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Scorpion sting: myths & facts

March 1st, 2019

Scorpion sting: myths & facts

Out of all the pests that can invade Arizona homes, many residents fear scorpions the most. These pests can deliver a painful sting, but how dangerous are they? Keep the following facts about a scorpion sting in mind so you don’t fall for common myths about these pests. 

Myth: A Scorpion Sting Is Always Deadly

The good news is that it’s rare for a scorpion sting to be fatal. Most scorpions don’t release a large amount of venom when they sting. However, the Arizona bark scorpion does have a sting that releases a potentially deadly type of venom. Stings from these bark scorpions require immediate medical attention. If you or a family member has an allergy to insect stings, such as bee stings, a scorpion sting could cause a similar reaction. 

Myth: It’s Easy to Identify a Scorpion Sting

Unlike bee stings and spider bites, a scorpion sting doesn’t leave a noticeable mark. You might not realize that you have been stung, especially if you don’t see a scorpion around. Keep in mind that common symptoms of scorpion stings are burning and tingling in the affected area. 

Myth: Big Scorpions Are Worse Than Small Ones

While bigger scorpions, such as the giant hairy scorpion, can have a more frightening appearance, they’re less dangerous compared to smaller species. In fact, Arizona bark scorpions are the smallest scorpions in the state. Larger scorpions have venom that is much weaker than the bark scorpion’s venom. This makes these bigger species less of a threat overall. 

Myth: Scorpions Often Attack People

Scorpions have a reputation for being aggressive. However, these pests don’t go after people. A scorpion sting usually happens when people step on these pests or accidentally touch or grab them. Scorpions tend to stay in hidden areas where they can be hard to spot. 

Myths: Scorpions Can Do More Than Sting

Some people believe scorpions can bite or harm people with their claws. These pests can only hurt people with their barbed tails, though. Their tail contains venom that can affect people when they are stung. 

How to Avoid Scorpion Stings

It’s important for Arizona homeowners to take steps toward preventing scorpion stings. Arizona bark scorpions, the most dangerous scorpion species, are often found inside homes. You can reduce your risk of being stung in the following ways:

  • Wear shoes if you’re walking around in your yard or any area where scorpions could be hiding.
  • Don’t reach your hand into any areas where scorpions might be lurking, such as inside a box or under rocks.
  • Have routine pest control inspections done to check for scorpions in your home so that you can have them eliminated if you have an infestation.

What to Do About a Scorpion Sting

If you are stung by a scorpion, it’s important to pay attention to symptoms, especially if you are allergic to other insect stings. And if you have scorpions in your home or on your Phoenix area property, contact Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination to get rid of them. 

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