The other night, my husband was stung three times by a scorpion in our house! It’s been two days now and his foot is still swollen and he is in intense pain.
Scorpions stings are not likely to be fatal or have long lasting effects on healthy adults. Symptoms include: immediate pain or burning, swelling, sensitivity to touch, and a numbness/tingling sensation. Scorpion stings can be very dangerous for children, pets and adults with health problems.
If you are stung by a scorpion here’s some actions you can take: wash the area with soap and water, apply a cold compress, elevate the area stung if possible. We called the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 and found them to be very helpful.
The presence of scorpions in a home can be controlled. Loose boards, wood piles, rocks, and debris should be eliminated from areas around the home, especially near foundation walls. Spray an residual insecticide in these areas. This will also reduce populations of insects that the scorpions feed on. Spray a swath outside approximately six feet around the perimeter of the home and one foot up the foundation wall. Spray all entry points from the inside.