Scorpions

  • Scorpions

    Scorpions

    Some information about pests and how we can get rid of them.

    Scorpions are prevalent throughout the whole of Southern Africa. Many people fear Scorpions because of their poisonous sting that can be fatal. In addition, movies often portray them as evil and feared creatures. There are over 1,000 types of Scorpions reported world wide, and of those only 25 are said to be dangerous.

    It is not recommended to keep Scorpions as pets. Even a species that is not regarded as “poisonous” may produce a serious adverse reaction in a child or a person who has a compromised immune system. It is best to keep scorpions out of the home, whether as pets or as unwelcome guests.

    Scorpions prefer dry dark places and are naturally found in a variety of habitats. Pine forests, deserts, and sand dunes have all welcomed scorpions, however if a scorpion is feeling threatened, they may decide to hide from their prey in your home. It has been stated that a scorpion can enter a home through a crack or opening that is only 5mm wide. Because of this, you should always make sure that all cracks are sealed shut. This includes sealing openings or cracks around windows, doors, or small holes in screens or the floor. You should also check the corners of your home to make sure that there are no scorpions hiding out.

    Since scorpions like to eat other insects, you can lower your chance of having scorpion visitors by keeping your yard well maintained and reducing the number of insects in your immediate outdoor environment. You should also make sure that there is no debris remaining around your home. Scorpions can hide in all sorts of different places so be on the lookout for possible hiding spots. Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, so you may not be aware of them during the day. However, as soon as night falls their activity will pick up and you may suddenly realize how many your home or yard is infested with.

    Prevention is the best method and this involves cleanliness, maintaining your yard, and removing debris that could serve as possible hiding spots or nesting material. Insecticides do not necessarily work in preventing scorpions and are only effective if they are sprayed directly on the scorpion.

    Scorpions in the yard can be difficult to remove so it is better to work on the side of prevention rather than dealing with an infestation. Keep tree limbs cut back as well; scorpions may use the tree limbs to enter in your home. Always check wood that has been cut or left outside for scorpions as well. Remember to wear gloves to avoid being stung when handling outside debris, boxes, or wood.
    If you have treated your home and have done your best to prevent scorpion infestation, but if you have a scorpion problem that you cannot handle, then you should seek the help of a professional exterminator.