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How To Get Rid of Scorpions

Scorpions. The name alone can strike fear in a homeowner. But when you have encountered one or a few that have ventured upon your home, that fear jumps up to astronomical proportions. It’s for good reason; Scorpions are regarded among some of the most dangerous insects that can be encountered. And while it can be quite rare to have a scorpion find its way into your home, it is possible and becoming a more frequent occurrence in recent years. Scorpions can deliver a painful sting that could potentially be venomous.

Scorpions aren’t limited to any region anymore either. They used to primarily be found in the southwest U.S. but they have been creeping up all over the country so it is best to be prepared to know what to do if you ever encounter one. Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn we can help equip you with the best sprays, traps and other scorpion control solutions to get rid of scorpions quickly and conveniently, but we also offer free expert advice online and via phone to help you.

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How To Get Rid of Scorpions: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step 1: Identification. You've probably seen images of scorpions on movies and television (or in your nightmares). Scorpions are not as common an occurance as other household pests but they can on rare occasions wander off into the home. Scorpions can vary in color and in size; from less than half an inch to as large as 9 inches long depending on the species and age. Scorpions are distinguished by their 8 legs and two pincher arms. What stands out the most about them is their curled tail which has a stinger at the end which can deliver a painful and often poisonous sting.


Step 2: Inspection. Scorpions are wandering nomads often meant for the desert but in their travels they can venture into a residential area and find refuge. Scorpions like to stay in hiding during the day and usually can be discovered underneath a bunch of clutter or stacked equipment. When inspecting for scorpions, check your mulch piles, coiled hoses and under rocks. Indoors, scorpions will be on the hunt for food and water while the rest of the time they will hide in seclusion. Thus, you should check in storage areas, the attic, piles of clothes, inside shoes and under furniture. Scorpions are nocturnal so hunting for them at night may be the more likely time you'll be able to find them out and about.


Step 3: Control. To treat for scorpions, we recommend a combination of environmental modifications to make your home less conducive for scorpions to reside and chemical control options. Scorpions are often on the hunt for bugs that are smaller than them so addressing pest issues in your home via insecticides can lessen the chances that a scorpion sticks around. Aside from that, using insecticides such as Reclaim IT can work greatly as a barrier to keep scorpions from venturing into your home. Applying a dust in cracks and crevices like D-Fense Dust would also be wise to implement. Aside from this, we recommend laying out glue boards which can capture wandering scorpions.


Step 4: Prevention. While keeping scorpions away isn't something that's totally within your control since scorpions often wander into a home by accident, you can make your home less appealing to them by putting in place some integrated pest management measures. This means reducing clutter and leaf litter around the home, putting screens on doors and windows, sealing up cracks and crevices with caulk and reducing clutter inside and outside the home, namely in storage areas and secluded rooms that don't see much activity.


Scorpions in the desertScorpion Background Information

Scorpions are part of the arachnid family and are closely related to ticks, mites and spiders. There are close to 1,300 species of scorpions that have been found all over the world. Thankfully, most scorpions in the United States are not poisonous, except for two species found in the southwestern states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Scorpions are often believed to only reside in the desert, but in actuality, they are adaptable to a variety of climates and habitats.

Scorpions are unique from other insects with their most distinguishing feature being the stinger on the end of its tail which curves upwards over their body. They use their stinger to attack and paralyze their prey for consumption or for defense. Scorpions vary in color from black to brown, yellow and even blue. Scorpions also have eight legs with two pinchers. The size of the pinchers is often a good indicator of just how poisonous the scorpion is.

Scorpions are mainly nocturnal and feed on a variety of insects, spiders, centipedes, and other scorpions. Larger scorpions have even been reported to have eaten smaller lizards, snakes, and mice. During daytime, scorpions hide under stones, piles of rocks and cracks and crevices. When scorpions enter in doors it’s usually in search of water and shelter.

