The Bark Scorpion: An Arachnid with a Nasty Sting
There are so many great things about living in Arizona, but the possibility of running into a bark scorpion isn’t one of them. Scorpions are perhaps one of the only critters that might outrank spiders on the creepy scale. Most folks want to avoid them at all costs, which isn’t too hard if you’re familiar with their tendencies.
The Most Venomous Scorpion in America
It’s true: the bark scorpion has a nasty sting. The venom is injected using a stinger at the tip of its tail. It’s toxic to the neurological system, which makes the idea of a sting pretty threatening, but scorpion-related deaths are actually very rare. According to data from Arizona State University, no one in the state has died from a scorpion sting in over 40 years. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea to avoid them.
The Bark Scorpion’s Home
Scorpions can survive without much water, but they still prefer to hang around moist areas to hunt insects. They are great climbers, which unfortunately means you’ll have to keep your eyes open while touching or climbing on rocks, trees or other tall structures. When scorpions make their way indoors, they are willing to hide in any cool, dark place. They especially love shoes, so be very careful to check your shoes thoroughly if leave them on the porch before entering.
What to Do If Stung by the Bark Scorpion
If you’re stung by a scorpion, it’s important to take action right away. First, wash the area with soap and water. Then, apply an icepack to the affected area and head for the nearest emergency room. Symptoms of scorpion poisoning include muscle spasms, uncontrollable eye movements, blurred vision, pain, nausea or other symptoms. Even if you don’t feel any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor.
If you’re worried about scorpions in the Phoenix and Tucson areas and want to explore your pest control options, contact us at Burns Pest Elimination today. Our team of experts has plenty of experience checking for scorpions, and we can help make sure you’re free and clear.