Scorpions are arachnids that possess eight legs. They are related to spiders, mites and ticks, as well as other members of the Arachnida class.

scorpion’s anatomy is composed of two segments called the cephalothorax—also known as the abdomen/opisthosoma. It is composed of an extended body and a segmented, erectile tail, which ends with the stinger. A hard, bony outer covering known as the carapace protects the cephalothorax. This covering supports a pair of median eyes at the top center.

A scorpion’s life span ranges between three and five years, but some have been known to live up to 10 to 15 years.

Scorpions commonly use gaps under doors; ground-level windows; gaps surrounding plumbing pipes and utility lines that enter the home; and cracks and gaps in the foundation to get inside a home or business. Scorpions also gain access by hitchhiking inside in boxes, firewood, potted plants and outdoor furniture. Once inside, scorpions typically seek out basements, crawl spaces, hidden places under kitchen cabinets or in garages and bathrooms.