Scorpions can be annoying and dangerous pests even though they are not insects. Scorpions are actually considered to be arachnids. Arachnids are eight legged creatures like spiders, ticks and mites. Some scorpions can contain a lethal sting whereas others only have one that’s about as potent as a bee sting.
Although all stings are at the very least painful, if you happen to have an allergic reaction to a sting, it can very well be fatal. Do not be fooled by even the smallest scorpion, though the myth that baby scorpions are more venomous than adult scorpions is pure fiction, they still can be more poisonous because they have a chance of releasing more venom with their sting. The venom of the bark scorpion may produce severe pain, mild swelling at the site of the sting, numbness, frothing at the mouth, difficulties in breathing (including respiratory paralysis), muscle twitching, and convulsions. Death is rare, especially with advances in medical science and the fact that antivenins are now available for severe cases. Certain people, however, may be allergic to the venom and can experience life-threatening side effects when stung, as occurs with bee stings. Infants, children and the elderly are much more at risk of severe problems from this sting but even then death is very rare. There have been no recorded deaths due to a scorpion sting in the United States since the mid-1980s.
Scorpions can easily adapt to many new environments. In our homes, we tend to leave our thermostats in the same 3 degree temperature zone between say, 76 degrees to 79 degrees. And with no rain or snow, scorpions can live a very comfortable life. Seeing one scorpion could mean your entire home is infested, as one female scorpion can give birth to 100 baby Scorpions.
Scorpions can be colored in a variety of light tans to dark browns. Some, like the Emperor Scorpion, can grow to 8 inches in length and colored black, while other scorpions grow only to hit an inch or two in length. Most scorpions are located in desert areas but are not easily seen because they hide in the shade and under rocks. Once temperatures begin to cool down and the sun begins to set, they come out to hunt for food. Scorpions love to feed on crickets, cockroaches, and silverfish, otherwise they eat just about any bug they can catch. Unlike spiders, scorpions actually consume their prey rather than suck the juices up from inside. They can also live regularly without food or water for 4 months and in hibernation, some can live as long as 7 months long without food or water.