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How to Get Rid of Scorpions in Your House (DIY Guide)

If you’re having issues with scorpions, this guide is for you.

I’ve written a guide about how to repel scorpions before. This one is more for keeping them out of your garden and house.

There’s a lot of info in this guide. So bookmark it for easy reference. It’s not going to be instant to get rid of them. So you’ll have to be patient.

But with persistence, you should be able to see fewer scorpions in your home/garden.

Try out a few of the DIY remedies to see what works for you (while adhering to safety precautions). They won’t work for all situations, but should for most.

If you have questions, post them at the end of this page and I’ll try to help you out.

Warning: Scorpions will retaliate!

While scorpions would rather avoid confrontation with humans, they will retaliate if you disturb them. If you don’t know what you’re doing, do not try to handle or kill them.

Do NOT try any remedy or method without consulting a professional exterminator first. Never handle or approach scorpions without proper protective equipment.

How dangerous are they?

Scorpions can be extremely painful. They’re venomous, but the venom varies greatly in how strong they are. Pets and sensitive individuals are more vulnerable to the venom and are at risk for complications.

Out of over 1700 scorpions, there are about 25 species that are lethal to humans. While the number is small, you should never assume that the species you’re dealing with is safe to handle or eliminate.

This is why you should never go near anywhere that scorpions nest without proper protection and the advice of a professional.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, hire a pro.

Does killing a scorpion attract more?

If you kill one, it doesn’t usually bring more to your home. Scorpions are solitary creatures, so there are no other scorpions that nest nearby.

If you kill one, be sure to dispose of it properly because other pests may show up to eat it, which will then bring in other scorpions that eat said bugs.

What scent do scorpions hate?

Scorpions hate fruity or strong-scented herbs. Lavender and cedarwood oil both come to mind. You can use these by dipping a cotton ball into either one as an essential oil.

Then place the balls around the house or garden where you suspect them to be scavenging. This will instantly repel them.

Cedarwood oil can even kill them almost instantly if they’re exposed to it.

Other scents include the strong aroma that comes from herb plants. See the list in this guide.

What is the best natural scorpion repellent?

Lavender or peppermint.

Both of these are said to be effective against scorpions. It keeps them away without having to resort to dangerous sprays. This is one of the quickest ways to get rid of scorpions.

Try these first. 5-20 drops mixed with some water should be enough to spray around the household.

Dilute as directed. Read all warnings as some pets or people can be sensitive to these oils.

What does vinegar do to scorpions?

Vinegar is a natural scorpion repellent because of its strong, acidic scent.

It works well because of the low pH makeup of vinegar which makes scorpions want to avoid it.

You can utilize this as a repellent by placing containers of vinegar in your house or outside the perimeter. The scent of it will deter them.

You can also spray vinegar around the house in areas where you suspect them to be hiding or nesting. Vinegar is very effective for driving them away and keeping them out of your house.

Spray areas that they frequent outside the house. They hide in places where they won’t be found.

Vinegar is cheap, natural, and works well against scorpions, spiders, centipedes, crickets, and millipedes. It’s a very basic home remedy to get rid of scorpions.

Where are scorpion nests found?

Scorpion nests are usually found in dark areas such as inside holes or under debris.

Scorpions can’t climb vertically on smooth surfaces, such as glass, wood, or stainless steel.

They like to hide in hard objects like fencing, stone, etc. Scorpions generally live by themselves.

They’re solitary creatures. If you find multiple scorpions in one nest, it’s likely due to increased competition or limited resources in the area.

What does cinnamon do to scorpions?

Cinnamon, like cedar, is a scent that scorpions hate.

If you get some cinnamon powder and then sprinkle it around the house, it can limit their entry into your home.

Put it in key areas like doorways, windows, or foundational cracks.

The cinnamon naturally keeps scorpions out. You can also use it in the garden, but replace it after rain or wind. Cinnamon doesn’t kill scorpions. It only repels them.

But cinnamon OIL acts like a natural insecticide. Its strong scent helps repel them while being safe for most pets and people.

What kills scorpions instantly?

People will generally stomp on them or use a knife to pierce their shells.

This will kill them instantly, but it’s risky. Never do this if you don’t have proper protective equipment (gloves, clothing, shoes, etc.)

They’re quicker than you think, so don’t underestimate them.

Scorpions are known to be very hard to kill.

