Scorpions are easily identified by the pair of grasping claws and narrow, segmented tails, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous or poisonous stinger. In addition to being painful, a scorpion’s sting is lethal and can cause serious illness. In a few cases, the sting may even cause death. However, the vast majority of scorpions do not represent a serious threat to humans, and in most cases, healthy adults do not need any medical treatment after being stung. Some can crawl, others can climb walls and hide in the folds of clothing. To know how to eradicate these pests, homeowners must understand what attracts scorpions to homes.
Scorpions often find their way inside our homes as they search for moisture (they do not like high temperatures), shelter, and food.
WHAT FOOD ATTRACTS SCORPIONS?
Scorpions are predators. Their delicacy mostly is insects, especially termites, crickets, and centipedes. Larger ones even feed on lizards, geckos, and mice. All species use venom to defend themselves against predators and to immobilize and kill their prey.
Scorpion feeding on a Moth Scorpion feeding on a Cockroach
HOW TO KEEP SCORPIONS OUT OF YOUR YARD
Eliminating scorpions is a task that requires consideration of the entire property.
- Remove debris, and make sure garbage is always disposed of promptly.
- Avoid stacking woods around your home.
- If there are overgrown tree branches or shrubs, they should be trimmed. Branches should not touch the side of the home or hang over the roof.
- If there is any space between windows or doors and their frames, seal them.
- Keep in mind that scorpions can squeeze through very small spaces, so even the smallest cracks must be sealed.
- Eliminate their food source. Since their diets consist mostly of insects, scorpions will leave if they cannot find any prey.
- Eliminate standing water
- Inspect cabinets, closets, and other dark places regularly.
PREVENTING SCORPIONS IN BED AND KITCHEN
Scorpions are very active in the night, they are hunters but they do not move very fast, and it is not going to chase after you. The reason they are hanging around your home is that they have found good living conditions or there are other insects they looking for as food.
You can prevent scorpions from getting in your bed and kitchen after you have followed preventive measures in PART ONE with a few items and little courage.
- Move your bed away from the wall a couple of inches and put the feet of your bed frame in a glass mason jar or item that is smooth. Scorpions can climb walls, but can’t climb smooth items.
- Make sure you keep all bedding up off the floor. There should never be anything left hanging from your bed onto the floor.
- Use insecticides to kill other insects in your bedroom and kitchen, notably crickets, bugs, cockroaches, and other crawling insects on regular basis.
- Clean and wipe your sinks with strongly scented detergents. Scorpions dislike strong scents.
- Cover your Water Closet and other closets that are rough very well.
- If you live in scorpion-prone areas, always go for smooth items for your home like glasses and polished ceramics. Scorpions find it difficult to climb smooth surfaces.
NOTE: Do not panic when you encounter a scorpion in your home. They can’t chase you. Rather, be calm and observe and you will notice where it will move to hide. It is important to identify its hiding place before elimination. Due to my Profession, I cannot advise you to kill scorpions. This is because economically they help to control insect populations and are very sensitive to environmental degradation. An abrupt invasion of scorpions in your neighbourhood could be a sign of external factors that you need to consider.