OK, so how come NOW, two weeks later, both sting sites are red? And itchy? Anyone know scorpion sting behavior? Is this normal? To me it's just plain weird. They both feel and look like mosquito bites. If I scratch them, they get itchier. My jeans on the back of my knee touch just enough to keep that almost itching feeling going all day long. And normal elbow use (leaning, resting, etc.) makes me ever mindful of the littler sting and it's itchiness.
I don't know if they were reddened prior to this past Sunday night because I don't often look at the back of my knee nor my elbow. But they didn't feel irritated until then so I'm guessing they weren't red either.
Just thought I'd share that bit of oddness with you all. I just don't get it.
And how IS the scorpion situation at our house now you ask? Well, we still haven't gotten the exterminator out here. The day he was scheduled it rained so we had to cancel, not wanting to waste the money on spraying the ground only to have the rain wash it away. And between our schedules and his schedules, well we have to wait till next week.
In the meantime, we have bought a whole bunch of "glue boards". They are ingenious for catching spiders and such. They have this REALLY sticky glue spread over them that is laced with an attractant. They smell like some sort of grain, corn or something. You just peel the protective paper off and gingerly lay the glue board down wherever you need it. They're about 4"x7" or so.
One of our problem areas is the basement. We placed several of them down in a particularly troublesome corner and also several at the top of the stairs -trying to catch the nasty creatures before they make their way into the hallway and our main living spaces. Also, of course, we placed a few in the bedroom.
Last week we noticed we'd caught one on the stairs. Then over the weekend, I found another one in another trap on the stairs. Plus...I saw (and killed): one on the wall and two on the floor! That's just WAY too many. But at least they weren't anywhere else in the house.
Until....I checked one of the boards in the bedroom last night. We had one! Ugh! Gross! I can't stand that there was another one in the bedroom, just 5-6 feet away from the bed! It took me hours to go to sleep I was so freaked out. I did indeed go to bed fully clothed, except I exchanged my jeans for pajama pants. And I took the advice of my cousin who suggested I tuck my pant legs into my socks. And I also wore a long sleeved T-shirt AND put hair bands around my wrists over the sleeves! I looked like a complete dork but I felt safer.
If you're squeamish about insects, here's fair warning that below is a picture of the disgusting creature caught on a glue board in the bedroom. I lifted the board off the carpet and placed it on the sandstone slab on which sits our propane heating stove.