If you live in the Valley, particularly in the less-populated areas of Prescott or Surprise, AZ, you may have come across a few scorpions. With a few dozen species of scorpions inhabiting the Phoenix region, bare-footed backyard shenanigans are highly frowned upon. Although difficult to control, scorpions can be repelled with some clever landscaping and diligent work ethic. So, grab a pair of work gloves, clean up your Ridgeline’s bed, and start your spring landscape project off on the right foot. Soon, you’ll rid your yard of those pesky eight-legged freaks.
Plant a Garden
The first step to deterring scorpions from entering your backyard sanctuary is by removing their food source—mostly crickets, roaches, and other insects. Certain bug-repellant plants, when planted strategically and around the foundation of your home, can act as natural irritants to potential scorpion prey.
- Fennel – Its natural properties deter slugs, beetles, and roaches from venturing past the “no man’s land” portion of your garden and into your home.
- Chrysanthemums – The chrysanthemum is commonly found in commercial-grade pesticides because most insects can’t stand it. It repels roaches, mites, silverfish, and ticks.
- Garlic – Like vampires, crickets steer clear of garlic if at all possible.
- Rosemary – This herb thrives in the Arizona weather when watered regularly, and it keeps away mosquitos and several species of beetles.
- Catnip – It’s crack for cats, but it’s also poison for numerous types of bugs. Best yet, it may even attract a stray cat or two into your yard—something that would eliminate the need for you to hunt for scorpions at night.
- Lavender – Myth has it that lavender is one of the only herbs or plants to repel scorpions.
Add Diatomaceous Earth Powder
A few bags of diatomaceous earth spread around your yard and foundation each month should keep scorpions—and many other bugs, including spiders—outside. It’s harmless to humans and pets, but can quickly dry out and dehydrate an insect like nobody’s business.
Remove Palm and Citrus Trees
Scorpions like shade. As the Phoenix temperatures rise dramatically in the daytime, the shade provided by a robust palm tree is essential Club Scorpion, your backyard’s arachnid spa. They’ll lounge there all afternoon, even climbing into the palm leaves and palm bark, and wait until the sun goes down and their food scurries about.
Citrus plants, although they look nice, are a refuge for more than just scorpions. Bugs love any sort of rotting fruit, which means scorpions love rotting fruit, too. Scorpions are essentially honey badgers when it comes to finding food.
You’ll need more than just a durable truck to tackle this project, so do your research on proper equipment and disposal methods.
Remove Large Rocks and Boulders
Scorpions, like snakes, take shelter from the heat by burrowing underneath whatever they can find. If your backyard has large rocks, you’ll probably find a creepy-crawly under it on any given day. Instead of edging your gardens with such rocks, consider digging a bit further and installing concrete blocks.
If you remove your rocks, replace them with smaller pebbles that are no larger than the diameter of a quarter. This will limit the hiding spots available to scorpions. If money isn’t a factor, consider replacing your backyard with fake grass.
Seal Up Wall Fences
Your privacy is important, but those block fences are also perfect habitats for bark scorpions, Arizona’s venomous species. Rather than doing away with the fence altogether, you can seal it up with exterior caulk and paint it with a high-durability exterior paint. Be sure to replace any rotten materials as they can harbor termites, carpenter ants, and other yummy scorpion dinners.
If you do need to replace any fence posts or slats, the Honda Ridgeline makes quick work of loading and unloading. Its dual-action tailgate swings to the side for easy access to the bed and the wheel-to-wheel width of the bed itself is one of the widest in the segment.
A scorpion can survive for weeks without food, but it can’t last too long without water. If possible, refrain from watering the yard or letting the sprinklers run. Proper irrigation means less potential for them to sip from the holy grail called your yard.
There are numerous benefits of opting for rubber mulch over traditional wood mulch. For one, rubber does not rot or decay, meaning it lasts for years. Second, bugs aren’t able to survive in rubber mulch since there are fewer sources of food and less opportunity for vegetation to grow.
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline can haul nearly 1,500 pounds with ease, which should be more than enough to re-mulch your yard. Need help seeing how many bags of rubber mulch you need for your landscaping project? Use this online mulch calculator.
Clear Your Yard Religiously
Homeownership means making sacrifices. When you want to be watching the Sun Devils game, you should be mowing. When you want to be playing PlayStation, you should be trimming the garden. When you want to be napping, you should be clearing the yard.
Build a Patio
The only surefire cure for scorpion-itis is to just get rid of your yard entirely. That means a big home remodel is on your to-do list. You’ll need the power and space to haul blocks, bricks, concrete mix, shovels, and more. If you don’t already have a reliable truck to help you get the job done, now’s the chance to jump on the Ridgeline bandwagon. With the new Ridgeline, you’ll not only have the space to lug around your landscaping materials, but you’ll also have an in-bed power source for a concrete saw.
For homeowners in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, our Valley Honda Dealers are here to serve you on your scorpion-ridding adventure. Come browse our selection of new Ridgeline trucks for sale in Phoenix, and your yard can be yours once again. Find your nearest Honda dealership for directions and contact details.
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