Arizona Bark Scorpions

Facts, Identification, & Control

Scientific Name

Centruroides sculpturatus


What Do They Look Like?
  • Size: This scorpion species grows up to 7 cm, or 3" long.
  • Color: Light brown to brownish yellow in color, with dark lengthwise bands.
  • Pincers: Their pincers are elongated and thin, unlike other scorpions that have thick, lobster-like pedipalps.
  • Tail: Their tail is also slender and yellow to light brown in color.

How Did I Get Arizona Bark Scorpions?

What Attracts Them?

Arizona bark scorpions feed on insects and other small arthropods in lawns, and sometimes inside homes. The pests are excellent climbers that may exploit openings in houses to get indoors. They are not capable of climbing glass and smooth surfaces, but can easily climb:

  • Trees
  • Walls
  • Other objects with rough surfaces.
What Brings Them Indoors?

They usually make their way into the house while following prey or otherwise seeking a more hospitable habitat. Once inside, scorpions like resting in bathtubs and scaling the walls of dark spaces.

How Serious Are Arizona Bark Scorpions?


The Arizona bark scorpion is known for its venomous sting, which can be lethal, especially for small children and elderly people. These pests are the only scorpion species in the U.S. with a sting that seriously impacts human health. Although an Arizona bark scorpion is not quick to attack, it will sting humans and animals it considers a threat.


The most affected people are typically children under the age of 10. Therefore, contacting your Orkin pest management professional is always a good idea if you should encounter scorpions inside or outside your home. Its venom can cause severe pain along with symptoms such as:

  • Convulsions
  • Difficulties in breathing
  • Frothing at the mouth
  • Muscle twitching
  • Numbness
  • Death is rare, but possible in some cases.

How Do I Get Rid of Arizona Bark Scorpions?

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage Arizona bark scorpions and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep Arizona bark scorpions in their place…out of your home, or business.

Behavior, Diet, & Habits

What Do They Eat?

The feeding habits are similar to that of other scorpions. The Arizona bark scorpion prefers to hide and will cling to almost anything. It is nocturnal and feeds on crickets and other insects that happen to pass by its burrow.

Where Do They Live?

These scorpions prefer to dwell in areas that can support insects, and other small prey species. These areas must also have sufficient amounts of moisture and humidity.

Geographic Range

The Arizona bark scorpion can be found in the Southwestern U.S. It is especially widespread in most parts of Arizona. Small populations of this scorpion have been observed in southeastern California and southern Utah. They can also be found throughout the Baja Peninsula and western Mexico.