Being a native Arizonan, I have come across a scorpion a time or two in my lifetime, but have never been stung. Not bad for someone who has lived, worked and played in the desert for 40-something years. The truth is, scorpions are not the aggressive, deadly creatures that so many people make them out to be. I have had many friends, neighbors and co-workers move to the valley and, along with their luggage and cargo, bring with them a real fear of these creatures. Like most phobias though, the worry and panic, often times, comes from the unknown. Instead of letting the fear take over the reality, let’s get to know the truth about these common desert dwellers.
Scorpions are not hostile attackers, like some might think. They are nocturnal creatures that hide during the day and get their prey at night. They don’t go out of their way to hunt for their food; instead, in general, they wait patiently for the prey to come their way. A scorpion will spend up to 97% of its lifetime completely inactive. Because of this, humans only get stung when they accidentally come across a scorpion in hiding and then touch or step on it. For this reason, the majority of scorpion stings occur on the hands and feet.
Many people believe that pesticides are a great way to keep scorpions out of your yard and home. The truth is, pesticides are not the most effective way to keep scorpions out, though spraying your yard and home will get rid of the scorpions’ main food source such as crickets, cockroaches, beetles and other insects. The best way to keep scorpions in the desert landscape and out of your home and to avoid being stung is to take a multi-facetted approach:
According to the Mayo Clinic, if a scorpion does sting you, try to remain calm so that its poison spreads more slowly. Wash the wound with soap and water, apply a cold compress, and take an anti-inflammatory pill or pain reliever like Advil or Motrin. Try to avoid eating or drinking as the sting can cause throat swelling and difficulty swallowing.
If you do get stung and experience widespread symptoms or even if your reaction is minor, but you are still concerned, call the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222. If an elderly person or child, especially if he/she is under 2 years of age, has been stung, call the center right away for immediate assistance.
Just to Disclose Thomas Davis Group Realty is not a Pest Control company and we do not specialize in getting rid of these nasty critters. Please call your local pest control expert for service on getting rid of them. We are by the way experts in finding great real estate deals in the East Valley. Feel free to search any of our great websites. Chandler homes for sale, Gilbert Homes for Sale, Scottsdale Homes for Sale, Tempe Homes for Sale, Mesa Homes for Sale and Arizona Foreclosures
10 Energy Saving Tips in Arizona
1. Use Energy Star appliances and Energy Star labeled products such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and showerheads. Energy Star is a joint EPA and US Dept. of Agency energy-labeling program that helps save money and the environment. According to Energy Star, families are able to save about one-third of their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions through Energy Star labeled efficiency.
2 Turn off your home electronics and appliances when they are not in use. Your computer, printer, TV’s, DVD players, cable or satellite boxes and gaming systems all use up several watts of power when they are in standby mode. Plug multiple electrical items into a power strip (including phone chargers and charging stations), and then turn off all the equipment at once by turning off the power strips.
3. When washing clothes, wash only full loads, use the quickest wash setting and wash in cold water whenever possible. If you use a dryer, take out and hang clothes before the load is completely dry. If your dryer has a drying sensor, use it, don’t over-dry or bake your clothes. Clean the lint filter after every load and check your vent often to make sure it is not blocked.
4. Hand washing dishes and letting them dry on a rack is the most efficient way to wash dishes, but if you do use a dishwasher, you can use the shortest cycle, and, if possible, stop the washing cycle before it begins to dry, open the door, and let the dishes dry naturally.
5. Turn off fans in any room that are not in use. Though fans are extremely efficient and cost just a few cents per hour to operate, they only move the air around, they don’t actually cool the air. Fans give a wind chill effect that cools people, not rooms, so having them on in a room where no one is spending time, is simply wasted energy.
6. Use your microwave oven instead of a conventional oven. The appliance itself uses far less energy, plus it will save energy on cooling costs of the kitchen you heat up when the oven is in use.
7. Turn the thermostat on your water heater down to 120 degrees. Most water heaters come from the factory at a higher setting. By lowering the temperature to 120 degrees, your water will be hot enough for comfortable use and save energy.
