Wintertime in Arizona is coming faster than you think, and the local spiders and scorpions are known to take shelter and go to ground in the winter months. Your house can make a very tempting abode to wait for springtime to roll around again. Additionally, shorter days and longer nights give these nocturnal critters more time to wander and hunt to ready themselves for their annual hibernation in the deep winter months. All of these factors may result in a greater chance that you or your family may encounter some of these venomous arachnids in your own home. With this in mind, we are offering some safety tips that can save you from the bites and stings of spiders and scorpions.
Know Where To Look For Spiders
The two most dangerous spiders in the State of Arizona are the Black Widow and the Arizona Brown Spider. Some of the more harmless species, such as common house spiders prefer to spin webs high up in corners or rafters. Dangerous species, such as Arizona brown spiders, use their webs to trap prey under objects in your home. Take care when reaching under furniture or other objects that have a gap under them, especially in attics and basements. Black Widows are also drawn to cluttered areas, such as storage areas or closets, where they can stay out of sight. You should be vigilant when cleaning out these areas or shuffling between hanging garments.
Protecting Yourself From Scorpions
Scorpion stings can be more difficult to protect yourself from than spider bites because scorpions tend to be more aggressive and ambulatory than the more dangerous of spider species. The best way to avoid contact with these wandering arachnids is to avoid creating an environment that they will find attractive. Wood piles and cluttered storage areas are most attractive as it gives them cover to ambush their prey. Take caution when reaching into these areas or lifting objects off of these piles as scorpion are most likely to sting when startled.
What To Do If You Are Bitten Or Stung
If despite all your best efforts you or your loved ones are bitten or stung, there are immediate steps that you should take. Although many bites or stings may be no more harmful than a bee sting, some species have a venom that can cause lasting damage or even be fatal to vulnerable persons. It is our advice to contact a healthcare professional for immediate assistance and instructions. While you are waiting for the affected area to be examined, try to remain calm and apply an ice pack to the area. Avoid taking any medication that has not been specifically prescribed by the doctor for treating the bite or sting, and any medications with a sedative effect are to be avoided. If possible, capture the arachnid for identification purposes.
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*Featured image taken from The Daily Courier