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5 Ways to Outsmart Scorpions in Your Home

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4. Smell ya later!

scorpion

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Lavender has long been thought to be an herbal preventative for scorpions. Planting lavender plants around the house might deter scorpions as will using lavender essential oils in your cleaning products. Lavender sachets are also helpful when used in dressers and in closets.

5. Support the food chain

cats eat scorpions

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Cats, some dogs, and even chickens will often eat any scorpions that cross their path. Just like humans, for most animals, the sting of a scorpion is typically harmless. Spiders are also beneficial for controlling the scorpion population so leave non-venomous spiders alone and let them do what they do best.

Once you get over the initial shock of seeing the occasional scorpion around the Hill Country, they’re really not as bad as they seem. In fact, they could even be considered beneficial to humans. Scientists are currently studying ways that scorpion venom can kill cancer cells. Scorpions also tend to feed on other scorpions and destructive pests, so they’re pretty handy to keep around – if you dare.

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