Scorpions are identified by their crab-like appearance. They have two pincers, four pairs of legs and a stinger at the end of a long tail held above their back. They can deliver a painful sting and are unwelcome visitors in any household. The most common scorpion found in the home is the bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda). It is attracted to damp areas around the home such as wood piles, flower beds, plumbing fixtures and sinks. Because it climbs well, it can enter homes easily. Scorpions show up at night when exposed to a black light.

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Scorpions are often an unwelcome visitor in the home.

Remove all debris and trash around the yard and garden while wearing a pair of work gloves. Scorpions hide under and around this type of material especially where it touches the ground. Locate stacks of firewood away from the house. Make sure nothing is stacked or piled against the foundation of the home where scorpions can hide.

Cut or prune limbs that overhang the home using a pair of garden loppers or a saw. Limbs overhanging the home, and especially those touching the roof and eaves, are often used as a pathway to the home by scorpions.

Inspect firewood when bringing it into the house. Do this carefully because scorpions can hide in small cracks and bark crevices, especially during the winter. Plan on burning most logs when you bring them inside and don't store firewood in the home.

Look around the home for any holes where scorpions can enter the home. Stuff small holes used for ventilation, such as weep holes around the foundation or eaves, with copper wool. Close other holes with caulk or other material.

Repair window screens and use weather-stripping around doors and windows to seal any gaps where scorpions can enter the home. All screens should be tight-fitting where the edges meet the window frame with no gaps. Replace any screens that do not provide the proper level of security.