Scorpions are pests that while being closely related to spiders and ticks, can be very dangerous. It's important to know where they hide and how to get rid of them so that you can avoid having to deal with these pests as much as possible. A general home inspection in Atlanta, GA, can help you uncover their hiding spots and give you essential information and guidance for preventing them in the future.
Unfortunately, scorpions are found on every continent in the world aside from Antarctica. They prefer warmer climates and so those in the southeastern United States, as well as those close to the U.S./Mexican border may experience them more frequently than anywhere else.
Scorpion Behavior and Stings
Scorpions are known for being shy and are not aggressive. They only sting when they're threatened, and their stings are rarely fatal. While usually not fatal, a scorpion sting can be very painful. People allergic to stinging pests such as bees or people who have existing heart conditions may experience more dangerous side effects.
Indoor Hiding Spots
Scorpions usually enter the home through gaps in doors and windows, or through roofing and pipes. They tend to look for areas that offer good hiding spots, such as potted plants or under furniture. If you're afraid that you might have a scorpion problem in your home, it's best to look in places that have been stored for a while. For instance, if you have a storage room with boxes, this is a good place to start your search.
Outdoor Hiding Spots
Outdoors, scorpions tend to hide under rocks and in foliage. If you have landscaping stones or tiles as part of your landscaping, these are the perfect opportunity for scorpions to hide and bolt from one hiding location to the other.
The best way to keep scorpions out is to keep your greenery under control and your lawn short. Inside the home, keep your windows and doors sealed as much as possible. Make sure that you're removing your shoes before coming inside, as scorpions frequently come into a home inside shoes. If you still have scorpions getting into your house despite your best efforts, it is time to contact a professional home inspector, Inspect All Atlanta, to identify the severity of the problem and a pest control company to exterminate the pests.
Before you move into a new home, make sure you have a home inspection to check for scorpions. A qualified home inspection in Atlanta, GA, can help you determine whether you have a scorpion problem and what you can do about it going forward. For more information, give us a call (770) 483-2808.