Tips To Control Scorpions

The best way to control scorpions is to prevent them from entering your home to begin with. This can be done through preventative measures such as sealing of points of entry into your home with caulk. Place sealant on windows, siding doors and any other area where there is a gap or hole where scorpions may gain access into your home. Secondly, it is best to remove outdoor clutter that is stacked near your home. These can be places where scorpions hide and include piles of trash, rocks, firewood stacks and things of that nature.

Keeping your home free of other insects is another means of keeping scorpions away as they usually eat smaller insects and if your home is ripe with them, they’ll make their way in. When scorpions enter a home they are usually found in secluded dry areas such as closets and garages since they like those type of dry, dark and quiet conditions.

Learn More About Scorpions

The Scorpion is a finely-tuned hunter and an unflinching assassin. The venom in its stinger is able to subdue even the most dangerous pray. Getting past its well-earned reputation reveals that the Scorpion is an exceptional survivor and even a caring parent with powers beyond it’s venomous sting.


Origin of Scorpions

For scorpions, survival has always been the primary motivator. 450 million years ago, when plants were first colonizing land, scorpions first made their debut. These were giant aquatic creatures with sprawling bodies were supported by shifting waters. Within the next 100 million years, scorpions crawled onto land and were one of the first aquatic species to become terrestrial. Scorpions not only adapted to the hostile environment, they flourished.


As the earth cooled, they found niches to exploit. Eons passed, continents shifted and civilizations rose and fell. In the 21st century, scorpions crawled the earth unscathed. They are living fossils, unaffected and oblivious to change. As air conditioning now allows humans to build homes in deserts and jungles, encounters with scorpions will only increase. Living together safely depends on understanding the habits of the scorpion.


Scorpion Habitats

Scorpions now live across the entire planet on all major land masses except antarctica. More than 2000 different species have evolved to accommodate different habitats--from rainforests to mountaintops, to sun baked deserts, scorpions have what it takes to adapt and survive in any extreme conditions.


Scorpions can even feel at home in a post-nuclear wasteland. Radiation, capable of wiping out all other lifeforms, have little effect on scorpions. One notable type of scorpion is the desert hairy scorpion, found in the deserts of Arizona. This large scorpion feeds on lizards, crickets and even tarantulas.


Scorpions wait until nightfall to hunt and lay in hiding waiting for the slightest vibration to make a quick attack of their stinger into their prey, numbing it and taking it for consumption.


Scorpion Appearance and AnatomyScorpion anatomy

Although there are slight variations from one species to the next, the basics are always the same. The main body is covered by a hard carapus, or plate, impermeable to water and able to expand across its joints. Claws are used for capturing and crushing prey. These powerful pinchers combine the sensitivity of antennae with the grasping ability of a pair of pliers. The scorpions jaws are used for chewing and consuming prey.


Their two center eyes and up to five pairs of lateral eyes provide only rudimentary vision. Unique to scorpions are sensory organs which protude on either side underneath the body. They probe the ground, giving the scorpion chemical clues to its environment.


Finally, the tail and the stinger is most notable.  


Scorpion Reproductive Life Cycle

Reproduction begins via a chemical invitation set by a female. A male’s organ picks up the scent of a female ripe for mating. This message triggers a complex and fascinating encounter between the two. Scorpions are unique in their mating techniques. Courtship is a long, drawn out process filled with gymnastics and dancing which can take anywhere from 1 to 36 hours.


The male would lock or message the female jaw and would even puncture the female with it’s tale. Though harmless, it seems to have an effect to subdue and lower the female’s defenses. The male then places a sperm pile on the ground and draw the female to it.


A single pregnant female can start a whole new colony. Often babies will be seen living on the scorpion, one by one fully formed on their mother’s back. The offspring varies but it can be anywhere from one to 100 baby scorpions. They are sustained by liquid secreted on the mothers back.


