Lovers of the heat and sunshine, scorpions reside in hotter climates—like New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. This means that in Houston they're not an uncommon occurrence. Scorpions are arachnids, meaning they have eight legs and are a relative to spiders and ticks. Their colors range color from tan to very dark brown but perhaps the most distinct and dangerous part of the scorpion is its tail, which delivers a venomous sting on contact.
While all scorpions are venomous, not all of their venom is dangerous to humans. The only species in the U.S. that is known to have caused deaths is the Arizona bark scorpion, which is not present in Texas. Still, even if most scorpions can’t kill you, they can certainly make you very ill.
Depending on the species, scorpion stings can cause a variety of symptoms including:
An adult who has been stung should wash the site of the sting with soap and water, apply cool compresses or ice to ease the discomfort, and administer acetaminophen to reduce pain. (Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided.) Any young child who has been stung by a scorpion, or an adult who has been stung and begins exhibiting severe symptoms, should receive medical attention right away.
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Keep yourself and your family protected from scorpions with these tips:
Keeping scorpions at bay means taking special precautions, particularly in warmer months. Ask your local pest control company how treatment outside of your home may benefit your family by ridding it of scorpions and other nuisances. For professional, reliable Houston pest control service, contact Cypress Creek.