As the temperatures start to rise in Arizona, so too do the sightings of scorpions, spiders, and other venomous insects. With over 3,000 scorpion envenomation calls received in 2023, Banner Poison Control Center wants to remind Arizona residents of what to do if they encounter a poisonous insect.

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First and foremost, it is important to remain calm if you are stung or bitten by a scorpion or spider in Arizona. While venomous creatures can be scary, panicking can make the situation worse. 

  • If you are stung or bitten, wash the affected area with soap and water. 
  • Apply a cold compress to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Avoid using home remedies such as ice, heat, or tourniquets, as they can do more harm than good.

According to Maureen Roland, RN, Director of Banner Poison Control Center, there are typically a little over a dozen pediatric cases of rattlesnake bites and thousands of scorpion stings reported to the Poison Center annually. “Children are a greater risk for severe effects, so it is important to call the Poison Center right away if someone is bitten or stung” stated Roland.

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, muscle spasms, or severe swelling. For questions on how to treat a sting or bite, or to help determine if further medical attention is necessary, please call Banner Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or 602-253-3334.

The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center is a phone call away and can be reached at 1-800-222-1222. The center provides a free, 24-hour emergency telephone service for both residents and medical professionals of Maricopa County. Assistance is available in more than 150 languages. For more information, visit