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Scorpions are relatives of spiders, ticks and mites and are most often seen in the warmer parts of the country, particularly the South and Southwest. They range in size from 1 to 5 inches, depending on the species, with colors ranging from yellowish-brown to black. Scorpions are normally found outdoors and search for food at night. During the day they may be found under the bark of trees, under loose stones or in moist areas under boards or debris. They may invade homes in search of moisture (or to elude rising waters during or after floods) and hide during the day in bathrooms, closets, garments, shoes or bedding. Scorpions do not usually attack man unless directly or accidentally provoked. All may produce painful stings and the stings of two species may be fatal, particularly to small children and older persons.