They have a tough outer shell that’s hard to pierce.

Most insecticides are useless against them. They used to live in harsh environments so your home is paradise.

How to prevent scorpions from getting in your bed

Putting horror movies aside, there are some surefire ways to help reduce the chance of scorpions getting into your bed.

Here are some general tips:

  • Use elevated posts for your bed legs if possible. These are raised posts that the legs sit on top of. You can put it with some cedarwood oil spray to keep scorpions off. If they can’t get up the posts, then they can’t get into your bed.
  • Put the feet of your bed in glass mason jars. This makes scorpions not able to climb up their feet!
  • Keep the bed away from the walls.
  • Keep the windows shut.
  • Never let bedding off the bed. It provides a ladder for scorpions to easily climb up. Scorpions like beds because of the soft material. They can climb sheets, blankets, clothing, etc. Scorpions are excellent climbers unless the surface is smooth.
  • Use blacklights (UV lights) at night. This will let you see them visibly in the dark.
  • Spray cedarwood oil around the perimeter of your room.
  • If you have pets, put them on raised beds.

What are scorpions afraid of? What scares them?

Scorpions are afraid of humans, believe it or not. They will avoid people if possible but will retaliate if you provoke them.

Because of this, you should be careful to disturb them when working in the garden.

When you’re cleaning up leaves or doing other work in the yard, you should be careful because they can be hiding under debris or leaf litter.

You can say that they’re just as afraid of humans as you are as much as you’re afraid of them. Scorpion phobia is real.

What is a scorpion’s natural enemy?

Where do they hide in the house?

Here is the most common place they tend to nest inside the household:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Garages
  • Bathrooms
  • Ceiling fans
  • Under or behind furniture
  • Damp areas
  • Houseplants
  • Sink cabinets
  • Shoes
  • Beds
  • Baseboards
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Toy boxes
  • Cracks in the wall
  • Crevices
  • Windowsills
  • Storage spaces
  • Attics
  • Showers
  • HVAC units
  • Laundry rooms

They seek out damp, undisturbed areas with plenty of moisture, food, and shelter. They don’t ask for much as they’re not picky.

You can use citrus or lavender sprays to help keep them away. Pour some bleach into your drains to prevent them from crawling up.

If there’s no food to eat, nowhere to hide, and no water available, they won’t nest. Some people say that peppermint oils work well too. So try it if no other essential oils don’t work for you.

Why is my house full of scorpions?

Scorpions may suddenly show up in the house because of environmental factors.

They’re attracted to shelter, food, and water. Some common themes that force scorpions inside the house include rain, extreme heat or cold, drought, competition, lack of food, lack of shelter, or seasonal changes.

This can force them to seek shelter inside the house, which can make it seem like a lot of them show up at once out of nowhere.

It’s also possible that scorpions may have mated and the clutch of babies is now foraging. Many of the smaller ecosystems inside the house can be suitable environments for them to nest.

This includes damp areas, clutter, dark or warm places, or humid environments. Debris in the yard makes your property favorable to them.

They love vegetation, firewood, or clutter in the garden. This provides harborage for scorpions, especially bark or firewood storage.

This is how you end up with Arizona bark scorpions. Be sure to store your firewood properly to keep it free from pests.

If you’re going hunting for them, wait until 11 PM. Then use a portable, bright blacklight. This will light them up so you can easily spot them in the dark.

Where do they hide?

They love to hide in dusty clothes, cardboard boxes, napkins, magazines, books, shoes, or other clutter.

Clutter is what they love. This is why keeping your house clean is important.

You need to keep it clean if you want to keep your house free of scorpions, amongst other pests.

If you find one scorpion, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there are more. These are solitary creatures.

So you don’t usually see them in groups. But if your garden is favorable to them, there could be many outside in the yard. One single change in the weather can force them inside all at once.

How do you keep scorpions away at night?

There are multiple things you can do:

  • Use yellow porch lights to deter pests
  • Set up passive scorpion traps
  • Line the perimeter of your home with diatomaceous earth
  • Spray peppermint oil around the home
  • Use citrus candles
  • Soak cotton balls in pure lavender extract then place them in key entry points
  • Keep your house and garden clean
  • Don’t leave food out overnight
  • Wipe up moisture from sinks, showers, etc.
  • Keep clothing, towels, shoes, and other soft fabrics elevated
  • Use dehumidifiers around wet zones in the house

This should help you rest easier knowing that scorpions are less likely to forage in your house at nighttime.

