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Three types of scorpions can be found in Switzerland out of about 1500 different scorpions worldwide. 


Scorpions in Europe are not usually dangerous. In case you get bitten by a European scorpion, you should fill the same as by a bee or wasp sting.


Initially, there is a short, stabbing pain that can lead to a small itchy swelling. Usually, a strong swelling does not happen. It should last only several hours, nothing else.


Problems only exist for people who are allergic to insect bites.


Scorpions are reported from France, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, Italy, San Marino, Malta, Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Russia (North Caucasus), Ukraine (Crimea only), and the Balkan countries.


Due to the fact that the sting of the most dangerous scorpion species in the world can kill within a few hours, the harmless scorpions in our area have their bad reputation.

Only about 25 of the 1400 scorpion species in the world are so poisonous that a sting can be fatal to humans.


It is rare to experience these harmless animals in Switzerland. I saw it once in 10 years. If you get lucky and see one in the apartment, just bring it back outside. They are quite simple and unproblematic to catch. You can put a glass over it and pushing a solid plastic or paper (ie. postcard).

The largest scorpion species in Switzerland with a body length of up to five centimeters it is called Scorpion Euscorpius Italicus.


In case you step on one at night in barefoot, for example, follow these steps:

• Wash the area with cold water and soap.

• Add a cold compress on the affected area as by any swelling.

• Raise the affected limb to get blood easy circulating.

• Take a painkiller pill if you have one

• In the case of young kids or more severe symptoms, you should get them examined by a doctor.


Most of e above th information in this page are from:

Don’t be afraid of European Scorpions in Switzerland

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