Scorpion Hibernation – They Move Into Your Home
Scorpions are one of the oldest known terrestrial pests. Unfortunately for us, Scorpions are more common in the desert Southwest region of the United States.
Most Scorpions are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night. However, this does not mean that you will not see them during the day. Some Scorpions can be found during the day in harborage areas where it is cool and moist. These locations can be under rocks, inside walls, wood, tree bark, vegetation, or in burrows. Although they mostly remain outside, they can find their way indoors, especially as they look for a place to hibernate for the winter.
Scorpions in the Winter
Although they can survive cold temperatures, scorpions don’t like the cold so they hide in warm places in the winter. As the temperatures begin to cool down in the fall, scorpions look for a warm dark place to hibernate. Often, this means that scorpions will make their way inside your home during the winter months to stay warm. Once inside, they hide in any dark, warm crevice that they can find. Scorpions only need an opening 1/16” wide to intrude, so they can be found in crevices between floors and baseboards, behind furniture, and even in shoes.
If you have scorpions in your home in the winter, you’ll likely notice them as the days start to get a little bit warmer. We often hear from people needing scorpion control when the weather starts to warm up, and one of the common misconceptions is that scorpion season is beginning. In fact, these scorpions found in your home were most likely hibernating all winter long. Sometimes, however, they aren’t noticed until the outside temperatures start to warm up, and scorpions come out of hibernation.
As people in Mesa, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, and Scottsdale open their windows to enjoy the cool weather, this is an open invitation for scorpions and other pests. Scorpions that make their way inside tend be active at night and during the day will find shelter in blanket, towel, cracks and crevices in you walls. Scorpions blend in easy to their surroundings and stings typically happen when you’re walking around the home or lying down.
Preventing Scorpions from Entering Your Home in the Winter
Scorpion control can be quite the task. Although this task may be difficult, it is not impossible. The reason Scorpions are so hard to kill is due to their exoskeleton. Their exoskeleton is the barrier on the outside of their body. This layer acts as protection against pesticides, making it harder to kill them. However, laying down granules can help reduce and eventually eliminate Scorpion activity. The application of pet and kid safe pesticides will help reduce the appearance of Scorpions due to other pests being a food source to Scorpions. Call Cummings Pest Control to schedule an appointment today!