We describe them as small indoor lobsters with pincers in front and that "it really hurts" stinger in the back.
They live up to 10 years but never venture further than a few hundred feet unless you give them a free ride somewhere else in a plant pot for example.
Their sting is like a bee sting except for one type, the Arizona Bark Scorpion which can be fatal.
- Control the insects: Scorpions feed on insects, bugs, termites, roaches, and ants so that if you don't control them, you will have scorpions.
2. Maintain your property: Trim, mow, and keep it cleaned up.
3. Seal it up: Caulk all small openings into your foundation, and keep your screens hole free.
4. Burn wood quickly: Bring in wood only when you need it and put it directly in the fire.
5. Dim outdoor lights: Outdoor lights attract the insects scorpions feed on, so yellow bug bulbs, dimming or extinguishing the lights provides less food...and you have fewer scorpions.
6. Use glue traps: Glue traps scented with roach smells are effective.
7. Use a pesticide: Pesticides, chemically toxic or organic and non toxic come in all sorts-granules, powder, dust, liquid, and aerosols. These products can be purchased locally or on the internet.
8. (NO COST TIP) Use your vacuum cleaner: It will suck up dirt as well as a unwanted scorpion so you don't have to touch him.
9. Hire a professional: A pest control professional can use a stronger and longer lasting pesticide than you can buy and they have better ways of detecting pests such as black light techniques to find their hiding places.