8 Effective Tips for Getting Rid of Scorpions for Good

Ben Kissam
Written by Ben Kissam
Updated January 27, 2022
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Take the sting out of scorpion prevention with these simple tips

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There are more than 90 scorpion species in the U.S., and only one of them (the Arizona bark scorpion) has a sting that's poisonous to humans. Still, even the most fervent animal lovers will be hard-pressed to justify the presence of scorpions in and around their home. 

Fortunately, there are many methods, some of which involve natural solutions sans chemicals. Here are eight simple tips to help you get rid of scorpions for good.

1. Think of Scorpions Like Other Pests

Scorpions, though larger (and perhaps a little scarier looking) than other common household pests, are attracted to many of the same things that bring in other bugs and critters. (They're technically arachnids, meaning they're from the same family as spiders.)

Like bugs, beetles, and even mice, scorpions are attracted to moisture, food, and shelter. They're just as likely to infiltrate your home as they are your garden, where they can feast on insects.

As with other types of pests, it's best to take proper safety precautions when removing them DIY. Most scorpion stings aren't toxic, but that doesn't mean they don't hurt. Certain methods, such as chemical treatment to eliminate scorpions, may come with risks if you aren't careful.

2. Use a UV Black Light at Night

Scorpions love to feast on crickets and other bugs, which are attracted to porch lights and other shining objects in your yard at night. If you suspect a scorpion problem, try shutting your lights off for a few weeks and see if it helps.

These animals are nocturnal, meaning they're active at night. If you have the desire (and perhaps the courage), take a UV black light flashlight outside and scan the perimeter of your home and garden after the sun goes down. 

This can help you figure out what they're feeding on or what's attracted them to your home, which will help you come up with a game plan to get rid of them.

3. Don’t Overwater Your Yard

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There's nothing scorpions love more than moist hiding places. Pools of water, damp piles of wood or leaves, or other wet areas around your home can easily become hotbeds for the critters. (This may also explain why, if they've gotten in your home, you keep finding them in or around your tub, sink, or toilet.)

Make sure you aren't overwatering your garden or lawn to help prevent and get rid of scorpions. Still having problems? Call a local lawn pest control expert to help send scorpions packing from your yard. 

4. Seal Cracks and Reinforce Screens

Like other pests, scorpions take advantage of opportunities when they’re presented. This could be a gap in your front door or a hole in your bedroom window. That’s why it’s important not to overlook these tiny entrances to your home—seal cracks and reinforce screens as needed.

Scorpions commonly enter your home through:

  • Holes in screens

  • Uncovered windows

  • Large gaps underneath doorways

  • Cracks in foundation or crawl space

  • Gaps surrounding plumbing lines

They may also enter through boxes of firewood, potted plants, or secondhand furniture.

A worthwhile tip to consider: Scorpions cannot climb clean glass. So if you have a hole or damaged area where scorpions are coming in, a temporary fix may be to secure a piece of glass over the area.

5. Use Essential Oils

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Scorpions very much dislike the scents of lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, and cedar—all of which can be found bottled as essential oils.

Once you know the areas where scorpions are frequenting, try mixing 2 cups of water with 10 to 20 drops of each of these oils, then spray these areas as well as entry points around your home to help get rid of scorpions.

Bonus: Essential oils can get rid of spiders and mice as well, especially peppermint.

6. Set Sticky Traps

Disposable scorpion traps can help address a growing problem, where they're either in your home or you haven't found the source of your issue yet. (Or both.)

Scorpion sticky traps cost $5 to $8 for a two-pack. Toss them after use.

7. Apply a Scorpion Chemical Spray to Hot Zones

Like other pest control substances, companies make scorpion killing spray to help get rid of pests. It costs between $15 and $40, depending on the brand. Carefully read the instruction manual before spraying to ensure the safety of your family and pets.

8. Consult a Pest Control Specialist

If battling arachnids isn't your cup of tea, a local pest control specialist can diagnose the extent of your issue and handle the situation.

According to HomeAdvisor, scorpion extermination costs $50 to $300 per visit, depending on the severity of the issue. Multiple visits may be recommended or even necessary to ensure they stay away for good.

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