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8 Ways to Get Rid of Scorpions Without Harsh Chemicals

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

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 get rid of 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. This will help get rid of scorpions in your home.

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.

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40 comments

  1. Gautam Pai

    Thank you, this is a good article. Will this spray attract any termites or any other bugs? Or will this deter termites as well?

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Great question, Gautam!

      We don’t have testing for termites specifically, but in our experience and that of our customers for over 20 years, our products kill termites on contact and help repel after that 🙂

      If you have any more questions or need bug help, give us a call at 800-842-1464. Have an awesome day!

  2. Hi, I have used cedarcide products for scorpions for years and am very pleased. I’m trying to advise my son on what cedarcide product would be good to reapply to cedar bark? Thank you.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi there, Brenda!

      Thanks for the comment. If he’s simply looking to help restore the cedar scent of a cedar closet or chest, I’d go with Tickshield. If he needs to apply outdoors, I’d go with PCO Choice monthly 🙂

  3. Janette Davis

    A few years ago an old barn was taken down near my home. We had a wave of scorpions come through. We never had a problem here before ( I live in Arizona and have lived here for nearly 30 years). Chickens will dig scorpions out an eat them. Use a black light and a small dim lamp. Leave them on all night. It will not be long be for you no longer see them. Unfortunately, Glendale AZ made it illegal to keep chickens, but I managed to borrow a few for a week or so. Good luck

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Thanks for the comment, Janette. How’s your scorpion problem doing now?

  4. How dangerous are they to cats? I am moving to AR with my cats and I have been told they are a problem there.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi, Hilda

      Depending on the type they can be very dangerous, sometimes even fatal 🙁

  5. Sharon Richey

    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.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi there! The tips in the above article should help you a lot. In addition, check out this blog: https://www.cedarcide.com/bugs-pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-scorpions-3-steps/

  6. 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

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      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.

      1. I found a scorpion inside what can I use around kids, dogs, cats, tortoises, and sugar gliders?

        1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

          Our Cedarcide Original is made specifically for use on dogs, cats, kids, and other family members so that’s what you want 🙂
          https://www.cedarcide.com/product/cedarcide-original-kit/

          Small animals like gliders and reptiles like turtles are sensitive to essential oils, so make sure to remove them from the space before using any essential oils or essential oil based products

  7. 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.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      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/

  8. 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

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      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! 🙂

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

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

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

      1. Would planting lavender around home and/or property line repel scorpions?

        1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

          Good question, Keela!

          That probably would not help very much at all, no. I’d try this instead: https://www.cedarcide.com/product/pco-choice/

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

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      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 🙂

  11. 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

    1. 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!

  12. Will moth balls work on scorpions.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      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.

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

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      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! 🙂

  14. Marry Marry JW

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

    1. 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/

      1. Fabien Johns

        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.

        1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

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

          1. Cynthia Gudino

            Can you spray this on your bedsheets clothes etc

          2. Jonathan At Cedarcide

            Hi, Cynthia

            What solution are you asking about specifically?

          3. Bonnita Bressman

            We are having scorpion problems inside our home on first level and in our garage. Also centipedes!!
            Do you kill them the same way you do scorpions?!
            We live in Southwest Oklahoma.

          4. Jonathan At Cedarcide

            Great question, Bonnita!

            Yep, the same way: Cedarcide Original indoors and The Lawn & Garden for outdoors should do the trick 🙂

    2. 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.

      1. News Flash

        Finally read about cinnamon. I sprinkle cinnamon on the outside of my house around sliders and front door entry………so far so good. It’s been about 6 weeks in the heart of scorpion season and I’ve had no intruders, since I started this process!

        Cheap and easy. You still need Cedarcide products to keep the other bugs under control. Also recommend a black light and spray to go after them at nightI’ve been fighting scorpions for 6 years in Arizona.
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