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8 Ways to Get Rid of Scorpions Without Harsh Chemicals

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Scorpions are one of our planet’s great survivors. From scorching temperatures to below-freezing conditions, scorpions can thrive in almost any environment.

Having existed for over 400 million years, there are now over 1,700 species of scorpion—these predatory arachnids can be found on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. In the U.S., scorpions are mostly limited to the Southwest, such as Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico.

Unfortunately for those living in these areas, scorpions can be difficult to eliminate. In fact, some scorpions can go anywhere from six to twelve months without food, and because they’re nocturnal and active almost exclusively at night, they can be hard to properly control.

The good news, however, is that scorpions are not nearly as dangerous as people think, with most encounters being no more harmful than a bee or wasp sting. The better news is that by taking preventative measures and using various natural methods, a scorpion problem can be prevented or outright solved. Follows these 8 simple guidelines to control scorpions naturally.

The first and most crucial step to controlling scorpions is general pest and insect control. By removing the scorpions’ food source, you can send these venomous arachnids packing.

When it comes to scorpions, we advise creating a repellent barrier around both your house and yard using an eco-friendly, non-toxic outdoor pesticide. Be sure to spray around your home’s foundation and along fence lines (this treatment should be done twice a month until the problem is resolved).

Non-toxic indoor pesticides can be used to kill individuals that have found their way into the home, and as a preventative measure to treat doorways, windowsills and baseboards

Keeping a clean and well-organized yard will go along way toward safeguarding your home against scorpions. Vulnerable to dehydration—and therefore extreme heat and sun exposure—scorpions require shady, cool places to hide during the daytime before emerging to hunt at night. Make sure to do the following:

  • Keep bushes and small trees landscaped. Do not allow them to overgrow and touch the outside walls of your home—scorpions use these as bridges to enter through windows or other small openings.
  • Keep grass & other vegetation short and trim.
  • De-clutter your yard, removing all unnecessary items: including brush, debris, decorative rocks, woodpiles, lawn equipment, etc.

Just as crucial as de-cluttering your yard is keeping your home clean and organized. Clean—because crumbs attract bugs which in turn attract predators like scorpions. Organized—because scorpions will use everything from shoes to boxes to piles of clothing to hide. Traditionally cluttered spaces like closets and underneath beds will require attention, too.

Scorpions require openings no bigger than a credit card to enter your home. Windows, baseboards, doorways, light-switches, outlets, fixtures, wall & foundation cracks, and even ceiling fans are all potential scorpion entrances. Seal your home by remedying these cracks and openings using caulk (don’t forget to check basements and attics, too!). The same process should be repeated outdoors as well, paying close attention to the roof and any foundation/wall cracks & holes. Screens or seals should be used to ensure windows and doorways remain firmly shut, too.

Scorpions are prone to moisture loss and usually enter homes as a way to find water or cool down. Whether inside or outside your home, it’s important to remove puddles, standing water, and any other sources of moisture. Plumbing, basements and crawl spaces should also be kept dry and free of leaks.

Those sticky traps used to catch mice and small rats can be re-purposed as scorpion traps. Place them along common entryways, near possible water sources, and in other dark, cool spaces like closets and underneath furniture. Caution: some sticky traps contain synthetic pesticides and other toxins; for the safety of your pets and family, be sure to only purchase the non-toxic versions.

A moistened burlap sack makes for an effective scorpion trap. Simply wet the sack and place it in scorpion trouble areas like basements, attics or just outside your home. Leave the bag opened and in place overnight and check it in the morning (be extremely careful when checking both inside and underneath the bag—scorpions pack a nasty sting!). Repeat this process until you no longer see scorpions in or around your home & lawn.

Lavender, cinnamon, peppermint and cedar are all essential oils said to deter scorpions. These can be diluted with a carrier oil (or smaller amounts of water) and sprayed along scorpion problem areas and entry points—such as baseboards, windowsills, doorways, and around the perimeter of your home.

 

23 Comments

  1. Sharon Richey on May 9, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    I’m moving into a new home in Phoenix Arizona. What do you suggest I do to deter scorpions. There are still new homes going up around my home.

  2. Bobby on April 7, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Hi I just purchase 16 oz of lavender oil. What is the recommended amount of water to dilute it with. For example is two gallons too much or can I use it more water with to use with a large weed sprayer

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on May 16, 2020 at 1:06 PM

      great question!

