SCORPIONS

There are many different species of scorpions that are native to North America, occurring primarily in the drier, warmer areas. The only 2 species considered dangerous are limited to Arizona and Southern California.  Scorpions are characterized by the presence of a “tail-like” appendage off the abdomen, tipped by a sharp stinger. They are arachnids, and have four pairs of legs and a pair of enlarged claws.  All scorpions are predators that feed on other animals, using their stinger to stun their prey or as a defensive weapon. The venom of most species is considered a little health risk to humans. Scorpions may live up to 5 years or longer as adults. After mating the male scorpion may find itself being eaten by the female. Females do not lay eggs, but instead give birth to living young which climb onto her body and remain there until after their first molt, around one or two weeks later. Up to 100 young are possible from a single female.  Control is best accomplished by removal of habitat around structures. Scorpions are nocturnal, and spend their daylight hours hidden under debris or wood piles on the soil, or within clutter in storage areas of structures. 

WIND SCORPION / CAMEL SPIDER

These native arachnids are found in the United States and Mexico  While these creatures have an impressive array of jaws that they use to rip apart their prey, they are considered to be harmless to humans and are incapable of biting. They have no venom and no stinger. They have long arms that they use to capture their prey. They are beneficial predators that are extremely fast and aggressive, moving about at night and hiding in daylight hours. It is not uncommon for them to enter structures. Wind Scorpions can be as long as 2 inches in body length, with colors ranging from yellowish to grayish brown. They are arachnids, with 8 legs their jaws appear as 4 long, separated fangs, a pair on either side, with curved tips and several teeth along their length. There is no reason to control these beneficial animals, although their presence in a structure can be very disturbing to the occupants. If found they should be removed and placed outside, where they can continue to feed on other insects. If necessary a vacuum cleaner could be used to eliminate the single stray critter. Control is best accomplished by removal of habitat around structures, such as yard debris or wood piles, and clutter 

SCORPION WITH BABIES ON BACK

SCORPIONS GLOW UNDER BLACK LIGHT

SCORPIONS LIKE HIDING IN SHOES