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Striped Bark Scorpion

Actual Size:2″ – 2¾”

Characteristics: Yellowish to tan in color, marked with two dark, vertical stripes down its body.


Habitat: Lives under rocks, under boards, and in debris. Can be found indoors or outdoors in various habitats including, pine forests, rocky slopes, grasslands, crawl spaces, and attics.


  • Nocturnal and will glow when a black light is placed over their body.
  • Excellent climbers that are commonly found in attics, on walls, and on ceilings.
  • Females give birth to live young, and the offspring ride on the mother’s back until they molt for the first time.
  • While their venom is not considered dangerous to humans, a sting from a striped bark scorpion can be painful and may cause swelling.

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Striped Bark Scorpion in Kailua Kona

The striped bark scorpion is the prevailing scorpion species in Kailua Kona. Its presence is not confined to specific habitats, as these scorpions can be encountered both indoors and outdoors, seeking refuge under rocks, logs, and decaying organic matter. The distinctive feature that sets them apart is the striped colorations adorning their bodies, providing effective camouflage amidst their surroundings. This adaptation aids them in seamlessly blending into the diverse environments they inhabit.

Striped Bark Scorpion Habitat

Striped bark scorpions are avid foragers, displaying a distinctive behavior of not burrowing. Instead, they are frequently observed in association with dead plants, fallen logs, and human structures. Outdoors, these scorpions seek refuge under rocks, logs, and debris, showcasing a preference for environments rich in decaying organic matter. The moniker “bark scorpions” is derived from their affinity for dead vegetation, particularly decaying logs. Renowned for their adept climbing abilities, striped bark scorpions will venture into attics, ceilings, and walls within homes. Their daytime hours are spent sheltered, while they become active and engage in foraging activities during the night.

Striped Bark Scorpion Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

While the sting of a striped bark scorpion is non-venomous, it can be intensely painful. The impacted area is likely to experience swelling, itching, and persistent pain ranging from several minutes to several days. In the event of a sting, prompt action is recommended. Washing the affected area with soap and water immediately can help alleviate the discomfort. Applying a cold compress can further aid in reducing pain and swelling. However, if symptoms escalate to a severe level, indicating a potential allergic reaction, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial to ensure proper treatment and relief from any adverse effects.

If you suspect a striped bark scorpion issue, contact your local pest control company.