If you’re in the Phoenix, Arizona area then you know that there can be some fierce insects there. These insects won’t hesitate to sting you if you happen to invade their personal space. Being able to identify and treat a sting in a timely manner can sometimes be the difference between life and death. Below we’ve provided details on the stings of two of the most prevalent insects in Phoenix.
There are several types of scorpions in the area, but the bark scorpion is the most common one. They are very venomous but it’s rare that their sting is fatal unless anaphylaxis occurs (severe allergic reaction). Their stings hurt so you’ll probably be aware of the scorpion, but in case you aren’t here are a few tips to identify it:
- The stinger won’t be left in your skin.
- The pain is intense at first and slowly decreases.
- The area around the sting may be warm.
- There may be numbness or tingling.
Also known as killer bees, these bees are hunters and if you disturb them, they might just chase you down. Even if you find shelter, they can simply wait for you to come out. After all, you have to come out at some point, right? These bees tend to attack in large numbers. You’ll definitely know when you’ve been stung by an Africanized bee because they don’t fight fair. Here are a few tips about their sting:
- Symptoms can be localized, systemic, toxic or delayed.
- Localized symptoms mimic scorpion bites and can be accompanied by fatigue and nausea.
- Stingers can get stuck in the skin.
- Localized symptoms can last from a day to several weeks.
- Systematic symptoms can be mild to fatal. They include red bumps, swelling, breathing difficulty, and can range all the way up to anaphylaxis.
Scorpions and Africanized bees won’t hesitate to sting you. If you suspect that you’ve been stung by either one of these insects, seek treatment immediately. If you suspect an infestation of these insects in or around your home, don’t hesitate to contact our local pest control company as soon as possible.