4 Reasons To Stop Scorpions (From Climbing Into Your Bed)


Some people in the world enjoy keeping scorpions as pets; however, to most people, scorpions can be scary and a nuisance. There are multiple reasons why you would want to keep scorpions out of your bed.

Scorpions can be scary and challenging to manage. However, there are four main reasons as to why you would definitely not want a scorpion in your bed.

  1. Phobia Of Scorpions
  2. You May Be Allergic To Scorpion Venom
  3. Scorpion Stings Are Painful
  4. Some Scorpions Can Be Deadly

In this article, we go through the reasons why you would want to keep scorpions out of your bed, and we will give you some tips to keep them from crawling their way into your bed so that you can rest easy at night.

Reasons To Keep Scorpions Out Of Your Bed

There are four main reasons that we will list in this article as to why you would not want a scorpion in your bed, especially if you are in your bed at the same time! Having a scorpion in your bed can be a nightmare for some people, specifically for children. Let us find out why.

1. Phobia Of Scorpions

A phobia of scorpions is just like a phobia of spiders. In fact, these two phobias actually go by the same name: Arachnophobia. This is because scorpions and spiders belong to the same family, which is called arachnids.

People with arachnophobia usually feel uneasy when scorpions and similar creatures are around or close by. Some people cannot even look at a picture of a scorpion without feeling this way. If they believe that a scorpion could be in an area, they will not enter that vicinity until the scorpion has been removed. 

Some people may have such a bad phobia that they have panic attacks or even faint at the thought of encountering or interacting with a scorpion. Some people may run away, and some may cry and scream and have increased heart rates at the sight of a scorpion.

Other symptoms include emotional outbursts, trouble with breathing, and sweating when they encounter a scorpion.

For these reasons, you would not want a scorpion in your bed if you have a phobia, as this phobia could disrupt the whole household at night and can cause distress in the person with the phobia.

2. You May Be Allergic To Scorpion Venom

Scorpion venom is a neurotoxin that may cause mild symptoms such as numbness and a tingling sensation throughout the body. However, a range of symptoms may vary in severity that is not caused by the scorpions’ neurotoxin itself.  

Small children and the elderly have more of a chance of getting severe complications from the scorpion’s venom. 

As with many insects that can sting, scorpion stings cause allergic reactions in people who are susceptible regardless of the neurotoxin’s effects. The allergy to scorpion venom can result in a life-threatening reaction that is known as anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Facial swelling
  • Respiratory problems
  • Hives
  • Asthma-like respiration
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • In the worst cases, it could lead to a coma

This is a bad case scenario and defiantly an excellent reason to not want scorpions in your bed, as this is a life-threatening situation that should be avoided at all costs.

3. Scorpion Stings Are Painful

If you do not have an allergic reaction, the scorpion sting can still be excruciating. Healthy adults do not usually need to be treated for scorpion stings, but they should still be watched in case their symptoms become more server.

Symptoms that may occur at the site of the scorpion sting include:

  • Pain (which can be quite intense).
  • Numbness and tingling.
  • Slight swelling.
  • Warmth around the area. 

A child will have a more serious reaction to a scorpion sting and should be taken to the nearest hospital with utmost urgency.

The threat of the pain from a scorpion sting is enough of a reason to not want a scorpion in your bed at night when you are trying to get a good night’s sleep.

4. Some Scorpions Can Be Deadly

Numerous different species of scorpions are known in the world. The size of the scorpion makes no difference in how dangerous the venom can be to humans. Here is an article that briefly explains the different types of deadly scorpion species.

Only a few scorpions produce venom that is toxic enough to kill. However, with more and more people getting stung every year, deaths from scorpion venom are becoming a more significant health concern. This is largely the case in areas with limited healthcare.

Not knowing whether the scorpion you are dealing with is deadly or not is a concern for many people. This is a valid reason to not want a scorpion in your house, let alone your bed.

This Is How To Keep Scorpions Out Of Your Bed

Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent scorpions from climbing or falling into your bed.

1. Hire a scorpion control or pest control service. This is the leading way to keep scorpions out of your bed and house. They will be able to keep scorpions out of your house entirely. If hiring a scorpion control service is not an option for you, there are things you can utilize to prevent scorpions from getting into your bed. 

2. Move your bed a few inches away from the wall. Scorpions can climb the walls and get onto your bed if it is too close to the wall. You can also prevent scorpions from climbing up your bed by putting the feet of your bed into thick glass jars as scorpions cannot climb the smooth glass.

3. Ensure that all the bedding that you use on your bed is off the floor at all times. You need to ensure that nothing is hanging from your bed to the floor, as scorpions can climb up clothes, sheets, and blankets that may be touching the floor and get into your bed.

4. Hang a smooth item that is a few inches longer than your bed on the roof above your bed. Do not use cardboard for this, as the scorpions can still climb on this. Instead, use smooth plastic. The plastic surface that is used needs to be as smooth as possible as you want as little texture on the surface as you can so the scorpions cannot hang on to it.

5. Use a strong wire to hang this smooth item above your bed. The item must hang exactly above your bed but must be a few inches wider and longer than your bed. This should stop scorpions from climbing on your ceiling above your bed and falling onto your bed.

6. Seal any cracks that may have appeared in the walls of your bedroom, as scorpions can quickly enter your room through these cracks. Scorpions can go through holes that are as thin as a credit card. So even the tiniest of crevices need to be dealt with to stop scorpions from entering your room.

7. Invest in a blacklight. If you reside in an area that has a high scorpion population, then you may want to invest in a blacklight. These lights allow you to see scorpions in your home as the scorpions glow in blacklight. You can use this to search your bed to ensure that no scorpions are in it before you sleep.

These lights do not prevent scorpions from entering your bed, but they do make it easier to spot them

These few things should help you stop scorpions from climbing into your bed and allow you to sleep better at night. 


Scorpions can be quite scary and menacing, and there are multiple reasons why you would not want them in your bed after a long day’s work. Luckily, we do not have to suffer through scares and possible painful stings as there are a few precautions we can take to prevent scorpions from entering our beds. Remember that the best way to deal with a scorpion problem, though, is to call your local pest or scorpion control service as they will be able to help you control the situation even further than just trying to prevent it yourself.

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Hubert Miles

I've been conducting home inspections for 17 years. I'm a licensed Home Inspector, Certified Master Inspector (CMI), and FHA 203k Consultant. I started HomeInspectionInsider.com to help people better understand the home inspection process and answer questions about homeownership and home maintenance.
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