3 Most Common Species of Scorpion Invaders

Before you can treat for scorpions, it is helpful to know which species are infesting a home or property. Here are the three most common species that threaten US homes:

Arizona Bark Scorpion

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Arizona Bark Scorpions are considered the most venomous scorpions in North America, with the number of Bark scorpion sting victims in Arizona alone estimated to be in the thousands each year. These scorpions measure an inch to inch and a half in length, and are a pale yellow in color.

Striped Bark Scorpion

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The Striped Bark Scorpion is the most widespread scorpion in the United States. The scorpion is a smaller species of scorpion, measuring a total body length of 1 to 1.5 inches. This species has a powerful sting, which often results in pain comparable to that of a wasp; that can last for several hours. They are distinguished by their orangish brown color, and the black striped that run vertically down its back.

Striped-Tailed (Wood) Scorpion

The Striped-Tailed Scorpion is sometimes referred to as the Arizona devil scorpion or Wood scorpion. These scorpions measure about two inches in length, are a tan to dark brown in color, and are a little thicker or stockier than the bark scorpions. They infest homes in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Mexico.

*** Note *** Desert Hairy scorpions are also commonly found in the Southwestern U.S., but these scorpions rarely infest homes to the extent of the above mentioned.

Scorpions & Scorpion Control

Today, scorpions are considered to be one of the most significant pests that afflict millions of residents throughout much of the Southwest United States.

Scorpions prefer the outdoors but will wander inside through cracks in our homes. In fact, these malevolent stingers can squeeze through cracks as small as a credit card’s width. Once inside, they often make their way into shoes, piles of clothing and beds which, increases the chance of a human being stung.

Seeing a couple scorpions a week in your home would likely qualify as a significant scorpion infestation. In cases such as this, professional scorpion control measures should be taken.

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Striped ScorpionThe most widespread species of scorpion found in the United States is the Striped scorpion. They vary in color and pattern, with scorpions from Kansas and Oklahoma appearing darker with light orange striping; compared to the Striped scorpions found in West Texas that tend to be more pale with lighter yellow striping.

Striped scorpions measure about an inch to inch and a half in length, making them smaller then other scorpion species. They can be found living together in large numbers under rocks. These scorpions are especially hardy and have the ability to survive for extended periods of time in below freezing weather.

Striped scorpions have a powerful sting that feels comparable to that of a wasp’s sting. The pain and symptoms of a sting can last for several hours, and it is advised that scorpion control measures should be taken to ensure homeowners avoid these painful stings.