8. Caulk, seal and weather-strip your home from air leaks especially around window, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, the foundation, plumbing, vents and air ducts. This prevents cold air from escaping in the summer months and cold air from entering in the winter months. Also, be sure to close fireplace flues as cool air can escape from the chimney during the hot summers.
9. Set your air conditioning at 78 degrees or higher and your heating at 68 degrees or lower and make sure that your heating and cooling systems are maintained. Remember to clean or replace your air filters regularly.
10. Plant trees and bushes to use as shade for your air conditioning unit and home. The temperature under a shade tree or bush is about 5 degrees less than the sun, so by keeping the a/c unit and your home shaded, the a/c unit doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the temperature down.
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East Valley Adult Sports Leagues
Whether you’re young or old, you can’t help but feel a little nostalgic when you think back to your team playing days from your youth. I can recall some great summer afternoons chewing on Bermuda grass in the outfield waiting for a ball to come my way, and the cool winter nights trying to rebound the basketball on the lighted city park court, and even the smell of a rubber dodgeball slamming against my face in the school gym. Whatever the team, whatever the memories may be, it all boils down to a lot of laughter and fun. So, if you’re like me and take great pleasure in the camaraderie and good times of sports teams, you can register with a group of friends, or join a team on your own, and play as an adult. There are many adult sports leagues being formed in the east valley that will take you back to those good ‘ol days.
If you are a fan of soccer, Arizona Soccer Club has an adult men’s soccer league in the springtime, starting in March and ending in May with games being played at Crossroads Park in Gilbert. For more information, go to http://www.arizonasoccerclub.com/index.html and click on the “Adult League” link.
Big League Dreams Sports Park in Gilbert has men’s and co-ed slow-pitch softball teams for players of all skill levels. The games are played on smaller replica stadiums such as Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. Big League Dreams also has an indoor adult men’s, women’s and co-ed soccer league. Registration for all leagues begins early summer and games start in late July or early August. What’s the best thing about this park? Its Stadium Club Restaurant, where you can gather for food and drinks before or after your games! For more information, go to http://gilbert.bigleaguedreams.com/park-information.
Polar Ice in Chandler and Gilbert offer co-ed hockey leagues for all levels. They play 2 exhibition games, 18 regular season games and playoff games. The Fall/Winter season runs from the first of October through the end of March. The Spring/Summer season runs from the first of April to the end of September. For more information about the leagues, go to http://www.polaricegilbert.com/ for the Gilbert location and http://www.polaricechandler.com/ for the Chandler location.
Arizona Sports League will connect you to a flag football, soccer, dodgeball, tennis, volleyball, kickball or basketball league. Go to http://azsportsleague.com/ and click on any sport that interests you. It will link you to the appropriate league where you can find all the information you need to register yourself or your team.
In Tempe, you can stop by Kiwanis Park every Thursday from 6:00-10:00 PM for a co-ed “Drop-in Dodgeball” game. For more information, go to http://www.phoenixdodgeball.com/.
Speaking of dodgeball, there is a league that serves the east valley where they play regular season games in Mesa and the postgame season at Bogey’s Bar & Grill in Tempe. Go to http://azdodgeball.com/about.html and check the page often to find out about new registration and schedules.
Another school days game you might enjoy is kickball. If you can believe it or not, there is an adult league called WAKA (World Adult Kickball Association) where qualifying teams are eligible to compete in the annual Founders Cup World Kickball Championship in Las Vegas! You can join this particular kickball league and play in Ahwatukee, Chandler or Tempe. For more information go to http://www.kickball.com/kickball#AZ.
All East Valley cities offer some sort of adult sports leagues. The City of Chandler has men’s and co-ed slow-pitch softball, men’s flag football, men’s basketball and co-ed volleyball leagues. Leagues are formed in the fall and spring. All leagues run a 7-week regular season, followed by a single elimination post season. Game days, times and fields or courts vary. For more information http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=184.
The City of Mesa also offers several different year round men’s and women’s leagues including softball, flag football, volleyball and kickball. To find out more information visit them at http://www.mesaaz.gov/parksrec/adultsports/default.aspx. The City of Tempe offers softball, soccer, flag football, baseball and basketball. Go to http://www.tempe.gov/sports/adult/ for more information. The Town of Gilbert also offers men’s basketball, softball, and volleyball leagues. For more information, go to http://18.104.22.168/recreation/adultsports/.
