I Found a Scorpion in My House! Are There More?

Have you been the unfortunate victim of an eight-legged home invasion? Was your tranquil evening ruined by an overabundance of stingers and creepy crab-like pincers?

If so, you might find your mind starting to wander to all kinds of skin-crawling assumptions about your home and the surrounding environment: namely – “If I find one scorpion, are there more to come?”

Well, the answer depends…

Location, location, location

Generally speaking, it all depends on your location: the climate, the terrain, the weather and even just the condition of your yard and neighborhood. All of these elements can combine to create a perfect habitat for a scorpion society, if optimum conditions are met.

Most scorpions species frolic in very hot, dry and shady locations – given that they thrive in the heat and hunt in the dark. If you live in a country or state with arid weather, lots of bugs and insects and plenty of dingy, dark corners…you’re much more likely to be sharing some real estate with a scorpion family. Check out more scorpion facts!

It’s also worth considering practical issues such as any heavy construction or municipal work going on nearby that may be unearthing old ground and thereby causing the creepy crawlies to flee the danger.

This also applies to new, recently built homes. Although they might seem like pristine, clean structures, they’re very often a hotbed for things like scorpions which had been living in the footprint long before your beautiful home came along!

Species and temperament

Scorpions tend not to be very social creatures – although this can differ depending on which species you’re dealing with and how inviting your local environment is. If you are in a very scorpion dense area; it can be a monumental task to try and eradicate them once and for all (remember that a female scorpion can lay hundreds of eggs at a time and like our own species, tends to live longer than the males).

There are many tactics for keeping them on the outside of your house, but this tends to just shift the problem in another direction, which might make them a problem for your neighbors instead.

A good principle to work on is perhaps to get everybody in your local community clued up on scorpion-proofing techniques, such as clearing away any rotting wood or yard litter that might make for good arachnid homes and to seal any gaps leading into their house.

If your neighborhood pulls up the scorpion drawbridge en masse, then the pests might begin to migrate somewhere more welcoming.

Only one way to find out

Aside from patiently waiting for more to show up in your home and confirm your theory, the only way to know if there are more scorpions in the area is to search them out for yourself (or call a professional in to do so, if you’re a rational, normal human being who is terrified of arachnids of all shapes and sizes).

In the interests of balance, though, I need to assume that some of you aren’t big chickens like myself, and would like to take matters into your own hands. The best way to do so is to wait until dark and use a UV flashlight or other light source to scan your home and its surroundings.

Scorpions are notoriously stealthy (until one scares the daylights out of you); so this should, theoretically, catch them in the act of feeding/hunting/lounging around on your premises.

So, overall – no, a single scorpion in your home doesn’t mean that you necessarily have an infestation issue or that more are just around the corner. That isn’t to say that this isn’t the case either, however.

It may be worth doing a safe, but thorough examination of your home and its exterior just to put any worries to rest.

What it does mean, though, is that your home was an attractive opportunity for at least one scorpion, so it stands to reason that any other stragglers that may happen by will think the same.

It’s in your best interest to alter this by closing any gaps (no matter how small) which lead to the outside, eradicate anything that might draw flies and other food sources to your home and to clear away any clutter that might make it easy for the beasties to settle down. Here’s a full guide on how to get rid of scorpions for good!

Leave a Comment: