There are about 9 species of scorpions in Utah; only one, the Arizona bark scorpion, can cause fatalities in small children, and older adults with compromised health. Stings from any scorpion can be painful and show signs of localized effects like bee stings. If you are stung, have the scorpion identified to help doctors with their diagnosis.

Scorpions are nocturnal. They find shelter during the day and come out at night to feed.

Outside, they can be found burrowing into sand boxes, ditches, and gravel pits. Scorpions are very difficult to control outside. To minimize scorpions from around a home, eliminate favorable habitat. Do not keep shoes, boots, clothing items, or wet towels outside. Clean up any debris around the house, and only bring firewood inside when it is immediately going to be burned.