There are approximately 56 species of Arizona scorpions.
All scorpions sting (they aren't scorpion bites) and inject venom, but only one scorpion stings are classified as potentially deadly in the United States. The Arizona Bark scorpion. Oh, how fortunate for us ;).
Scorpion Pest Control
Most calls to Poison Centers for scorpion stings occur during the perfect scorpion habitat season, from April through October.
Because children under six years of age are more likely to develop severe symptoms if stung, special care should be taken if you are visiting or live in an infested home:
Place double-sided sticky tape around the inside of the board. Scorpions will then fall onto the board and get stuck, rather than fall into the crib/bed.
All of the above precautions also apply to adults, particularly the elderly and those suffering with allergies or respiratory conditions. (good scorpion pest control is essential)
A sting by one of the other 55 types of scorpions will feel similar to that of a wasp with local swelling and pain.
Young infants and children are at greater risk of serious symptoms.
A major problem is identifying that a scorpion sting has occurred because there will not be a visible mark or swelling.
The child will be hurting and upset, and then the eyes will start moving in an uncoordinated, roving manner.
In some instances the child may become hyperactive with accompanying facial twitching and heavy drooling. Seek treatment by a professional.
Call the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center at 1.800.222.1222 to receive first aid instructions about specific scorpion stings species and determine if the victim needs further medical care.
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