Stung By A Scorpion? Now What?

 

Striped Bark Scorpion Feeding

Striped Bark Scorpion Feeding (Photo credit: DaveWilsonPhotography)

San Antonio, TX is home to the Striped Bark Scorpion. The scorpion is not the deadliest of the scorpion species, but its sting packs quite a painful punch. Their stings can be dangerous to the elderly, the young, and those with susceptible immune systems. If you suffer from a respiratory infection, or any long-term illness, you may find yourself in a more perilous situation. This is the time when the sting is most likely going to kill you.

If you are stung by a scorpion, you may experience any of the following: pain, difficulty breathing, sweating, skin reactions, rapid heart beat, blurred vision, slurred speech, hypertension, and drowsiness. Advanced symptoms may include chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In severe cases, one can experience respiratory, cardiovascular, or neurological failure.

If you ever get stung by a scorpion, here are some tips on handling the sting:

Don’t panic. A natural reaction to a scorpion sting is to panic. Remain calm so you don’t add to any of the possible sting reactions that may occur—like hypertension. Remaining calm decreases the blood pressure and heart rate, limiting the spread of the scorpion’s venom.

Get help. If you are experiencing any of the more severe aforementioned symptoms, head to the nearest hospital. Medical specialists can immobilize the affected, keeping the venom from spreading any further into the body. This delays the absorption of the poison. Most hospitals have scorpion antivenom that may save your life. These antivenoms can be pricey, but it’s better to be safe then sorry.

Wash the infected area. If you are not experiencing any severe symptoms, and you wish to treat the sting at home, simply make use of a soap and warm water. Allow the water to run through your wound while you gently rub it with soap. It’s important that you habitually wash the wound until it heals.

Apply an antiseptic. The use of an antiseptic can help reduce the possibility of infection. Rubbing alcohol, Bactine, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine are all acceptable antiseptics you can use to further clean and disinfect the wound.

Apply a cold compress. After being stung by a scorpion, you will likely experience some pain and swelling around the infected area. After washing, apply an ice pack to help minimize these symptoms.

Do not do any of the following:

Don’t handle the scorpion that stung you. The odds are pretty good that the scorpion still has the ability to sting some more, even if it appears to be lifeless.

Don’t cut open the wound. A common myth when dealing with insect bites is to slash the wound allowing blood to flow to the infected area. This actually increases the likelihood of an infection.

Don’t suck out the poison. Don’t allow other to suck out the venom either. Venom can be transferred from person to person, and it can lead to ulcers in the mouth.

It is rare that a person actually dies from a scorpion sting, but it is still advisable to avoid contact with scorpions. If you have been stung by a scorpion, follow the above tips. If you do not want to be stung by a scorpion, contact a San Antonio pest control professional today.

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife Control
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes Continues Across Texas

Mosquitoes and West Nile

Much of Texas, including the city of San Antonio, is under a summer-long mosquito attack. These attacks have many San Antonio residents fearful of the deadly West Nile Virus which is at its highest levels ever. Over 75 percent of the country’s West Nile cases stem from the state of Texas which has led to President Obama to assess the situation and declare a state of emergency. Texas health officials say that more than 50 percent of the confirmed cases are “neuroinvasive,” the most severe form of the disease resulting in a confirmed 30 statewide deaths.

Combating the Mosquitoes

One effective way to combat the disease carrying mosquitoes is with aerial pesticide spraying, but it does raise many questions and concerns among the general public. Airplanes have been spraying many portions of the state with a pesticide designed to eliminate the mosquitoes and control West Nile outbreaks. The pesticide being aerially dropped is called DUET. It’s safe for the general public, but some my suffer reactions. The most common reactions to DUET include: burning sensations, prickling sensations, tearing in the eyes, blurred vision, and respiratory irritation.

If You Have Any of The Following You May Be Vulnerable To Reactions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies
  • Lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory infection
  • Hypersensitivity to chemicals

Precautions

If you are concerned about having possible reactions to the aerial counterattacks, Texas health officials urge residents to take precautions. During the spraying, bring your pets indoors. Make sure to stay inside for a couple hours until the pesticide settles. Afterward, wash patio furniture, vehicles, children’s toys, and any garden vegetables. Make sure to wash your shoes as well before returning inside the house. If you feel like you may be hypersensitive to these pesticides, you may want to consider leaving town for a day or two.

Pest Control

We’re still a long way away from the end of West Nile season. We’ll be dealing with the virus outbreak through at least the end of September. If you are worried about the DUET pesticide, the West Nile Virus, or mosquitoes on your property, contact a local pest control professional today. They can offer safe, non-toxic solutions for all of your concerns and needs.

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Mosquito Nix
12500 Network Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 699-7700
mosquitonix.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

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