Scorpions tend to avoid contact. If you live in an area where scorpions are common, prevent chance meetings by doing the following:

  • Remove trash, logs, boards, stones, bricks and other objects that would make good hiding places for scorpions from around your home.
  • Keep grass closely mowed, and prune bushes and overhanging tree branches, which can provide a path to your roof for scorpions.
  • Caulk cracks, install weatherstripping around doors and windows, and repair torn screens.
  • Don't store firewood inside your house.
  • When hiking or camping, wear long sleeves and pants and check your sleeping bag for scorpions before you crawl in. Check your clothing and shake out your shoes before you put them on. Always wear shoes.
  • When traveling in other countries — especially if you're camping or staying in rustic accommodations — shake out your clothing, bedding and packages often and sleep under a mosquito net. If you have a known allergy to insect stings, carry an epinephrine injector, such as EpiPen.

If you do find a scorpion near your home or campsite, use tongs to gently remove the scorpion away from people.

Jan. 23, 2014