How to Avoid Scorpion Stings

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“Bark scorpion stings are on the rise, according to the Poison and Drug Information Center at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.”

Dealing with bugs and pests like spiders, ants, and bees is a fact of life when you live in Arizona. One of the pests that draw the most concern is the scorpion. Naturally, many residents ask how do I avoid being stung by a scorpion? Luckily, there are some steps you can take to avoid the risk of you, your family, and pets being stung.

One of the most dangerous and venomous is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. A bite or more accurately, a sting from a bark scorpion is not only painful but potentially life-threatening if you don’t see immediate medical help. It’s important to note that, scorpions are not typically aggressive and they don’t sting unless provoked. Because they can control the amount of venom they release depending on how threatened they feel they are, if you do get stung, your symptoms and reaction may be less severe.

You can avoid a scorpion sting and reduce your risk if you know what to look for and how to act quickly. These tips can help reduce the chance of an unexpected sting. We do scorpion control throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area including Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and Surprise.

How to Avoid Being Stung by a Bark Scorpion

Bark scorpion stings are on the rise, according to the Poison and Drug Information Center at Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix. It may not be possible to completely avoid bark scorpions, but you can cut down the risk of encountering one of them — and their stings — by recognizing their favorite spots in your home and being able to proactively monitor those areas.

According to a study by Banner Poison and Drug Information Center based on calls, 33 percent of scorpion sting victims were in the bedroom, 24 percent in the living room, and six percent in the bathroom. Here are 6  tips to avoid being one of the scorpion sting statistics:

  • “Scorpion-proof” your child’s crib. Bark scorpions love to climb, and baby cribs are no exception. Reduce the risk of having one climb or fall into the crib by moving it away from the wall. Also, take off any crib skirts and place the crib legs in glass jars. If you’re really worried, install crib netting over the crib — and over all of the beds in the house.
  • Always check your bed. You might be exhausted, but bark scorpions can hide within your sheets. Simply pull back your comforter and check before you hop in to reduce your risk of getting a bark scorpion sting.
  • Check your clothes before putting them on (especially your shoes!). Bark scorpions can hide in your clothes, especially if you leave them on the floor. Always shake your shoes before you put them on in case a bark scorpion snuck in there while you weren’t looking.
  • Never go outside barefoot. Going barefoot on a nice day sounds like heaven, but you could inadvertently step on a bark scorpion. Just don’t risk it!
  • Make your home inhospitable to bark scorpions. Don’t let faucets leak, or allow standing water on your property. Always put away pet dishes when they’re not being used — and don’t forget to clean up any brush or clutter outside!

Quick Facts About Bark Scorpions

Bark scorpions, like other types of scorpions, don’t have teeth. What they do have is a fang-like stinger, located in the tail, that can pierce the skin and inject a mixture of toxins that can affect the central nervous system.

Bark scorpions are typically two- to three inches long with two distinct parts to their bodies: The cephalothorax and abdomen, which includes the tail. It has eight jointed legs and a pair of pedipalps used to grab prey (kind of like lobster claws).

They prefer cool, dark places — like between rocks and in brush and trees — but can make their way into your home. You can spot them by their light brown to brownish-yellow color with dark lengthwise bands, but they also glow green under UV light. They’re most active in the spring, summer, and fall and hibernate during the winter.

How Common Are Bark Scorpion Stings?

Bark scorpions don’t seek out people or animals to sting but will if they feel threatened, especially if you stumble into their hiding spots.

Biologist Marilyn Bloom from Arizona State University’s Scorpion Antivenin Program says you can best avoid bark scorpion stings if you “don’t put your fingers or toes where you can’t see them.”

Of course, that’s often easier said than done.

How to Spot a Bark Scorpion Sting

Bark scorpion stings can feel a lot like a spider bite, but bark scorpion sting symptoms include an immediate burning feeling or pain, a little swelling, sensitivity to touch, and a numb or tingling sensation. Severe symptoms include unconsciousness, convulsions, and blurry vision and should be addressed with medical treatment immediately.

When in doubt, always seek medical attention. Better safe than sorry when it comes to bark scorpion stings. If you need scorpion control at your home or business, click here to get your free quote.

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