If you have spotted one or more scorpions around your home, you may need to know how to get rid of them. Well, this is your lucky day!
This article will explore everything there is to know about these pests and the various pest control methods you may use to get rid of scorpions from your house effectively.
What are scorpions?
Scorpions are arachnids, just like spiders, ticks, and mites. There are nearly 2000 species of scorpions around the world. These creatures have elongated bodies and a tail with a stinger at the end attached to the body. The most common home scorpions in the United States are found in areas like Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California.
The most frequently encountered scorpion in the United States is the striped bark scorpion, which has a range that covers much of the Southern United States and northern Mexico, including states like Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Texas.
Even though their sting can be painful, most home scorpions in the United States do not possess a poisonous sting. One scorpion which is poisonous and has a sting fatal to humans is the Arizona bark scorpion.
Scorpions live in a variety of habitats ranging from grasslands, forests, caves, and deserts. They are nocturnal animals that averagely live for about 3 to 5 years.
They are great survivors. A scorpion can survive in almost any environment, even in extreme temperatures. This means it can be found on virtually every continent in the world except for Antarctica.
Scorpions are incredibly hard to get rid of. Some of them can go for nearly a year without food and require very little oxygen for survival. Add in their nocturnal nature, which means that they are mostly active at night, and you have yourself a challenging pest to control.
Scorpions measure anywhere from ½ to over 8 inches in length. Most species are tan in color, but others are yellow, black, and even red. While all scorpion species have basically the same body structure, size varies.
The size of the two pinchers close to the scorpion’s mouth is a good way to tell how poisonous a scorpion is. Non-poisonous scorpion species often have large rounded pinchers, while poisonous scorpion species like the striped bark scorpion usually have smaller and slender pinchers.
Scorpions are usually found in dry places in the wild, but when they invade homes, this changes. Drawn to moisture and dark spaces, these creatures can be found in many places inside the house. This includes your closets, doors, attics, bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, and piles of laundry.
Outdoors you can also find them around garbage bags, beneath or behind rocks, rotting wood, leaves, and any crevice that offers warmth and shelter to them.
Even though their sting has become feared globally, scorpion venom has been discovered by researchers to possess qualities that can treat some health problems. This includes multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and a host of dermatological issues.
Scorpions usually shy away from humans and human activity. Many of them invade homes now because they have been displaced from their natural habitat by activities such as construction. A scorpion is likely to sting you if you step on it or if it feels threatened.
Now that you know about them let us talk about what we are here for; how to get rid of scorpions.
What attracts scorpions in the house?
Answering what attracts scorpion to your house is the first step to removing them from your house.
Scorpions love hiding in dark places. Because of their nocturnal nature, they hide during the day and come out at night. It also helps them regulate their body temperature and catch their prey unawares.
Basements, closets, attics, cabinets, and bathrooms are favorite hiding places for scorpions in the home.
Just like every animal, insect, and arachnid out there, scorpions depend on water for survival. In hot climates or weather, they often enter people’s homes looking for water. Your pipes and plumbing system may serve as entry points for them.
Home scorpions prefer to hide under or inside rotting logs, bark, mulch, which is why you are more likely to find them outdoors than indoors. These spaces shelter a scorpion, provide access to food and protection from light or exposure.
Scorpions feed on small insects, spiders, and other scorpions. Some species even hunt mice and small lizards. Therefore, it is only natural, that they, are drawn to an area with an abundance of what they feed on.
Scorpions avoid heat and light. It is rare to find them outside during the day. Nighttime is when they come alive. During the day, they need a safe place to hide. Spaces that offer them shelter from light and heat become their home.
What will kill scorpions?
Scorpions are very hard to kill. They are used to surviving in very harsh conditions. The most effective way to do this is to pierce or crush the scorpion’s exoskeleton, and here are some ways to do that.
1 Killing it yourself
Don’t ever touch a scorpion with your bare hands. If you want to kill a scorpion, you need to take precautions. Cover your body with thick clothing. Wear Jeans or long thick pants, leather shoes, and thick gloves to make sure your entire body is protected from a scorpion sting.
Find a sharp object to kill the scorpion with. A blunt object like a shoe or a hammer can work well, too, depending on the scorpion’s size.
When you find the creature, quickly smash, crush or hit the scorpion with whatever object you are holding. Do this repeatedly until the animal’s body is in pieces or it is no longer moving.
If you want to kill the scorpion at night, get a black light. You will be able to spot the creature easily because it glows in the dark.
Check the walls, corners, and other areas where these creatures are usually found. Don’t forget to check outside on the walls, under rock piles, debris, and any other area scorpions may be found around your property.
2 Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth comes from ground-up fossils. It is a white powder that you can sprinkle over doors, cracks, holes, closets, and any area you know you can find scorpions inside your house. Diatomaceous earth kills other pests like insects.
