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Warning signs someone's been stung by a scorpion

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This time of year, we get the rain, the thunder, lightning and also scorpions. The weather brings them out of their small spaces. Here are some important tips on what to watch out for.

"They can come in through any crack, climb up walls, doors, windows, vents, they tend to find places to stay in the house that are darker, they love looking for something to eat," says Ann-Marie Krueger, Poison Center Educator, Banner Health.

Last year alone, there were 10,000 scorpion stings in Arizona according to Banner Health.

A spokesperson at the center says they can be extremely painful. Symptoms are difficulty breathing, uncontrolled jerking, drooling and wild eye movements. Young children can have the worst reactions.

"One of the very indicative things in a sting for young child is, if eyes start moving real fast and then they tend to uncoordinate -- one one way, one the other way -- and that is really the only thing that will do that."

There's a possibility your child may also keep their eyes tightly shut. If this is the case, and you believe your child has been stung, call poison control right away.

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

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