It’s July and in my home state of Texas, scorpions are making their presence known once again. I’ve had three scorpion encounters in the last two weeks inside my house! After the third scorpion, which I almost stepped on with my bare foot, I took to the internet to research the steps I can take to keep them from entering my home. I also found natural ways to repel them with lavender oil, cedar oil, and other natural methods. Here are my findings.
5 Steps to Help Prevent Scorpions From Entering Your Home
Eliminate Excess Moisture
Scorpions enter homes looking for water. Keep floors, corners, closets, and crawl spaces dry and free of leaks. Refrain from allowing water to stand in puddles or containers near the exterior of your home.
Get Rid of Other Insects in Your Home
Scorpions feed on insects, so if you have an issue with roaches, ants, or other bugs in the house, you’ll need to solve that problem before the scorpions will go away. Here are a few good ways to keep the insect population down in your home:
-Clean up crumbs and wash dishes promptly so bugs don’t have a food source.
-Sprinkle borax or diatomaceous earth around the baseboards and under the sinks in your home; these natural substances kill insects.
-Keep the insect population down outdoors as well, since scorpions prefer to live outside.
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Remove Scorpion Shelters
Scorpions like to hide in dark places, especially during the day. Get rid of structures in and around your home that could be used as a convenient hiding place by a scorpion. Take the following measures to keep scorpions from hanging around:
-Store cardboard boxes on shelves instead of the floor
-Don’t keep clutter around your home or under the beds
-Keep your closets and bedrooms neatly organized. Scorpions like to hide in shoes and piles of clothes on the floor -Outdoors, trim back bushes and foliage that scorpions can hide under. Get rid of piles of wood, rocks or yard clippings. Trim back vines and other potential hiding spots.
Seal Your Home
Scorpions can slip through an opening the size of a credit card. Sealing your home is an important method for keeping them from invading. In order to make sure your home is secure, take the following measures to seal the doors, windows, and foundation:
-Use caulk to fill in holes and cracks in your walls, baseboards, or the foundation of your home.
-Make sure your windows close tightly and the screens are sealed so scorpions can’t climb in.
-Get door seals to prevent scorpions from coming in under the doors.
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Keeping A Watchful Eye – *Use Extreme Caution*
The best way to get rid of scorpions as fast as possible is to hunt for them at night, when they’re most active. It’s not for the faint of heart, but killing them one at a time is a good way to reduce the scorpion population around your home, fast. To hunt scorpions, you need the following equipment:
-A black (ultraviolet) light. They glow in the dark, so you’ll be able to see them clearly by using a black light to search them out. Get a flashlight or headlamp with a black light bulb.
-A tool you can use to kill them. In parts of Arizona, long-handled tweezers used to break the scorpions’ exoskeletons are the weapons of choice. You can also use a long knife or wear a pair of heavy boots to step on them.
To hunt them outside:
Look on exterior walls, at the bases of walls, fences, under bushes and other foliage, under rocks, and other outdoor cracks and crevices close to your home. Shine your black light in all of these areas to set scorpions aglow.
Other places to look:
-Indoors in your attic
-In any other areas where you’ve seen a scorpion.
All Natural Scorpion Repellents
Lavender Plants / Lavender Oil
-Planting a lavender bush around the perimeter of your house or in a pot by your door can help.
-You can also use 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil mixed with about 2 cups of water or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture around the perimeter of your doors, windows, or the inside of your home.
Cedar Oil/Other Cedar Products
Cedar is a highly aromatic wood and carries an oil that is also fragrant and repels scorpions.
-Mixing about 10-15 drops of cedar oil in 2 cups of water or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray around windows, doors, and inside your home.
-Another option is to add cedar chips to the flower beds around the perimeter of your house.
-Any cedar products like flower pots or boxes placed near the doors and windows should also help.
Other Repellent Methods
-Use diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your house. This destroys their underbelly.
-Sprinkle ground cinnamon around the perimeter of your home.
-Grow and spray citrus essential oils around the doorways and windows.
-Save the spiders as they are predators to scorpions.
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