Finding a scorpion lurking in your home can be unsettling. Their ability to access even the smallest cracks and unpredictably appear keeps homeowners on guard. But you can outmaneuver these uninvited guests with smart prevention and control measures to reclaim a scorpion-free space.
Why Scorpions Invade Homes
Before detailing ways to outsmart scorpions, it’s important to understand what motivates them to come indoors in the first place:
- Escaping deadly outdoor summer heat that exceeds 100°F. Homes provide cooler shelter.
- Seeking areas of higher humidity like irrigated lawns and damp crawlspaces. Their armor prevents water loss.
- Hunting for plentiful prey indoors like spiders, roaches, and crickets.
- Hiding from predators like birds and lizards who feed on them.
- Following plumbing and electrical lines which emit vibrations and lead inside.
- Sheltering in wall voids and tiny cracks away from rain and sprinklers outdoors.
Their survival instincts drive them to invade areas that support their needs.
How Scorpions Get Inside Your Home
To gain indoor access, scorpions exploit the following vulnerabilities:
- Gaps where cables, utilities, pipes penetrate the exterior.
- Cracks in slab foundations from settling and curing.
- Damaged vent covers, weep holes, and wire mesh.
- Separations and holes in brick mortar or siding materials.
- Loose window screens and poorly aligned doors.
- Ride along on packaged items left outside like soil bags.
Any access point bigger than 1/4 inch allows scorpions to enter.
clever Ways to Outsmart Scorpions
Take these proactive measures to outmaneuver scorpions and prevent access:
Seal All Possible Entry Routes
Caulk cracks, seal gaps around cables and pipes, repair eroded mortar, install copper meshes over problematic vents and weep holes. This physically blocks access inside.
Create a Dedication Zone
Use gravel, stone, or sand to create a 2-3 foot wide perimeter zone around the foundation. The ultra dry surface deters scorpion crossing to entry points.
Apply a Chemical Barrier
Treat the exterior perimeter with a residual insecticide labeled for scorpions. Contact toxins will deter crossing over treated zones. Reapply every 3 months.
Install Door Seals
Weather seal all exterior doors and ensure door sweeps create a tight seal along the entire threshold to prevent slipping through gaps.
Control Prey They Are Hunting
Eliminate indoor food sources like roaches, spiders, and crickets so your home is less attractive. Starve them out.
Keep all vegetation, wood piles, and debris far from touching exterior walls. Their contact points facilitate entry. Slope soil away from the foundation.
Install vapor barriers on exposed dirt and use fans or dehumidifiers to keep humidity below 50% in crawlspaces. Lower moisture minimizes appeal.
Smart Traps and Lures
In addition to prevention, outsmart scorpions by luring them into traps:
- Place glue boards and sticky traps along walls and in suspected entry paths. These capture wandering scorpions.
- To make a DIY lure trap, place a blacklight bulb above a moist paper towel under a plastic bottle propped upside down. The light attracts scorpions into the wet towel where they become trapped under the bottle.
- Apply a thin line of petroleum jelly along possible entry areas. Scorpions avoiding the sticky substance will steer clear.
When Prevention Fails: Capturing Intruders
If a scorpion still manages to sneak inside, outsmart it with quick capture:
Look for additional intruders over the coming weeks to determine entry points that still require sealing. Don’t cohabitate with hazardous stowaways. Call an exterminator if issues persist despite preventative actions.
Frequently Asked Scorpion Questions
What times of day are scorpions most active inside homes?
Scorpions are most active hunting prey and seeking water at night between the hours of 9PM and 4AM. But encounter risks exist at all times.
How do I find where scorpions are entering my home?
Inspect the exterior foundation and openings thoroughly, use sticky traps to capture specimens, and track where inside occurrences happen to trace back the likely entry point.
What should I do if stung by a scorpion inside my home?
Seek medical attention immediately if stung, even if symptoms seem minor at first. Capture and bring the scorpion if possible for identification and proper treatment.
Can pest control eliminate scorpions completely?
A combination of intensive interior and exterior treatments can effectively eliminate existing populations and prevent future intrusions when done properly. Guarantees may apply.
Where should I place scorpion traps outside?
Position traps along the foundation exterior where scorpions travel and hide like retaining walls, window wells, near downspouts, and under vegetation touching your home.
Leveraging clever exclusion, capture methods, and professional treatment will discourage recurring indoor scorpion visitors. Reclaim peace of mind and maintain a safe living space for your family. Be vigilant and stay a step ahead of invading scorpions.