ARIZONA NEWS

Warm temperatures signal the start of scorpion season in Arizona

Jun 8, 2018, 7:45 PM

(Public Domain Photo)...

(Public Domain Photo)

(Public Domain Photo)

PHOENIX – The rising temperatures across Arizona means summer has arrived, bringing along with it the return of scorpion season.

According to Banner Health, calls about scorpion stings are the most common animal-related calls the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center receives.

The calls are more prevalent during the summer months, but according to Frank LoVecchio, assistant medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center, scorpion sightings aren’t uncommon year-round.

“Scorpions have been around forever,” LoVecchio said in a video. “And unfortunately, they are around almost all year but most prevalent during warmer days.”

The center received almost 7,500 scorpion-related phone calls last year, and has had 2,300 calls so far in 2018.

But even if you do have a run-in with the creepy critter and get stung, it’s best to remain calm.

“Most likely not much is going to happen,” LoVecchio said. “Most likely it is just going to hurt and you can probably take some Ibuprofen or Tylenol and it will go away.”

Scorpion stings often result in pain that eventually goes away, according to LoVecchio.

At times, a tingling sensation can also be felt near the area of the sting. But anything more than that is a rare occurrence.

“Sometimes it hurts, you get a tingling and you become unresponsive or not aware of your surroundings and you start thrashing about,” LoVecchio said. “Your eyes start moving in different directions, you start making lots of secretion. That is extremely rare”

Infants under a year old are often the victims of serious side effects from a scorpion sting, but even then could only suffer from pain.

LoVecchio encourages anyone with concerns after being stung to contact the poison center. At-home remedies, prevention tips and other information about a scorpion sting are made available for those that call.

“We will talk you through it,” LoVecchio said. “Our service calls you up every hour or so to see how you are doing until everything is resolved.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona CD-3 primary debates: Recap of Democrats, Republicans...

Serena O'Sullivan

Republicans, Democrats running for CD-3 debate on economy, border, abortion before primary election

Did you miss the two Arizona CD-3 primary debates between Republicans and Democrats on May 22, 2024? This recap covers the important parts.

50 minutes ago

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona delivered a speech on the Senate floor regarding the failed bor...

KTAR.com

Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema blasts ‘bickering’ Senate before border bill test vote fails

Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema expressed her frustration Thursday with the U.S. Senate's unwillingness to pass meaningful border legislation ahead of its failed test vote of a bill she helped negotiate.

2 hours ago

(Photo by Rebecca Noble/Getty Images)...

KTAR.com

Katie Hobbs believes Secure the Border Act would drive businesses out of Arizona

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs believes the Secure the Border Act would drive businesses out of Arizona if passed.

3 hours ago

Anti trust lawsuit filed against live nation...

KTAR.com

Arizona joins major antitrust lawsuit seeking split between Live Nation and Ticketmaster

Arizona joined a lawsuit against Live Nation, owner of Ticketmaster, alleging the companies monopolized the live entertainment industry.

5 hours ago

Ruben Gallego maintains a lead over Kari Lake in the race for U.S. Senate in Arizona, according to ...

KTAR.com

Ruben Gallego maintains big lead over Kari Lake in race for Arizona US Senate seat, poll says

The race in Arizona to replace Kyrsten Sinema in the U.S. Senate continues to favor Ruben Gallego over Kari Lake, according to a poll released Thursday.

6 hours ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: Remembering the meaning behind Memorial Day

Jim Sharpe takes a look back in Thursday’s Sharper Point commentary and reflects on the true meaning behind Memorial Day. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

Warm temperatures signal the start of scorpion season in Arizona