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Scorpions: How to Treat a Scorpion Sting

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Taking care of a scorpion sting sounds very intimidating, but it really can be done very easily. The main thing to do is remain calm. Death rates from scorpion stings are very low, especially in places where scorpions are common like Arizona. Places in the Southwest have vaccines available if the sting is bad. Many times people do not need to be hospitalized, the ones that do are normally children or the elderly. No matter what age you are, here are the steps to take if you are stung by a scorpion:

  • Wash the area where the sting mark is, use soap and water.
  • Get a compress, ice in a cloth, and apply it to the sting. Keep it on for 10 minutes and then remove for 10 minutes, and keep repeating as needed.
  • Usually people are stung on their hands or feet so this is a simple step, but there are cases where a limb could be stung. If your arm of leg has been stung keep it elevated while icing it.
  • Take a pain reliever like acetaminophen, avoid ibuprofen and aspirin.

If you are unsure about the sting you can always call the Banner Poison Control Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for more information regarding your sting.

In some cases you could also have symptoms of a burning sensation at the sting mark, swelling, itching, numbness or tingling, and or sensitivity to touch. These are all common affects from a scorpion sting, but if you are unsure it would be best to go to a medical professional at this time.

Being that the Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous type of scorpion there is an antivenin that can be used if necessary. Fortunately, Arizona residents have greater access to the antivenin then other parts of the country due to the state being home to many bark scorpions. In the case of a sting, especially in a child or elder, the antivenin can be a life saver. In most other cases life is not threatened, unless there is an allergic reaction which is not very common.

Scorpions: The Arizona Bark Scorpion

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

There are many different species of scorpions in Arizona, but there is one that most people seem to be more afraid of. The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion around, and is most often found in the Arizona desert or other desert areas. The Arizona bark scorpion is only about three inches long, and due to where it likes to live a person could easily overlook it. Even though they like the desert, the scorpion does like to enter homes.

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Arizona Bark Scorpion.

If a scorpion gets inside a home it can be found in many different places like piles of clothes, laundry, clothes that are folded or hung, inside shoes, on the bottom side of objects, and in crawl spaces. Some of these spots are actually daytime hiding spots for the Arizona bark scorpion. Once it becomes night out the scorpions will come out to play. This can be very dangerous in a home since scorpions are out moving around. People can step on a scorpion in the dark, put a robe on that a scorpion is nesting on, put slippers on where a scorpion is hiding, or if you reach for something. If any of these situations occur it could also end in an Arizona bark scorpion sting!

The sting of an Arizona bark scorpion is most dangerous for children and the elderly, in most cases adults are not affected as bad. In any case there are steps to take care of the sting. Learn the steps to aid a scorpion sting. Often time’s people will panic, and that’s okay just remember to breathe if it is more comforting you can always call your local poison control center.

One way to prevent scorpions from entering your home is to get rid of their food supply. The Arizona bark scorpion eats crickets, cockroaches, spiders and even other scorpions. The best preventative method would to have a professional Arizona exterminator come and spray your home regularly for these insects. If the food is not near or in your home there isn’t much of an interest for the scorpion to stay around.

Another way to help prevent the scorpions from getting inside your home is to check all of the openings that are on the outer structure of your home. This can range from the thresholds in the doorways, door screens, window screens, vent screens, roof tiles, cracks in wood, cracks between bricks, or any other small openings. This may seem overwhelming for a home owner, but often pest control companies offer these services.

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Here is a picture of two scorpions in Scottsdale, AZ caught on sticky traps. They might not be Arizona Bark Scorpions, but none the less the traps worked.

A service that many pest control companies use to help detect scorpions is a black light. If you are not able to afford to have a professional exterminator out to your home this is one method that could be helpful. Due to scorpions being nocturnal it is best to do this at night. Once the black light is on move it over the floor and it will actually make the scorpion glow, that is if you find any scorpions. Also use it in your closet as shoes and clothes are popular places where people find scorpions. Sometimes pest control professionals will lay down sticky traps to help catch scorpions. These traps are helpful, and easy to set yourself too. Sticky traps actually are good for those hidding spots underneath objects, and to catch scorpions in their peak hours. It is suprising how well they can work.

A few other things homeowners can do outside their home is just keeping everything tidy. Do not keep piles of wood or shrubbery by the house, move it at least three feet away. Keep trash in proper bins or cans, as any piles of trash or junk is a hiding spot for scorpions. Also piles of rocks are places scorpions like to hide.

Picture from www.creativecommons.org. Picture courtesy of a Scottsdale resident.