Scorpions may look like miniature versions of monsters from some early 20th century horror flick, but for people in Georgia, they’re very much a reality. These pests skitter out of wood piles, mulch, and dark corners of the basement, becoming more active in June and staying a nuisance through summer. Although transplants from the north (who don’t encounter many scorpions) or the southwest (where many scorpions are poisonous) may fear the scorpion, they’re nothing that preventative pest control can’t handle.
- Scorpions are arachnids with a barbed, segmented tail
- They vary in size, but local scorpions don’t grow larger than an inch or two
- They are close relatives of spiders, mites, and ticks
- There are about 1,300 species of scorpion in the world
- Scorpions become more active in summer, when their prey also becomes more active
- They are nocturnal predators that feed on insects, centipedes, spiders, other scorpions, and the occasional lizard or mouse
- Scorpions can survive up to six months without food
- Like most pests, scorpions enter structures in search of water and shelter
How to Get Rid of Scorpions
Be careful where you step! As spiders multiply in your garden and insects slip through the cracks in your foundation, scorpions are on the move. But how can Georgia homeowners get rid of scorpions?
- A solid exterior service utilizes a granular product and a liquid pesticide. This not only removes the scorpion from your environment, but also its prey.
- Sealing up points of entry can prevent scorpions from entering your home. Seal openings in windows, doors, siding, pipes, and places where wires run through the house, such as electrical outlets.
- Take away potential hiding spots like wood piles, bags of trash, stones, abandoned boards, and large piles of mulch or garden debris.
- Plant fresh lavender around the house as a scorpion repellant. Remember to keep plants at least two feet from the side of the house, or you’ll risk inviting other pests into your home.