Scorpion Sting Leaves Arizona Woman With Massive $83,000 Bill

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Escorpión del Desierto (Hadrurus arizonensis) (Photo credit: Landahlauts)

Imagine being in your garage, opening a box of air conditioner filters, when you are suddenly stung by a scorpion—and that’s not even the worst part!

A 52 year old Ahwatukee, AZ woman felt a razor-sharp prick on her abdomen, but the worst sting came several months later when she opened the $83,000 hospital bill.

 

After the sting, Marcie Edmonds started experiencing typical scorpion sting symptoms:

  • Mild tingling and burning sensation
  • Blurry vision
  • Throat tightness
  • Darting eyes
  • Tense muscles
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty walking

Scorpion Antivenom

Shortly after experiencing all of the agonizing symptoms of the scorpion’s sting, Edmonds called Poison Control which directed her to the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center. She was educated about scorpion sting treatments, like the antivenom Anascorp, which could quickly relieve her symptoms. She was given the Anascorp, through IV, in two doses then was released from the hospital.

A Shock in the Mail

Several weeks after the scorpion sting, Marcie Edmonds was figuratively stung by a massive hospital bill she received in the mail that totaled $83,046. The two Anascorp doses, billed at $39,652 a piece, were partly covered by her insurer Humana. Edmonds was held financially accountable for the remaining $25,537, and said the physician never mentioned the cost of the drug or any possible treatment alternatives.

Pricey Antivenom Markup

The Arizona Republic reports that scorpion antivenom distributors charge about $3,500 per dose. A valley-wide hospital poll found that the scorpion antivenom charges range from $7,900-$12,467. Pharmacies in Mexico only charge around $100, which has left many of us wondering, especially Marcie Edmonds, why hospitals are charging so much.

Scorpion Control

Scorpion control is a necessity for those living in Mesa, Arizona. Professionals offer year round treatments for an approximate cost of $400. Doing the math in my head, Mrs. Edmonds could have possibly saved herself $82,600 and steered clear of this nightmare altogether, if she solicited the help of an experienced exterminator.

Avoid costly hospital visits caused by scorpion stings by contacting a scorpion control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Africanized Bees on Attack in Arizona!

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A 4 year old Glendale, AZ girl is being dubbed a hero today after likely saving her grandmother’s life. Whitney Chrisman was watching television Tuesday morning when she noticed her Grandma Betty, outside, being attacked by a swarm of Africanized “killer” bees. Upon noticing the attack, little Whitney got help by pressing her grandma’s life-line call button.

“I talked to this thing that talked… I told her that grandma needed help,” she says. “They said help is on the way.”

Grandma Betty is in critical condition in an intensive care unit recovering from numerous stings all over her entire body. The facial stings were so bad they turned her mouth and tongue black.

The Africanized bees came from a beekeeper next door, who was illegally running a commercial business from his home. It took firefighter multiple hours to get the bee situation under control.

What Makes Africanized Bees So Dangerous?

  • Follow victims up to 440 yards, while honeybees will only follow for 50 yards
  • Ten times more likely to instigate an attack
  • Very quick to swarm
  • Very aggressive
  • Attack in greater numbers
  • More easily irritated
  • Only known way to stop an attack is to run through a corn field
  • When attacking, they prefer mouths, throats, ears, and noses

The only way to tell the difference between Africanized bees, and common European honeybees, is through molecular analysis. If you are having trouble with bees of any kind, contact your local pest control professional immediately!

For Mesa Area Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

For Phoenix Area Bee Removal

AAA Africanized Bee Removal Specialists, Inc.
2637 North 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 670-2222
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Phoenix Bee Removal
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 612-1620
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Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 464-1002
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Is it a spider? Is it a scorpion? What is it?

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Is it a spider?  Is it a scorpion? What is it?

These were a few questions I found myself asking last week when an elusive Tailless Whip Scorpion made its way into the office. One of the technicians was out on a service job when he caught the mysterious arachnid and brought it in for further observation. It currently sets in a terrarium on my boss’s desk where we feed it crickets and watch how it behaves behaviors.

As my boss let the Whip Scorpion crawl up and down his arm during while being interviewed by a local news station, I wondered to myself, “What exactly is a Tailless Whip Scorpion?” and “Are they Safe?”

What Is It?

Most of us here in Mesa, AZ are well versed in most arachnids. We encounter spiders and scorpions all the time. One arachnid we rarely come across is the less famous Tailless Whip Scorpion. They are common in the southwest United States, and parts of northern Mexico. These Tailless Whip Scorpions walk sideways on their six legs, and are very good climbers. They lack the rear stinger that most of us Arizonans have grown a custom to on the scorpions we regularly see. They do have pedipalps, or pinchers, that they use to capture their prey. Like other spiders and scorpions, Whip Scorpions dine primarily on other insects.

Are They Safe?

Tailless Whip Scorpions are safe to humans. They can use their pedipalps to defend themselves if needed, but rarely ever feel threatened. If you can get past their disturbing appearance, they are actually safe to hold and touch. They are non-venomous, but can spray an acidic enzyme that is primarily used to stun its prey.

Other Scorpions ARE Dangerous!

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English: Closeup (macrograph) of the barb of an Arizona Bark Scorpion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Unlike the Tailless Whip Scorpion, other types of scorpions found here in Arizona should be considered very dangerous. If you are finding these scorpions in and around your property, contact a local pest control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Orkin
1116 South Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85210
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

Critter Getter Pest Control
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 630-2798
pestcontrolservicemesa.com

 

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Pest Control and Snakes – The Extra Mile

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Pest Control Catches Deadly Snakes - Water Moccasins

When pest control company has a customer complain about snakes or other rodents that they don’t cover they usually just offer a referral to a local wildlife removal service. But when this Austin Texas Pest Control customer asked for help a certain technician was willing to think outside the box a little and offer a very simple method to help protect the home from snakes. And not just any snakes, water moccasins! A common and deadly snake in Texas.

Sure pest control companies shouldn’t guarantee against snakes and they should leave heavy problems to the pros, but a little extra service could go a long way with customers.  Get more tips on how to take care of snakes.

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