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Scorpion-Proofing Your Home

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The first day of April brings temperatures near the 100-degree mark to the valley, and the warmer weather is bringing out scorpions. It's sending a number of children and adults to the hospital.

Doctors say they're seeing an increase in the number of patients they're treating with scorpion stings, and meanwhile, some residents are taking precautions to keep the critters out of their homes.

10-month-old Rylee Walsh is happy and healthy now, but it was a different story a few months ago. Rylee was stung by a scorpion.

"I put her down like normal around 7:30, 8 o'clock, within an hour she woke up screaming bloody murder like I've never heard her scream before," recalls mom Colleen Walsh.

To prevent that from happening again, Walsh is having her home sealed, creating a barrier to stop potentially dangerous scorpions from entering her home.

"It's scary because the other night there was one on the wall, and we were in the bathroom and there was another one in the bathroom, and its just one minute its not there, the next minute it is."

Scorpion Specialist Chris O'Brien says the number of calls goes up as the weather starts heating up. The scorpions generally come out at night.

Walsh hopes that after her plumbing, lights, doors and foundation are sealed, and her vents screened, she won't see any more scorpions and her family will be safe.

"I'm just hoping within a week well be scorpion free."

O'Brien says black lights are also good for detecting scorpions inside and outside your home.

Also, he says if a young child or elderly person gets stung by a scorpion, they should go to the doctor immediately.
 

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