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Recent house guest. - Centruroides vittatus

Recent house guest. - Centruroides vittatus
Killeen, Bell County, Texas, USA
May 30, 2010
Size: 1 inch

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Moved from Scorpions.

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Moved from ID Request.

Bark Scorpion, Centruroides sp. (likely vittatus)
There are several species across the southern US and a few have been spread to new localities by the horticulture & mulch trade,...as well as, normal human activities like camping and simple relocation.

Most of the Centruroides have a painful sting but are not of medical significance (exception C. exilicauda/sculpturatus of the sw - NM, AZ, NV, Calif....)

 
Thanks. I am hoping that sinc
Thanks. I am hoping that since the home is new that this little guy just got trapped during construction. I am glad to know that its not too dangerous!

 
helpful treatment
If stung by this scorpion, 1st try to safely capture it without getting stung again. 2nd apply a cold compress to the body part stung by this scorpion (it slows down the irritating process). 3rd, if you have a reaction (hives, increasing redness not caused by the cold compress, fever, or swelling of the throat) take some benadryl or any antihystamime and go to a clinic or ER with the captured scorpion. I've been stung by these scorpions a few times in my life. They hurt as much as a bee sting and nothing more. A cold compress and a sypmathetic partner is all most of us need. Hope this helps, and enjoy your new home.

 
Excellent info!!! - and Thanks!
I probably should not have said, "not of medical significance". Although generally true, the stings are bee or wasp-like, there is the risk of reaction. In the event of such reaction(s)...as described by you...the person stung should seek medical treatment immediately.

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