Get Rid of Scorpions Before Getting Stung!
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Scorpions seem fairly exotic to most people, creatures very rarely encountered. But don’t be fooled. Scorpions are a real threat in dry hot climates like the South and Southwestern United States and will often show up in other areas and climates.
Scorpion bites are almost never fatal (most scorpion have no venom) but they hurt like crazy. A scorpion bite will feel like a bad wasp or hornet bite – not fun at all. Luckily there are a few easy steps you can take to get rid of scorpions.
This one is pretty easy. There aren’t a whole lot of creatures with the distinctive scorpion shape. Scorpions are arachnids that can range from two to eight inches long. Their color may be yellow, brown, black, dark red and even blue. They have slender bodies with a large five-segment tail that arches over its body. Scorpions have eight legs and two obvious pincers.
The most important thing in getting rid of scorpions is to clean up around your house. Scorpions are rather shy and like to stay in quiet, dark undisturbed areas. Clutter offers the perfect home for a scorpion. Take a tour of your house, inside and out, and remove stacks of newspapers and magazines, wood and stick piles and dead trees, clothes piles, and old sports equipment. Take away their home while cleaning up yours!
No Bugs For You!
Scorpions feed nocturnally on other insects and bugs. Reducing the number of their prey in your home will go a long way in making your house an unwelcome territory for scorpions. A complete ongoing pest removal plan is something that most homeowners will find beneficial over the years.
A Cool Thing – Did you know that scorpions are phosphorescent? Scorpions are active at night and you can easily see them with a black light.
Again, this is a great strategy for repelling scorpions and other pests from your home. Do a thorough inspection for possible points of entry. Caulk any cracks and crevices in the foundation and any holes where cables and pipes enter your home. Look at every door and window for pulled or broken screens and broken sills and frames. Not only will your deter pests, but your heating and cooling bills will go down!
Get a Chicken!
Your friends will tell you to get a chicken to rid yourself of scorpions. In fact, my friend is a scorpion exterminator in Phoenix, Arizona, and HE told me the same thing. While it is true that chickens and other barnyard fowl love to gobble up scorpions, the damage they will inflict upon your family room far outweighs their scorpion defense abilities. No, no, no. Bad idea, letting a chicken run around your house. Uh-uh…
But how about YOU just eat them? Seriously, they are a delicacy in places like Thailand. Don’t they look yummy?
Organic Scorpion Control
Boric acid and diatomaceous earth are both effective and natural pest controls that are available online and in home and garden centers. Both products contain microscopic razor sharp particles that scratch the scorpion’s body and cause it to dehydrate. They are completely safe to humans and contain no chemicals.
Scorpions have a lot of respect in the pesticide industry. There are a plethora of products that all work effectively against scorpions. Wetable powders like Demon WP and Cyper WP are designed to go around the perimeter of your home. Dusting products like Drione Dust and Delta Dust should be used in your attic and other points of entry. Use caution when using pesticides because they contain poisons and can be harmful to humans.
You Can Get Rid of Scorpions
Scorpions are exotic looking creatures that live primarily in the south and southwest parts of the U.S and in arid environments around the world. Their bite is rarely lethal but it does cause intense pain. The best strategy to get rid of scorpions is to remove their hiding places by reducing clutter in your home. Reducing the number of bugs and insects in your home will also deter scorpions, as will closing off all possible entry points into your home.
Borax and Diatomaceous Earth are both good organic products that are effective against scorpions, and there are a host of pesticides which will also do the trick.
Good luck in your skirmish with scorpions.