Scorpions

Scorpions

Appearance:  Scorpions range in size, approximately 1”-4” in length.  The type of scorpions that are found in Florida, are generally brown, perhaps with some red tint, or a pale-yellow color.  They have eight legs, two claw-like pinchers near their head, and a distinctive curved, segmented tail that rises up behind their backs.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  Although scorpions may be spotted during the daylight hours, they are much more active at night.  Outdoors, they generally can be found in locations that provide protection, such as under piles of wood or trash, or underneath moist mulch and bark.  Indoors, they may be spotted in crawl spaces or in attics, and they tend to enter a home through cracks in the foundation, around windows and doors, or through other cracks and crevices around the home.  They are considered a nuisance pest, and are not destructive to building materials.

Although the scorpions that are found in Florida can hurt a person, if they sting you, the stings are not fatal.  They will usually only sting as a defensive mechanism.

Treatment:  Prevention is the key, in order to deal with scorpions around your property.  Ensuring that all piles of rubbish, wood, or trash are removed from your property is important, as well as sealing cracks around your home.  Your pest control specialist can also help to rid your property of this bothersome pest.

Scorpions