Scorpions


Forest Health Guide for Georgia Foresters
Written by Terry Price, Georgia Forestry Commission
Adapted for the web by the Bugwood Network

Scorpions are nocturnal and are rarely seen by people unless they invade the home. Scorpions often invade houses built in wooded areas. The little southern devil scorpion is a common species throughout the South (Figure 210). It is not a dangerous species but it can be very annoying by invading attics, closets, cabinets, and vacation cabins and utility buildings. Reports are common of scorpions falling from ceilings at night onto beds with sleeping people.

Scorpions can be discouraged from taking up residence inside homes and rental cabins by keeping the yards and areas adjacent to the buildings clear of wood piles and other debris. Most stings from scorpions usually occur when people walk barefoot through the house at night or working outside without gloves.

Stings from scorpions in the southeastern U.S. are not life threatening and usually require no medical attention, unless the victim happens to be sensitive to the venom.

Figure 210
photo by James O. Howell

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