How is scorpion envenomation prevented?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Protective clothing, such as shoes or gloves, may prevent some scorpion envenomations. Check shoes, gloves, clothing, and backpacks for scorpions prior to use.

Keep yards free of debris, which can serve as a place for scorpions to hide.

Make sure windows and doors fit tightly to prevent scorpions from entering the house.

Avoid walking barefoot, especially at night when scorpions are active.

Use a Wood lamp at night because the cuticle of the Centruroides species is fluorescent under ultraviolet light.

Methods of biological control of scorpions include introducing chickens, ducks, and owls to the area.

Methods of chemical control of scorpions include using organophosphates, pyrethrins, and chlorinated hydrocarbons.

Government monitoring of the scorpion public health problem is warranted.


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