Finding a scorpion in your home can be very frightening because of their familiar long tailed stinger that is ready to strike at a second’s notice. Scorpions are classified as arachnids, because of their four pairs of legs, which puts them in the same category as spiders and ticks. Not a desirable club to be a part of, for sure. Scorpions can deliver a painful sting if they feel threatened or trapped. Some scorpions can be quite small and you may be completely unaware that it is near until you get stung. Unless you are often up late, you may not see these eight legged critters because they only come out of their hiding spots to hunt at night. These stinging arachnids are particularly difficult to eradicate from your home because of their incredibly thick exoskeletons. Most over-the-counter insecticides have little to no effect on scorpions. If you find a scorpion in your home, be sure to smash it or sweep it outside. It may have been a lone scorpion that found its way into your home. After getting rid of the scorpion, begin pest proofing your house to ensure that no more scorpions are able to get inside. But if you see multiple scorpions in a week, calling a scorpion pest professional may be the best way to keep scorpions out of the house and away from you and your family.
How to keep scorpions out of the house
There are basic prevention measures that can be taken to keep the scorpions out. If you see a scorpion in your home, try your best to kill it. The exoskeleton is very tough and some scorpions have the ability to flatten themselves so smashing it with a rock or a shoe may not be as effective as you would think. You can place sticky traps commonly used for mice or roaches around your home in strategic places to stop scorpions in their tracks.
Taking time to pest proof your home, especially before the weather heats up, will help keep scorpions from finding entry points into your home. Filling in cracks and holes with caulk, replacing damaged weather stripping, and trimming back shrubs and trees that would allow scorpions easy access to your roof or attic space are all good ways to prevent scorpions from entering your home.
Hiring a professional pest control service to treat the interior and exterior of your home for scorpions will ensure that you never have a nasty surprise of finding a scorpion in your home at night. The pest professional will create a barrier around your home that has the ability to prevent pests, even as tough as scorpions, from getting near your home.
If you are a San Juan County, NM resident looking for professional scorpion control options, give Larry’s Pest Patrol a call to set up the initial inspection and treatment to give you a home free from scorpions.