Thursday, April 7, 2011

Irritated.

I have this recurring dream ever since we found scorpions at our home 2 years ago. Oh, and also Black Widows. Since I am the one who goes out hunting for them at night, I very often dream they are in my bed. I jump up, throw back the covers until my husband tells me I'm crazy and to go back to bed. 




Last night, 2 hours into my slumber, I jumped up, threw back the covers, tore off my shirt and as my husband was looking at me like I was crazy, I assured him that this was the real deal. He then jumped up too and the bed was stripped in a matter of seconds. Maybe I willed it into my bed with my dreams or maybe they were out to get me because I killed their family. In any case, I got stung right there on my delicate baby feeder with the bonus round of my finger that I used to flick it off. Two for one. Seriously irritated. Even worse, we cannot find him. We tore the room apart and used a black light and he is no where to be found. How can something that little make you feel like a machete was pulled on you during the night. Now, I have just two hours of sleep under my belt and a schedule that makes me tired just to look at not to mention my throbbing girlfriends. 16 two/three year olds will be parading through my house soon so I will pretend that I am fully rested and ready to party. The show must go on.


There are few things that I hate in this world but scorpions are one of them. Really, why did they need to be created? 


My friends out there, what do you do to get rid of these unwanted demons? Any tips? A war has now been waged. My personal bubble has been big time violated.

103 comments:

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

I am completely stunned. That is a horrible experience. I have just always heard that geckos eat scorpions. Maybe you can get some at a pet store and let them loose in your yard.

Jilynn said...

We've tried the gecko thing and it doesn't really work. I'm trying to find something too because we've already found two huge ones this year and it's only April! I've never been stung but my daughter did last year when she was 18 months and my son was stung when he was three. It's so sad to watch them have to be in pain. Did you put anything on it to help with the pain? Sorry about having such an awful night and I hopoe the pain goes away soon and you can get a nap. :)

Cindy Sage said...

Did you use your helichrysum essential oil? That will help wonders with the pain and tingling. I also have a horse poultice that a friend gave me...works so well, stops the venom from spreading. I was stung one time and will never go any where with out my poultice or helichrysum. Sorry sister! So painful! Stupid scorpions.

Marie said...

Oh man, I'm so sorry! My husband was stung by a scorpion when he was 7 weeks old and almost died. So to say that I'm always on the look out with my little kids is an understatement.

I think you've posted your feelings about the exterminator before, but one big thing is to kill off their food supply.

You can also get your house totally sealed. I've heard ky-ko roofing does a good job, but I don't have any personal experience. You can also put mesh/screens in your ac vents so they can't drop down on you from the ceiling.

We put glass jars on the crib legs so they can't climb up them. Maybe you could do that to your bed?

Oh, and chickens eat them. Cats will kill them, too, but I think it's more that they are playing with the scorpion rather than hunting them out.

Tracey said...

I am so sorry Shari! I feel your pain. There is nothing worse than living in circumstances where you have to watch your every step and move! I wish I had answers on how to get rid of them...?? We have tried everything!

Linda said...

Shari, I was also stung in my bed while asleep. So Horrible!! What I did was move the bed so it wasn't under a vent (yes, I've seen them fall from our vents) and remove our bed skirt....so they can't climb up it. We also moved the bed away from the wall just a few inches so it wasn't touching the wall. This seems to have worked for us thus far, haven't had one in my bed since and that was 2 years ago!! I hate scorpions too! Why do they exist?? They are so creepy!!!!

Wendy Phelps said...

We have had a real problem with them too. We were finding up to two a day. I got chickens. We have 3 chickens running around our backyard and have not found 1 single scorpion in our house for almost a year. Good luck!

Jessie said...

Screens over the vents are a great idea. My parents have to cover the dryer vent too otherwise they'll crawl through and get in the dryer. Laundry is bad enough, you don't want to get stung while folding your unmentionables.

Nichole said...

I got stung in my bed last year twice by the same scorpion and stepped on a scorpion and it was the same surreal feeling you had. I felt so violated and was so ticked! i had this guy come over to my house and he spent hours putting DE ( powder stuff that he mixes probably not good for the environment) in all the open spaces inside my walls and vents in cabinets and anywhere in the skeleton of your home were they live and multiply. You can spray and put it outside but you can't control the outside. In the summer I hunt all the time and try and keep them down on the outside. If my neighbors around me don't hunt then the problem will never end. The stuff he uses slowly kills them off and it stays in your walls forever. We have sealed our house and done everything else possible. I have only seen one scorpion this year so far and I am sure it crawled right in my front door which we can't control that. This guy guarantees his work and says he will keep coming back until we don't see any. I am praying it works! I totally feel your pain!

