All scorpions are capable of inflicting stings; only a few species, found in the Southwest, are very dangerous, however. Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, feeding at night on insects and small animals. During the day, they hide in dark, protected locations. They are shy and sting only when touched, trapped, or otherwise provoked. Except for a few fatally poisonous scorpions (Centruroides species), most scorpions deliver stings that are no more serious than a bee sting. The venom varies in potency from season to season, however, and like many insect stings may cause severe illness in a sensitive individual. Although scorpions live mostly in the garden, they may crawl into the home through open or loose doors and windows.
Remove loose boards, clutter, and other debris in the home to eliminate scorpion hiding places. In areas with many scorpions, shake out shoes before putting them on. Wear gloves and protective clothing when cleaning up infested areas. Maintain window and door screens and weather stripping in good repair.