There are over one thousand different species of scorpions. The United States as a whole is home to about ninety species. Fortunately for Floridians, the state is known to house only three species, none of which deliver a sting that is fatal to humans. The three species of Floridian scorpions are the Bark Scorpion, the Hentz Striped Scorpion, and the Guiana Striped Scorpion. Of these three, it is the Bark Scorpion that humans are most likely to come into contact with. Florida scorpions range from one inch to four inches in size and have that classic crab-like-only-slender appearance.
If someone is stung by one of these scorpions the sting is comparable to a wasp with possibly slightly more intense pain. There can be a burning, stinging, painful type of feeling at the site of the sting. The post-sting effects of a scorpion sting encounter is also similar to a wasp sting. Soreness, tenderness, swelling and pain can last for a few days. If the reaction is particularly bad, medical attention is a good idea as a scorpion antivenom is available from medical professionals.
Scorpions generally prefer living outdoors but certainly can be found indoors at times. They like living in the shade and under things. Things like firewood, garbage cans, and tarps. Putting these things on blocks or removing them is a smart way to reduce scorpion harborage. Another fairly simple solution that can possibly cause a dramatic decline in a scorpion population as well as other other pests from getting indoors is to keep tree branches and shrubbery pruned back so that they do not touch the walls or roof of a structure. Tree branches and shrubbery that is in contact with a house acts as an easy highway transport system for unwanted pests such as scorpions.