Scorpions have been around since the days of the dinosaurs looking pretty much just like they do today. There are over a thousand different types of scorpions found all over the world and there are probably more that haven’t been discovered yet. You can find scorpions on every continent in the world with the exception of Antarctica; it’s a wee bit too cold there. In the US there are more than 90 types of scorpions with most of them being found in the Southwest. As interesting as that is, nobody wants to find scorpions in their home.
Keeping Your Home Free of Scorpions
It doesn’t matter what type of scorpion you find they are all capable of delivering a painful sting, some can even kill. Deaths from scorpion stings are extremely rare that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious. If you live anywhere where scorpions are part of the environment then you need to scorpion proof your home. You need to be aware of where scorpions hide, where they find food and then eliminate those places.
Where Scorpions Can Be Found
Starting outside your home you want to get rid of things like piles of wood, debris around the property, grass and yard trimmings and anything that provides shelter for scorpions. There are bark scorpions that will hide in bushes and trees so trim back any trees or bushes that touch your home. Firewood should stay outside until you’re ready to burn it and always examine it before bringing it into your house. Raise your garbage cans off the ground to keep them out of range. Seal any and all gaps around the windows and doors with weather stripping or caulk. Put screens where they are needed including vents into your attic. Here is a closer look at how to scorpions out of your home.
Double Checking for Scorpions
If you call the Southwest home then these are some habits that you want to get into to make sure you stay safe from scorpions:
Check your shoes before putting them on
Shake out clothing that has been on the floor
Wear gloves and shoes when you work in the yard
Avoid going barefoot
Check beds or sleeping bags before you climb in for the night
If you live in the south or Southwest then scorpions are a fact of life and most people pay little attention to them. However nobody wants to find scorpions in their home and you can take measure to make sure that they stay out.
The last thing you want to do is to walk into the kitchen and see a line of ants strolling across your floor. A couple of ants aren’t so bad and they are easy to get rid of with some over the counter ant killer. On the other hand if you have an infestation then you need to take more drastic measures and bring in an exterminator to get rid of them for good. You can find ants almost anywhere but they do like any food that gets left behind. Exterminators will not only treat your problem they will also help you with preventing this from happening again. Let’s look at how exterminators get rid of ants.
What Kind of Ants
Once an exterminator comes to your home one of the first things they will do is try and discover the type of ants you are dealing with. There are thousands of different species of ants, here in the US fortunately there are only about 450 or so and only a handful that exterminators face. A good exterminator has no problem recognizing which species are plaguing your home. That makes it easier to figure out which treatment will work the best to eliminate your ant problem.
Make a Plan
Once the exterminator understands the situation they will take the time to speak to you about any concerns that you may have. They will go over things like if you have pets or kids in the home that may change the course of treatment. There are plenty of products for pest control that are toxic so always make sure that you voice any concerns that you may have. That’s why most will do a consultation with you before recommending a specific treatment plan.
Some ant species are harmful to your structure, they like wood that’s why it is crucial to identify the species. The exterminator may have to get in under cupboards and in crawl spaces to discover how they are getting in. This is how the assess any damage and how extensive the infestation might be.
Getting Rid of Your Ants
Once everything has been assessed and the exterminator has figured out how they are coming in, the next step is to kill them. He will either block off their entrance to your home or advise you on how to do it. Then they will start spraying your home to get rid of the ants that are in your home. Often they will use a poison that is ingested and that won’t be harmful to pets or people. If you have a colony on your property they will spray it with insecticide to get rid of it.