Tuesday, August 14, 2007

How can you avoid scorpion stings?

Scorpions are nocturnal animals and, therefore, typically only emerge at night. They often hide in dark cracks and vegetation. Ideally, accommodation should have a ledge that is at least 20cm high to prevent entry of scorpions.
To minimize the occurrence of scorpion stings, one should: remove loose boards, woodpiles, rocks, and debris from areas immediately surrounding homes; wear leather gloves and exercise caution when moving objects in yards or at campsites. When camping, invert and shake out sleeping bags, clothes, and other items that have been in contact with the ground, and shake out shoes before putting them on in the morning. Always wear shoes when walking at night. All members of the family should be able to recognize scorpions, and everyone should be aware of the danger they pose; special care should be taken to caution children, and older persons who have recently moved to Arizona from more northern latitudes. An infant's crib can be protected by placing the legs of the crib in clean widemouth jars. Scorpions cannot climb clean glass.
In areas with scorpions, it is also necessary to watch out for dark hiding places indoors: in cupboards, under the duvet and bed, or in shoes (look under the duvet/bed and shake your shoes thoroughly before putting them on).

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