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Scorpion Inspection Guide

Where Do Scorpions Hide in the Home?

By DoMyOwn staff
Image of a scorpion on a tree trunk

While typically associated with the desert, scorpions will take refuge in your home or yard in search of food or water. Scorpions will mostly stay hidden, but if they encounter humans or pets, they may sting.

If you suspect you may have scorpions on your property, use this guide for tips and advice on how to inspect your home and yard. Not sure if you found a scorpion? Read our guide on what scorpions look like.

Inspect Your Yard for Scorpions

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Before you inspect your property for scorpions, we recommend you wear long sleeves, long trousers, and thick work gloves just in case you encounter a scorpion. This will reduce your chance of being stung.

It is rare that you would find a scorpion walking across your yard, especially during the day. Instead, scorpions like to hide from the light of day. Check the following hiding spots around your yard when inspecting for scorpions:

  • In flower beds
  • In mulch piles
  • Under wood chips or pine straw
  • On rock walls, brick walls, retaining walls, and cross-tie walls
  • In coiled hoses
  • Under rocks
  • Beneath or inside any decorative item in your lawn
  • In cracks and crevices in your foundation

Inspect Your Home for Scorpions

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Scorpions can enter your home in search of food and water. When inspecting your home for scorpions, check the following locations:

  • Inside garages
  • In closets
  • In attics
  • In storage areas
  • On piles of clothing that have not been moved in a while
  • Inside shoes
  • Inside bedding, especially in lesser used rooms
  • On curtains
  • Beneath furniture
  • Search at Night

    Image of a blue scorpion under a UV or black light

    Scorpions are nocturnal, meaning they often hide during the day, but will emerge at night to hunt for food. Scorpions' bodies glow blue under an ultraviolet light, making it easy to spot them in the dark.

    Use the Scorpion UV Flashlight included in our scorpion control kit to find scorpions around and inside your home in the dark.

    You will be more likely to find scorpions at night than during the day.

    Found scorpions? Learn how you can treat the infestation yourself in our how to get rid of scorpions guide. Click the right arrow below to read more.

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