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Bet You Thought I’d Never Be on This Side of the Issue

Hmm… I read this article this morning, and I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s seems a bit like hysterical journalism. If you’ve been reading this site at all you know that we have scorpions in our house on a regular basis. I have not personally been stung (that’s another thing that irks me about that article, scorpions sting, they don’t bite), but Jason and both the boys have on different occasions. That’s right, both of my boys, Ben when he was four and Gray when he was about 15 months old. Both were totally fine. They cried a bit when it happened, and of course we called poison control, but it really wasn’t a big deal. We watched them, noticed nothing out of the ordinary and moved on.

I’m not saying that scorpion stings are never a bigger issue with young children, but then again, bee stings can be in certain children also, and for that matter, so can peanuts. I just think this article make is sound like scorpions are always a life-threatening menace. We have found that to be just untrue. It also doesn’t mention that the last time someone actually died of a scorpion sting in Arizona was in the 1960s (this is a fact we discovered when we first moved into this house and I was utterly terrified of the creatures). Don’t get me wrong, I still hate the nasty beasts and if I never see one in my house again, it will be too soon, but I think the exaggeration of their danger is totally unnecessary.

We live in the desert. So do they. We’re going to have to deal. Let’s try not to blow it totally out of proportion, OK?


(Remember this guy? He’s the one who got Jason.)

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