Scorpion Pest Control Services
- Sweep Exterior of Home
- Hand Removal of Scorpions
- Determine Source of Problem
- Identify Habitats to Remove
- Custom Strategy
- Scorpion Audit +
- Sweep of Interior of Home
- Priority Scheduling
- Expedited Reporting
- Sweep of Exterior of Home
- Hand Removal of Scorpions
- Work to Eliminate Source
- Continued Recommendations
- Implementation of Strategy
Scorpion Control Methods
Our methods are based on the research of University of Arizona professors findings that pesticides are an ineffective prevention method for scorpions. We combat your problem by population control, removing habitats and prevention education.
After each service, a detailed report is emailed to you. This report describes where the scorpions were found and recommendations for pest prevention.
We can also seal your property’s concrete block walls that separate the lots. This is the top place where scorpions live, by removing this habitat scorpions can be greatly reduced.
Some of the scorpions we collect are used by The University of Arizona Department of Entomology to conduct behavioral and venom studies.
Scorpion Sweep Details
- We encourage home owners to walk with us while we sweep so we can answer questions and give recommendations in person.
- Please turn off all exterior, motion and pool lights. The darker the better.
- Specialist(s) will arrive between 8pm- 4am
- Scorpion Sweepers will sweep all accessible exterior property
- Using high power Ultra Violet (UV) lights Specialists will detect and collect scorpions. Please refrain from looking directly into lights as this may cause eye damage.
- Yards must be groomed in such a way that it is not a danger for a Scorpion Sweeper Specialist to perform a sweep.
- Scorpion Sweepers reserves the right to decline requests for sweep for any reason.
- *Prices may vary based on size of property, severity of infestation or distance from Phoenix
Sample Scorpion Extermination Report
Sweep & Location Map
Sweep History Report
The total number of scorpions found, all species and ages.
Arizona Bark Scorpions
In an urban setting, this should be the only species found. When a Scorpion is found in a home it is almost always an Arizona Bark Scorpion. They are yellow to light brown. Adults can be over three inches long, while babies may be the size of a pinhead. It is the only scorpion that can climb in the Phoenix area. They have long thin tails. Their claws are ovular, long, and thin not round like other scorpions. They are the most venomous species of Scorpion in the United States.
Desert Hairy Scorpions
The largest species of Scorpion found in the United States, they can be up to seven inches long. They are extremely aggressive and are the rarest species we find. Almost always found in rural settings, never urban. They cannot climb walls and are often found near their burrows. Their claws are large and round, much rounder than Arizona Bark Scorpion but less round than Striped Tail Scorpion. Their hairs can be seen from a distance on the tail and claws.
Striped Tail Scorpions
Second most common species we find. Will almost always be found in a rural setting, not urban. They cannot climb walls. They are thicker than a Bark Scorpion but about the same size if not slightly larger. They are a dark brown or almost grey color with a fat tail and very round and fat claws. The body is darker than the tail, legs, and claws. The defining feature is the two thin black strips on the last segment of the tail.
We count a scorpion as a baby if it is found on a mother scorpion’s back.
We consider a scorpion a mother if baby scorpions are found on its back.
Scorpions Found in the Front Yard
There were 37 scorpions found during tonight’s sweep. Hot spots included the middle desert island in the front yard, the pillar next to the a/c unit, and the vast majority were found along the wash located to the right of the property. 25 scorpions were found either in the river rocks of the right wash, along the neighbor’s perimeter wall to the right, and the wash directly behind the middle of the backyard. Fortunately, much of these scorpions were on the opposite side of the wash in relation to your home.
Scorpions Found in the Back Yard
There were 25 scorpions found in the backyard. The majority of these scorpions found spread out throughout the backyard. Approximately 12 were found within the rear cactus garden. The remaining 13 were found truly spread out in the backyard. Scorpions were predominantly found either within bushes and plants or directly underneath leaves and other plants.
Scorpions Found in the House
We did not sweep the interior of your home this evening.
Source of Scorpions
We believe there are a few explanations as to the source of the scorpions. The obvious source is the large and resounding wash that surrounds the property. This property features a massive river rock feature that includes ample hiding space for scorpions. At the same time, there are overgrown bushes and trees that are creating unnecessarily habitable conditions for scorpions. Furthermore, the backyard features a large variety of overgrown vegetation that not only creates shelter but also attracts insects who become scorpion prey.
- Trim landscaping 6-8 inches above the ground and away from walls to prevent shade during the day. Cricket, cockroaches and sometimes scorpions love this habitat.
