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Are Scorpions Dangerous?
All species of scorpion sting, using venom to stun or kill prey. After an insect is stung, the scorpion bites it repeatedly to make smaller, edible pieces. These pests also use their stingers as a defense against large predators.
Scorpion venom is fatal to insects, but human symptoms can vary. Reactions range from pain and numbness to serious problem that require emergency care.
Scorpion Sting Symptoms
Most scorpion attacks are painful but do not require medical treatment. Serious or even deadly reactions are generally a result of allergies to scorpion venom. The following are possible scorpion sting symptoms:
- Intense, radiating discomfort
- Localized pain in the armpits and groin
- Agitation and anxiety
- High fever
- Sweating and chills
Like spiders, scorpions are arachnids. They have large front pinchers, four pairs of legs, and a long, curved tail with a visible stinger. Scorpion venom is produced and stored in a bulb near the end of the stinger.
These pests prefer to live in warm, dry areas, such as the southwestern US. However, scorpions are hardy and can survive in many places. Common North American varieties include:
- Bark Scorpions
- Arizona Hairy Scorpions
- Striped-Tail Scorpions
Scorpion stings can be life threatening to those who are allergic to their venom. Contact Trutech at the first sign of infestation for safe and effective removal.