Of course, it’s not guaranteed to keep them away.

If you’re afraid of them getting into your bed, read the tips for keeping them off below in this article.

When are scorpions active?

Scorpions are active at night. They’re nocturnal creatures.

This makes them hard to catch since they’re hiding in the daytime, which is why homeowners may not even notice that they have a scorpion infestation. They usually come out right around sunset.

When the sun sets, they start hunting for insects to eat. Timewise, this is around 10 PM nightly. If you want to check for them, do it around this time.

Scorpion season starts from March to October. If you see scorpions between November and February, you probably have a serious scorpion nest nearby. Traditional scorpion mating season is in July and August.

In what states are scorpions common?

Scorpions are not in all 50 states. There are some environments they can’t thrive in.

But a lot of regions have warm, dry climates, which is ideal for them. Some of the most common states  where they’re found are Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Alaska, and Utah.

What attracts scorpions in the house?

The main thing is food, water, and shelter.

Your home provides relief from the extreme heat outside. If you have standing water or leaks in your plumbing, this can bring more scorpions to invade your property.

Damp spaces with lots of clutter are perfect environments for scorpions to nest in.

Of course, scorpions also need food. Small insects, flies, and other prey are sources of food.

If your home has existing insect infestations, then you’re just providing scorpions a buffet to feast upon.

Get rid of existing food sources so that there’s no additional food for them to consume.

Some common insects that scorpions hunt include:

  • Wasps
  • Beetles
  • Tarantulas
  • Centipedes
  • Reptiles (lizards)
  • Birds (owls)
  • Bats
  • Shrews
  • Grasshopper mice
  • Spiders
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Crickets
  • Rats
  • Small insects
  • Other scorpions (they’re cannibalistic and they don’t care)

If you have these around your home or garden, they’re prime meals for scorpions. Scorpions don’t usually feed daily unless food is scarce.

They eat every 2-3 weeks, so you may not see them come out. They’re opportunistic feeders, meaning they wait for their food to come to them rather than hunt. Unless they need to.

If you get rid of these, you may starve the scorpion and make it leave on its own.

What brings scorpions to the garden?

Scorpions love to nest in damp foliage, leaf litter, bark, straw, logs, hay, foliage, soggy materials, compost, trash, vegetation, mulch, soil, stones, and debris.

Keep your garden free of clutter, eliminate hiding places, and drain standing water. This will greatly reduce the chance of infestation in your yard, which means a reduction in them getting inside the household.

They hide in debris with tight spaces and high humidity.

So you’ll find them in tight cracks in clutter, which is why you need to get rid of nesting zones.

If there’s food available, they’ll be happy to nest. Did you know they can nest in palm bark too?

Types of scorpions

There are a few scorpions that are commonly found in the garden and hiding in yoru home. Here’s a shortlist:

  • Bark scorpion
  • Striped bark scorpion
  • Tailess whip scorpion
  • Striped tail scorpion
  • Giant hairy scorpion
  • Arizona bark scorpion
  • Stripetail scorpions

How to get rid of scorpions naturally

The following sections include various DIY home remedies to repel, manage, and control scorpions. Feel free to skim through them and do what you can.

Start with the easiest, then see what works. Scale up from there.

Use plants that repel scorpions

There are many plants that deter scorpions naturally.

Thankfully, you can use this to your benefit. Since there are so many types, you’re sure to find something that can be planted in your yard.

Here’s a list of the most popular plants that are said to naturally repel scorpions.

See which ones grow in your hardiness zone, then plant them around the garden strategically.

Try to line the perimeter of your yard or house with them so you basically build a physical barrier of natural scorpion repellent.

Scorpions hate these plants:

  • Citrus plants
  • Cedar
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Essential oils
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Garlic
  • Catnip
  • Fennel
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Rosemary
  • Fruity plants

The most popular choice is lavender. You can scatter lavender flowers around window sills, sinks, baseboards, or any other dark, humid area with scorpion activity.

This will help keep them from nesting in those areas. Lavender can be purchased online for cheap. The scent is proven to repel scorpions. If it doesn’t work, try peppermint.

Clean up your yard

Keeping your garden clean.

