Are Scorpions Hiding in Your Home?
Scorpions thrive in hot dry places, which is why they may hide out in your house during the cooler winter months. The idea that you might encounter a scorpion hiding in your cabinets, under furniture, or in your linens is enough to give anyone the jitters. What’s worse is as the weather starts to warm up, they’ll start to make themselves more visible.
Fortunately, most scorpions don’t have life-threatening stings, though there are a few species that can be dangerous to your family and pets. As such, it’s important to rid your home of these pests as promptly as possible.
Common Hiding Places for Scorpions
Scorpions may find their way into your home as they seek a warm place to hibernate during the winter. They may enter through cracks, gaps in windows, or loose-fitting doors. You might also bring them inside inadvertently—they’ll hide in containers or under wood piles, for instance.
Once inside, they’ll seek a dark place to take refuge. Common hiding places include:
- Under furniture
- Inside cabinets or pantries
- In potted plants
- Attics and crawl spaces
- Boxes and storage containers
- Unused rooms
- Shoes and laundry piles
In Texas, take care in these areas of your home. It can help to keep your place clean and avoid leaving laundry or shoes on the floor. If something does get left out, it’s good practice to shake it out first when you pick it up.
How to Rid Your Home of Scorpions
There are a few ways to go about evicting scorpions from your house. Housecats like hunting the creatures, but that could be dangerous if you happen to have one of the deadlier species lurking about.
If you have nerves of steel and trust your ability to avoid getting stung, you can try hunting them yourself. This is best done after dark when scorpions are active. Equip a flashlight with a black light—scorpion exoskeletons glow under UV rays. Then, either with long tweezers, a knife, or a sturdy pair of boots, go and kill them off one by one.
A safer (and probably more reliable) approach is to hire a professional to drive them out for you. They’ll use any means necessary to rid your home of scorpions and other pests, all without putting yourself at risk.
Keeping Scorpions Out
Once you’ve gotten rid of any scorpions lurking in your home, you’ll need to keep them out. A monthly pest control service is the most reliable way to do this. SafeHaven Pest Control offers scorpion control in several of our pest control bundles. For more information, contact us today at (214) 531-3160.