Scorpion Control Update

If you read my post on FEAR, you know I recently found out we have scorpions in our beautiful new home, and I am TERRIFIED of them! Now, keep in mind, I have lived in Arizona all my life and never, ever, saw one in our around any of the homes I lived in. So what am I to do? I can’t move, so I had to learn how to deal with this horrific problem. And, thanks to my really smart cousin, Deb, and a few other smart friends, I learned about a whole lot of things we could do to control the scorpions. Also, my cousin, Deb’s, mother, sent me an email reminding me I have lived in Arizona for many, many years and the scorpions have always been here. She increased my confidence even further by telling me I am human and a lot smarter than a scorpion…I wonder if she will still feel that way about me when she reads this post…

So, first, of course, Bill and I had our pest control experts out to heavily spray our house and yard. They also put some kind of crystals out in the yard. Bill also went to Home Depot and bought some white powder that is supposed to create a barrier they won’t cross. Our pest control guy told him that stuff is really good. We bought the black lights, Terro instant scorpion killer spray, and Real Kill glue boards that I have placed in every room. We are also looking into having someone come to seal any cracks in our home, and Bill and I have gone out at night and “hunted” for scorpions with our black lights but we haven’t found any. So far, as this writing, we have still only seen the one scorpion outside and the one in our bedroom on April 28th. But, I am not convinced that is the end of them by any means. No, I asked my neighbor lady next door to my house if she has scorpions, thinking and praying she was going to say she had one or two here and there…but, NO, she told me she’s had so many she quit counting how many she has killed after the number reached 100!!! Are you kidding me? Not the answer I wanted to hear at all people, not at all!

So, what more can we do to try to keep the scorpions that I know are out there from getting in our beautiful new home? Well, I called my girlfriend, Holly, and told her about my problem and my fear… she told me she and her husband have some scorpions in the garage of one of their houses up in New River. She said her husband laid down some two-sided sticky tape across the garage doorway…she said that way if anything was going to come in the garage, they would get stuck on the tape and die.. Perfect! That sounded like the PERFECT plan for us. So, I tell Bill we need to go get some of this two-sided sticky tape and do our doorway(s)…, keep in mind my friend didn’t tell me to do the doorways, she said the garage…I came up with the doorway plan all on my own. And so off we go back to Home Depot…

We looked at many, many kinds of two-sided sticky tape and we came across a box that said “Heavy Duty Rhino Grip, double-sided Acrylic Adhesive Strip. I never heard of it before and neither had Bill. But, hay, it says this stuff will hold down anything even carpet! So we bought the widest roll they had, which is about 2 or 3 inches wide.

We get home and are now sure we have what we need to seal up our house good and tight…We have three doors we decided needed to have this tape under them. The front door, back patio door and the door leading into the garage..we clean the thresholds of each door and begin laying the Rhino Grip tape down. Man, this stuff is really sticky… as we finished laying the last strip under the last door, I was thinking this is going to be just perfect, and it was… until, yep, you guessed it…we couldn’t open any of the doors! I mean I had my foot on the wall and was pulling with all my might and that door wouldn’t budge. I quick called Bill, and he couldn’t believe it either, we had sealed ourselves into our own home and if Bill wasn’t as strong as he is in his upper body…we may have had to call 911 and had the fire department come with the jaws of life to break us out of our home! Bill braced himself and pulled with all his might. The door was coming away from the frame at the top, but the bottom, where we put the Rhino Grip tape all across the door threshold was not giving one inch! I mean that stuff really, really sticks…

Finally, after several attempts, and me thinking Bill was going to pull the door knobs right off the doors, the door did come open. One open, two to go. When Bill finally got all the doors open, we had to go back to Home Depot to buy something called “Goof Off”. We had never heard of that stuff before either, but we decided they had to make something for when people like us goof up and seal their doors shut with Rhino Grip!

Well, I am happy to say we got all the Rhino Grip tape off after many hours of work, and if nothing else, I bet we could be the spokes people for marketing Rhino Grip! What do you think?

Next: I’m leaving Saturday for New York City to visit my frissy for a week because I love her and I really need a break… Stay tuned. When I return after next week, I will post about the fabulous time I know we will have together!

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie
    May 09, 2012 @ 17:31:53

    That was hysterical! It’s been a rough couple of weeks for us, so thanks for the belly laugh! Maybe you should run things like that by your engineer cousin before you attempt any more DIY scorpion projects. 🙂 For what I am about to say, I apologize in advance, but I am my father’s daughter, and I just cannot resist…Just wait until you have an aggressive one come after you! Usually when they are approached they stay completely still until you touch them with tongs or spray, but beware, occasionally one will actually come after you! We’ve had it happen!

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 09, 2012 @ 18:35:58

      I could have gone the rest of my life without hearing that bit of scorpion trivia Deb! I like living in my little ignorance is bliss world…but thanks for all the other hints you gave me like the real kill glue boards, black lights etc. and thanks for leaving your comments! Cindy

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  2. Ellen Kaufman
    May 09, 2012 @ 18:33:21

    That is so funny!!! I have to let Harvey read this one. Have fun in New York and I am glad you got all the tape up. Thank God.

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 09, 2012 @ 18:39:40

      Yes, Aunt Ellen, it is funny reading it now, and I wish I could say my blogs are fictional…but I couldn’t even make this stuff up…it just happens. I will have fun in NY. Love you. Cindy

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  3. gotham girl
    May 09, 2012 @ 21:33:27

    This is beyond hilarious!!! Well thank god you are escaping soon!!!!!! Counting the hours now! xoxo

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  4. Lucie
    May 10, 2012 @ 04:34:58

    Thank you Cindy, I needed a good laugh. I could just see you and Bill trying to get the doors open. Enjoy your well deserved time in NY. love you tons.

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  5. Tyler
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 11:03:09

    Funny how you never had them before. Crazy! Glad you have found some experts to help you guys out!

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    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 14, 2012 @ 12:10:08

      Hi Tyler and thanks for reading my blog and leaving your comment. Yes, apparently we have been very lucky in that we never had scorpions in any of our other homes. Hope you will visit my site often. Virginia

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