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Arizona Scorpions

Approximately 56 species of scorpions have been identified in Arizona.

But only one scorpion, the bark scorpion, has a sting that can cause medical problems.

Unfortunately, it is the most common one found in people's homes. If you live in a bark scorpion's territory, you will most likely have them inside your home.

A recent study by the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center showed that 33 percent of scorpion sting victims were stung in the bedroom with 24 percent being stung in the living room and only 6 percent in the bathroom.

The study also showed most people, 60 percent, were stung on the hand or bare foot.

•Identification
•Prevention
•Symptoms
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Identification

•The bark scorpion measures from one to one and a half inches in length.
•Color is not a good way to identify this scorpion.
•This scorpion can climb anything but clean plastic and glass. So you will find it on ceilings, cement walls, shower curtains, in clothing closets and food storage areas.
•They are most active at night and like places that are dark and damp.
•To find them in a house use a black light, after dark. Under the black light they look like the color of a green Halloween glow stick that is shining bright.

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Prevention

If you are visiting or live in a bark scorpion-prone area, you need to take special precautions:

•To prevent scorpions from either climbing or falling into a baby's crib- move the crib away from the wall, take off any crib skirts that reach to the floor, place the legs in glass jars and you might want to consider building a scorpion shield over the crib.
•A scorpion shield is a light weight rectangle of plastic or foam core board, cut to be bigger than the crib or bed and hung from the ceiling over the crib. A strip of sticky tape or glue board can be used around the edge to catch scorpions that fall from the ceiling.
•Roll back bed linens and check for scorpions before getting into bed.
•Shake or examine all clothing and shoes before putting them on.
•Move furniture and beds away from the walls.
•Wear shoes when outdoors, especially at night around swimming pools.
•Be especially careful of wet/damp towels in the bathroom and pool area.

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Symptoms

Children younger than age 10 are more likely to develop severe symptoms from a scorpion sting. An infant or child stung by a scorpion may experience the following:

•uncontrollable crying.
•rapid, jittery eye movements.
•increased salivation.
Adults stung by a bark scorpion may experience these symptoms, usually beginning within the first two to three hours following the sting:

•Immediate local pain/burning sensation. No swelling or redness.
•Touching the site of the sting causes great pain.
•Numbness and tingling moving to parts of the body distant from the sting (infants and children may constantly rub their nose and face, indicating facial numbness and tingling) .
•Visual disturbances and/or uncoordinated eye movements.
•Difficulty swallowing and "swollen tongue" sensation with excessive drooling.
•Slurred speech.
•Muscle twitching.
•Restlessness and irritability.
•Respiratory problems with possible respiratory arrest.
If you are stung by a scorpion please call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. We will give you first aid suggestions as well as follow up with you to make sure you are not one of the people who have a dangerous reaction.
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Top Ten Bed Bugs TipsUpdated: April 15, 2011

1.Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas or ticks or other insects
You can verify your insect on our bed bug web page or check with your local extension agent.

1.Don’t panic
Eliminating bed bugs is difficult, but it is not impossible. Don’t throw out all of your belongings; most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing out belongings is costly, may spread the infestation, and could be unnecessarily stressful.

1.Think through your treatment options -- Don’t immediately reach for the spray can
Be comprehensive in your approach. Integrated pest management techniques may reduce bed bug populations and limit pesticide exposure to you and your family. If pesticide treatment is needed, it is best to bring in a professional. There is help available to learn about treatment options. (4 pp, 480k, About PDF)

1.Reduce the number of hiding places -- Clean up the clutter
A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating for them more difficult. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using a mattress/box spring encasement makes it more difficult for them to get to you while you sleep. To be effective the encasement must be left in place for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing.

1.Frequently wash and heat-dry your bed linens
Wash bed spreads, and clothing that touches the floor to reduce bed bug populations. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers so clean them when you do the laundry.

1.Do-it-yourself freezing is not usually reliable for bed bug control
While freezing can effectively kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain extremely low for an extended period of time. Home freezers typically are not cold enough to kill bed bugs. Freezing temperatures outside may be used to kill bed bugs, but can take several days (at 0oF) to almost a week (at 20oF).

1.High temperatures can kill bed bugs
Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job, though. Space heaters must always be used with care, as they have the potential to cause fires and serious burns. Specialized equipment and very high temperatures are required to successfully heat treat a structure. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, provided the contents become hot enough (approximately 110oF for at least 3 hours).

1.Don’t pass your bed bugs on to others
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. If you throw out a piece of furniture that is harboring bed bugs, take steps to destroy the item so that no one else adopts it (along with the bugs!).

1.Reduce populations to reduce bites
Thorough vacuuming reduces populations. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, under beds, around bed legs, bed frames, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Thoroughly vacuum upholstered furniture. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.

1.Turn to the professionals, if needed
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