How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your Home

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Scorpions can be found anywhere in the United States; however, they’re much more prominent in the desert. If you live in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas or New Mexico, you probably get scorpions in your home the way other people get spiders. Scorpions can be frightening and frustrating, but they’re not impossible to control. Here is some information about scorpions and how to get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your Home

What are Scorpions

The analogy of scorpions and spiders fits better than you think. Scorpions are arachnids, just like spiders. Most people don’t realize it, but scorpions aren’t all the same. There are actually over 1,000 species of them throughout the world. Scorpions recognized by their elongated body and their curled up tail with a pointed end.

Scorpions are venomous. They all contain poisons that will incapacitate their prey. However, most don’t contain enough venom in one sting to severely harm a human. Being stung by a scorpion is similar to being stung by a bee. In fact, only two species are poisonous to humans.

Habits of Scorpions

It’s important to understand a scorpion’s habits so you can properly get rid of them. Scorpions are nocturnal. If you’re going to try and bait scorpions, the best time to do it is before you go to bed. This works well because you don’t have to worry about having traps around your home while you’re awake. Scorpions mostly eat spiders and insects, but they also feed on snakes lizards, and mice. They spend their time hunting for water and shelter.

Scorpion Control

If you have scorpions taking over your home, you need to get rid of them as quickly as possible before you find them crawling up your leg while you sleep. First, stop more scorpions from coming in. You can do this by removing things that will entice them. Trash bags piling up outside your door and piles of firewood offer food and shelter. Make sure your landscaping is completely clear.

Seal anything that has an opening. Make sure pipes are capped and sliding windows close all the way. To get rid of the scorpions that are inside your home, you can try baiting. One thing you can do is put burlap bags around your home. Wet the bags until they’re damp and place them around your house right on the floor. Scorpions will crawl in there for both the shelter and the water. In the morning, you’re likely to find at least some of the burlap bags with scorpions inside. You can either use the bag to relocate them or squish them while they’re inside and dispose of the bag.

If you are tired of having you home or yard invaded by scorpions, isn’t it about time to call crash of rhinos pest control? If you decide to do it on your own, insecticide dust is one way to get rid of scorpions. It’s not something you want to use in the living space of your home. The insecticide dust can be put in the attic, basement, and the crawl space. It will get rid of a lot of the scorpions that are hiding. Exterminating for insects is another way to get rid of scorpions. The poison will help get rid of the scorpions and it will also get rid of the scorpions’ food source.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Lace V
    • August 9, 2016

    Great article. Another thing that works too is repelling. They hate lavender. We’ve gone from seeing a half dozen a year to one or none by cleaning everything, showers, sinks, mopping, etc with lavender cleaner. Also they hate eucalyptus, I throw stalks of it beneath dressers and beds.

      • Barb Webb
      • August 16, 2016

      Thanks for the tips, Lace! We use lavender in our chicken yard to repel bugs so that makes perfect sense, too. Will have to keep that technique in mind!

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