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How to Get Rid of Scorpions: 3 Steps

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Can you imagine a scorpion crawling into your bed at night? What about slipping on a pair of shoes only to find a scorpion hiding down inside? This might sound like the stuff of nightmares, but if you’re living in the Southwest, it’s just part of your day-to-day.

Although they’re usually no more harmful than a wasp or spider bite, scorpion stings can be life threatening to our children, pets, and elderly. The bark scorpion, for example, which lives throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Mexico, is the most venomous scorpion in North America. In just the last few decades, over a 1,000 people and pets have died from their excruciating sting. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about any of that, because you’re about to learn how to keep scorpions away from your lawn and out of your home, without resorting to poisonous pesticides! Here are 3 steps to kill and repel scorpions:

 

Scorpions only enter our lawns and homes if they offer shelter, food, or water. Removing these attractants is the first step to controlling scorpions

REMOVE THEIR SHELTER

Scorpions need dark, cool places to hide in order to escape sunlight, as they’re sensitive to heat and prone to dehydration. Limiting these potential hiding spots comes down to cleanliness and and clutter—and can substantially decrease scorpion populations.

Firstly, lawn maintenance is key. Keeping grass and shrubbery well-trimmed and off your home (scorpions use vegetation as bridges into houses) is essential. Removing outdoor clutter like unused lawn equipment and organic debris, such as wood piles and brush, is equally important.

For best results, you’ll need to maintain a clean and clutter-free home, too. Cleanliness matters because grime and food debris attracts bugs, which are the primary food source for scorpions. Clutter—like piles of magazines, clothing, newspapers, and scattered boxes—matters because scorpions will use these areas to hide and thrive inside your home.

REMOVE THEIR FOOD

Again, scorpions eat other bugs. In other words, if you want to repel scorpions, you’ll need to get rid of any bugs living in your lawn and home. 

To kill and repel outdoor bugs, apply family and pet-safe PCO Choice to your yard monthly from February to November. To kill bugs inside your home, give them a quick spray with non-toxic Cedarcide Original. To repel indoor bugs, apply Cedarcide Original to common insect trouble spots and entryways, such as door frames, window sills, baseboards, countertops, etc.

REMOVE MOISTURE

As mentioned earlier, scorpions are vulnerable to dehydration. Deny them water by checking both inside and outside for sources of unnecessary moisture, like standing water, leaky plumbing, A/C units, hoses, faucets, etc. Removing or repairing these items will help considerably.

 

Surprising fact: scorpions can sneak into almost any opening the size of a credit card. No wonder they’re so good at finding ways into our homes! Locating and sealing potential entry points is crucial if you’re ready to stop seeing scorpions inside.

Start by doing a slow and thorough check both inside and outside for possible entryways like cracks, crevices, holes, etc. Look closely at windows, doorways, baseboards, fixtures, outlets, foundations, basements, and attics. You might want to consider installing seals at the bottom of doors and garages, too. It might sound tedious, but if you’re struggling with scorpions, it could mean the difference between a scorpion-free home and enduring an extremely painful sting or the loss of your pet. 

If—or more likely when—you find any such openings, promptly seal them with caulk or another appropriate sealant.

 

Unfortunately, if you’ve seen a scorpion inside or outside your home, chances are there are dozens more hidden throughout your property.

TREAT YOUR LAWN

Now that your lawn is decluttered and free of debris, it’s time to spray it for scorpions. Start by spraying both your front and back yards, as well as all shrubbery, with PCO Choice to kill and help repel scorpions. Repeat this process again in two weeks, and then proceed to monthly applications after that. If you’ve yet to see a scorpion and this is just for prevention, you can move on to monthly applications right from the start. For best results, we suggest monthly applications all year long.

Because PCO Choice is plant-based and family-safe, no downtime is necessary. You, your family, and pets can enjoy your lawn right after application!

Want added protection? We suggest spreading Cedar Granules throughout your lawn, too.


TREAT YOUR HOME

Traditional indoor bug sprays can fill your home with long-lasting poisons that could seriously harm the health of you, your family, and pets. In fact, these products usually do more harm than good, as you’re usually better off having the scorpions in your house than toxic chemicals. For killing and preventing scorpions indoors, we suggest plant-based Cedarcide Original, which can be safely sprayed all throughout your home.

To kill any scorpions you find inside, give them a quick spray with family-safe Cedarcide Original. To help prevent them from coming back, also spray known entry points and hiding spots weekly. Repeat as needed.

 

 

 

How to Get Rid of Ants with Cedarcide: 3 Simple Steps

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Ants are the worst. They build dangerous mounds in our lawns that can harm our children and pets. They form annoying little lines in our kitchens, and depending on the ant, their stings can really pack a punch. 

Thankfully, getting rid of ants with Cedarcide is simple—and best of all, it doesn’t involve exposing your family or pets to poisonous pesticides. 

Here’s how you can keep ants away from your lawn, home, and family with 3 simple steps:

 

If you see ants or ant piles in your lawn, it’s only a matter of time before they find a way inside your home. Thankfully, if you get rid of the ants in your yard, you’ll often stop seeing them inside, too.

Here’s How to Do It:
Spray your entire lawn and all shrubbery with PCO Choice monthly to both kill and repel ants in all life stages. For warmer regions, this should be done every month unless the temperature drops below freezing for more than a few weeks. If you live in an area known for cold winters, start spraying monthly in late February and then taper off in November as winter sets in.

No downtime required! PCO Choice is made without harsh chemicals and is family and pet safe, meaning you can safely revisit your lawn right after application. 

For extra ant prevention, spread Cedar Granules throughout your yard, especially along your home’s foundation and the areas with the most ant traffic.

