There are 2 species of scorpions that live in eastern Tennessee. The native Plain Eastern Stripeless Scorpion and the striped scorpion which was accidentally introduced.
Although they do have a sting it is not as painful or venomous as their western ancestors. The venom of scorpions found in Tennessee is similar to that of a honey bee sting. These scorpions are not like the scorpions found in the western United States. The severity of the reaction is dependent upon the sensitivity of that individual’s body to the venom.
Scorpions are nocturnal hunters feeding at night and hiding during the day. But dont worry, they dont eat people. They are after small insects and other arachnids. They are most active at temperatures greater than 77 degrees and become sluggish in cold weather. Scorpions are cold blooded, which means they are the same temperature as their surrounding environment.
Although it is rare, it is possible you may find a scorpion in the cabin you are staying in. Prevention efforts are futile as their thick exoskeletons make them resistant to most pesticides. Scorpions prefer moist environments and are usually found in the bathrooms, near the tubs and sinks. They enter the cabins looking for water and usually traveling up the outside of the water pipes. However, they will cling to luggage and can sometimes end up on other surfaces.
If you happen to encounter one, remember that they are very beneficial in controlling the insect population. Natural predators include birds, frogs, centipedes, spiders, lizards and snakes. Scorpions are very discreet creatures of the night and would prefer to stay hidden.
Please call our guest services line if you encounter a Scorpion during your stay. We keep our properties under pest control and will be happy to alert them.