Scorpions Try to Invade Baby's Crib - Leads to New Product Invention Called Scorpion Safe

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Two sisters from Arizona invent a Scorpion Shield to reduce the risk of babies, adults and the elderly getting stung by scorpions on beds and furniture.

Scorpion Safe, an Arizona-based company, has recently launched a unique, patent-pending product designed to protect adults and children against scorpions in their beds. Scorpion Safe has been featured on ABC news, CBS news and Arizona Family for its innovative and unique product design. Designed originally to keep scorpions from climbing into the cribs of babies, Scorpion Safe can also be used to keep scorpions out of all beds and even off other furniture.

Scorpion Safe is the brainchild of two sisters from Tucson, Arizona. Sarah Besikof and Emily Simons grew up in Tucson and both graduated from the University of Arizona. As children, the sisters grew accustomed to finding scorpions and snakes in their house. Even tarantulas found their way inside the house and backyard.

Growing up with dangerous creatures is a way of life in the desert southwest and as they married and started families of their own, Emily and Sarah continued to hear stories from friends of scorpions found in bed linen, on couches and in baby's cribs.

The sisters realized it was time to find a solution when Emily found, climbing up the side of her 6-month-old son's crib, a bark scorpion with its tail up and ready to sting.

The bark scorpion has the strongest venom of the 40 to 60 species found in the desert southwest. Unfortunately the bark scorpion is also the one most likely to come into your home. They are small, between one and three inches long, and will readily climb into your home looking for bugs and insects.

Scorpions are nocturnal or diurnal creatures by nature and tend to stick to their own territory but will enter houses if their territory has been disrupted.

The sting from some species of scorpion is no worse than a sting from a wasp or bee unless, of course, you have reactions to their stings. Children, older people and anyone who has an allergic reaction to their venom can be in very serious trouble. The normal reaction is redness and swelling and it hurts like nothing on earth.

The sting from a bark scorpion, however, can cause all sorts of complications. A bark scorpion's sting can leave the victim frothing at the mouth - literally. Their sting will make breathing difficult and can lead to respiratory paralysis. The victim may also feel a numbing sensation, muscle twitching and convulsions.

They knew that a child confronted by a scorpion may not know how to react and end up getting stung. It was the issue of the bark scorpion that the sisters set out to address.

From growing up, they had spent many hours hunting around their homes with black lights and tongs trying to catch them. They knew this is a time consuming and not very practical approach. Pesticides are also ineffective to scorpions. They also knew it is almost impossible to keep scorpions from coming into the home. They needed to find a way to keep them out of baby's cribs and children's beds.

Through research, they found that the only material bark scorpions cannot climb is glass. Armed with this knowledge they devised, tested and submitted a patent for a product that will address the problem of scorpions climbing into babies' cribs and children's beds once and for all.

Scorpion Safe is available online and at USA Baby in Scottsdale, Arizona. The toughened glass protectors are specially shaped to keep the scorpions at bay. The triple thick glass reinforced bottoms ensure support for heavy furniture, while the no slide pads inside the shield secure the furniture legs in place.

There has been over 100 scorpion stings reported by Banner Poison Control already in 2009 and that number is predicted to rise rapidly as the temperature rises in the coming months.

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