Scorpions are an extremely resilient species. From extremely scorching weather to very cold weather, scorpions can strive quite aptly.
In America, scorpions are often found in Southwestern states such as Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas. Common types of scorpions that can be found in these states include; Arizona hairy scorpion, stripped back scorpion and bark scorpion.
Here are some good practices when trying to get rid of scorpions;
- Use yellow outdoor bulbs for your house external lighting. Yellow light does not attract scorpion as much as white light does.
- Keep your home dry and clutter-free as scorpions like murky, dark places.
- Avoid piling up firewood and other debris around your home or in your yard.
- Seal all leakages, holes, and crevices around your home.
- If you decide to go scorpion hunting, ensure you have the necessary protective gear and equipment.
Below are 15 natural treatments and home remedies to get rid of scorpions;
1. Home Sealing
There is nothing better than sealing your home to check the entry of scorpions. Make sure your doors and windows do not have gaps from where the dreaded creature find its way inside.
Also, inspect your home for small cracks and holes and get them repaired. You may use caulk to fill up any gaps in walls and foundation to prevent them from coming inside.
2. Use Cedar Oil
Scorpions can be easily killed using Cedar oil. The oil helps in emulsifying the fat present in their body causing death.
It also kills the animal by causing dehydration and eliminates them effectively from your home and garden.
Make a solution of Cedar oil and water and spray it in places where you suspect the presence of scorpions.
Spreading cedar wood chipping in your yard could also repel scorpions effectively.
3. Keep Your Home And Garden Dry
Scorpions love to thrive in moist and cool places. Eliminating moisture from your home can be useful in keeping them away as they will not find a suitable place to hide.
Check for water leaks in your home, especially your basement, and get them repaired.
Try to keep your garden dry by preventing standing water and puddles. Remove piles of moist logs that can provide a place for the scorpions to thrive easily.
4. Get A Scorpion Predator
Well, there are a few animals that you can easily own to get rid of scorpions, especially if other methods are not working to eliminate them. Pets like cats and dog can easily hunt for scorpion and kill them too.
However, forcing them to catch one is not a good idea as they may be instinctively wary of scorpions and lack the needed courage to get the job done in a safe way.
If your garden has many scorpions, having a chicken is the best way to get rid of them.
5. Boric Acid (Borax)
Boric acid is readily available in most homes and is one of the best home remedies to get rid of scorpions.
Just sprinkle boric acid generously at all the suspected places and wait for them to disappear.
Boric acid (borax) is non-toxic to humans but is actually deadly to most insects and pests. When ingested, it damages their exoskeleton and affects their nervous system eventually killing them.
The white borax powder can also be sprinkled in the soil and around the plants to prevent their invasion in these areas.
6. Keep Your Yard Free From Debris
Filling your yard with wood stacks and debris can invite scorpions in your home. The best way to prevent them from entering your home is to prevent them from invading your yard.
Keep your yard free from all kind of debris such as piles of dry leaves, logs, and wood chips.
This debris, especially when moist, can become the best place for scorpions to hide and thrive. A regular cleaning of the yard is essential to keep them away.
7. Neem Oil
Neem oil is another herbal insecticide which is used to deal with a number of insects and pests.
When scorpions come in contact with the oil, the active ingredient, azadirachtin, present in neem destabilizes the internal system of the creature making them incapable of reproducing.
Using neem oil is a great way to check the population of scorpions in your home and yard. Just sprinkle or spray a solution made with neem oil and water to get rid of them naturally.
8. Use Sticky Traps
The readily available sticky traps that are used to catch mice, rats, and lizards can also be used to trap scorpions in an easy yet effective way.
All you have to do is find out the place where you notice them most and lay the sticky trap for a day. You are sure to catch some of the scorpions that come across it.
9. Go Hunting
If you have the courage to catch the scorpions in your house, you can get rid of them by hunting them during the night.
Since they are active during the night, you don’t have to work too hard to find them. Just flash a UV lamp across your basement and rooms and you are sure to get hold of the glowing blue scorpions.
Don’t forget to check the cracks and crevices and use a pair of tweezers to pull them out.
Make sure to follow safety measures while attempting to catch them yourself.
10. Declutter Your Home
Keeping your house neat and clean will make it difficult for a scorpion to hide and make a home under your clutter.
Organizing your rooms by removing piles of clothes, books and other household items, cleaning the shoes and your cupboards on a regular basis will make it difficult for a scorpion to live in your home.
11. Grow Scorpion-Deterring Plants
One of the best home remedies to get rid of scorpions is to have plants that repel them. Grow lavender plants in and around your home in large numbers to ward off the dreaded creature.
Scorpions dislike the smell of lavender making it difficult for them to thrive in places where these are planted.
Besides, lavender provides a fresh fragrance to make your home a wonderful place to relax.
12. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Just like boric acid, diatomaceous earth is non-toxic to humans yet can wreak havoc on scorpions. Just spread the white powder at places where you usually spot them.
Diatomaceous earth (aka diatomite or kieselguhr) has a scorching and dehydrating effect on the scorpions killing them almost instantly.
13. Try Essential Oils
Some essential oils such as cinnamon oil and peppermint oil not only helps in repelling most insects but also irritates the scorpions.
When sprayed along with water to various parts of the home, especially doors, windows, and baseboards, they check the entry of scorpions and keeps them away from your home.
14. Control Scorpion’s Food
Scorpions like to feast on other insects present in your homes such as spiders and crickets.
An ideal way to control scorpions is to control other insects and pests that you are living with.
Use herbal insecticides to ward all kind of insects from your home and the scorpions will find no food there.
15. The Burlap Sack Trap
If nothing else works, this burlap trap will help you completely get rid of the scorpions.
Just wet an old burlap sack and place it opened in the affected area. The scorpions will find the moist and cool sack a perfect place to hide when you can catch them.
Make sure to follow safety precautions while doing this and be prepared to handle a scorpion under or at the other side of the sack.
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