There are basically 3 types of scorpions that are found in the Southwest:
The Bark Scorpion
-The most poisonous scorpion in the region. A sting from a bark scorpion is usually not enough to send a healthy adult to the hospital but young children, the elderly and pets should seek medical attention immediately. A sting usually only causes complications in adults when the victim is allergic to the venom. They are relatively small at about 2.5 inches in length, sand colored with a black stripe on their back.
The Emperor Scorpion
Large (10 to 12 inches) and black, the emperor scorpion has a mild venom and an imposing presence.
The Desert Hairy Scorpion
The desert hairy scorpion is mostly yellow with a dark brown body and grows up to approx. 7 inches in length. Although they are quite aggressive, their sting is has similar symptoms to that of a bee sting (allergic reactions are rare).
Scorpions are dangerous and known to live for many years, so it is important to address an infestation quickly to prevent a long-term issue. Scorpions feed on insects (and even other scorpions) so it is important to make sure your home is not supplying them with any food sources. They like to hide in dark and cool places and generally come out at night. A black light at night is a good way to find scorpions as they will glow under the ultraviolet rays.