Experts expect scorpion wave as monsoon shifts into high gear


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As we enter Monsoon, flooding isn’t the only thing you need to be prepared for this time of year.

The scorpions are out and they are making their way into the houses.

“Usually scorpion season is around May through October, peaking in June,” said Laura Morehouse of the Arizona Poisons and Drug Information Center.

She said they get around 1,000 to 2,000 calls each year about scorpion stings. So far this year there have been over 300.

“The majority of scorpion stings we get calls for are bark scorpions. These are the most common scorpions here in Arizona and because they love to climb, they are the ones that are most often found inside the house, ”said Morehouse.

There are 30 species of scorpions in our state, including the bark scorpion, whose venom can be life threatening.

“Bark scorpion stings can actually cause a severe reaction in young children or older adults, so we want to watch them a little more carefully,” Morehouse said. “And these can look like jerky body movements and wild eye movements, like their back and forth.”

If you live in an area where scorpions are prevalent, Joshua Tennenbaum of Arizona Pest Control said there are a few things you can do to prepare your home.

“Check the door seals, the garage door, the other doors,” Tennenbaum said. “Keep clutter and debris away from the house. Check the main water boxes, also make sure there are no leaks.

Tennenbaum said during the monsoon their scorpion calls increased by 30%.

“Like everything else, the water is going to bring out the insects,” he said. “Scorpions mainly look for insects that feed. They are going to be a little more active. They are nocturnal, so they will be more active at night.

But during the day, scorpions tend to climb into your bed because it is the quietest room in the house.

Scorpions can usually be found in bathrooms because of the humidity. Tennenbaum also adds that during this time you should always check your shoes and clothing before putting them on, in case a scorpion is resting inside.

Morehouse said if you get bitten you should call the poison control center at 800-222-1222 to determine if you will need medical attention. The center is open 24/7 and they always have poison experts on hand.

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