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Overview: Like spiders, scorpions are a type of arachnid. This means that they also have four pairs of legs and do not have antennae. There are two major components of a scorpion: the main body and a large erectile tail that has a stinger. Scorpions make great predators as they have a hard outer covering, a powerful stinger, and pinchers that can be used to seize prey.

Latin Name: Part of the Scorpiones family


There are over a thousand known species of scorpions throughout the world. The different species will vary in coloring and size, but they all share certain characteristics. For example, they all have a segmented body, which includes two pinchers, eight legs, an abdomen, and an erectile tail that has a stinger. All known types of known scorpions are venomous, but the degree at which the venom is harmful will differ depending upon the species and the victim.

Scorpions are arachnids, not insects, and they generally live in dry and arid regions of the world. Although they live in these regions, their bodies are arguably not well suited for the dry climates. They need to stay somewhat close to water sources, and they tend to stay burrowed underground until nighttime.

These arachnids will leave their burrows at night in order to hunt. When they hunt, they will typically seize their prey with their pinchers, and use their stinger to inject paralyzing venom. They generally feed on insects, but can also feed on small mammals or other scorpions. Depending upon the type of scorpion, when a human is stung, they will often experience swelling and numbness where the stinger connected with the skin. Some scorpions have venom that is quite deadly, or a person could have an allergic reaction to the venom, making the sting very serious and even life threatening. In these cases, the victim will often have trouble breathing. In many instances, the only way to recover is to quickly inject anti-venom.

The most dangerous species of scorpions are generally found in regions throughout the Middle East and in Northern and Southern Africa. The deadly scorpions are known as the fat-tailed scorpion and the death stalker, respectively. While other types of scorpions may not be as hostile or toxic as these varieties, any scorpion can pose a serious threat to the young, elderly, allergic, or those with compromised immune systems.

How to Get Rid of Scorpions:

Scorpion infestations are rare, but extremely dangerous. While adults may only experience minor swelling from a sting, small children, the elderly, and pets can experience serious harm. If you have scorpions present inside the home, it may be essential to hire a pest control company to have them exterminated. Scorpions can be found and killed within the home by thoroughly clearing away all of their potential hiding places, placing traps and treating the home using insecticides and/or pesticides. Once the present scorpions have been dealt with, it is then time to ensure that no more scorpions will be able to enter the house.

Practicing Effective Scorpion Control

To protect against scorpions, it is important to keep these venomous arachnids from coming onto your property and entering your house in the first place. There are several ways to go about accomplishing this goal.

Remove Their Habitats

It is helpful to eliminate areas around the yard where scorpions would like to hide. During the day, scorpions will want to burrow in shady and moist areas. Therefore, any areas of loose organic debris, piles of rocks, or piles of decaying, moist wood, should be removed. Eliminate places in the yard where a scorpion would likely find shelter.

Eliminate Their Food Source

Scorpions feed on insects in the home. By treating the home with insecticides, you can remove their source of food and reduce the appeal of living in or near the home and the scorpion’s ability to continue living there.

Seal the House

Scorpions are fairly large pests. They can typically only enter the home through large entryways, such as cracks in the foundation or around windows. Homeowners should do a full assessment of the interior and exterior of the home in order to seal all of these holes.

Keep the Property Dry

These dangerous pests need a lot of moisture in order to survive, and they are attracted to damp and dark places. Check the home for any leaks or other sources of moisture that could be attracting scorpions. This could include pipes that are leaking, or a drainage or ventilation issue that is causing moisture buildup in a crawlspace or basement. Puddles of water near the foundation of the house are clear signs of a serious drainage problem.

Treating properties regularly with the right products can greatly reduce the risk of scorpion infestations in the future.