Scorpions And Remodeling: Planning For Prevention

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A remodeling project or other construction near your property can leave your home open to scorpion infestation. Scorpions are attracted to your home when there are plenty of insects to serve as a food source, or when construction drives them from their previous home. Combine a food source with debris, which can give plenty of nesting areas, and you may end up with scorpions indoors if you don't take steps to prevent it.

Tip #1: Keep the Site Clean

A messy construction site can invite in all manner of pests, including scorpions. During a busy work day, a lot of items will be brought into your home to finish the project. It's completely possible for a scorpion to cling to something that is brought in and become deposited inside. Although you can't avoid this, you can minimize the chances of it occurring.

Scorpions are drawn to piles of wood and other debris. Work with your construction crew to keep wood and building supplies elevated off the ground and covered. Don't let the workers stack anything near the walls of your home either. Also, do your part and keep lawn debris and brush cleared and off your property.

Tip #2: Make sure entrances are sealed

Depending on the work you are having done, there may be a period when you have missing doors or windows. Other holes with access to the outside, such as future vent holes, are also a common problem. Seal off the rest of the house from the portion that's under construction, when possible. Otherwise, seal the openings with plastic until your contractor is ready to finish out the space.

After construction is complete, give a thorough visual inspection. If you spot any gaps around frames, vents or other points of access, ask your contractor to thoroughly caulk and seal the area. This is also a good time to inspect the rest of your home for gaps so you can seal them as well.

Tip #3: Maintain the Roof

You may think you're safe if you're only having roof construction done. Unfortunately, scorpions can climb quite well, so your roof is accessible to the pests. You can minimize the chances by trimming back any trees before the workers arrive. Scorpions often use tree branches as an access bridge to your roof.

After the job is over, inspect the eaves. Make sure the workers sealed any gaps so scorpions don't make their way indoors.

Tip #4: Build In Some Pest Control

Most scorpion pesticides are derived from natural products, so they don't last long and they need frequent reapplication. Although you can't build these into your home, you can build in pesticide barriers that will minimize the amount of food source insects in your house. These pesticides, which often include borax, are placed inside the walls before the interior is finished out.

Another option during the build is to have your home professionally sealed. This is especially vital for stucco homes, where cracks can form and provide access to scorpions.

It can be difficult to fully eradicate these pests if you live in an area where there is a high population. Even if you take precautions to keep them out, you may still need to perform monthly pest control around the perimeter of your home to prevent them from making their way inside.

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