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How to Keep Scorpions Out of Your Home
Scorpions are notorious for their painful sting, but there’s no need to fear them. Ridding your home of scorpions, and keeping them out of your bed can be accomplished in numerous ways.
Get Rid of Excess Water
Mostly found in the southern parts of the United States, scorpions are nocturnal creatures. They rest in dark corners and spaces during the day-time, and come out during the night-time in search of food and water.
Therefore, eliminating excess moisture is one vital way to keep scorpions from entering your home. Make sure your floors, closets, corners, and crawl spaces are dry and leak-free.
Don’t allow water puddles to form or let water fill-up containers outside your home.
Eliminate House Bugs
Scorpions feed on insects like ants, bugs, and roaches. When you eliminate pests like these from your home, you’re essentially depriving scorpions of their food. This will give them one less reason to enter your home. Some ways to minimize the insect population in your home includes:
- Cleaning up leftover food and crumbs immediately after eating.
- Sprinkling natural insecticides like borax around the kitchen and baseboards.
- Spraying insecticides around the exterior of your home is also recommended. Scorpions tend to primarily live outdoors, so this will help to keep them away from your home entirely.
Be cautious when applying insecticides as some can be dangerous for people and pets if they come in contact with them.
Since scorpions take refuge in dark spaces, make sure you remove any structures that could possibly provide shelter for them. The following tips can help you to prevent them from setting up camp in your home:
- Don’t store cardboard boxes or cartons on the floor. Instead, stack them on shelves off of the floor.
- Avoid cluttering spaces in your home. As they love to hide in shoes, and under piles of clothes left unattended on the floor.
- Regularly trim foliage and bushes outdoors around your house. Get rid of unwanted materials such as woodpiles and rocks which can provide shelter.
Seal Off Your Home
Scorpions can easily slip into your home through narrow and small openings. Therefore, sealing all possible entry points is a priority for preventing them entry into your home. To secure entry points the following measures can prove useful:
Fill holes and crevices in walls, floorboards, and the foundation of your home with caulk.
- Ensure that windows properly close shut, and screens are sealed tightly to prevent them from climbing in.
- Install door seals underneath doors leading to the outside of your home to help keep scorpions out.
Hunting for Scorpions
The most effective way of ridding your home of scorpions is to hunt them during the night. While it may not be a task for the faint-hearted, eliminating them one at a time can help reduce their numbers significantly. However, in order to do so you will need the proper equipment:
- An ultraviolet light source to help spot them at night as they glow in the dark.
- Procure a flashlight fixed with a black light bulb, and you’re set for the hunt.
- You could simply wear heavy boots and stomp on the scorpions or use a long knife to kill them.
Insecticides and Repellents
Use scorpion-specific insecticides. Meticulously apply insecticide around doors, windows, and floorboards inside the house. Also, spray the insecticide in the basement, closets, and garages.
In extreme cases, it is always best to contact a professional exterminator to help keep scorpions out of your home for you.