To avoid being stung by a scorpion, don't walk around barefoot where scorpions are known to live, especially at night. Inspect shoes and clothing before putting them on, especially if they have been on the floor or the ground. Keeping work boots or gardening gloves in sealed bins will deter pests. Don't put your hands where you can't see, whether at home, in the garage, or outside. If you think you might encounter scorpions, spiders or other pests, wear work gloves.
About.com's Guide to Phoenix, Judy Hedding, offers the following advice for avoiding scorpion stings:
- Close or caulk door openings, screen openings and window cracks so scorpions can't get into the house.
- Dust and vacuum in corners and normally undisturbed places where scorpions hide.
- Eliminate the scorpion's prey (crickets, spiders, and other insects) by using common pesticides.
- Common pesticides don't work well on scorpions. Contact a professional pest control company if considering applying chemicals.
- Eliminate outdoor places where scorpions can hide, such as trash piles, rock piles, decaying wood or piles of junk.
- Don't walk around the house at night in bare feet.
- A professional pest control company can do a "blacklight" inspection to determine if there is a scorpion infestation, since scorpions glow.