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How to Get Rid of Scorpions: 3 Steps

Can you imagine a scorpion crawling into your bed at night? What about slipping on a pair of shoes only to find a scorpion hiding down inside? This might sound like the stuff of nightmares, but if you’re living in the Southwest, it’s just part of your day-to-day.

Although they’re usually no more harmful than a wasp or spider bite, scorpion stings can be life threatening to our children, pets, and the elderly. The bark scorpion, for example, which lives throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Mexico, is the most venomous scorpion in North America. In just the last few decades, over a 1,000 people and pets have died from their excruciating sting. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about any of that, because you’re about to learn how to keep scorpions away from your lawn and out of your home, without resorting to poisonous pesticides! Here are 3 steps to kill and repel scorpions:

 

Scorpions only enter our lawns and homes if they offer shelter, food, or water. Removing these attractants is the first step to controlling scorpions

REMOVE THEIR SHELTER

Scorpions need dark, cool places to hide in order to escape sunlight, as they’re sensitive to heat and prone to dehydration. Limiting these potential hiding spots comes down to cleanliness and clutter—and can substantially decrease scorpion populations.

Firstly, lawn maintenance is key. Keeping grass and shrubbery well-trimmed and off your home (scorpions use vegetation as bridges into houses) is essential. Removing outdoor clutter like unused lawn equipment and organic debris, such as wood piles and brush, is equally important.

For best results, you’ll need to maintain a clean and clutter-free home, too. Cleanliness matters because grime and food debris attracts bugs, which are the primary food source for scorpions. Clutter—like piles of magazines, clothing, newspapers, and scattered boxes—matters because scorpions will use these areas to hide and thrive inside your home.

REMOVE THEIR FOOD

Again, scorpions eat other bugs. In other words, if you want to repel scorpions, you’ll need to get rid of any bugs living in your lawn and home. 

To kill and repel outdoor bugs, apply family and pet-safe Scorpion Defense to your yard monthly from February to November. To kill bugs inside your home, give them a quick spray with non-toxic Scorpion Shield. To repel indoor bugs, apply Scorpion Shield to common insect trouble spots and entryways, such as door frames, window sills, baseboards, countertops, etc.

REMOVE MOISTURE

As mentioned earlier, scorpions are vulnerable to dehydration. Deny them water by checking both inside and outside for sources of unnecessary moisture, like standing water, leaky plumbing, A/C units, hoses, faucets, etc. Removing or repairing these items will help considerably.

 

Surprising fact: scorpions can sneak into almost any opening the size of a credit card. No wonder they’re so good at finding ways into our homes! Locating and sealing potential entry points is crucial if you’re ready to stop seeing scorpions inside.

Start by doing a slow and thorough check both inside and outside for possible entryways like cracks, crevices, holes, etc. Look closely at windows, doorways, baseboards, fixtures, outlets, foundations, basements, and attics. You might want to consider installing seals at the bottom of doors and garages, too. It might sound tedious, but if you’re struggling with scorpions, it could mean the difference between a scorpion-free home and enduring an extremely painful sting or the loss of your pet. 

If—or more likely when—you find any such openings, promptly seal them with caulk or another appropriate sealant.

 

Unfortunately, if you’ve seen a scorpion inside or outside your home, chances are there are dozens more hidden throughout your property.

TREAT YOUR LAWN

Now that your lawn is decluttered and free of debris, it’s time to spray it for scorpions. Start by spraying both your front and back yards, as well as all shrubbery, with Scorpion Defense to kill and help repel scorpions. Repeat this process again in two weeks, and then proceed to monthly applications after that. If you’ve yet to see a scorpion and this is just for prevention, you can move on to monthly applications right from the start. For best results, we suggest monthly applications all year long.

Because Scorpion Defense is plant-based and family-safe, no downtime is necessary. You, your family, and pets can enjoy your lawn right after application!

Want added protection? We suggest spreading Cedar Granules throughout your lawn, too.


TREAT YOUR HOME

Traditional indoor bug sprays can fill your home with long-lasting poisons that could seriously harm the health of you, your family, and pets. In fact, these products usually do more harm than good, as you’re usually better off having the scorpions in your house than toxic chemicals. For killing and preventing scorpions indoors, we suggest plant-based Scorpion Shield, which can be safely sprayed all throughout your home.

To kill any scorpions you find inside, give them a quick spray with family-safe Scorpion Shield. To help prevent them from coming back, also spray known entry points and hiding spots weekly. Repeat as needed.

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6 comments

  1. I just purchased scorpion shield and awaiting delivery, but I see you’re recommending the original here- what’s the difference? And is scorpion shield safe around cats? Thanks

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi there!

      Great questions. The difference between these products is negligible, so don’t worry you got the correct thing, and yes perfectly safe for kitties 🙂

  2. We have used Cedarcide PCO on our yard and garden for almost 4 yrs. We have organic veggies and fruits. We love this product!! Our dogs are tick and flea free and it got rid of scorpions too! We live in East Texas and spray every 6 to 8 weeks.
    E. Texas has every conceivable pest! They are no match for Cedarcide! We will use this as long as we can get it.
    We highly recommend it!
    Polyglot Farms
    Pete and Nancy Gerchak
    Quitman. Texas

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Thanks so much for the comment, Nancy. Sounds like you’re as big a fan as we are 🙂

      We’re here if you need anything else or have questions (800-842-1464)

  3. Judy coller

    We have a few chickens. Is cedarcide safe to use around them?

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      It sure is! Just remove them from the space during application and allow the area to dry and air out for several hours and you’ll be good to go 🙂

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