The most venomous scorpion in North America, the Bark Scorpion sting can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling and convulsions lasting between 24 and 72 hours. Tens of thousands of people are stung across the country each year, many in their homes. A large proportion of these stings could have been prevented by people undertaking simples steps to deter the bark scorpion from their homes. So here we explain what you can do to deter these common household pests from your home.
Seal Your Property
Sealing the cracks and holes in the foundations, walls and baseboards is an excellent way to prevent scorpions entering your home. These critters can squeeze through a gap as thin as a credit card! Be sure to close windows tightly so there are no gaps for an invader to climb in and invest in door seals to prevent an entry route.
Remove Potential Scorpion Shelters
The predominantly nocturnal scorpion will seek shelter during the day, becoming active at night. Removing structures that scorpions may use as a daytime hiding place will prevent the creature from hanging around both inside and outside the home. Store cardboard boxes on cupboard shelves and keep storage and wardrobes neat and tidy. Outside, ensure hedges and plants are trimmed so there are no places to hide and don’t leave garbage hanging around.
Lavender or Citrus
Both Lavender and Citrus naturally deters scorpions. Plant lavender around the perimeter of your home and use lavender scented cleaning products. The same principles apply to citrus products, a pot with some citrus plants near entrances to your home will deter the arachnid invaders.
Balance the Insects
Bark Scorpions feed on insects around the home so be sure to kill and remove ants, cicadas, crickets and cockroaches quickly. However, leaving spiders around the home will help! Spiders will kill scorpions in the vicinity.
Birds are beautiful creatures. They perfectly symbolize freedom. They can fly anywhere they wish and nest on places they find ideal for them. While they’re certainly beautiful to look at, they are sometimes considered nuisance pests. Because the sky above your home is beyond your control, it is best for you to learn more about bird prevention tips so you can effectively keep them away.
In Phoenix, Arizona, many homeowners consider birds as pests. Their droppings can be very difficult to clean and can also cause serious damage to property. Bird droppings are very acidic. When these aren’t removed or cleaned up immediately, they can easily damage wood, metal, plastic, vinyl, paint, and other commonly used materials around your household. These droppings can cause pricey damage to roofs, cars, and other belongings.
Aside from the stress and damage to property they bring, these birds can also cause serious health risks. For instance, pigeons, which are very common in Phoenix, can transmit a number of diseases. Smaller birds can take with them an infestation of ticks, mites, and fleas. Furthermore, their droppings can be a source of viruses and other diseases.
As always, prevention is better than cure. Even before birds start becoming pests in your property, it’s best to prevent them from being around your own private space in the first place. Here are some tips you can keep in mind:
- Do a regular spot check on your entire property for possible bird nests.
Birds will come back again and again when they have already built their nest in your property. These nests aren’t only found in trees; they can also be found in chimneys, vents, roof drains, and others. When you check on your property, make sure you remove these nests as well.
- Don’t leave possible food sources lying around.
Depending on their species, birds may eat fruits, worms, bird feed, grains, seeds, and many more. It is best for you to make sure they have nothing to feed on in your property. Of course, you can’t possibly pick up all the worms in your garden or eliminate all of your fruit trees, if you have any. At least you should avoid leaving grains and seeds lying around by making sure your property is always clean and well-maintained.
- Consider using bird repellent sprays.
There are some bird repellent sprays and chemicals that may be applied on to your roof, porch, and other areas around your home where you frequently find birds resting. You may consider using these to keep many of these bird species out.
- Bird spikes may also be installed across your property.
Some would think it’s inhumane to install bird spikes in houses. However, birds don’t actually get killed by these spikes. They can go ahead and rest elsewhere, but not on those spikes in your property. Truth be told, when all else fails, bird spikes might just be your next best option to keep birds out.
Birds are difficult to control since they are free to fly anywhere they wish. In fact, many of their species are even protected by law. When dealing with a serious bird problem and your own DIY bird prevention methods simply didn’t work, it is time to call on the experts. Watchdog Pest Control is a top pest control contractor in the Phoenix, Arizona area. We can help you out. Give us a call at 602-842-5290 for an appointment.