There are 56 species of scorpions found in Arizona. The Bark Scorpion is the most common and dangerous scorpion found in Arizona homes. The following are some facts about the Bark Scorpion:
The most common snakes found in our area are the Mohave, Western Diamondback, and Sidewinder.
Rattlesnakes are especially active when daytime temperatures exceed 82 degrees but can be encountered at any time of year. If you do come upon one of these snakes, the best thing to do is leave it alone.
Most snake bites occur when people attempt to remove or mess with snakes. The bite from these snakes are extremely painful and can be deforming. Banner Poison Control receives over 95 reported rattlesnake bites each year.
If you are bitten, here are some tips:
1. Stay as calm as possible
2. If you are bitten on the hand, remove all jewelry immediately
3. Don't apply ice to the site or immerse in ice
4. Don't use a tourniquet to restrict blood flow
5. Don't cut the site or attempt to suck out the venom
6. Don'tattempt to capture the snake - identification of the rattlesnake is NOT necessary for treatment.
ANTS: Harvester Ants are large and can be red, dark brown or black in color. When stung by one of these ants, you will feel the pain for approximately 4-6 hours.
Field Ants are medium in size and after biting they spray acid into the wound, which reduces the length of pain.
Fire Ants vary in size and are reddish-brown to black. These ants give a very painful sting and occasionally invade homes. Fire ants are known to sting in mass numbers and aggressively protect their nests.
It is nearly impossible to prevent ants from coming into your home. However, a well-maintained, clean home (free of loose crumbs, sticky, sweet counter tops) is the best way to decrease the likelihood of an infestation.
BEES: Nearly all the bees in Maricopa County are Africanized honey bees or killer bees. These bees swarm several times a year, changing the location of their home. These bees are extremely aggressive in protecting their hive or colony. Don't try to remove the bees yourself. Call the fire department or a beekeeper.
WASPS: Wasps are slender, have four wings, bright colored skin which is smooth and shiny. Male wasps do not have stingers, however female wasps can sting multiple times.
Ant, Bee or Wasp Stings: The most serious reaction to a sting is a an allergic one and you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you are stung or bitten by any of these pests, call
Banner Health at 1-800-222-1222.