My dog, Scooby, deposited a scorpion on our rug this morning. Ewwww, is right. We live on a canyon, so the odds of us having critters is higher than, say, if you live in the Village. We’ve owned this house for 8 years and have had 4 in-house scorpions and 1 outdoor encounter.
- I was unpacking my suitcase from Mexico and noticed a dead scorpion about 3 feet away. I assumed he hitched a ride in my bag. However, based on the amount of stuff I had in my suitcase and how I was unpacking, I couldn’t figure out how it got to it was in my room.
- A year later, we found one in our living room.
- We killed one outside on the patio.
- One fell out of a vent into my daughter’s bathroom. It had clearly been in the attic.
- Scooby brought one in as a present this morning.
Yuck. Scooby seems fine so we’re not sure if he found it dead or not. My parents had a house in Mexico so I’m quite familiar with scorpion protocol. The scorpions around our house are small at about 2-3 inches long and light brown, like the one in the photo above. According to the San Diego County website, our resident scorpions aren’t deadly. But everyone acknowledges that a sting is extraordinarily painful and that you probably should seek medical treatment if stung. Our scorpions look a lot like the ones around my parent’s old house in Mexico and I know they hurt like nobody’s business when they sting. My dad was stung by one.
If Your Dog or Cat Gets a Scorpion Sting
Our vet suggested that you take a stung pet directly to the ER, because scorpions sting with a neurotoxin that can yield side effects a normal vet office can’t handle. Our vet recommends Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley. They are a 24-hour facility. WikiPet suggests applying a cold compress, restricting movement, applying a cone collar, and baking soda paste. They also give dosing instructions for Benadryl. Ask your vet what you should do, preferably in advance.
Scorpion Sting Treatment For Humans
According to the Mayo Clinic website, kids are particularly vulnerable and should always receive medical treatment. They also suggest washing the wound with soap and water, applying a cold compress, an over-the-counter pain reliever, avoiding food (as stings can cause throat swelling, and staying calm (obviously). If you can, bring the scorpion to the appointment so they can identify what kind it is.
Interesting fact: According to the San Diego County website, scorpions glow under a black light. The point of this post is to let you all know that we have these little pests and to perhaps have a plan in case you or your pet or child is stung. Because, what this really means is that they probably live in other parts of coastal San Diego, too.
*Photo credit: Flickr, JeffreyTurner (side note: there are too may pics of people with scorpions in their mouths on Flickr!)