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The Truth About “Nesting” Scorpions

A couple of weeks ago, we asked our Facebook fans “Which pest is the worst?” The results might (or might not) surprise you:

As you can see, I voted for “bees”, but I wasn’t in the majority – most of you voted for scorpions! Look for more polls in the near future.

In the mean time, I wanted to put yet another common myth to rest. Many people have nightmares of thousands of scorpions attacking them all at once, or claim that they have found a scorpion nest in their attic. In fact, every day there is at least one person who types “Do scorpions nest?” into Google.

Trust me, scorpions do not nest. Not in Phoenix, not in the middle of the desert, nowhere. They prefer to stay under rocks and inside holes by themselves. At most, you may see a couple of scorpions at the same time but they are not part of a nest. As nocturnal animals, these guys will crawl out at night to find some food then return to their underground lairs by the morning.

If you see hundreds of scorpions at the same time, you’re either in a safe environment at the zoo or you need to pinch yourself awake from that dream!

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  • Courteny Spaulding

    Thank you, I caught one like a week ago an it looked like a new species to me cuz it was so small, then I killed one cuz I still didn’t know what it was, seen another twice as big as the other two, that one got away, then just tonight me and my boy friend caught one that is undeniably a scorpion, ive been making sure everyone wasnt mistaken on google and came across this, I like how u put it, thank you for caring

  • Scott

    I would like to in some degree disagree. I live in Hot Springs Arkansas, and I have found and killed within 50 feet (most within 10 feet)of my house, 28 Bark Scorpions in the last 5 nights. I have killed 4 within 4 feet diameter on the same night, coming from the same spot under my house in under 15 mins! They might not have a “nest” but I have A LOT living under my house. The final “straw” was finding several in my house and even crawling on my wifes leg while trying to sleep. You may not believe me, but I have a video and can record more. I go out every night for about 20 mins with a UV light and search around my house for them. I am tired of them in my house around my 3 children. If anyone reading this has any questions they can contact me by email skeith760@(gmail.com). I am posting the email like that so that it can’t be phished.

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