What to do if you find a scorpion inside your home, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Encountering an eight-legged creepy-crawly in your home is the stuff of arachnophobic nightmares.

Yet it is very common. If you find a scorpion in your home, it is natural to be concerned. After all, if one scorpion made its way in, there might be others.

But is that always true?

Does the presence of one scorpion indicate a significant invasion?

The truth is, it depends on a variety of factors.

Scorpions, like many other predatory insects, are classified by pest experts as an “Accidental Invader.” This means that they do not enter homes with the express intention of establishing an infestation, but instead enter due to a variety of circumstantial and environmental factors.

So when you find a scorpion in your home, the important questions are these: WHY and HOW did it enter your home?

The Why:

The most common reason that scorpions enter a home is due to the pursuit of prey. Scorpions will often follow other pest species into the home seeking a meal. This most commonly occurs during the evening, as scorpions are nocturnal predators. Due to their skittish nature, however, they often end up hiding somewhere in your home when daylight returns.

Scorpions prefer dark, dry, and warm environments. For this reason, if the climate of where you live matches these conditions, you are much more likely to see scorpion activity. In turn, a sudden snap of cold or wet weather can drive scorpions into your home seeking shelter.

Beyond this, other environmental conditions could play a role in driving scorpions into your home. Oftentimes scorpions in suburban areas are disturbed by construction or landscaping, and this can drive them out of their natural habitat and onto your property.

Beyond this, other environmental conditions could play a role in driving scorpions into your home. Oftentimes scorpions in suburban areas are disturbed by construction or landscaping, and this can drive them out of their natural habitat and onto your property.

The conclusion to be taken from this is that innumerable factors can contribute to the probability and severity of a scorpion infestation. Identifying present factors in your specific situation can give you a better idea of how much of a problem you may be facing.

The How:

Understanding how scorpions have entered your home is one of the first steps to dealing with an infestation. Scorpions are notoriously skilled at exploiting even the smallest avenues to access homes. Due to their preference for dark, secluded spaces, they will often crawl into small cracks or gaps in the exterior of the structure, and they also have been known to enter piping and ventilation systems.

Once inside, scorpions often settle in confined areas that provide them with cover. Though many areas and items in the home fit this description, some of the most common areas include:

Closets

Crawlspaces

Garages

Sheds

Boxes and Luggage

Shoes

Areas with lots of debris or clutter

Scorpions are also commonly found in sinks and bathtubs. Most of the time, this occurs because the scorpion will crawl up the piping or drainage system and into the bathtub. Once inside, they will often become trapped, unable to crawl on the porcelain surface.

It can be difficult to determine the scale of scorpion activity in your home due to their nocturnal habits and general reclusiveness. To further complicate, searching dark crevices and corners for scorpions is not for the faint of heart.

While they are not aggressive, scorpions will sting humans or pets if they feel threatened. Though few species are venomous enough to threaten humans, a scorpion sting is still painful, and thus homeowners should be cautious when investigating scorpion activity.

What to Do:

Spotting a single scorpion in your home is not necessarily proof that an infestation is present, but the possibility still exists. A single female scorpion can lay hundreds of eggs at once, and this can allow a population to grow if the right circumstances exist.

Beyond this, if a scorpion has entered your home, it is possible that an avenue exists that scorpions and many other pests could exploit to gain entry to your home.

If you are concerned about your home’s risk of scorpion or other pest activity. Your best option is to schedule an inspection with a trusted pest control service. A skilled technician can thoroughly search your home and identify any evidence of pest activity or conditions that may be conducive to future infestation.

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