How to keep scorpions out of your house

Texas is a great state with a lot to offer, and that includes about 20 species of scorpions. Scorpions are arachnids that are equipped with a venomous stinger on the end of their tails. Many people believe scorpions are only found in the desert, but they can actually be found in grasslands, forests, caves and even residential areas.

Scorpions are most active during the summer, which could mean trouble to any family vacationing in Texas or having fun at home. Scorpions move into homes when they are in need of food or shelter, and they often hide in concealed places. Scorpions have an average lifespan of three to five years but have been known to live up to 15 years, which can cause problems for a household. If you have or are worried about a scorpion infestation in your home, check out these tips to fight back.

Call pest control

Most scorpions aren’t poisonous, but the poisonous bark scorpion does reside in Texas. To prevent the bark scorpion, or any type of scorpion, from coming into your home, have a pest control company apply insecticide to the perimeter of your home and around any openings.

Spot checking

Scorpions are nocturnal, so it’s not always easy to see the problem when you have one. Scorpions often make their homes in the spots we forget to check, like under pots, rocks or outdoor furniture. Regularly checking these areas will help you discover if you have a scorpion infestation.

Yard work

No one likes to mow the lawn, especially during the summer, but an overgrown lawn is the enemy. Scorpions hunt for bugs in unkempt lawns, and long grass allows them to more easily hide. Keeping your grass short will also prevent any of your family members from accidentally encountering a scorpion.

Scorpions are a pest no one likes to come across. Some can be poisonous, but most are nothing more than a nuisance. Scorpions usually live in long grass or in dark, unchecked areas in and around your home. You can prevent a scorpion problem by keeping your home and yard free of debris. If you already have a scorpion problem, a pest control company can help you spray your home.