Florida Scorpion Facts
Florida is home to three species of scorpions, but don’t worry, none of Florida’s scorpions can deliver a fatal sting to humans. The bark scorpion (also known as the brown bark scorpion or slender brown scorpion) is the largest of the species found in the sunshine state. An adult Florida bark scorpion can grow up to 4 inches long. The Hentz striped scorpion is the smallest and most common species, ranging between 2 and 2.5 inches long. The Guiana Striped Scorpion is found only in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier County and is also native to the Bahamas and Cuba. The Florida bark scorpion and hentz striped scorpion can be found throughout most of the state.
Florida Scorpion Stings
Florida scorpion stings are not considered dangerous, although it can be painful like a wasp sting. The site of the sting may swell and get sore. If you experience a severe reaction to a scorpion sting, seek emergency medical help. Scorpions rarely sting people, only stinging if they are trapped against a person’s skin.
Florida Scorpion Infestation
Scorpions are arachnids and have eight legs. They also have a pair of claw-shaped pincers and a curled tail with a stinger. Scorpions catch prey with their pincers before using their stinger to inject nerve poison into the prey. Scorpions feed only at night and eat a variety of insects including termites and spiders, making them a natural form of pest control. During the day, scorpions seek shelter beneath rocks, logs or loose bark.
Types of Florida Scorpions
Florida Scorpion Identification
Florida Bark Scorpion
The Florida bark scorpion is the largest of the three species found in this state. This scorpion ranges in size from 2 to 4 inches and is reddish brown to black with yellowish legs. Bark scorpions typically hide during the day under bark, stones and piles of wood.
Hentz Striped Scorpion
This small scorpion ranges in size from 2 to 2.5 inches and is the most common in Florida. It has tan to dark brown body and sometimes has yellowish-green stripes across the width of the abdomen. This scorpion may also have a pair of dark stripes running the length of its body.
Guiana Striped Scorpion
The Guiana striped scorpion is limited to Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties. It’s size falls between 1.5 to 3 inches long. It has a yellow body with a brownish area on its back along with two dark stripes that run lengthwise.
Florida Scorpions In The Home
Scorpions will crawl inside homes while following their insect prey and are usually found in crawlspaces and attics. They are also often found in newly built homes. These critters will sometimes get stuck in a sink or bathtub while searching for water during the night, giving people a scare in the morning. If a scorpion makes its way into the living space, it will take shelter anywhere it can when the sun rises. This is why scorpions have been found in shoes, folded clothing, blankets and bedsheets.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to get rid of Florida scorpions in the house?
Begin by reducing area where scorpion like to seek shelter around your home. Remove debris such as large stones, woodpiles and make sure ornamental vegetation is planted some distance from the foundation of your home. Trim tree branches that hang over the roof of your home to prevent scorpions from using these as a bridge to enter your home. Seal cracks and crevices in your foundation. Still finding scorpions in your home? A pest management professional can treat your windows, doors and along your foundation to prevent this creature from getting inside.
Benefits of Professional Florida Scorpion Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a Florida scorpion problem. Finding and treating the Florida scorpions can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the Florida scorpion infestation.