|The Scorpion Equalizer||
For those people bitching about Arizona because of scorpions, always remember that there are other places that have it worse…
One of the reasons why I have become so successful at scorpion hunting is because I make my own black lights. I don't want to get into the business of selling merchandise but I wanted to share this link on Facebook that I saw today about making a black light out of your phone. I will try this and post the results later…
September in Phoenix means cooler evenings and mornings that might get you out onto your patio for the first time since April.
Chances are that scorpions have spent more time on your patio than you this summer. Guess what? Chances also are that those scorpions are still there. Inevitably, this leads to a confrontation where humans and scorpions are on the same patio. In this confrontation with humans and scorpions on the same patio, it will increase the chances of you or a family member getting stung.
Just a reminder... If you live in an area frequented by scorpions, don't assume a monthly exterminator visit will completely eliminate every scorpion on your property. If you're scorpion free, all it takes are a few pregnant scorpions to climb over your neighbors wall and unleash over 100 babies into your family yard.
As I always suggest on my main page at http://www.thescorpionequalizer.com:
IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN STUNG BY A SCORPION AND NEED MEDICAL ADVICE, PLEASE CALL POISON CONTROL AT 1-800-222-1222 FROM ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES.
Also, if you do go to a hospital, there is a chance your bill might be more painful than the scorpion sting. Remember this story from just a few years ago?
You should check with your insurance company BEFORE you go to the hospital or at least before your sign any hospital agreement to confirm if you're covered for Anascorp. Not knowing your liability could prove painful for years!
Are your kids enjoying summer camp?
Many Phoenix children have been off to camp in June and are now home for the 4th of July break when most camps are gearing up for July camps.
As you might know, I am all about scorpion prevention and getting scorpions BEFORE they get you. So what does this have to do with summer camps? Is The Scorpion Equalizer going to go to kids camps and hunt for scorpions? Great question. The answer is no, and that's not why I'm writing this. And, no, this is not about a scorpion hitchhiking it's way into your house as your child returns home from camp.
If your youngster has been at camp, it usually means that nobody has been anywhere near their bedroom. Parent's have a lot to do during the summer and we generally all struggle with the question, "Should I clean my child's room for them, or let them learn to clean it themselves?"
So what I am getting at, is this...
Cluttered, messy rooms are great places for scorpions to hide. Scorpions freak out when there is a lot of activity near by, so a vacant cluttered room for a week while your child is at camp, would be a great place for a mommy scorpion to get out of the 118 degree Phoenix heat and set up a maternity ward in your child's bedroom. So, if you have ever had any scorpions in your house, now is the most likely time that 3 dozen tiny scorpions could be sitting on the back of their mother on the wall of your child's bedroom.
Here's another dose of reality...
Hunting scorpions in April when the temperatures are in the 60's can be fun and exciting as you occasionally find a scorpion or two. However, in July, when the 11pm temperatures are 105 and you are watching Netflix and don't feel like scorpion hunting outside, who is going to protect your family from scorpions?
Spending several hours in a hospital emergency ward is not fun or cheap and more and more parents are needing to take their kids to ER due to scorpion stings. Be proactive! Get scorpions BEFORE they get you. Get off your butts and deal with the hot weather for a few minutes once in a while to control scorpion population before you end up spending several hours and several thousands of dollars at the hospital.
Or, have The Scorpion Equalizer help you reduce the chances that your family will encounter scorpions inside your home.
Just because someone can go down to Wal-Mart and purchase a fishing pole, that alone will not catch them a fish. If someone goes to Home Depot and purchases a hammer, does that make them a carpenter? If a person takes a hose and puts out a fire, does that make them a fireman?
The point is this... People can purchase a black light and try to go out and hunt scorpions and for most of them, they will find a scorpion or two. At least for a few nights a week they will continue hunting and they probably will talk about it the next day at work. But then, a funny thing happens. Just like a new gym membership, people get busy, people get lazy, and ultimately people lose focus on the whole reason why they purchased a black light.
So, instead of reading this on the internet, get up, get your black light, and go outside and get scorpions before they get inside and get you or your family.
Here's a thought... Next commercial break, do not go to the refrigerator, and do not go to the bathroom. Get out your black light and spend two minutes checking outside quickly for scorpions. Then in 15 minutes, do it again. 15 minutes later do it again. You will be shocked what you find outside that previously you were missing, and your family will love you for protecting them!
Remember, just like losing weight, you need to be consistent if you want to lose scorpions.
Taken, starring Liam Neeson, is about a father trying to save his daughter. That's something I do every night.
Bark scorpions have the potential to cause physical, emotional, and financial pain for families with children and those with weakened immune systems.
Allow me to paraphrase a monologue from Taken that sums up what I do for my family and my clients. (Don't be surprised if this ends up being my outgoing message on my iPhone):
"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for an exterminator, I can tell you I don't have pesticides. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills that make me a nightmare for scorpions in your yard. If you don't mind getting stung or possibly having scorpions put your family in the hospital, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for scorpions for you, I will not pursue scorpions for you. But if you don't, I will look for scorpions, I will find scorpions, and I will kill scorpions."
For all of you moms & dads out there, you should know that as a father, I am extremely protective of my 9 year old daughter. For my followers on Facebook and Twitter as well as my clients, that same passion I have to protect my family goes out to all of you too.
Most of the time, I try to educate, enlighten, and entertain families about scorpion prevention. Having a child in the hospital for any reason is a frightening, traumatic, & expensive experience, especially if that hospital visit was due to a scorpion that could have been avoided with a few precautions. That is why I always do my best to make sure that your family is as protected as mine is from scorpions.
However, protecting your family from scorpions needs to take a back seat to greater threats your kids will face in the next day and a half: 4th of July fireworks, drunk drivers, & heat.
Fireworks are illegal to use in most Phoenix area cities, but that will not stop countless people from wanting to celebrate in their yards, or out in the street, possibly in front of your house and in front of your children. Some parents in your neighborhood might even let their own kids light off fireworks. It doesn't really matter if an adult, teen, or child is walking around your neighborhood with a pack of matches breaking the law. The fact is that children can be burned, houses can catch on fire, and as a responsible parent, you need to be proactive to insure your kids are safe this holiday. Besides, even if done safely by an adult, if fireworks are illegal in your city, don't teach your kids it's ok to break the law. Go to one of the many safe public displays to enjoy with your family and stay away from the local, illegal pranksters that might cause a threat.
Drunk drivers are especially a threat to children any weekend, but especially the 4th of July weekend. More kids will be out at night, and more people will be out drinking which makes for a bad combination. If you are out with your family the next two nights, be extra cautious crossing streets. Remember that while you are looking up in the sky at your town's fireworks, you might miss your child darting in front of a car. Even a sober driver will not be able to stop their car in time to avoid hitting a child who sprints unannounced across a street.
Record breaking heat is another threat you need to be aware of this weekend. Just like scorpions are a new experience to most families moving to AZ, our "dry heat" can trick parents because their children will not sweat as much. Also, the sun is much more intense in Phoenix than in most other places. Make sure you apply sunscreens early and often, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heatstroke. Lastly, the heat will see more children in swimming pools this weekend. Sadly, some of them will be unsupervised and will drown. Please watch your kids around water.
I'm not suggesting anyone forget about scorpions. However, especially for the next day and a half, be aware that your children in Arizona are more at risk from 4th of July heat, drunk drivers, & fireworks. Be a responsible parent and keep your kids safe this weekend! If you'd like me to help with any scorpion problems, or you want me to teach your family how to be safe around scorpions, you can reach me at the contact page at www.thescorpionequalizer.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.