Scorpions are pests that, while not as common as ants and cockroaches, can be found in homes and yards across the United States. Scorpions will not cause damage to your belongings, but their stings can be bothersome.
Knowing what type of scorpions live in your region is important in the event of a scorpion sting. Medically significant scorpion stings are rare, but do exist.
If you have a pest you suspect is a scorpion, use our guide below to make a positive identification.
Scorpions have 8 legs and 2 pincers, or chelae. They have curled tails that end with a stinger and multiple eyes on their head. Scorpions have a thick head and abdomen.
Scorpions range in color. Most scorpions are yellow or black to provide camouflage, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings. Scorpions can also be red or brown.
Scorpions are most prevalent in the American Southwest but can be found across the United States in all climates.