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What type of pest control is needed for scorpions?

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According to Orkin, the most effective method of pest control for scorpions is prevention. Other methods include sticky traps and powdered or liquid pesticides. Preventing scorpions from initially infesting a home involves moving woodpiles and clutter away from the foundation of a house to eliminate hiding places for the pests. Homeowners should also replace cracked and damaged weather stripping on all windows and doors.

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All species of scorpions are poisonous. However, there are only a few that present any kind of true danger to adult humans. Although scorpions are found all over the United States, they are usually located in the Southwest. Homeowners living in this area need to take extra precautions, such as buying chemical dusters to keep scorpions at bay.

Scorpion pest control is important because a scorpion sting can be dangerous to both children and adults, according to MayoClinic. A healthy adult who is stung by a scorpion may not need treatment. However, if a child is stung by a scorpion, he should be taken to see a doctor. Treat a sting before seeing a doctor by cleaning the affected area with soapy water and applying a cold compress. It is also important to keep the affected area raised above heart level.

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