      You want to aim for about 10% lavender oil in your mixtures, whether that’s water or a carrier oil like mineral or coconut oil.

  3. Brianna on April 7, 2020 at 12:57 AM

    Just today i have killed 5 scorpions and 4 were inside my home 1 was outside but I have not seen any until today. We just plowed up a large area of the yard for a garden…could that have been what got them to come out and get in? Also I have 2 small kids and I am afraid of them getting stung please tell me what I should do.

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on May 16, 2020 at 1:33 PM

      Brianna!

      I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Scorpions are scary but killing and repelling them isn’t that difficult with the right tools. This kit has you covered for killing and repelling both indoors and outdoors: https://www.cedarcide.com/product/scorpion-control-kit/

  4. Johnny on December 29, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Hello,
    When using scorpion shield do we need to repeat spraying every week/2 weeks etc. What happens when it rain or it is too windy will that require spraying again.

    Thanks

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on January 24, 2020 at 5:47 PM

      Hi there, Johnny. The product you want for outdoors is Scorpion Defense. Scorpion Shield is for indoor use, and is not plant-safe so be careful not to use it outdoors on your lawn. Let us know if we can be of any more help! 🙂

  5. Franky on August 14, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Will lavender candles work as a repellant? Or only the oils?

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on August 22, 2019 at 12:09 PM

      We can’t really say for sure, but our guess would be no, a candle would not be sufficient.

  6. N/A on August 5, 2019 at 10:43 PM

    So i keep finding almost dead light scorpions 🦂 that are slowly dying somehow but they are showing up everywhere, what should we do?

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on August 7, 2019 at 8:58 AM

      Hi!

      I would definitely start adopting the tips above and treating your yard every 4 weeks or so with either PCO Choice or Yardsafe. If the problem persists, give us a call (800-842-1464) and we’ll help you get this problem under control 🙂

  7. Mary on July 25, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Hi I’m Mary i live in texas i have dog’s cat’s and small children what can i use to get rid of scorpions thats will not harm my Chrilden or pets

    • David on May 15, 2020 at 6:28 AM

      I go out at night and make 4/5 trips around my homes foundation and my shops foundation, armed with sandals and pliers and a blacklight, at one point, over 2 weeks, i killed 220! One at a time! Get a blacklight and go to work, you will see numbers dropping very quickly!

  8. Dennis on June 29, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Will moth balls work on scorpions.

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on July 5, 2019 at 2:12 PM

      Hi, Dennis.

      Moth balls work to repel many pests but as a company we don’t suggest using them as they’re toxic, smell horrible, and have been known to kill beneficial wildlife in addition to repelling unwanted insects.

  9. Frances on June 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    What can I use that will kill or deter scorpions it does not harm cats

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on June 28, 2019 at 9:14 AM

      Hi, Frances, great question! Fortunately, none of our non-toxic formulas will harm cats. For outdoors, I would suggest PCO Choice, for indoors try Cedarcide Original. And feel free to give us a call (800-842-1464) if you have any more questions! 🙂

  10. Marry Marry JW on May 13, 2019 at 6:14 AM

    Honestly am scared if scorpions please help how to deter them away from y house what to use

    • roland on May 16, 2019 at 11:23 AM

      Hi Marry,

      You will want to use Scorpion Shield, it is our best scorpion killing and repelling formula.

      Here is a link to the product: https://www.cedarcide.com/product/scorpion-shield/

      • Fabien Johns on April 30, 2020 at 8:56 AM

        I am a renter and live live on the second story of the home. The scorpions have been finding a way up and now I found one crawling on me in bed while sleeping. What can I use in my area of the home without bothering the owner? Also, I’m in Arizona.

        • Jonathan At Cedarcide on May 16, 2020 at 10:28 AM

          Cedarcide Original both kills and repels Scorpions and can be used directly on yourself as a deterrent 🙂

    • Anita on July 11, 2019 at 7:13 AM

      I live in Arizona and we have a huge scorpion problem inside and outside our home. There are natural insecticides that can kill scorpions. One of the big reasons why the scorpions are at your property is because of the food source. They love crickets and other small bugs. You can deter the scorpions but they will come back if they have a buffet of glorious bugs at your home.

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