Although not technically an insect, but rather an arachnid like the spider and tick can be found primarily in the southwest. However, we have had recent reports of scorpions being found here in Tennessee.


The most venomous scorpion is the Arizona Bark Scorpion, and its been known to send people not only to the hospital, but is deadly to small children and the elderly. If you see any scorpion on the trail, leave it alone and don’t try and pick it up. Reportedly getting stung by a scorpion is similar to being stung by a wasp, rather painful but not deadly unless you are allergic. However, if it’s the Arizona Bark Scorpion it said to be like an “Electrocution” type feeling.


If stung, rinse the affected area with soap and water and apply a cold compress to alleviate the pain and swelling. The young and elderly should be taken to the ER immediately.


Remember, few fatalities are attributed to scorpion stings in comparison to the number of bites.