Shari Goodman said...

Thanks, ladies! I am getting the screens today for my vents! I doused my ta ta's with Helichrysum as soon as i was stung and firmly believe that is why the venum didn't spread far. Still hurts like mad, though, just in a smaller area. I love all your suggestions.

Melinda said...

FYI, DE is Diatomaceous earth, diatoms are tiny hard shelled animals whose exoskeletons cut through the exoskeletons of scorpions, cockroaches and the like. It is FRIENDLY to people, pets and the environment.

Cats are great at controlling the little pests. But so is Ken Church who uses natural botanical pest spray and specializes in Scorpion and Tick Control. 520-463-0094. Amy uses him all the time.

Julie said...

Get your House sealed...its is so worth every penny, it cut our finding them weekly to maybe 2 or 3 a season, also a cat and chickens help. Make sure you don't have crickets they eat thoose. Good Luck!

Diane... said...

for the last 5 years I have done the nightly black light scouring the walls, etc, I also go over to your in laws because those devil critters can have hundreds of offspring and they travel pretty darn fast!!! our neighbors to the north have been vigilant scorpion slayers alot longer than me and I think that the population here is being eliminated!!! When I 1st started I would find like 23,18, 25 each night and this year I have been finding only 3 or 4...last year cousin Matt called me out(he also does the night scouring thing too so our neighborhood is being covered) to see a mama with innumerable babies on her back...he got her and then I saw 2 more mamma's...if I can "slay" them before they produce offspring...JACKPOT!!!
YOU GUYS SHOULD JUST MOVE OVER HERE...sorry about the stings...but I hated your comment "they were out to get me because I killed their family" IT IS ALREADY DARN SCARY OUT THERE ALONE AT NIGHT WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT VENGEFUL SCORPIONS ATTACKING ~:
sorry about this lengthy comment sHARi but the topic . . .

Connie Lee said...

As I see it, there is only ONE ANSWER to getting rid of those evil scorpions....
MOVE TO PROVO, UTAH WITH US!
There are no scorpions here.
What a relief that has been.
I would gladly take snow to those nasty bugs.

S and B H. said...

I HATE SCORPIONS. Why do we live here in AZ with them? They are so violating. I am curious to see if we find any in the house this year now that we have chickens. My chickens are always just laying in their coop at night when the scorpions are out though so I'm not too convinced on the chickens and scorpions solution. Time will tell :)

Terri Burges Hirning said...

I am so sorry Shari!! I am with you girl, I am seriously phobic about them and I don't have phobias (and have never even seen on in real life)! I dream about them all the time, scream, tear the covers off my bed and wake Eric up. I knew they were on your block so I guess it is just a matter of time before they reach mine. Hopefully the 2 cats and 1 dog will provide some layer of defense. I HATE SCORPIONS, so WHY did I move to AZ???

Wendy Ray said...

Another clarification on DE: Melinda mentioned that diatoms are creatures and that might sound creepy to some. They're actually FOSSILIZED creatures. Great stuff. Safe, like Melinda said. People even eat food grade DE as a mineral supplement and intestinal parasite killer. Google it for more info.

Anonymous said...

We've lived in our house for 15+ years and I'm the only one who's been stung...twice. They like crickets. They like cold, damp, dark places (like washcloths in the shower - yeah, that was one of my stings). So spray for bugs to get rid of their food source. I don't think the cost of trying to seal your house is worth it. They can just walk through the front door.

Most importantly, I have taught my children at a VERY young age what they look like and not to tough them. When my baby was 2 she could recognize them and come get me if she saw one.

Honestly, since I've been stung I'm not so afraid.

Deena said...

You poor thing... I too hate scorpions. I'm glad you found IT!

Terri Burges Hirning said...

So where can I get Helichrysum?

Shari Goodman said...

I bought mine through Be Young oils. It is the most expensive oil at about $90. Anyone want to split a bottle?

Terri Burges Hirning said...

Yep, I will split one if you haven't already gotten someone! Better have some on hand, just in case....

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