The most common scorpion is the small, striped scorpion, Centruroides vittatus. This small arachnid is only about 1 l/2 inch long, tan, with two broad dark stripes running lengthwise down the body. Two species are known to cause fatalities when they sting: Centruroides gertschi and C. sculpturatus.
Scorpions are nocturnal. They hide under boards, rocks, rubbish and litter during-the day. They forage at night, seeking insects, and sometimes, small mice. Scorpions grab their prey with front, crablike claws and quickly sting, whipping the stinger over their back.
Scorpions find daytime hiding places in crawl spaces, attics and closets. They enter occupied rooms, especially kitchens for water.
- Tighten and caulk points of entry.
- Remove harborage around buildings and homes.
- Repair plumbing leaks and ventilate moist areas.