Color: Yellowish brown to tan
Shape: Segmented, long tail with stinger at end
Legs: 4 and a pair of pinchers
Region: Southern part of the United States
Scorpions are closely related to spiders, ticks, and mites. Worldwide, there are 1,200 species of scorpions, and only 70 species in the United States. Since scorpions prefer dry climates, they are only found in the south western part of the United States.
Scorpions are nocturnal pests so its rare to see them during the day. They prefer to dig burrows in the soil and hide under rocks. During hot weather, scorpions will crawl into wall cracks and take cover in wall voids to keep cool. Scorpions primarily feed on insects like crickets, cockroaches, and spiders.
To reduce or stop scorpions from entering homes pest professionals use chemical concentrates like Bifen and treat a 3 foot band around the foundation of the building. Tempo Dust can also be applied to voids or other areas that may harbor scorpions