Louisiana woman finds scorpion under her pillow


Did you know that there are around 2,000 species of scorpions in the world?

Adrienne Altman – used with permission

NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – Adrienne Altman is definitely going to be checking under her pillow every night!

Altman on Wednesday was straightening her pillow when she discovered something that looked ‘rusty’ and picked it up.

Mind you, Altman was not wearing her glasses when she decided to pick up the visitor.

Well, the visitor wiggled and Altman screamed which led to her husband running to see if she was ok.

Altman had discovered a striped bark scorpion.

According to the Curator of Animal Collections at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Zack Lemann, “the sting of the striped bark scorpion usually causes nothing more than localized pain and swelling at the sting site which subsides in a matter of hours or less.”

So what do you do when you have a scorpion on your pillow?

“To safely collect a scorpion, a good method is to use a wide-mouthed container such as a pint or quart-sized deli cup and place it over the scorpion,” Lemann said.

Altman did something like that by taking some cardboard along with Tupperware and boxing the scorpion in so it could not get out.

The issue is, the scorpion did escape and run under the kitchen cabinet. What followed was a trip to the local hardware store.

Altman purchased Bengal Gold Roach Spray and proceeded home where copious amounts of spraying was done under the kitchen cabinet.

Image courtesy of Adrienne Altman – used with permission

Two days later, and neither Altman or her husband know if the scorpion is dead.

Curator Lemann stresses that “scorpions are not all that common indoors, and that none of the species here in Louisiana have venom of medical significance.”

So just how common our scorpions in Louisiana?

“It’s extremely rare to find a scorpion in the lower third of the state (the coastal region). By the time you get to Alexandria and points north, you’ll find naturally occurring populations, but because they are nocturnal and not usually associated with buildings, you would see scorpions regularly only if you were actively looking for them outdoors,” Lemann said.

Just in case, you may want to look under your pillow tonight before you go to bed.

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