Get Rid of Scorpions at Your Austin Home
Scorpion control is an Austin-area essential service - whether you try to do it yourself or hire a professional pest control company.
Scorpions are common in Texas and one of the pests that most people don’t want to see inside. They are predators that eat many types of insects, spiders, centipedes, and sometimes also other scorpions. They are known to be particularly fond of cockroaches and crickets.
Scorpions, in turn, are preyed on by bats, birds (most commonly owls given that scorpions are also nocturnal), lizards, mice, shrews, and also large centipedes and tarantulas.
Scorpions prefer to shelter in cool and moist places and are often found in crevices, under rocks or pebbles, under woodpiles or bark or other objects left around that creates a dark, moist living space.
Scorpion Control by Physical Exclusion (Make Access More Difficult)
The most important step you can take with managing scorpions is to stop them from getting inside in the first place. Ways that scorpions get in include:
- Weep holes
- Gaps under doors or around windows and damaged weather strips or window screens
- Utility openings
- Doors or windows that are left open
A problem with scorpions is that they tend to go straight up when they come to an obstruction. So, if they walk up to the wall of your premises, they tend to go straight up the wall and end up in the attic space.
Access to the inside from the attic is often via poorly fitted light fixtures. To treat for a scorpion problem it is therefore important to treat the attic space as well. Keep tree limbs and bushes or shrubs at least a foot away from the walls of your home or business and keep your lawn maintained.
Reduce Harborage Areas
- Wood piles are a common harborage area. Keep them off the ground or, better still, remove them.
- Clutter – don’t leave things lying on the ground as this creates harborage areas for scorpions.
- Stones and pebbles look good in a garden but create ideal spaces for scorpions to shelter.
- Prune shrubs to expose trunk and the ground around the plant and remove leaf litter, mulch, and other organic debris.
Reduce Food Sources
Given that scorpions are predators, a good way to reduce scorpion numbers is to reduce food sources in their habitat. Roaches and crickets are a favorite food so focusing on reducing these will help bring down scorpion numbers. A challenge is that scorpions can last for months without food as long as they have water and tend to hibernate in winter.
If you are having challenges with scorpion control, or any other pests, let one of the YardDoc technicians help you get on top of the problem.