The great thing about any of these leagues is that you don’t have to bring your own team when registering, though you can. If you want to play, but can’t form a team of your own, you can sign into free agency and will then get picked up by a team that is formed by free agency or is missing a player or two. So, join a league today and begin to take pleasure in all the team sports that brought you so much joy back in the day!
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Are You Ready for Some Football? Here are some great places in Chandler to go and check out a Football Game
Halleluiah! NFL players and owners have finally come to terms and the 2011 season is officially here. Praise the Lord! Now that fans are able to breath again and watch the latest NFL season unfold, where will they go to catch their favorite games? In my mind, they can’t go wrong with any one of these preferred sports hangouts in Chandler and Gilbert:
Zipps Sports Grill has a location in Chandler on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock, and in Gilbert on Civic Center Dr. (just East of Gilbert Rd.) and Warner Rd. Both locations offer pool tables, shuffleboard, Golden Tee and a video jukebox. They also have an abundance of plasma and LCD TV’s as well as large screen and projection screens where you can catch any of your favorite sporting events. Their Golden Wings, burgers and fresh cut fries are some of the best you will find around town. Not a bad place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon.
Named aptly after a quarterback call signal, Blue 32 Sports Grill in Gilbert has 28 flat screen hi-def televisions, where any seat in the house gives you the ability to watch your favorite team. Their menu is much tastier than your average sports bar fare including the Tacos al Carbon, Black and Blue 32 Burger and Philly Cheese Steak with a classic Cheez Whiz spread. They have 10 beers on tap, including Arizona’s own Four Peaks’ most popular brews, their Kilt Lifter and 8th Street Ale, and bottled domestic, specialty and import beers.
McDuffy’s Sports Grill in Chandler has a great Monday Night Football special with 35-cent wings from 6:00–9:00 PM. If you get there early enough to get a good seat, you can enjoy their Happy Hour specials from 3:00–7:00 PM and get $2 off any appetizer, $2 domestic drafts, $3 wells and $4 wines. Stay after the game and get their Reverse Happy Hour prices from 10:00 pm until close. Be sure to try McDuffy’s In the Paint Mac and Cheese…it’s delish! Also, while you’re there catching games, try a little off-track betting on some exciting horse races…good luck!
Sidelines Grill in Chandler is a family-owned local bar and grill that has been around since 2002. They have fantastic tasting sliders with a meat choice of Ahi tuna, meatloaf, pulled pork, steak, or burger and many of everyone’s favorite bar foods, but with a bigger variety of entrees. They have a large selection of domestic and imported bottled beer as well as 10 popular tap beers including Pabst Blue Ribbon that you can get for $2 everyday.
Tailgaters Grill in Gilbert has an actual “Football Menu” with a list of specially priced drinks and food that are good during all football games. You can get 16 oz. domestic draft beer for $3, 16 oz. premium or imported draft beer for $4 and domestic bottles for $3. They have a couple $7 breakfasts and tasty bar food items from $5 to $11. They have several flat screen TV’s strategically placed all around the restaurant for the best game viewing.
Gilbert’s House of Brews is the place to be if you enjoy beer with your football. They have over 20 beers on tap, including brews from Arizona microbreweries, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Vermont and Wisconsin, import beers and domestic beers. If you prefer your beer in a bottle, they have approximately 30 different bottled beers. They have over two-dozen TV’s, plus large screens for the biggest football games, and good bar food as well. http://azhouseofbrews.com/
Coach and Willie’s in downtown Chandler is just beginning its inaugural football season. Their Phoenix location was voted Phoenix New Times’ Best Sports Bar in 2009 and 2010, so we only have high hopes for their downtown Chandler location. They have a great bar and cozy lounge area with tons of flat screen TV’s that will showcase your favorite games. If you are a fan of a little Southwestern spice, then you will love their Best in Town Cheese Fries and Jalapeno Beef Sliders.
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Thomas Davis Group Realty is a full service Real Estate Brokerage. Our Goal as a Company is to have customer service that is not just the best, but extraordinary! We follow on simple rule: Always give our customers more than what they expected.