- Remove leaf litter and other organic material from the property. This is perfect food and shelter for prey species of scorpions. Scorpions have been known to use this as a habitat as well.
- General pest control is recommended to kill the prey species for the scorpions. We saw various other pests while sweeping your property.
- Remove piles of wood, bricks, pavers, cinderblocks, or roof tiles from the property. These are scorpions hotels providing many cracks and crevasses that multiple scorpions can live in for years.
- Remove fallen fruit from the property. This can attract Rats, Cockroaches, Beetles, Flies, and Ants. Many of pests fallen fruit attracts are prey for scorpions and lead to increased population.
- Trim palm trees fonds to the trunk to remove all cracks and crevasse. Many pests especially Bark Scorpions can use this as a habitat.
- The Oleanders on your property are providing a great habitat for scorpions and other pests. We recommend removing all of the debris out from underneath the bushes and trimming the branches a foot above the ground so they do not provide shade during the day. This evergreen has usually has multiple trunks coming from its’ base. These trunks create a bowl-like area where organic material such as leaves and flowers can get caught. This area is very difficult to blow out so it provides a great long-term habitat for pests.
- Remove river rocks over 3 inches in diameter. These rocks provide a perfect habitat for scorpions. They allow them to fit underneath them completely, shading them from the sun.
- Remove ivy from the walls. Scorpions and other bugs love to live on the walls behind the ivy. Thick areas of ivy can provide habitat for many scorpions and their prey.
- There were some plant pots or planters on your property that were placed on the ground. These are great habitats for pest, The space under the pot or planter is a great habitat, there is also ample water from the watering of the plant. We recommend placing these on 4-6 inch tall stands so that air and light can go underneath.
- We realize many of the plants and features of your property create an aesthetically sound environment, but changes are necessary to reduce scorpion numbers. We are confident that if the previously suggested tactics are followed up on, the scorpion population will reduce from week to week.
Other Pests Encountered
1 (none) – 10 (pest every step) your pest problem is a 7.
- Crickets were heard throughout the property. Crickets are one of the top prey for scorpions. Crickets are one of the main sources of food for Scorpions, by eliminating this prey item you can reduce your scorpion population.
- Cockroaches were seen throughout the property. Cockroaches are one of the top prey for scorpions. If you can eliminate your Cockroaches issue, this may cause scorpions to look elsewhere for food.
- Huntsman or Giant Crab Spiders were seen on your property. This species can be very large and alarming, they are non-venomous and generally docile. These species is often confused with Brown Recluse Spiders. You can tell the difference by the size, Huntsman Spiders are much larger. Huntsman spiders can climb on walls, recluses cannot. Finally, Huntsman spiders have eight eyes while Brown Recluses have six.
There were no scorpions seen on our around your children’s play area or toys., As previously mentioned, we recommend taking immediate action to aid in reducing scorpions on the property. Our most suggested best practices are trimming vegetation six to eight inches above the ground, remove excess shade creating objects like stacked bricks, seal the property wall, and remove any fallen fruit or organic debris that attracts insects. We appreciate you allowing us to come inspect your property, and thank you, Michael, for tagging along during tonight’s sweep.
Strategy Moving Forward
This is a severe infestation we recommend weekly sweeps until you are in single digits. If you do want to do it yourself here is the UV light we recommend http://amzn.to/2qlYysP – If you are in need of a tool we recommend this http://amzn.to/2rSmKW1
Hi, I’m Ben Holland, Founder of Scorpion Sweepers, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about the services we provide.
We have three service options: a scorpion audit, an infestation protocol, and continual controlled sweeps, all three of which we come at night, using high-powered ultraviolet lights and hand remove your scorpions without using pesticides or dusts or any chemicals whatsoever. Our methods are safe for your family and pets.
The difference between an infestation protocol and a scorpion audit is simple. During an infestation protocol, we will come to your home three times, while a scorpion audit we come a single time.
Scorpion audits are ideal for somebody who may have just bought a house, may be buying a house, or somebody who has found five or six scorpions in their backyard, or just maybe concerned that they have scorpions in their home. An infestation protocol is much more aggressive where we come three times in ten days. This is perfect for somebody with a very large property or if you’ve found ten or more scorpions in your backyard in a given night.
After we’ve done an infestation protocol or a scorpion audit, you may want us to come back and do continual controlled sweeps. These continual controlled sweeps help keep the population down and prevent a population boom during mating season. All three of our methods are perfect for anybody who has scorpions at their home or just may be concerned.