Understanding Scorpions in the Coachella Valley

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Distinctive in appearance and possessing a venomous sting, seeing a scorpion in or around your home is scary. It’s important to call a scorpion expert in the Coachella Valley as soon as you know you have one in your home or business.

Physical description

In the Coachella Valley, the most common types of scorpion are the dangerous bark scorpion, the stripe-tailed scorpion, and the Arizona hairy scorpion.

All scorpion species have a distinctive crablike look, with broad and flat bodies. They have two pincers in the front, four legs, and a large and prominent tail with a stinger at the end.

Depending on the species, scorpions can grow from 2 to 7 inches in length. Their color ranges from dark yellow to black. Scorpions are nocturnal, and feed on insects, spiders, mice, small lizards, and snakes. Scorpions will also eat other scorpions.


The Coachella Valley is an ideal environment for scorpions, as most of them love deserts and semi-arid regions. Outdoors during the day, they can be found under stones, rocks, logs, firewood piles, and debris. Some species of scorpion live on trees and shrubs.

Scorpions can get into your home looking for food and water. They enter through gaps in and around windows and doors, or are carried in on firewood, plants, and patio furniture. They can hide in crawlspaces, garages, bathrooms, foundations, shoes, and clothes on the floor.

Signs of a scorpion infestation include scorpion droppings that look like spots of sand, scorpion trails that look like a smudge of small stones, or a strong smell of rotten eggs or bleach.

Life cycle

The life cycle of a scorpion depends on the specific species, but it always begins in the spring. Approximately 30 scorpion eggs are fertilized and develop inside the female’s body over the course of several months to a year. When the scorpions are born, the nymphal stage begins. Scorpion nymphs live on their mother’s back and grow there for approximately two weeks, until it’s time to shed their exoskeleton. At that point, the nymphs leave their mother’s back and will molt a few more times before becoming adults.

On average, scorpions live from 3-5 years, but some scorpions can live for 15 years.

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Interaction with humans

Scorpions do not typically seek out humans to sting, and incidents usually happen when a person unwittingly uncovers a scorpion’s resting place. Scorpions will often hide or rest in shoes, boots, blankets, or towels. Since scorpions are venomous, it’s important to not take one by surprise. Their sting is very painful, but sometimes they can be deadly if they cause an allergic reaction.

Potential dangers or risks

To avoid getting stung by a venomous scorpion, do not leave things such as shoes, boots, blankets, or towels outdoors, and shake them out before using them. Additionally, avoid walking outdoors barefoot in the evening, and always garden wearing proper gloves.

Scorpions eat other insects, so they can signify a deeper pest problem. Because scorpions are dangerous, breed quickly, and are difficult to get rid of on your own, it’s important to call a trained professional to help. Rudy’s Termite & Pest Control are Coachella Valley scorpion removal experts.