Keep it free of debris is imperative to keeping it free of bugs. Scorpions find clutter-free gardens much less favorable to inhabit. Remove standing water, keep plants prune, remove leaf litter, and keep it clutter-free.

Never overwater or overfertilize your plants when actively trying to get rid of a scorpion infestation. Shady areas with water blockage or damp, tight spaces are key areas to watch out for.

Cool places during the daytime in extreme heat are common areas you’ll find them nesting. Never let plants touch the walls of your home.

They use bridges to allow them to climb up. Remove unnecessary items like decorative pieces, gear, lawn equipment, compost, mulch, or wood storage. Keep equipment secure. They can nest inside lawnmowers or even grass trimmers.

Your garden should also have proper drainage for water. They like to hang out in the shade. Be careful when you prune. They can make their way into your attic using them.

If you have vegetables or fruits, clean up any fallen ones so it doesn’t rot. This is how you get rid of them in the garden.

Keep your home clutter-free

Similar to keeping the garden clean, you’ll want to do the same for your house. This means cleaning up areas with junk.

They’ll hide in clothing, magazines, cardboard, cracks in walls or foundations, or holes. You’ll want to do a thorough cleaning and remove or properly store all possible objects where they can nest in.

Get rid of all objects by throwing them out that you no longer need.

Old equipment like vacuums, storage crates, or paper products is prone to them. Dust your home regularly. Don’t skimp over dusty corners or undisturbed spaces that accumulate dirt.

Be sure to clean cabinets, ceiling fans, baseboards, vents, grates, etc. Vacuum regularly to remove dust. This is how you get rid of them in the house.

Organize clutter

Keep your home free of clutter by properly organizing your storage places.

Scorpions love to hide in areas that are undisturbed, which usually is occupied by clutter.

Think of the places that are out of the way in your house. Cabinets, closets, drawers, or the corner with the junk.

Try to keep these spaces clean so there’s less clutter, which means fewer nesting sites. Use plastic storage bins with tight-fitting lids. Toss things you don’t need or use.

Seal your home

You’ll want to keep your home well-maintained to prevent them from getting in. This means doing regular home repairs like fixing window screens or repairing damaged cracks in the wall.

Seal foundational cracks. Replace vents or grills. Keep light switches, outlets, futures, and ceiling fans well kept. These are popular places where they get inside.

Use caulk to seal small cracks. The same thing should be done on the outside of your home. Don’t ignore doorways. They can get in from under it.

Use screens and seals on these entryways. Caulk is cheap and can be found at home improvement stores. Make sure the material is fully inside the crack. Use as directed.

Check for gaps around dryer vents and AC unit too.

Sprinkle cedar chips

Cedar chips are cheap. You can buy them in bulk to decorate your garden. But they also serve as a scorpion repellent. Scorpions hate the smell of cedar oil.

You can use these chips around your house and the perimeter of your yard. Sprinkle the chips on flower beds, sidewalks, etc. It’s a cheap but effective scorpion repellent.

Use yellow bulbs

If you have cool white lights in your garden, this brings in more pests.

Change all your garden, patio, or path light bulbs. Yellow light attracts fewer insects that scorpions eat.

If there are fewer bugs, then they may not be interested in nesting near your house. Regardless of the bulb color, you should turn OFF lights when they’re not in use. Yellow light doesn’t repel.

It just doesn’t attract bugs as much as white lights do.

The same goes for using curtains to block light leaks from your home.

Get rid of moisture

Leaky plumbing will harbor scorpions. They need a source of water to properly molt. Moisture loss will kill them, so they usually nest near a source of water so they can cool down and molt.

Get rid of water on the inside and outside of your house. Puddles, leaky faucets, damaged plumbing, or stagnant water are all perfect for scorpions.

Keep your home free of leaks. Check for plumbing issues if you suspect leaks. Use dehumidifiers if necessary.

Get rid of insects

As you know by now, scorpions hunt for insects at night. If you have a reliable food source (e.g. insect infestation), then it gives them all the more reason to nest inside your house or within the garden.

Depending on the insects you have in your home, you’ll need to take proper planning to get rid of them. If you know what bugs frequent your house, search this site for tips on getting rid of them.

Whether they’re in the garden or inside your house, you’ll want to eliminate them so they have nothing to consume.

Get chickens!

Did you know chickens are actually excellent pest control agents?

They work for free, too. If your neighborhood allows captive chickens, consider getting a pair.

