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Be alert - scorpions are out early

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona temperatures are running warmer than normal for this time of year, and while that generally attracts snowbirds, there is another creature appearing earlier than normal that is not as friendly.

Several varieties of scorpion can be found year round in Arizona, with the 'peak' season from April through October, according to the Poison Control Center.  Due to the warmer winter temps scorpions are being seen in March, one month earlier than normal. 

According to officials at Poison Control more than 12,000 people are stung by scorpions each year in Arizona, and this is just the stings that are reported to Poison Control.  The most common way to get stung by a scorpion is by walking barefoot. 

So far this season Poison Control has received 200 reports of scorpion stings. 

Scorpions are active at night and like to hide during the day, so people are reminded to check their shoes before putting them on. 

Another way to help make sure scorpions are not entering the home is to seal cracks and remove debris from around the house. Also keep your shoes inside the home, not outside.

To check out a slide show of other Arizona creatures that like the warmer weather click here - http://bit.ly/1kOYP2J

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