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Poison centers reporting 20% rise in scorpion stings

Posted at 10:21 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 16:04:33-04

While more people are staying home, it seems our desert creepy-crawlers are getting out more.

Poison centers across the country are reporting a 20% increase in scorpion stings from last year, according to Banner Health.

"With the warmer weather we are experiencing in Arizona, and more people staying at home, scorpion stings have been on the rise," said Maureen Roland, managing director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center, in a press release. "We've seen an 18% increase in calls to the Banner Poison Center and Drug Information Center by people who have been stung by a scorpion."

There are more than 60 species of scorpions in Arizona. The bark scorpion is the most common, and also the most dangerous.

A sting can be very painful and cause numbness and tingling throughout the body, with some incidents requiring emergency room anti-venom treatment.

If you or someone you know has been stung, immediately call the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a healthcare professional for treatment advice.

You can help protect your family against scorpions by:

  • Sealing cracks and openings to your home
  • Clearing debris, trash, logs and bricks from the home
  • Regular pest control
  • Do not leave shoes, boots, clothes or towels outdoors
  • Wear shoes outdoors, especially at night and near pools

Scottsdale fire officials have also reported an increase in rattlesnake removal calls, with 500 already this year in the city.