Scorpion in Glendale
Location:  Verdugo Woodlands, Glendale, CA
August 18, 2010 2:00 am
I found this on my daughter’s dress right before she was going to wear it in the morning (Thank God I found it!). We were staying at my parents’ house in the Verdugo Woodlands of Glendale. What type of scorpion is it? Is it harmful to kids 3 and younger? I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old. Very nervous to go back to their home and stay the night if they don’t get a pest controller to take care of the critters…if we found one in the house, would there be more? (This is the first time they have encountered scorpions after living there for 12 years).
Eva Cherrie

Stripe-Tailed Scorpion

Hi Eva,
First off, we are giving you a nonprofessional opinion based on a blurry photo.  Our opinion is in no way meant to imply that a sting from what we believe to be a Stripe-Tailed Scorpion according to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, or according to BugGuide, the California Common Scorpion,
Paruroctonus silvestrii, would be perfectly harmless, but we also do not want to make you unnecessarily paranoid. According to Hogue, “The species stings readily but without doing lasting harm.”  Should any of your children get stung by a Scorpion, you should probably seek professional help though there is probably no cause for great concern.

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