our year-round pest control plans. We will walk you through our comprehensive options and help find one that best fits your budget and individual needs.