Scorpions infesting your yard or home? Suffered a painful bite? Find out which ones are fatal and what to do.
Scoprions are capable of inflicting wounds regardless of their species. However, they are several species found in the Southwest which are dangerous. However, most stings are usually no more painful or dangerous than beestings, with the except of the fatally poisonous scorprions of the centruroides species.
Scorpions have segmented bodies and vary in size and colour. They are distinct due to their curving tail which holds the stinging bite. They can be found in the garden, under rocks, boards or other debris that is somehow protected from weather. They may even be found in the home and are often in attics, livingrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. They will migrate when temperatures reeach above 100° F to an area that is cooler.
Scorpions hide in dark, protected locations during the day and tend to be shy. They sting only when trapped, touched or provoked. Their venom varies from season to season in it’s potency and may cause severe reactions and illness, and in rare cases death. Typically if you have servere reactions to beestings you may have a severe reaction to even the least venemous scorpion bite or sting.
Avoid scoprpions if you see them. To eliminate their hiding places, remove any loose boards, debris, rocks or clutter in and around the home. Make sure you are wearing protective gloves and clothing while doing this cleanup. In locations where scorpions may be hiding in the lawn otr garden, spray with diazinon, and in the home you may spray with an insecticide containing chlorypyrifos. Scorprions often enter the home through loose screens or door frames or weather stripping that has decayed. Make sure to keep these areas maintained to keep the scorpions out. If you are stung or bitten by a scorpion, apply ice and contact your physician.