Scorpions are not typically found in homes, so if you find one, take action! There are many different types of scorpions, but only a few species are located in the United States. The bark scorpion is the most venomous species in North America and can be found in the Southwest. Most scorpion stings are not life-threatening, but they can definitely be painful.
How do scorpions get inside my home?
There are several ways that scorpions can get into your home. One way is they can crawl in through cracks and crevices in the walls and floors. These creepy creatures can wander inside through open doors, windows, or even through the vents. Scorpions can also hitch a ride inside of something you're carrying into your home, like a box or a piece of furniture. And finally, they can be brought in by pets or wildlife that have come into contact with them outside.
What should I do when I see a scorpion in my house?
If you see a scorpion in your home, don't panic! There are things you can do to get rid of it.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to suck it up.
Be sure to use the crevice tool to get into all the nooks and crannies where the scorpion may be hiding. If you see the scorpion, don't wait - suck it up immediately!
- Spray it with insecticide.
Be sure to use a product that is specifically designed to kill scorpions, as other products may not be effective. If you live in an area where scorpions are common, it’s vital to be proactive in preventing them from entering your home. One way to do this is by spraying insecticide outside your house. Be sure to spray near doorways, windows, and other areas where scorpions might enter. You can also use insecticide around the ground of your home to create a barrier. However, be cautious if you have children or pets. Make sure they don’t touch or play with the insecticide, and keep them away from any areas that have been sprayed.
- Catch it in a jar and then release it outside.
If you have a scorpion problem, there is an easy and humane way to eliminate them. Catch the scorpions in a jar and let them go outside. Scorpions are beneficial insects that eat other pests, so you may want to release them rather than kill them.
What should I avoid doing if I find a scorpion in my home?
- Don’t panic.
- Don’t touch it.
- Don’t try to kill it with your bare hands.
- Use a broom or other object to move it outside.
- Don’t step on it. If you have to, wear shoes. Scorpions can flatten themselves out easily and still be able to escape.
How do I keep my home scorpion-free?
- Get rid of other creepy crawlies in the home. Insects are the scorpion’s food source, so these stinging critters will follow them inside for a meal. To ensure bugs stay out of your home, keep your home and the area around your house tidy so insects and scorpions won’t hide in them. You can even trim your bushes around your house so insects won’t nest in them as easily.
- Eliminate moisture in your house. Scorpions are in search of water, and they can squeeze through any crevice to get at it.
- Seal up any entrance to your home that shouldn’t be there. For example, plug up cracks in the foundation, walls, and flooring with silicone chalk. Scorpions also like to enter your home through drainage pipes, so fit your sinks with mesh seals.
Scorpions can be dangerous creatures, so if you live in an area where scorpions are common, it's essential to know what to do if you find one in your home. If you see scorpions in your home, call DM Pest Control to make sure the infestation is gone for good!