Yes, Arizona has critters you need to watch out for. Here are our most notorious critters and how you can avoid getting zapped!
Excerpts from article, "For Goodness Snakes! Treating and Preventing Venomous Bites" By John Henkel. US Food and Administration, November 1995.
Avoiding Snake Bites
1. Leave snakes alone. Many people are bitten because they try to kill a snake or get a closer look at it.
2. Stay out of tall grass unless you wear thick leather boots, and remain on hiking pats as much as possible.
3. Keep hands and feet out of areas you can't see. Don't pick up rocks or firewood unless you are out of a snake's striking distance (a snake can strike half its length)
4. Be cautious and alert when climbing rocks
**What do you do if you encounter a snake? "Just walk around the snake, giving it a little berth-- six feet is plenty. But leave it alone and don't try to catch it"
What to do if you're bit..
1. Wash bite with soap and water
2. Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than the heart
3. Get medical help as quickly as possible, do not delay.
If a victim is unable to reach medical care within 30 minutes, a bandage, wrapped two to four inches above the bite, may help slow venom. The bandage should not cut off blood flow from a vein or artery. A good rule of thumb is to make the band loose enough that a finger can slip under it.
A suction devise may be placed over the bite to help draw venom out of the wound without making cuts. Suction instruments often are included in commercial kits.
How NOT to treat a snake bite...
1. No ice or any other type of cooling on the bite. Research has shown this to be potentially harmful.
2. No tourniquets. This cuts blood flow completely and may result in loss of affected limb.
3. No electric shock. This method is under study and has yet to be proven effective.
4. No incisions in the wound. Such measures have not been proven useful and may cause further injury.
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"Most scorpion stings are no more painful than a honeybee sting. The entry wound of a scorpion sting may not be visible. In North America only one species (Centruroides) is known to cause death in humans. These are usually yellow or brownish-yellow with dark longitudinal stripes, and grow to around three inches in length...
1.Be aware of where scorpions hide. As they are nocturnal, during the day they hide in burrows or under stones or rocks outdoors, and frequent basements, closets and other dark quiet places indoors. They have poor sight, and locate their prey by vibrations.
2.As most scorpions are ground dwellers, wear hiking boots or full leather shoes outdoors. Do not go barefoot or wear open toed sandals in areas of scorpion infestation. Shake out your shoes before you put them on and don't just blindly put your hand in a dark spot.
3. Get your house "sealed" to help prevent access to scorpians. If you need a referral to a company, call Gayle at 602-850-4335.
4. Have your home sprayed regularly for pests and keep your cricket population down.. scorpians love crickets!
What to do when stung...
1. Try to draw out the venom immediately with the Extractor Pump. Clean area with soap and water or alcohol pad provided after venom is removed.
2. Cooling the wound allows the body to more easily break down the molecular structure of the venom. Cooling also reduces pain. Use a little ice or cool running water if available. We do not recommend the use of cold compresses unless administered by a physician, due to the risk of frostbite or tissue damage from misapplication or over-application.
3. On a warm night, a cool wet compress will help.
4. Keep the victim calm and still. Panic and activity speed up the venom's spread. "
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