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Keep Spiders, Bugs, and Scorpions Off Your Bed at Night

Updated on October 13, 2020

My Story

Recently, my husband and I had a shocking experience with a nasty critter. I was up late writing with my laptop in bed with me while my husband snoozed away. All of a sudden he yells out some unarticulated gibberish. I assume he's having a bad dream and try to comfort him by lightly patting on his chest, telling him to go back to sleep. Half asleep, half awake, he mumbles something about feeling like a sharp piece of glass just cut one of his fingers. Of course I know that didn't happen which reinforces in my mind that he must be just having a bad dream.

I look over at him and try to shush him to sleep and there's something crawling on his head! I jump out of bed faster than I ever have in my entire life, while yelling at him to get out of bed and shake whatever it is off his head. Now we're both wide awake and alert! With all the lights on, I look through the sheets to find whatever it was that stung or bit my husband on his hand.

Lo and Behold! It's a brown scorpion. I didn't even know we have scorpions in Arkansas! The only thing I've ever heard about scorpions is that they can kill you. With that in mind, plus the fact that my husband is highly allergic to fire ants and has to keep an epi pen with him at all times, causes us to be even more alarmed; we assume he is in grave danger. With a 911 operator on the phone, we frantically look throughout our home for an epi pen and couldn't find one, which further heightened our state of alarm.

Within minutes, the medics arrive and assure us that while a scorpion bite can be very painful, their sting cannot kill you--well at least not from scorpions in Arkansas, anyway. What a relief! We keep his painful hand on ice all night.

For several nights it was tough trying to fall asleep. Both of us had flashbacks of the scorpion and kept having that crawling feeling -- you know the feeling you get after seeing a spider or having one crawling on you.

From that experience, I learned that dust ruffles that touch the floor invite all kinds of spiders and bugs into your bed. I never knew that. Immediately our long, beautiful red dust ruffle was removed from our bed and will never be put back on again!!

One Easy Safeguard for Your Bed

If you have a dust ruffle that touches the floor, I advise you to remove yours, too. If you must have a dust ruffle on your bed, there's an easy solution. Buy a dust ruffle that's smaller than your bed size.

  • If you have a king size bed, buy a queen size dust ruffle.
  • If you have a queen size bed, buy a full size dust ruffle.
  • If you have a full size bed, buy a twin size dust ruffle.
  • If you have a twin size bed, get safety pins and pin up your dust ruffle so that it doesn't touch the floor.

Be sure not to have the pins on the sides of your box spring mattress. They could come undone and stick you when you're standing close to your bed. Instead, put the pins on top of your box spring mattress so that when you put your mattress back on your bed, the mattress is laying directly on top of the pins.

I hope this helps some of you and you don't have any scorpions in your bed any time soon! And remember, always do a spider check before getting into bed!


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      7 years ago

      I found your post, I live in Little Rock, AR and I JUST found a scorpion crawling under the door in my bathroom! That scared the S@$* out of me. I haven't cursed in years but THAT!!!!!!!!!! OMGoodness!!!!!! I screamed for my husband who killed it.

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      8 years ago

      I have never laughed so hard thank you for sharing and I am sorry this happened to you

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      8 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Thanks for the info.

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      8 years ago

      my daughter and I were stung last night by a scorpion in our bed. We were told to get glue boards, cut them and out them around the feet of the bed. this will catch all sorts of critters trying to hide in your bed.

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      Teresa white 

      9 years ago

      I live in Kirby Ar. On top of Kirby mountain. And the reason I have found ur article I to have found a scorpion in my house. Got up bout midnight to get a drink and found one on my kitchen ceiling. Wow I never knew we had them in Ar. None of us got stung. But scary i don't think I'll be sleeping tonight.

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      9 years ago

      Meh, scorpions, if one was in my bed I probably couldn't sleep, but SPIDERS!!! I saw a spider by my window this morning, got hairspray and sprayed it like a boss, but tonight I'm paranoid there might be some crawling in my bed when I sleep, so, does the jar thing work with spiders? Because right now I'm laying in bed, scared, writing this on my phone. Some one help me please???

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      Beverly Boisen 

      9 years ago from New York

      I am so glad I live in the Adirondacks of northern New York

      We do have some spiders

      When we lived in Vermont our house was in the pines

      I DID see some big ones that jump, eeeeeekkkkkk!!!!!

      I am told that there are Recluse but I have NEVER seen any.

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      9 years ago from Washington state

      Another simple step to keep critters away from your sleeping area is to keep it free of any crumbs. If you eat food in bed, bits of it will fall on the floor and become lost in the covers. No matter HOW much you think it won't! This attracts roaches and other little scavengers, which will in turn attract predators like scorpions.

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      9 years ago

      Scorpions can't climb glass - put glass jars around the feet of your bed. Also - Scorpions light up like a fluorescent green light under a black light. Get a LED black flash iight if you want to check the house at night. Info from Arizona.

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      10 years ago


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      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Dear MyInfo411 ~ Thanks for great Hub. Very good suggestion. I have added your story to my Hub about scorpions. Thanks! Debby

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      Beverly Boisen 

      10 years ago from New York

      I have never seen a scorpion

      When we were visiting my sis im Arkansas I did not see any.

      But before I got into bed I aways looked between the sheets.

      She said thay don't get bugs in their new house

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      11 years ago

      thanks. yeah, they're scary!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      11 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Yikes! When I was living in Hawaii, my first night in bed I also experienced a scorpion on my bed post. I hate those things. Glad your husbands hand healed up.


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