Scorpions - School IPM - USU Extension

    Scorpions

    Buthidae; Luridae; Vaejovidae

    Scorpion

    Common striped scorpion (Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University, Bugwood.org)

    Scorpion

    Giant desert hairy scorpion (Mohammed El Damir, Bugwood.org)

    Scorpion

    Arizona bark scorpion (Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

    Identification

    • long, thin segmented bodies
    • long tails equipped with stingers
    • eight legs and pincer-like mouthparts
    • glow a fluorescent green/blue color under black light

    Nesting Habits

    • spend the day resting underneath objects on the ground and come out at night to search for prey
    • seek dark protected areas to hide indoors

    Diet

    • small arthropods

    Significance

    • venom may cause swelling, inflammation, discoloration and pain
    • most scorpion stings are similar to bee or wasp stings
    • the only deadly scorpion in Utah is the Arizona bark scorpion, found only in southern Utah along the Colorado River

    IPM Recommendations

    • Anyone stung by a scorpion should collect the scorpion and immediately contact a physician or the poison control center for medical instructions.
    • If scorpions are suspected in or around a structure, conduct a systematic inspection at night using a black light.
    • Find and seal any openings or crevices in exterior walls.
    • Repair leaky air conditioners or other outside water sources.
    • Prune trees and shrubs up and away from the ground.
    • Remove leaf litter, large mulch, debris and other harborage around buildings.
    • Install tight-fitting screens and weather stripping around windows and doors.

    For more information, see our Scorpions fact sheet.