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What are Scorpions?

Scorpions are arachnids belonging to the order Scorpiones, known for their distinctive appearance, venomous sting, and nocturnal habits. They are found in various habitats worldwide, from deserts and forests to grasslands and urban areas. While some scorpion species are relatively harmless to humans, others possess venom that can cause painful stings and, in rare cases, may be life-threatening.
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Physical Characteristics:

Scorpions have several physical features that set them apart from other arachnids:

  • Segmented Body: Scorpions have a segmented body divided into two main parts: the cephalothorax (head and thorax) and the abdomen (opisthosoma).

  • Pincer-Like Pedipalps: Scorpions have a pair of pincer-like appendages called pedipalps, which they use for capturing and immobilizing prey.

  • Venomous Tail: Scorpions are best known for their elongated, segmented tail, which ends in a venomous stinger (telson) used for defense and subduing prey.

  • Eight Legs: Like all arachnids, scorpions have eight legs, which they use for walking, climbing, and grasping prey.


Scorpions are highly adaptable animals that can be found in a wide range of habitats, including:

  • Deserts: Many scorpion species are well-adapted to desert environments, where they burrow into sandy soil and seek shelter from extreme temperatures.

  • Forests: Scorpions also inhabit forested areas, where they hide under rocks, logs, and debris and hunt for prey among leaf litter and vegetation.

  • Grasslands: Some scorpion species inhabit grasslands and savannas, where they live in burrows or crevices and emerge at night to hunt for food.

  • Urban Areas: Scorpions can also be found in urban environments such as cities and towns, where they seek shelter in buildings, gardens, and other human-made structures.


Scorpions exhibit several behaviors that are characteristic of the order Scorpiones:

  • Nocturnal Activity: Scorpions are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night when they hunt for prey and seek mates.

  • Ambush Predators: Scorpions are ambush predators that rely on stealth and camouflage to capture prey, which may include insects, spiders, small vertebrates, and other scorpions.

  • Burrowing: Many scorpion species are proficient burrowers, excavating tunnels in soil or sand where they hide during the day and retreat to safety.

  • Courtship and Mating: Scorpions engage in complex courtship rituals involving tactile and chemical cues, culminating in mating and the production of offspring.


Scorpions are equipped with venomous stingers that they use to subdue prey and defend themselves against predators. While the severity of scorpion venom varies among species, some scorpions possess potent neurotoxins that can cause intense pain, swelling, and in rare cases, life-threatening complications such as respiratory failure.

Interactions with Humans:

While scorpions are generally shy and non-aggressive towards humans, they can pose risks to individuals who come into contact with them:

  • Stings: Scorpion stings can be painful and may cause localized swelling, redness, and numbness at the site of the sting. In severe cases, stings from venomous scorpion species may lead to systemic symptoms such as muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, and cardiovascular collapse.

  • Prevention: Preventing scorpion stings often involves taking precautions such as wearing protective clothing, shaking out clothing and bedding before use, and avoiding reaching into dark, concealed spaces where scorpions may be hiding.

Control Measures:

Controlling scorpion populations and minimizing human-scorpion interactions may involve:

  • Sealing Entry Points: Sealing cracks, gaps, and openings in buildings can help prevent scorpions from gaining access to indoor spaces.

  • Reducing Hiding Places: Removing debris, rocks, and other potential hiding places from around homes and buildings can discourage scorpions from taking up residence.

  • Using Pesticides: In severe infestations or high-risk areas, applying insecticides or hiring professional pest control services may be necessary to control scorpion populations.




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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
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Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
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13:51 03 Aug 22
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19:23 27 Jul 22
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