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Did you know that there are approximately 1300 types of scorpions’ in the world? Now imagine one of these crawling inside your house! Yeah, not a very ideal picture! Scorpions in the house are a very common household pest problem.

They usually prefer to stay in dark places during the day time and come out at night in search of water and food. There are many ways in which you can get rid of this infestation however to do that you need to well informed. So let’s find out more about them.

How do Scorpions Get in the House?

There are many places for scorpions to enter inside your house, below mentioned are a couple of common ones:

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Through Open Ducts and Vents:

This is at the top of my list because it is through the exterior vents I had scorpions in my house. Exterior vents that give way to the inside of your house are like an open door for these animals.

Many scorpions especially this one specie called ‘bark scorpions’ are the most common ones found inside the houses and they love to climb, which often leads to the vents that lead them inside your house. Exhaust vents and even bathroom vents are a common entry point for them.

Through Doors and Windows

Scorpions especially Bark scorpions like to climb on walls and other places and if you have an open window or a door, you are inviting them yourself. Sometimes they can also enter through closed doors because many exterior doors have ‘door sweep’ which is a rubber attached to the bottom of the door.

 Worn out or old ‘door-sweeps’ don’t have a tight fit and give enough room to scorpions to get inside. Did you know that scorpions need only 1/16th of an opening to get in? Yeah, so you would want to shut the doors and windows too tightly!!

Through Crevices and Cracks

Scorpions enter houses through the smallest cracks and crevices in garage walls or other house exteriors. Like I mentioned above, they don’t need more than 1/16th of an opening to get in. These areas are usually found at the base of unfinished walls or in attics etc.

Scorpions have been found out to infest houses in hundreds and they usually enter through voids in wall and other crevices.

You need to pay extra attention if your house is in the middle of an ongoing construction since there are many opening gaps then which could be a good entry for these animals.

Scorpions also like damp places, that is why you will usually see them dwelling in drains and bathtubs, therefore even open and leaky pipelines and drains are other common places from which scorpions can enter your house.

How to Prevent Scorpions from Getting in your House?

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Scorpions enter houses in search of food, water, and shelter. You need to remove these sources for him thus preventing their entry. Below mentioned are some of the ways you can prevent scorpions from getting in your house:

Eliminate Extra Moisture

Scorpions usually enter home looking for water and that is why you must keep your floors, crawl spaces and other areas like your sinks, etc. free of any kind of leaks. Avoid accumulation of water in puddles or even in containers near the exterior of your house. 

Get rid of Scorpion Shelters

Scorpions like to dwell in dark and damp places and you need to keep such places in your house dry and well lit to avoid infestation. Get rid of any structure in or around your place that could be a good place of shelter for scorpions.

Trim your foliage and bushes, don’t keep things cluttered around your house, store cardboard boxes on a shelf instead of keeping them on the floor, etc.

Seal Small Openings & Gaps

Scorpions can slide in through a very small opening and that is how they mostly enter houses. You need to seal all such small gaps in your house.

Fill in the cracks and holes in your walls or the foundation of your houses. Close your doors and windows tightly and invest in good door seals to avoid giving any entry space to these pests.

Use Insecticides and Wettable Powder

Even after doing all the above-mentioned solutions, your house is still infested with these hell raisers then your last resort is insecticides and other substances that kill them.

You can spread wettable powder and pesticide dust in places you commonly see them. However, it is always better to consult a professional exterminator before using these harmful chemicals all by yourself without any guidance.

FAQ about Scorpions in House

Where do Scorpions Come From?

Scorpions live in a very dry climate because of this, they are known as desert dwellers. Besides this, they can be found in other habitats as well as Brazilian forests and even high elevation mountain areas.

They are extremely adaptive and therefore can be found on all the major landscapes except in New Zealand and Antarctica.

How do Scorpions Get Upstairs?

Scorpions are arachnids that have eight legs. They can easily climb anything which is a rough surface. Scorpions have little pincers at the end of their feet which makes it very easy for them to grasp and climb on surfaces vertically.

 However, smooth surfaces do not provide them a good grip, making it difficult for them to climb.

Can Scorpions Come Through Air Vents?

Yes, scorpions can come through air vents. As I mentioned above, air vents are one of the most common places for scorpions to get inside access. Since scorpions can climb easily, vents act as a very common entry point.

Where Do Scorpions Live in Your House?

Once inside the house, scorpions dwell in dark and damp places like sinks and drains, laundry rooms, inside the cracks and openings in your walls.

They can even hide in potted plants in your house or unused cardboard boxes stored away for a long time.These are some of their common hiding spots that you need to be careful about.

Conclusion

The sight of one of these crawling in your house can be terrifying but most of them are not dangerous. If you don’t have major allergic reactions to them, then most of their stings cause mild discomfort and only temporary redness and swelling.

 Nonetheless, they can be a menace but you can keep your house well protected from them if you take care of all the entry points for them and at the same time keep your house clean and organized enough to avoid further dwelling.

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