Scorpions Increasingly Visible as Hot, Dry Conditions Return

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With  the passing of last week's rains, hot and dry weather is returning to  South Texas and driving increasing numbers of scorpions indoors, News
Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

“They  have to keep cool in some way,” says Molly Keck with Texas A&M  Agri-Life Extension Service, “and our a-c is just the perfect place for  them to go. So you’ll see a bunch of them inside where you may not have  two months ago.” 

Keck  tells News Radio 1200 WOAI scorpion species native to Texas are not  man-killers, but if you're stung, the pain could last for hours. And,  unlike bees, which can only sting once, scorpions can sting repeatedly. 

“When that happens, it’s usually because they’re in your boot or your  shoe, and you put your shoe on and so they’re stinging you and stinging  you as you’re trying to get your foot out of there,” Keck says. 

She recommends applying over-the-counter sting relief medication and ice packs to ease the discomfort. 

But,  Keck says, if you experience wide-area redness around the sting site,  shortness of breath, or serious swelling, a doctor visit is likely in  order. 

She  says scorpions can enter a home through a space as thin as a dime, and  most often make their way inside through spaces under doors, openings in  dryer vents, and cracks around recessed ceiling lighting. 

Trimming  trees away from roof eaves, Keck says, can prevent one Texas scorpion  species that likes to climb trees from dropping onto roofs and finding  their way inside through attic vents or other openings.


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