What’s the Best Scorpion Repellent? How to Keep Scorpions Away

On the hunt for a good, strong scorpion repellent? Of course, you are. Most of us are avoiders lovers who don't want to fight, we just want to know how to keep scorpions away.

Sure, some folk are born with bloodlust in their soul and the required arachnid courage to go forth and wage war against anything that crawls on eight legs and has a sting with the power of a pneumatic drill.

But most people, like you and me, would prefer to never have to face any such beasty as a scorpion head on, especially when it comes to their home. These people opt, instead, for the prevention method, which comes highly recommended from me.

So, let’s look not at how to solve your scorpion problem with lethality, but at how we can keep scorpions out of your home in the first place.

A scorpion may ask itself: How did I get here?

First of all, it’s important to learn how and why scorpions find their way into our houses in the first place.

Although they are incredibly hardy creatures which tend to make their homes in very extreme climates and environments (think of desert planes or countries/states with very hot, arid weather); scorpions are just as susceptible to the usual environmental attractions.

Namely: safety, moisture, food and light (or a lack thereof).

Unfortunately for us, some modern homes can offer all four in abundance – with lots of shady, sheltered and dark corners for them to bed down and hide from the light and food (insects) during certain months of the year.

In terms of how they get in, scorpions are able to squeeze into the tiniest gaps due to their shell-like exoskeleton and lack of vertebrae. In fact, it’s been reported that the average scorpion can fit through a space no wider than 1/16th of an inch! Think of all those minuscule spaces around windows, pipes, doors and air vents… Yeah, I’ve got you squirming in your seat now, huh?

Don’t worry, just dive into this list of methods for repelling!

Diatomaceous earth

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Diatomaceous earth is an old favorite when it comes to keeping pests out of the home and it works especially well on creatures like scorpions and spiders. This powder is non-toxic to humans, but it is an indirect deterrent for beasties, taking time to work its magic.

In essence, the powder clings on to the exterior of the scorpion as it passes through your cunningly laid traps and then begins to slowly dehydrate them.

In terms of using DE as a deterrent; it’s important that you regularly reapply the powder to your chosen areas. After some time, the message will begin to sink in with your scorpion neighbors and they’ll find a less deadly place to set up shop!

Scorpion traps

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Along the same lines; there’s no quicker way to let local scorpions know that your house is not a drop-in centre than by laying glue traps around in abundance. These little devices are perfect for stopping pests in their tracks at your home’s entry points, meaning nothing ever makes it into your living areas or other intimate spaces (providing you have those areas protected already).

However, glue traps will not kill the scorpions; they will merely hold them in place until you return to dispose of them. So be very careful when approaching a successful glue trap, as the risk of a sting is still very high.

Again, after some time of repeatedly guarding the most likely areas of the house, you should start to see a dwindling in the scorpion population.

Lavender plants and oil

It's a question that gets asked a lot: does lavender repel scorpions? Although nobody is quite certain why – yes, lavender and scorpions do have a fraught relationship and thus, the powerful aroma of lavender seems to be a natural deterrent for scorpions.

This is quite a handy little weapon in the war against the arachnids, though – seeing as you can easily plant some lavender plants in your yard (weather and climate permitting) or simply use some lavender scented candles/essences/oils or even bleaches around pipes and other problem areas.

Citric scents and oils

Similarly, scorpions tend to have an adverse reaction to citric scents as well. This might offer an alternative for any homeowners who dislike the smell of lavender. That said (and this might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised), always opt for citric essences rather than the fruits themselves.

Any fresh lemon or limes, for example, left exposed will only attract other insects, which in turn may bring scorpions and other unwelcome beasties in for a quick snack!

Cedar scents and oils

Continuing this trend of more natural and tamer deterrents, cedar oil is also a highly effective sensory knockback for the average scorpion. Something about the scent of the heavy cedar wood is enough to turn the arachnids around and send them back to the icky crack from whence they came.

Use cedar spray as well as cedar storage supplies that you can tuck into the very nooks and crannies that scorpions like to hide out in. ​

The best thing about these aromatic solutions is that they are non-invasive treatments for your home – you won’t need to walk on eggshells around glue traps, nor worry about replenishing diatomaceous earth. That said, though, a simple spritz of citric, cedar or lavender tincture might not be enough to truly keep them at bay… you can only really find out by experimenting.

Seal up your home

Scorpions don’t need much to find their way in. The smallest gaps that you might never even consider can be a red carpet for any wandering arachnids. It’s in your interest to take some time and truly seal your house up as best you can.

Doors, windows, pipes, plumbing, sills etc. anything that might lead to the outside.

Also, try to reduce any leakage in water pipes or build-up of moisture around your house, this works double by limiting a source of water for both the scorpion itself and any other smaller bugs or insects which might make an appetizing snack for them.

Get a real angry cat

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Cats love an excuse to pretend they’re still wild tigers on a daring hunt, whether that’s innocent birds, inquisitive mice or nasty scorpions, cats don’t discriminate. If it moves, it gets the claw.

Maybe a particularly authoritarian cat is all you need to keep unwanted scorpions from the front door!

I joke, of course – cats are just as susceptible to the stinger of a scorpion as we are (although, they should, for the most part, be alright if such an event occurs), and it’s certainly not fair to bring an animal into the home for the sole purpose of patrolling the grounds.

Although, if your family already includes a cat, you might find that your scorpion levels have been much lower on average than you’d expect…

Don't attract scorpions!

It’s all very well taking steps to keep scorpions out when they’ve already moved into the neighborhood and are checking out local schools for their offspring; but what about limiting your risk even further?

  • Keep your yard clean and clean

Just like Field of Dreams, if you don’t build it, they won’t come… Scorpions that is, not the ghosts of dead baseball players. Keep your yard as uninviting to scorpions as possible and you’re halfway there: clear away any yard clutter that might provide nice, shaded shelter (rough fabrics, old wooden logs or boards etc.).

Make sure your yard doesn’t get too overgrown or filled with mulchy, rotting vegetation – this sort of stuff is an absolute gold mine of bugs and insects of all kinds, not just scorpions.

Which leads us to…

  • Eliminate their food source

Even though scorpions can go as long as a year without eating a meal, they still tend to hunt and eat on a regular basis and if they can’t find any food in their immediate vicinity, they’ll move on to pastures new… or disgusting.

The second biggest weapon you have at your disposal is to do your utmost to keep insects, flies and bugs out of your house. This means cleaning regularly, not leaving food exposed to the elements, perhaps investing in some bug sprays and insecticides – anything to keep the numbers down.

Unfortunately this can become a very time consuming and frustrating battle, especially if you live in a very hot climate, but if you put the effort in, the results will be huge.

  • Constant vigilance!

Truthfully, the most useful tool at your disposal is to be constantly alert and aware of the threat of these creepy crawlies making their way into your home. If you keep up a regular regime of applying some of the above measures, and keeping an eye out for any that might still make their way in – you will slowly begin to win the never ending war.

Just remember to reward yourself with a stiff drink every so often, because war is hell.

That’s really all there is to it. Although it might feel like a hopeless situation – especially if you’re arachnophobic – there are plenty of measures you can take to repel and deter scorpions from the sanctity of your home.

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