Imagine shopping at your local Wal-Mart with your two children. You pull your cart up to a box of bananas, reach your hand in looking to pick a few out that aren’t quite ripe and you feel it… A PINCH!
That’s exactly what happened to a Pittsburgh area man… And the pinch was from a scorpion!!
“I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,” said the unidentified man who wished to remain anonymous. “I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.”
After feeling the pinch, and flinging the scorpion to the store’s floor, the man proceeded to throw a box on top of the scorpion and smash it as a crowd gathered to see what all the commotion was about.
Lucky for the customer, the scorpion only pinched him. If the scorpion happened to sting, the result may have been much more hazardous. With that being said, the man was not seriously injured, but was checked out by a doctor.
Wal-Mart did offer to pay for the man’s medical bills, and have since reached out to the fruit company to inquire about how the scorpion could have made the journey to Pennsylvania.
No word on the species of scorpion that was found hiding out in the box of bananas, or from what part of the world it came from. Chances are the scorpion came from Central or South America; and if that’s the case it was likely very dangerous.
Although scorpions can inflict a very painful sting, the venom of most species is considered of little health consequence to humans except for the very young and the elderly. Scorpions can live five years or more. They prefer the outdoors but will wander inside through building cracks and crevices as small as 1/16th of an inch thick. Once inside, they often make their way into shoes, piles of clothing, beds, and in some cases boxes of bananas; which increases the chance of a human being stung.
Professional scorpion control is effective at keeping them out of your home.