Scorpions are a pest that are more dangerous than most other bugs, mainly due to the painful sting that they can deliver if they feel threatened. While such stings are rarely lethal, they'll leave you sore for a while and can require a trip to the hospital, especially if you're not in the best health anyway. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to prevent scorpions from taking up residence in your garden and home.

Cleaning and Maintenance

In order to prevent scorpions from taking up residence within your home, you have to do your best to change the environment so that it isn't hospitable for them anymore. You can do this in a number of ways, such as picking up dirty clothes and debris on the ground which can make good places for them to hide, as well as removing standing water (like pet water bowls) and uncovered food that may be out. You should also check your pipes, particularly under the sink and in the bathroom, for signs of leaks, as moisture in dark areas can attract scorpions. By ensuring that there is no easy access to food, water, or shelter, you can discourage scorpions from taking up residence in your house.

Attract Birds

You can reduce the scorpion population in your garden by attracting birds to the area. You can do this in a number of ways, but your best bet would be to hang up a bird feeder and install bird baths around the yard. While birds are not likely to eat the scorpions in your yard (though some may), birds in your yard will eat the other bugs that scorpions normally feed on. By cutting down on the amount of food available to scorpions, you will discourage them from entering your yard and coming near your home.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a common pest control material that can be found at most hardware and garden supply stores. Made of crushed up minerals and rocks, this powder like substance will cause scorpions to dry up and die if they come into contact with it. In order to be the most effective, you should sprinkle some across all likely entry points to your home, like the windows and doors, as well as any other dark and damp areas that could prove to be a good place for a scorpion to make a nest.