There are scorpions all over the State of Arizona and it is only time in the Valley before they will reach any home. When I moved to the East Valley from Washington State then to Awatukee (on a desert preserve lot) 10 years ago I did extensive research about the critter.
Scorpions are territorial, heat seeking, block wall crack and palm tree loving. If your neighbors have scorpions, it will just be time before they spread out to your lot - they like to live alone. Nurseries (tree farms), desert hillside homes and moving boxes are the easiest means to get scorpions. Farm fields being tilled and watered help to prevent the spread of scorpions (and termites), but let the field go unfarmed, become dry and they will migrate over time. Farmers with hay stacked up and old barns help to keep them in the area. It may take years, but they will slowly come. If you have crickets, you have the potential to have scorpions. Spray Monthly to keep their food source away is a good preventive measure.
The good news - the scorpions you see in the East Valley (unless you import them in a pile of wood) are not serious - like a bee sting and not fatal. The bigger the scorpion is the less potent. If you find a scorpion in your home, most times will be on your white ceiling - they go to the highest warm place (if they get enough time inside) and are easily squished. Scorpions do not clean themselves like other insects and the way to kill them (if you don't have pets or children) is to spread diatomaceous earth (for swimming pool filters) at your bases of windows, block wall, foundation and doors, seal all your stucco at the base of your home and all cracks on your block wall (that's good to prevent any insect), The scorpions die slowly when their body gets cut up when they crawl across. Monthly have a good exterminator spray 3' away from the block wall and 3' around your home - they may get into your home, but it will take 3 days to kill them with pesticide and they will be next to dead. Then as a final precaution, close all windows at night (they are nocternal) when the temperature during the day is above 80 degrees. They will try to find warmth in your home. Don't put vining plants or watering within a min of 3 feet of the base of your foundation around you home (that isn't just for scorpions, it is also for expansive soils, and termites).
I am in Gilbert now for the last 10 years at Greenfield and Warner and the Morrison Farm area with the old barns were known to have scorpions. It has taken 10 years for them to move across the 160 acre field to our development. Even thought I haven't seen scorpions yet, I spray monthly, close my doors and windows at night and follow all the things I learned when living on the Desert Preserve.
ASU entomology department told me the most effective way to kill scorpions is to lay out a 4'X4' wet burlap in your yard, get a black light, and big stick and go out in your yard at 4am - lift up the sack (they glow in the black light) and squish them.
Arizona is a great place to live and even our insects think so!
Be more concerned about using DEET Bug Spray to prevent mesquito bites in the evenings in Mesa and Gilbert during the summer months for West Nile Virus. We never have a cold enought winter to kill off all of our beloved insects.
Here's another little tip, Petsmart on Glibert Rd and Germann sells black lights for around $12, buy one and check it out, before you buy. It wouldn't stop me from buying a house if I found one, but if I seen a lot them, it might.
Good Luck : )
Scorpions can be found anywhere in the desert. You do not have to back to the mountain in order to get them. So the answer to your questions is yes. At some point or another you will find scorpions in your home. You can have your home sealed and get pest control service.
Scorpions are most often seen when you live at the base of the mountains and also you might see them in new construction areas. They are probably not going to be an issue at Gilbert and Pecos although we do live in the desert and no area is guaranteed to be scorpion free. The best thing to do is have a great pest control service and that should pretty much eliminate any pests that you may have.
There is a new company that is producing a new product that eliminates scorpions and other insects from entering the home and back yard without the use of pesticides. And it WORKS!
See there website pest borders.com
Are you currently working with a REALTOR? If not, you should be so that they can assist you this. If this is anything other than a foreclosure there should be disclosures with the property.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me.
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If the seller of the home you are considering has lived in it, they should provide a disclosure statement (SPDS). This has a question specifically asking if the homeowner has seen scorpion activity on the property. If so, you can ask more questions about the extent of the activity. I've lived in the East Valley for more years than I care to admit :o) and in my experience it holds true that scorpion presence can vary from street to street. Currently, the people across the street have seen a couple, and on our side we haven't seen a single one in 3 years!
Good luck in your home search!
1) Scorpions live in Arizona and you will most likely encounter them if you stay in Arizona.
2) Diatomaceous Earth can be purchased at pool companies, Home Depot and Lowes and scattered around the exterior of your home. It is like you and I crawling across sandpaper on our bare hands and knees. In other words....they WON'T want to do it!
3) Make sure you find the cracks in your foundation on the exterior of your home and fill them with spray foam also available from Home Depot and Lowes.
4) You can use sticky traps around doors and windows where the critters can creep in.
5) Cats are immune to scorpion stings so if you have a cat...it is a bonus. Both cats and scorpions come out at night.
6) A scorpion will glow like a roman candle under a black light or ultraviolet light. It is a good way to see them at night. I know of a neighborhood in PV that is filled with some very astute entrepreneurs, a group of 12 year olds take a black light and hunt them and charge the homeowners $1 for each one they catch and kill.
7) Remove wood and rock piles, stacks of wood, etc as the nasty little critters like to â€œnestâ€ in these areas.
8) When all else fails...get some chickens and let them free-range. Of course make sure you double check with your HOA first! ;)
Keller Williams Realty East Valley
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