Are you an evil genius? If so, you might welcome having a few scorpions around the house to scare off unwanted intruders and suave British super spies.
Plus, they make great mascots for a diabolical mastermind. Just think how great a scorpion logo would look on the uniforms of your henchmen.
On the other hand (or pincer), if your career is less focused on world domination, the idea of having scorpions in the house might not have the same appeal. So obviously, you want to get rid of them. Stat.
Signs of a Scorpion Infestation
If the thought of sharing your home with hordes of nasty insects that can hurt you and your family bothers you (and really, why wouldn’t it?), you might be wondering how you can tell if you have a scorpion infestation in the house.
Luckily, help is at hand. In the form of this article. I’m here to help, is what I’m trying to say.
Location, Location, Location
One of the most obvious signs you may have a scorpion infestation on your hands boils down to location, location, location. More specifically: Do you live in a part of the world that has scorpions? It might sound obvious, but not everywhere has to worry about these nasty arachnids. Scorpion preferences vary from species to species, but as a general rule, they like hot and dry climates.
So if you live in Alaska or Iceland, you probably don’t need to worry. But if you live in Arizona or Australia – well, that’s prime scorpion real estate right there.
So let’s say you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm and dry, and unlucky enough to have a thriving population of scorpions. Pros and cons to everything, right?
The More, The Merrier
The next questions is another fairly obvious point: Have you actually seen a scorpion in your home?
But if you’ve seen a scorpion in or near your home, chances are good that there may be more than one. And especially if your home provides the things scorpions need – warmth, shade and tasty bugs to eat – you may have more than one unwanted guest.
Which brings us to our next sign of a scorpion infestation…
Welcome Home, Local Scorpions
The next thing you really want to ask yourself is: Does your home provide good scorpion habitat?
Although they love heat, scorpions need shade to survive. They are nocturnal hunters and tend to hole up during the day. Do you have a big, shady yard in a hot, dry climate? You might have scorpions. After all, that’s a great place for them to hide and fester.
Another bonus point that makes your home especially inviting to scorpions is if you also have problems with other bugs. A scorpion’s primary food source is other insects. If your home has issues with crickets or cockroaches or other creepy crawlies, it might not be long before a scorpion decides to move in. After all, who can resist a free meal?
Lastly, one little known but useful fact is that citrus trees can spell trouble. Nothing beats a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day, but citrus trees provide great habitat for some species of scorpions. Not only that, but the fruit often attracts other bugs, which provides more food for the local scorpions. It’s a vicious cycle.
So, now that you’ve gone through the signs – do you have a scorpion infestation on your hands? And more importantly, how can you make sure your home is safe from a scorpion infestation? Here’s what you can do to make your home as unfriendly to the local scorpion population as possible…
How to Stop a Scorpion Infestation
Luckily, there’s quite a lot you as a homeowner can do to reduce the chances of seeing a scorpion in your home. It all comes down to preventative measures designed to make your property less attractive to these terrifying pests.
Here’s a little list of exactly what to do to keep scorpions away!
Get rid of other insects
One of the smartest things you can do is to reduce the population of other bugs. Scorpions eat insects, and if there’s nothing to eat, they won’t stick around. So if you have a recurring problem with cockroaches or insects or ants, now might be the time to get rid of them. Regular pesticide applications don’t have much effect on scorpions, but reducing their food source definitely will.
Shut them out!
Lots of scorpion species are very small and can fit through tiny gaps. But it never hurts to try and restrict entry to your property for things that sting in the night. Install door guards under exterior doors. Seal around pipes and dryer vents that enter or exit the walls of your home.
Caulk around doors and windows. Fill in any cracks in your foundation. Not only will this help to keep scorpions out, it will also restrict the entry of other pests, such as spiders, cockroaches, crickets, ants and even mice.
Get them before they get you
If you’re feeling brave, you can go on a scorpion hunt. This is, of course, for the more adventurous. After all, scorpion hunting isn’t for everyone. A good way to start, though, is to check the shady areas around your home.
Grab a flashlight that emits black light to help you find them, because scorpions fluoresce under UV light (which is a fancy way of saying they glow in the dark). This will make it much easier to spot them. To find them easily, think like a scorpion. Check any place that provides shade in the heat of the day. Wood piles are a favorite spot, but also check underneath structures like sheds and gazebos.
Try to minimize any debris around the outside of your home. Move that wood pile far away, if you can’t get rid of it completely. Clear out that leaf pile. Don’t let ideal scorpion habitat build up around your house.
The same goes inside, too. The cleaner and neater your house is, the less likely you are to have insect problems, which in turn means fewer scorpion problems.
One thing people often overlook is pet food. Don’t leave it out too long, or it will attract all kinds of insects. And that, in turn, will attract scorpions. The same goes for household garbage. And watch that recycling! Empty soda, beer, and wine bottles are notorious for attracting insects. Clear them out regularly to keep your house bug free, and scorpion free.
If you’re worried that you might have a scorpion infestation on your hands, try the tips above to see if you can get it under control. And if you’re just too freaked out and feel the need to hire a professional, go ahead and do that. Scorpions are scary. No one will blame you, least of all me.