Nuisance and household pests-Scorpion

Burrowing scorpion (Anuroctonus phaiodactylus)

Forest scorpion (Uroctonus mordax)

Northern scorpion (Paruroctonus boreus)

Stripe-tailed scorpion (Paravaejovis spinigerus)

Pest description and damage Olive to brown, about 1 to 4 inches long, with four pair of legs, a tail with bulbous stinger, and a pair of pincers. They can inflict a painful, hornet-like sting.


Outdoors, eliminate hiding places such as debris, trash, lumber, and wood and rock piles from around the house. Close entry points to structures. Reduce accumulation of moisture: provide run-off areas for rain water and use gravel rather than organic mulches adjacent to the building foundation. During dry weather, scorpions can be trapped by spreading wet burlap bags around buildings. Exterior application of a pesticide registered for scorpion control may be appropriate.