The free ride only lasts within the first molt, usually only a week or two after birth. If they stay longer than this grace period, they risk being eaten by their own. Young scorpions shed their skins at least 5 or 6 times before their reach maturity.  A scorpion can live anywhere between 5 to 15 years.


Impact of Scorpions To SocietyScorpion crawling in a yard

Throughout human history, the scorpion has been both feared and reviled. Because they’re nocturnal, their habits were always shrouded in mystery so people assumed the worst. People believed that scorpions were agents of the devil or the underworld. Even today, few people think of scorpions as anything less than terrifying.


The truth of scorpions is only just emerging. In the 1960s, it was discovered that all species of scorpions glow under ultraviolet light. This is due to a substance on the outer part of the scorpions bodies. No one yet knows the function of this feature but it has allowed researchers to follow and study scorpions as they roam through the dark.


A Scorpion’s Sting

As scary as they look, and as feared as the sting of a scorpion may seem, scorpion stings are actually not a big deal. While they may be painful, they can be overcome and they are hardly ever fatal.

So how does one know if they’ve been stung by a scorpion? The sting of a scorpion can feel similar to a bee sting. What can differentiate from a bite from another insect are the symptoms which may develop after the sting. Some mild signs and symptoms of a scorpion sting include pain, which will most likely be on the pain threshold slightly above a bee sting. There may even be numbness and tingling in the area around the sting; and slight swelling.


If you suffer a more serious reaction to a scorpion sting, then there may be some cause for concern. These symptoms include twitching of the muscles or thrashing; odd head, eye, and neck movements; drooling; vomiting; severe sweating; high or low blood pressure; accelerated or irregular heartbeat; or restlessness or excitability.

To treat a scorpion sting, it is recommended to first wash the area of the sting with soap and water to sanitize it, and prevent a possible infection.  Then, apply a cool compress over the sting for ten minutes, then remove it, and repeat. If the scorpion sting is on your arm or leg, elevate that limb so that it’s level with your heart, which should help with any swelling. If you believe that the scorpion that stung you might be venomous, it might be a good idea to apply bleach to the sting site. Soak a cotton ball with the bleach, then hold it on the sting for about five minutes, or until the tingling sensation stops. If you apply the bleach quickly enough, it could neutralize any possible venom from the scorpion. If symptoms get serious or you fear that the sting may have been poisonous, head to your nearest doctor or emergency room, or call a poison helpline.


scorpions in the homeThe Threat of Scorpions In a Home

Because scorpions have such a long lifespan, this can be worrisome especially if you have encountered a scorpion at home. If you’ve seen one scorpion, especially if it’s a female scorpion, you should be concerned as it likely will not be the only scorpion around.


A female scorpion will likely have baby scorpions piggybacking off of her and they’ll be going all around your home. When the baby scorpions get big enough, they’ll fall off and so soon enough you’ll have scorpions all spread out in the home. These baby scorpions will soon begin breeding and they will breed with their brothers and sisters so it would be best to take care of the scorpion problem sooner rather than later with professional DIY scorpion control products.


Solutions Recommendations For Scorpions

As the concern of scorpions entering the home grows , the more options have been created to deal with this stinging pest. There are a number of great products you can use for Scorpion control. Our main recommendation for treating scorpions in the home is Cy-Kick CS Cyfluthrin Insecticide. Cy-kick is effective because it is focused upon killing scorpions specifically on top of providing all around protection from other bugs that you may have in the home, delivering an impressive one-two punch when it comes to scorpion control and overall pest control.

Other products which provide indoor and outdoor control for scorpions include Cyper WP InsecticideDemon Max Insecticide and Temprid Ready Spray as well as dusts like Drione Dust which can applied to cracks, crevices and other hiding places.

Scorpions may be a frightening pest to endure in the home but they can be eliminated with the proper product and techniques. Browse our scorpion control products below and as always, feel free to email us or give us a call and one of our knowledgeable representatives to further assist you with your order or with any pest problems you have.


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