Scorpions are common throughout the southwest and midwest, including right here in Tulsa. There are over 1,500 species of scorpions found worldwide, but only about 3-5 species that live in Oklahoma. Understanding scorpion behavior and control methods can help ease some of the fear and trepidation that many people have about scorpions.
Scorpions are arachnids that are related to ticks and spiders. They have 8 legs, a set of pincers in front, and a five segmented tail ending in a stinger. By far the most common species in the Midwest is the striped bark scorpion (centruroides vittatus). These scorpions average 2-3 inches in length and are pale yellow and brown. They are best identified by the dark stripes running down their backs and a dark triangle mark on their head above the eyes.
Scorpions are not often seen during the day, and instead spend their time hiding under rocks, wood piles, tree bark, etc. At night, the scorpions come out to eat and hunt. They eat small animals like spiders, insects, roaches, centipedes, and sometimes even small mice or lizards. Scorpions use their venomous tails to help kill their prey. If a human is stung by a striped bark scorpion, it will most often just cause pain and swelling, like a bee sting. The Arizona bark scorpion (centruroides exilicauda) is the most venomous scorpion in the U.S. A sting from this species can cause extreme pain, numbness, shortness of breath, and occasionally paralysis. Pets and small children are most at risk from scorpion stings, but deaths are very rare.
Tips to Prevent Scorpion Stings
- Wear gloves if you are moving rocks, firewood, storage boxes, or other items
- Always wear shoes outdoors
- Store firewood off the ground and away from your home
- Seal the exterior of your home to prevent entry
- Declutter your yard and home to get rid of scorpion hiding places
- Fix leaky pipes and faucets to prevent excess moisture
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