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Advice To Stay Safe If You Find A Scorpion In Your Home Or On Your Property

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When it comes to pests invading a home, most people will probably think first of mice or perhaps termites. But depending on where you live, it's certainly possible to encounter larger or different types of home invaders. If you live in an area where scorpions are known to go on the prowl, it's possible you could find one in your home or on your property. If you want to get the scorpion off your property while remaining as safe as possible, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Wear Protective Clothing if You Want to Trap It or Kill It

It may be possible to trap the scorpion in an empty storage bin or some other kind of container and then get it off your property. Keep in mind though that scorpions can sting when threatened and while not all scorpions have venom that's dangerous to humans, a scorpion sting is still going to hurt you. Put on long sleeves, long pants, and gloves before you approach the scorpion. If you have a large enough storage bin, you may consider centering it over the scorpion from above and then dropping it so you don't have to bend down and get close.

Killing a Scorpion May Require a Bit More Effort Than Just Stepping on It

If you don't want to risk the scorpion coming back onto your property or if it's already in your house and you just want to be rid of it, you could try killing it but, again, proceed with caution. Scorpions have the ability to flatten themselves when threatened so if you think just stepping on it or applying pressure will kill it, you might be in for a bad surprise. The scorpion could go flat and in effect "play dead" but then attempt to sting you as soon as you stop applying pressure. You will want to use a knife or some other sharp instrument to actually stab the scorpion, preferably near its head.

If You Don't Want to Kill It or You Don't Want to Go Near It at All, a Scorpion Control Expert Can Help

Your local animal control expert may have experience with trapping and removing scorpions if they are common in the area. These experts will also have better protective gear than you might have available to you. You can keep yourself and your family far away from a potentially dangerous creature and you may also be able to have an animal control expert or an exterminator inspect your home to make sure there are no scorpion eggs just waiting to hatch and cause further trouble.

For more information on scorpion control, contact your local exterminator.