Effective Scorpion Control Measures

Scorpion sting


Your history and symptoms are usually all your doctor needs to make a diagnosis. If you have severe symptoms, you may have blood or imaging tests to check for the effects of the venom on your liver, heart, lungs and other organs.


Most scorpion stings don’t need medical treatment. But if symptoms are severe, you may need to receive care in a hospital. You may be given drugs through a vein (intravenously) to treat pain.

Lifestyle and home remedies

If a scorpion stings you or your child, follow the suggestions below. Healthy adults may not need further treatment, and these tips can help keep children safe until they see a doctor:

Clean the wound with mild soap and water.

Apply a cool compress to the affected area. This may help reduce pain.

Don’t consume food or liquids if you’re having difficulty swallowing.

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. You might try ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Children’s Motrin, others) to help ease discomfort.


Other Common Name: Striped Scorpion

Family: Buthidae (a scorpion family), in the order Scorpiones, in the class Arachnida

Description: Striped bark scorpions are pale yellowish brown, usually with two lengthwise dark stripes on the abdomen. This is the only species of scorpion in Missouri. It occurs in glades and other dry, warm, rocky areas, and sometimes in buildings and shelters and under piles of wood, brush, or garbage.

Most people are familiar with the overall scorpion shape: a flattened, elongated oval body; the pair of front appendages with pincers; four pairs of walking legs; and a long, curling tail that ends in a bulbous segment tipped with stinger.

This species is distinguished, among other things, by a dark triangle is on top of the head. Young striped bark scorpions are pale yellowish brown, usually with two broad lengthwise dark stripes on the abdomen (the back); older scorpions are uniform dark brown with the stripes faint or lacking.


scorpions prefer glades with lots of loose rock (such as limestone or dolomite glades) so that they can hide from the sun during the day. Scorpions seek out these places, especially if there are few humans around, because here they find ideal shelter and plentiful food. Scorpions are sometimes found in buildings and shelters, as well as under piles of wood, brush, or garbage

This species is called the “striped bark scorpion” because it is a species of “bark scorpion” (the common name applied to any scorpions in genus Centruroides) that has stripes. It does not usually live on trees or bark.

Scorpions apparently arrived in this part of the country about 8,000 years ago when the climate was warmer, drier, and more like the desert southwest is today. When the climate here changed again, about 4,000 years ago, and become cooler and wetter, these scorpions were able to remain in the relatively desertlike glade environments where they can be found today


Generally nocturnal predators, striped bark scorpions prefer soft-bodied prey such as spiders, cockroaches, ants, crickets, beetles, and butterflies. They grab the prey with their pincers and sometimes use their stinger to subdue it. A hungry scorpion may even tackle small mice and lizards. Scorpions are also cannibalistic: Larger scorpions will prey on smaller, weaker scorpions.

What are scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids which means all adults have eight legs. This species of scorpion has a waxy cuticle that covers its body to help them maintain moisture. Under ultraviolet light, the cuticle glows.

Bark scorpions have yellow or tan bodies with two wide, black stripes on the topside of their abdomens. These scorpions grow to between 2 and 3 inches long, with most reaching about 2-3/8 inches. They have segmented tails that curve up over their backs; the last segment has a venom-filled stinger attached to it. Their tails, as well as their pair of claw-like appendages, are narrower than other species of scorpions. They use their claws to capture and hold onto their prey.

Are striped bark scorpions dangerous?

The striped bark scorpion is dangerous because like bees, wasps, and other stinging pests they deliver painful, venom-filled stings as a means of defense. After being stung there may be swelling and itching around the bite sight that persists for several days. A reaction to their venom varies by individual, those sensitive to scorpion venom may experience a more severe allergic reaction.

Why do I have a striped bark scorpion problem?

Properties that have a lot of insects, spiders, and small mammals like rodents living on them have the potential to become home to striped bark scorpions. Striped bark scorpions have high moisture needs and are also attracted to properties with easy access to water and dark, damp areas to hide in during the day. Striped bark scorpions are good climbers and are often found on trees or climbing up of the walls of a home, allowing them easy access inside through any small opening they come across.

Where will I find striped bark scorpions?

Striped bark scorpions do not burrow, but do hide under rocks, mulch, woodpiles, fallen trees, and behind tree bark. They prefer to live outside, but if the weather becomes too hot and dry, they move indoors, seeking a more humid environment. Crawl spaces, bathrooms (sinks and tubs), laundry rooms, and basements all make great hideouts for striped bark scorpions.

Scorpions – the one thing holding us back from booking

We have no issues with spiders, snakes or even scorpions in the day while we are out, but it’s sleeping at night in a hotel. We’ve heard and read a few horror stories of tourists being stung in the night by scorpions while they are asleep. These occurred in hotels you wouldn’t think would have scorpions. Some of them were even listed on tripadvisor under hotel reviews.

I would hate to take a vacation where every night i have to tear my room apart and use a black light to search for scorpions.

1. Is there any merit to this or am I being overly paranoid?

2. What are the odds of being stung by a scorpion in your hotel room?

3. Do the odds increase the further south you go? (i.e tombstone)

4. Are there any ways to avoid this from happening?

1. Yes you are being overly paranoid. I have lived here over 50 years and have never had an encounter with a scorpion

2. odds, quite low

3. No

4. If you are still scared, buy a portable black light, they glow when the light is shined on them, or get low to the floor and scan the room, easier to see from their angle.


Q: Help! My house is overrun with scorpions, and I hate them.

A: How ungracious of you. First of all, the scorpions were here first, and secondly, they absolutely adore you. And what do they get from you? The back of your Reebok. And, in a way, it’s your fault there are so many of them in the first place. Well, not your fault personally, but our fault collectively.

This is a nasty little critter, skinny and yellowish in color, and it’s sting can cause intense pain, numbness and, at least in theory, death. Bloom said there are no accounts of anyone dying of a scorpion sting in the 40 years that records have been kept.

Bloom has an interesting job. With the help of three goats, she produces scorpion antivenin for distribution to area hospitals, doctors and veterinarians. During the summer, she gets a dozen or so requests for antivenin a week.

Here’s how to tell if your scorpions are bark scorpions: Only bark scorpions climb vertical surfaces. If your scorpions confine themselves to scurrying along the floor, you’re probably OK. If you’re finding them on the walls or in your drapes or climbing up the side of your house (or your leg), you’ve got a problem.

There are scorpions all over the Valley, but many of us have gone for years without ever seeing one, much less getting stung. Some people believe they are more common in areas where new housing is encroaching on the scorpions’ natural desert habitat.

Our security lights and streetlights attract bugs, which, in turn, attract scorpions. Our rock gardens and woodpiles and laundry rooms and well-watered lawns provide shelter and water. We’re the best thing that ever happened to scorpions.