The shards of the fossil present in the powder pierce the scorpion’s exoskeleton when it runs over it and kills it. Diatomaceous earth is also harmless to humans and pets, so it is safe.
3 Synthetic Pesticide Dust
Pesticide dust is one of the products that can help you kill scorpions. Sprinkle the dust around areas where the creatures might be hiding, including pipes, doors, and windows. Pesticide dust kills them immediately when they come in contact with it.
Why do I have so many scorpions in my house?
This is a question many people living in areas such as Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and most of the southern part of the United States will have asked themselves on more than one occasion. The answers will not only help you eliminate these scorpions but will also provide you with clues to stop them from getting back inside your home.
1 Shade and Shelter
If you have a garden or yard that can offer shelter and protection to them, scorpions will definitely take advantage of this. You can expect to find them in burrows, cracks, and crevices just outside or around your home.
2 Citrus Trees
Citrus trees draw scorpions, especially the striped bark scorpion. The rotting fruits and decaying roots are perfect places for scorpions. The trees also provide shelter and food as other insects and animals can be found there too.
Scorpions can live for long in cold temperatures, but this does not stop them from searching for warm and dark places to take shelter in. If you live in a house that provides these small creatures with some safety and protection from the cold, then you can expect to find them in your area.
Insects are an important part of a scorpion’s diet. A scorpion will naturally go where it can find food, and if you have a lot of insects running around your house, you should prepare yourself for an invasion of these creatures.
5 Displaced Scorpions
If your house is located in an area where scorpions are used to consider their natural habitat, it is very likely that they move into surrounding houses when they are displaced. This is especially true if your house offers safety and shelter to these creatures in the form of hiding places.
How can I get rid of scorpions in my house?
We have already examined lethal ways of controlling scorpions. Let us look at non-lethal ways you can use to keep them out of your home.
1 Clean up the house
Scorpions are usually found under piles of debris such as leaves or rotting wood. Getting rid of these creatures means getting rid of the things that make it easy for them to hide. Make sure you take out your garbage regularly. Don’t leave stacks of wood in the fireplace.
Gardens and yards also have to be maintained. Loose branches, decaying roots, and rotting fruits are places for scorpions to hide, especially the Arizona bark scorpion found in Arizona, New Mexico, and the Southern United States.
If you want to make your property scorpion free, you need to make it less inviting for them.
2 Seal up entry points
You can prevent scorpions from getting back inside your home after you remove them. They are notoriously stubborn and always try to get back to a place they are used to.
Doors, windows, cracks in the wall, or the roof. These creatures need only the smallest of crawl spaces to get inside your home. Sealing up all these crawl spaces is the best way to prevent them from getting inside your property.
3 Remove Their Food Source
Eliminating their food source is an effective way to get rid of scorpions from your house. Clean the house regularly and remove anything that attracts insects: rotting fruits, garbage, unused wood. Insects are attracted to places that have these things in abundance.
When you have all these small insects flying and crawling around your home, you can be sure that scorpions will find their way there too.
4 Sticky Trap
Sticky Traps are very effective for catching scorpions. You may place them at entryways, water sources, or around any area that these creatures choose as a hiding spot. These traps will help you catch these animals and dispose of them safely outside your property.
You may choose to buy the non-toxic versions of these traps, especially if you have children and or pets.
5 Burlap Trap
This trap can help you catch that scorpion. You can use a moistened burlap sack to do this. Wet the sack properly and put it in areas where these animals live. Leave the sack open there at night because this is when the scorpions are usually active.
Wear gloves when you go to check the sack in the morning to avoid getting stung by a trapped scorpion. Keep doing this as many times as possible until you catch the scorpion.
6 Essential Oils
Certain essential oils chase scorpions away from the house. Lavender, peppermint, cedar, and cinnamon are some of the oil products that you can use. Dilute any of the oils with water and put it in a spray bottle.
Spray it over any areas where you usually find them. The smell of these oils will not only prevent scorpions from getting inside your home but will also chase them out of wherever they are hiding.
7 Use an insecticide
You may use an insecticide to treat your home to make it scorpion-free.
There are a lot of new insecticide products that can rid you of your scorpion problem. Using an insecticide is an effective way to catch that scorpion in your home, and you can apply the insecticide yourself or call a professional to do it for you. If you are dealing with an insecticide that requires special care to apply, you should call a professional to do it for you.
8 Call a Professional
You may decide to call a pest control professional to get rid of the scorpions from your home. Professionals have the required experience to eliminate these creatures and keep them away from your home for good.
Scorpions can be quite dangerous and hard to get rid of. Often the best thing to do is prevent them from getting inside your home in the first place. With pest control methods for scorpions, getting rid of the creatures permanently means you have to keep using these methods over and over again.
We hope this article, complete with everything you need to know about scorpions and scorpion control, has helped deal with your scorpion problem.
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