Did you know there are scorpions in Georgia? Learn more about them below!
There are a few animals out there that are scary or dangerous enough to make someone not want to live in or visit the area of the country where the animal is known to live. Scorpions might be that animal for you, and if you live in Georgia, you might think you're safe from having to deal with them. Well, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but scorpions are in fact in Georgia.
Before you put the "For Sale" sign in your yard, keep reading to learn more about the types of scorpions that call Georgia home and where you might stumble across them.
Are scorpions in Georgia deadly?
If you're a frequent viewer of National Geographic or nature shows, you may picture a scorpion as a large stinging murderer hellbent on killing you with a single prick. Fear not—scorpions in Georgia are not deadly. A Georgia scorpion can sting you, but the venom it produces will leave you with the level of discomfort that you might experience after a bee or wasp sting.
The only "dangerous" scorpion in Georgia is the Florida bark scorpion. This scorpion is rarely seen above south Georgia, and their sting, although much more painful than the other scorpions you might find in Georgia, will still not be deadly. The only situation in which a scorpion sting may be serious enough to require medical attention is if the victim of the scorpion sting is allergic to the venom and goes into anaphylactic shock.
Where can you find scorpions?
Scorpions are part of the class of arachnids, so much like spiders, you will find scorpions in out-of-the-way spots that offer shelter and prey, usually under brush, logs, or any organic materials like fallen leaves and lawn clippings. Scorpions are also nocturnal, so unfortunately, you're likely to stumble across one on your way to bed. Because they are carnivores, scorpions will seek out their usual diet of small insects wherever they can find them, and if your home or business is currently housing something on a scorpion's menu, you can expect to spot one sooner or later.
What should you do if you're bit by a scorpion?
Like any other insect sting, you want to make sure that you quickly take care of the person and make sure that they do not suffer from an allergic reaction to it. We found these helpful tips from the Mayo Clinic website:
Clean the wound with mild soap and water.
Apply a cool compress to the affected area. This may help reduce pain.
Don't consume food or liquids if you're having difficulty swallowing.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. You might try ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Children's Motrin, others) to help ease discomfort.
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