By the time summer rolls around each year, scorpions are running rampant and their eggs are beginning to hatch. Their prey has started to emerge from their winter hide outs and its time for the feeding frenzy to begin.
Scorpions feed on smaller insects, spiders, and other scorpions, so when the summer temperatures rise, so does their activity. To ensure these creatures won’t enter our homes, we must be proactive. Without food, the scorpions will have no interest, and move right along to the next house. The best scorpion repellent, is finding an insecticide that goes to the source and eliminates their prey.
How Does Insecticide Work?
In order to find an insecticide that works to eradicate scorpions and prevent them from entering our homes, we must first understand how it works.
When a treatment is sprayed along the outer perimeter of our home, a thin, invisible layer of microscopic granules settle into the ground and create a barrier.
This layer is almost dust like, so when a critter comes crawling over it, the “dust” kicks up and the microscopic granules attach to its legs. From there, the granules release a poison that eventually becomes fatal.
B.Y.O.E. (Be Your Own Exterminator)
Now that we have an understanding of how insecticide works, the key is finding the right insecticide to prevent and kill scorpions, which becomes a little more tricky.
Finding a spray is crucial to eradicating these pests, and there are certain things to look for when doing so. Scorpions have a protective exoskeleton which acts as a shield to their vulnerable insides. Seeing as they have a constant suit of armor, it makes it harder to kill them, so you will need to look for something extremely potent.
Even the strongest insecticides may not be effective when it comes to penetrating their outer shell, however, this does not mean you cannot get rid of them. When finding an insecticide, you must focus on two things, the strength of the poison and the targeted pests they eliminate.
The potency of an insecticide is important because you want something that will hold up against weather and the elements, since most insecticides are sprayed outside. Make sure to read the directions and find the recommended period of time between treatments. Ideally, you will want a spray that can last a month or two between treatments.
As for the targeted pests, you will want to find a spray that focuses on eliminating creatures that scorpions prey upon. As a rule of thumb, a scorpion’s main diet consists of cockroaches, spiders, and small insects like ants or beetles. Therefore, when looking for an insecticide to eliminate scorpions focus on a spray that targets all of these.
Create a Barrier- The 2 by 3 Rule
Following the guidelines on the label of the insecticide, create an invisible barrier by spraying along the outside of your home. Follow the 2 by 3 rule, spray the solution 2 feet vertically, up the sides and walls of your house and 3 feet horizontally, out and away from your house.
Make sure to focus on the entry points of your residence, especially around doorways and the garage. Spray inside the garage and even on the outer part of the door leading into the house from the garage. Scorpions have amazing capabilities when it comes to crawling and can enter the home from great heights, such as attics and cracks in the roof, so focus on windowsills and eaves as well, if possible.
Develop a Routine & Stay Consistent
Follow the recommended treatment periods on the label and stay consistent. The first two sprays are the most important to killing off the scorpions, and the following treatments will be damage control.
The weather and the elements will slowly erode the barrier you have created, so spraying regularly will keep your defense in tact. Spraying regularly will also kill off the eggs or hatchlings left behind from pests you have previously eliminated.