Multiple ant mounds in your lawn? Commonly seeing ants inside?
For larger ant problems, spray your yard with PCO Choice twice, two weeks apart, and then move on to monthly applications after that. For bigger ant problems, we strongly advise spreading Cedar Granules throughout your yard, along your home’s foundation, and wherever you’re most commonly experiencing ants.

For stubborn ant piles, stir up the mound with a stick and saturate it with PCO Choice using your house-end sprayer. Exercise caution during this process to prevent bites and stings.

 

The next time you reach for a can of bug spray to kill ants inside your home, take a moment to consider the possible consequences. Traditional indoor bug sprays can fill your home with toxic chemicals, resulting in serious health complications for your family and pets—but not Cedarcide.

Family-safe Cedarcide Original is a non-toxic insecticide for use indoors, as well as directly on people and pets. Whenever you spot ants inside—like in your cabinets, on flooring, or countertops—simply spray them with Cedarcide Original. 

To prevent them from coming back, spray high ant traffic areas weekly with Cedarcide Original. If you can figure out how they’re getting into your home, we strongly suggest spraying those entry points weekly, too.

 

The following tips will help prevent ants from returning to your lawn and home.

  • Ants enter our yards for food, water, and shelter. By trimming overgrown shrubbery, removing sources of water, and limiting clutter, you can substantially decrease the number of ants in your lawn
  • Ants move indoors in search of food and water. Keeping your home clean and free of food debris, especially flooring and your kitchen, will make your home less attractive to ants. Consider storing all food in sealed containers, too. 
  • If you’re currently struggling with ants, consider taking the trash out daily. 
  • Looking both outside and inside your home, check for potential ant entry points. Seal any you find with caulk or another sealant to make it harder for ants to move indoors.
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5 Ways to Keep Pests Away With Cedar Granules

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Our popular Cedar Granules are a 100% natural approach to protect your lawn, home, and family from harmful bugs. Here are 5 of our favorites:

 

Prevent Bugs from Entering Your Yard & Home

A layer of Cedar Granules spread along your home’s foundation and fence line creates a powerful defense against fleas, ants, mites, and other biting insects.

 

Keep Potted Plants Bug-Free

Adding a handful of granules to your potted plants every few months is a simple way to keep them free of annoying pests like spider mites.

 

Shield Your Lawn & Garden from Damaging Pests

Spreading Cedar Granules throughout your lawn & garden protects it from damaging insects without harsh chemicals.

 

Protect Your Clothes from Moths

Hanging a sock full of Cedar granules in your closet acts like a cedar chest. Bye-bye moths.

 

Keep Pests Off Your Pups

Placing a few handfuls of granules inside your dog’s bed helps deter fleas, mites, mosquitoes, and more.

 

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4 Steps to Get Ready for Spring Bugs

Here are 4 steps to get ready for spring bugs:

 

Start Treating Your Yard Now

Treating your yard for pests early can save you a lot of headache once things warm up.

Spray your entire yard with PCO Choice monthly to prevent pest issues. Try natural Cedar Granules for added repellency.

 

Spring Clean

It’s simple: clutter and crumbs lead to bug problems.

Keep your home clean and free of clutter—particularly the kitchen, flooring, and countertops.

 

Start Spraying Trouble Areas

Spraying common trouble spots and known entry points with Cedarcide Original monthly can make a big difference.

Pay special attention to windowsills, doorways, pet areas, countertops, and baseboards.

 

Protect You, Your family, and Pets

People and pets are an easy way for bugs to enter our yards and home.

Kill and repel biting bugs by applying Cedarcide Original to your family and pets before and after enjoying the outdoors.

 

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How to Protect Clothing from Insect Damage

Carpet Beetles

Emerging from eggs laid on clothing, furniture, and carpet, carpet beetle larvae can ruin a closetful of clothes in no time, especially natural items like wool, fur, mohair and more. 

What to look for: Small beetles for adults (most commonly black or brown, sometimes multicolored), and small caterpillar-like larvae (usually brownish red, covered in fine hairs).

Moths


Infamous for leaving holes in clothing, moth larvae feed on wool, flannel, fur, and almost any other textile that’s dirty or recently used (sweat, food, skin oils, etc are all appetizing to these destructive pests).

What to look for: Whitish worm-like larvae with a hard outer shell, and very small white or gold-colored moths for adults.

Silverfish and Firebrats

These close relatives are both expert clothing destroyers, preferring starched items, natural fibers like rayon, silk, and cotton, and those stained with sugary food and drink. 

What to look for: Silver wingless insects with carrot-shaped bodies about ¼ inch long.

Roaches


While they don’t usually eat clothing on purpose, roaches are attracted to the sweat, and food spills that end up on our clothing. When consuming these items, they often create holes and stain fabrics with excrement.


Crickets


Like roaches, crickets eat clothing stains not clothing itself. Small holes and tears, not to mention cricket poop, can easily lead to hundreds of dollars in damage in only a few weeks.

 

Store Items Correctly

That means freshly cleaned, starch-free, and in a cool, dry place in tightly sealed containers or nylon bags (leather and fur items require breathable bags, such as cotton).

Vacuum

Regularly cleaning and vacuuming rugs, carpets, draperies, baseboards, furniture, and storage closets substantially lowers your risk of clothes-eating pests by removing eggs, larvae, and the debris they need to survive. Dispose of the bag when finished.

Naturally Kill & Repel 

Hang freshly dried lavender or Cedar Granules inside of a stocking in your chosen storage area to protect against damaging bugs. A cedar-based spray like Cedarcide Original can also be used throughout the space to kill and repel.

For already infested items: try washing & drying them, freezing them for 48 hours, or treating them with a fabric-safe insecticide like Cedarcide Original.