How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your Home

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What to do When you find Scorpions in the Home – Phoenix, Arizona

Question: We just moved to Gilbert, AZ from Ithaca, NY and I’ve seen some scorpions around my home. How do I get rid of them? I’ve got small kids and one of them getting stung worries me.

First off, welcome to Arizona! We receive a lot of calls like this from people asking us if it is possible to get rid of scorpions and how to stop scorpions from getting in their house. We will describe a 4-step process one can use to reduce the likelihood that scorpions get inside a home.

Step 1: Prevent them from getting into the home through proper exclusion

Step 2: Eliminate, where possible, places scorpions like to be.

Scorpions like to rest under potted plants, pool toy bins, debris around the home, tarps, sheds, in the palm fronds of palm trees. Eliminate these areas by:

  • Placing potted plants on stands
  • Moving pool toy bins or other containers away from the home or off the ground or into the garage.
  • Removing debris around the home
  • Make sure that landscaping is properly maintained

Scorpions also love river rock, rail road ties and decorative stacked brick that some use in landscape design. Where possible eliminate these features.

Step 3: Find and remove them from the property and use glue boards

Are you open to going on a scorpion hunt? If so, this is a great way to reduce the population around your home. You will need to get a black light and after dark, go out and inspect around your home in the places described above. Once you find them be sure to have the proper personal protective equipment so you don’t get stung. They are fast, so be ready to move quickly.

In addition, you can place glue boards in places that scorpions may likely travel.

Step 4: Judicious use of pesticides

There are products that are effective against scorpions. Using these products in addition to the steps identified above will provide the best results. Following the label for application and safety data sheets are critical and many often leave this step to professionals, which we recommend too.

Following these 4-steps will provide the best results in controlling scorpions around your home. If you have any questions on what to do if you find a scorpion in the house let us know and we are happy to help.

To rid your home of scorpions, contact Blue Sky Pest Control.