They roam and will feed on bugs. This means less food for scorpions. They may also try to eat smaller scorpions too. Plus, they lay eggs!

DIY scorpion spray

You can easily make a natural repellent at home using 10-20 drops of lavender oil with 2 cups of water.

Pour into a spray bottle.

Then spray it around windows, doors, and other entry points. This will help keep them away with minimal effort. Lavender is proven to be an effective way to keep scorpions out.

Planting lavender around the perimeter of your house is also a great way to keep them out. They despise these plants.

If your yard has lavender in a perimeter, it’s like a physical barrier that keeps them away without using harsh sprays or poison.

Use essential oils

Similar to making your own spray, using some essential oils can help act as a repellent. Use lavender, cedar, or citrus essential oils. Mix with water as directed.

Then spray it around common areas where they hang out. This will repel scorpions naturally.

You can also soak those small cotton balls with essential oils and then put them near places where scorpions enter your home or yard. These oils are pleasant to humans, but nasty to scorpions, spiders, and other similar creatures.

But even though they’re natural, some pets or people can be sensitive to them. So read the label and do your research first.

The essential oil is too much to bear to their sensitive glands, which keeps them away so they don’t infiltrate your home.

Peppermint, neem, or cedar are excellent alternative oils. Spray the mixture on areas where they nest, such as crawl spaces, furniture, corners, etc.

Catch and release

If you want to get rid of scorpions but don’t want to harm them, consider using the catch-and-release method. Use protective clothing and gloves when hunting for them.

Go out at night using a blacklight flashlight. Pick them up with pair of kitchen tongs then put them inside a safe container. Transport it securely to an undisturbed habitat.

Be very careful if you go hunting.

They’ll retaliate if you disturb them. If you don’t have proper gear or don’t know what you’re doing, do NOT catch them. Use a passive scorpion trap instead.

Use traps

Burn citrus candles

You can put some citrus candles around your home or in the garden. This will repel them, which is good when they come out at night.

Spray vinegar

Vinegar can have the same effect in keeping pests out.

White vinegar can be mixed with water in equal parts. Spray around areas where scorpions frequent.

This is a cheap way to do it without spending a lot. This is a cheap, homemade repellent.

Use diatomaceous earth

Use food-grade diatomaceous earth to help dehydrate scorpions.

This is often sold as a dietary supplement. It’s a fine powder that’s made from diatoms, which is a type of algae. It works as a repellent for pests with hard exoskeletons (like spiders or scorpions).

They get small cuts in their shell which dries them out. DE can be sprinkled around room perimeters, baseboards, or other entryways. Keep people/pets away from it.

You can also use it outside in the yard, but be sure that reapplying it when it rains as water makes it useless. It kills scorpions over time, but they need to come into contact with it.

Dish soap

Dish soap has always been a fan favorite in the DIY community against scorpions.

Use eco-friendly dish soap with some towels to wipe down some of the surfaces in your home.

Focus on areas that scorpions may encounter. Don’t forget to clean cabinets, ceiling fans, or shelves. The dish soap will help keep the areas clean.

Scorpions hate the scent. You can also use vinegar or essential oils. Vinegar is acidic, which keeps them away.

You can also use apple cider or malt vinegar too. The point of this is to coat the surfaces with something that scorpions hate.

If your entire house is covered with it, they’re less likely to infest it. Focus on the entryways or batteries to the outdoors.

Use the spray or wipe method on windowsills, doors, and windows. These are common places that they use to get inside your property.

How do you permanently get rid of scorpions?

It’s not easy. If your in one of the hot zones, your home is basically bait for them. They’ll infest your garden every season because it provides a favorable setup for that.

The key is to make it less favorable. Use repelling plants. Spray essential oils. Keep your garden clean. You know. The basics.

Get creative. Make your home less favorable for inhabitants. But don’t assume you can keep them away for good.

Did you get rid of them?

Scorpion in the garden at night hunting.
Scorpion in the garden at night hunting.

Scorpions will infest the house if it’s favorable, whether you like it or not. The trick is to make your garden less favorable.

If your garden isn’t suitable for them to nest, then they likely won’t go into your home either.

Use the various methods outlined in this guide to repel them and get rid of the existing scorpions.

Be patient.

If you have questions about your specific infestation, please leave a comment. If you found this guide helpful, I’d appreciate your feedback.

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