Scorpion control tips from the Garden Guy

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by Garden Guy Dave Owens, Special to azfamily.com

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Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:09 PM

PHOENIX -- No matter where you tend to live in Arizona, scorpions seem to be a problem. Along with their dangerous nature, they are difficult to kill; however, they can be prevented and eliminated using organic methods.

The first thing you will want to keep in mind is that by eliminating their food sources you eliminate their desire to stay in and around your home.

So, what is their food source? Scorpions tend to feed on different types of insects such as crickets and cockroaches. If you can first prevent an infestation, or even the presence, of insects in and around your home, you will have taken a large step towards preventing/eliminating the presence of scorpions.

To prevent/eliminate the presence of insects, I recommend the use of organic products that are safe for your pets and children because most will require an application at the source, or around the perimeter of your home and property. I have found that the most beneficial organic pest control method is the application of food-grade diatomaceous earth, such as my Extreme Insect Control. This product will also work wonderfully in creating a barrier to help prevent/eliminate the main issue of scorpions in and around your home.

I recommend applying the DE during dry weather conditions; however, during the times of wet weather or increased humidity, you can look towards misting a treatment of compost tea infused with molasses and orange oil around the same areas you would have treated with my Extreme Insect Control.

I was taught an ancient Indian trick a long time ago, which is to sprinkle ground cinnamon as a scorpion repellent. I sprinkle it in doorways and windowsills at my home and it seems to work. 

Another characteristic you will want to consider about scorpions is their hunting habits. They will normally hunt using the “watch then prey” method, which involves waiting in the same area, watching for their food source to approach, and then preying on their food source. For this reason scorpions do not tend to be extremely mobile and can be hunted themselves.

Using a black light, such as my Scorpion Hunting Flashlight, you can survey the interior and exterior of your home in the late evening for scorpions, which tend to only come out at night. When using a black light, the scorpions will glow, making them an easy target for your shoe. If you find an area that scorpions tend to hunt, you may also want to look into setting up a tented glue trap, which they will enter and not be able to exit from. (Be sure to check back on my website, www.gardenguy.com, in the coming weeks as I will be releasing a new product -- my own version of a tented scorpion glue trap). I have trapped many scorpions in and around my home using tented glue traps, which are also safe my dogs. 

I found a tool that is used as a scorpion grabber.  It has a long handle that has a sticky pad attached to the end. When you find a scorpion, you use this device to pick them up and then you simply throw the sticky pad away. No direct contact with the critter at all!

For gardening information check out my website, www.gardenguy.com, and my books, "Extreme Gardening: How to Grow Organic in the Hostile Deserts," "The Garden Guy: A Seasonal Guide to Organic Gardening in the Desert Southwest" and "The Garden Guy’s Southwest Bug Guide."


 

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