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Scorpions in Arizona, that bad?

Started 1281723581.863 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1282107268.45 by mygr8daneguinness

I have heard through friends of friends and a grocery store clerk of late that if you fear scorpions, Arizona is not for you. People check their shoes in the morning and other miscellaneous must dos to keep from getting bitten. These people either live there now, or have previously lived there. There has got to be more to such a beautiful state than bugs!

Now, I am curious. It can't be that bad, can it? Here in Texas we have all sorts of critters, but our homes not overrun and it doesn't rule our lives. I have to believe this is an exaggeration. Am I right?

This is not a major world issue, but I am curious to hear from people who live or have visited Arizona.

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JuJu Squee­zey1281723709.54314444 PostsRegistered 4/22/2009Space Coast FL

Actually a scorpion is not a bug.

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a h ell-broth boil and bubble.
William Shakespeare

brewhaha1281723759.39742177 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer

Not as bad as black widows.

"I don't want clever conversation. I never want to work that hard."
Billy Joel's Just The Way You Are

MsConnected1281724327.153190 PostsRegistered 4/11/2005middle of the mitten

I lived there for 10 years & saw ONE scorpion the entire time...lots of critters, but it just comes with the landscape! The scariest thing I ever ran into was a Gila Monster at Superstition Mountain...aaaack!!! Otherwise no worse in the house than an occasional spider or earwig...

You can have anything you want, but not everything you want...

kayt1281724586.113278 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

I don't know how bad they are in Az. but here in Las Vegas, we have them and I've been in my house for 10 yrs. and this was the worst year....I think I found 3 or 4 of them, in and out. The ones inside were already dead when I found them but they still freak me out. One night a few years ago as I was cleaning up after dinner one was crawling across the kitchen floor. Some are poisonous, some not. Living here, you just have a regular schedule with the exterminator, once a month and that pretty much takes care of the creepy crawlers. They love palm trees so it may help if you live in the SW and don't plant any of these trees. A friend grew up in Mexico City and she says they always checked under the sheets at night before crawling into bed and their shoes in the morning before wearing. Every area of the country has pros and cons. Scorpions are definitely a con. But we have no mosquitos to speak of, so that's a plus.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and he no longer votes democratic.......I don't know, I heard it somewhere.

Yuban31281724861.2038870 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006

My supervisor went to Prescott, Arizona to visit a friend a couple of months ago. He was staying with her, when one night she let out a scream. My supervisor took out his knife, stabbed it, and then proceeded to kill the arachnid.

Yeah, I don't think Arizona is the place for me. I don't want to have to worry about getting stung by one when I get up in the middle of the night.

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone." -Reba McEntire

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LaterGator1281725140.29710099 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007

A friend of ours here in Arkansas was bitten by one that was in his bed when he got in for the night. Ouch. It was a small one but a scorpion none the less.

kayt, isn't Las Vegas in AZ? LOL

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foundinlv21281725409.255277 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010
On 8/13/2010 kayt said:

I don't know how bad they are in Az. but here in Las Vegas, we have them and I've been in my house for 10 yrs. and this was the worst year....I think I found 3 or 4 of them, in and out. The ones inside were already dead when I found them but they still freak me out. One night a few years ago as I was cleaning up after dinner one was crawling across the kitchen floor. Some are poisonous, some not. Living here, you just have a regular schedule with the exterminator, once a month and that pretty much takes care of the creepy crawlers. They love palm trees so it may help if you live in the SW and don't plant any of these trees. A friend grew up in Mexico City and she says they always checked under the sheets at night before crawling into bed and their shoes in the morning before wearing. Every area of the country has pros and cons. Scorpions are definitely a con. But we have no mosquitos to speak of, so that's a plus.

You're right. While we haven't seen any yet my stepmom has called us late at night to have my husband come over and get rid of a couple that were in her house....I think they were woozy but definitely not dead. My husband put a glass over them and then slid a piece of cardboard under there to scoop it up...took it outside and then stepped on them. He'll release some type of insects but definitely not those.

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azqfan1281725425.5973511 PostsRegistered 10/24/2004

I've lived here almost my entire life and have never seen one except at a souvenir shop encased in plastic. My daughter had one in her house when she moved in but after they removed the dead palm fronds and gravel from her patio area never saw another one. There are some neighborhoods that have many of them and then others that have none.

babcias51281725474.691376 PostsRegistered 1/12/2009Az.

They're not that bad..I live next to a mountain park, so we get more that most..However, in 30 yrs here, I've only been bitten 4 times..The first was the worst.. The other three times, not so bad..You feel a bad burning for 4-5 hours..I used Benadril & it helped..Then a week or so later the palms of my hands & bottoms of my feet peeled... You do have to be cautious, but Florida has the recluse spider & everyone else the black widows..So everyone needs to be careful no matter where they live.

I have a cottage in Prescott & have never seen a scorpion inside or out..

babcias5

babcias51281725632.4371376 PostsRegistered 1/12/2009Az.
On 8/13/2010 Rover said:

A friend of ours here in Arkansas was bitten by one that was in his bed when he got in for the night. Ouch. It was a small one but a scorpion none the less.

kayt, isn't Las Vegas in AZ? LOL

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The smaller they are & the lighter in color, the more venomous they are. (So I've heard).

The bark scorpions carry more venom than the other types.

babcias5

Yuban31281725694.6838870 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006

Scorpions sting, they don't bite. That's why you have to be careful of their tail that curls up over their back. That's where the stinger and poison sac is.

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone." -Reba McEntire

"Housework can't kill you, but why take the chance?" - Phyllis Diller

hopi1281725931.48710860 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006

Have not seen one yet.

wildcherry1281725966.583463 PostsRegistered 11/23/2005

Thanks for the replies. I am itchy now. {#emotions_dlg.w00t} {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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azterry1281725971.6176341 PostsRegistered 3/31/2008valley of the sun, AZ

I've lived here over 36 years and I've seen one.

They eat crickets, so if you keep the crickets out of your house, you are less likely to have scorpions. They are also more heavily concentrated in just certain areas of the Phx metro area. Some areas have lots, some none.

Cats are another good way to keep them out of your home. They are very efficient scorpion killers.

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gabbyswolf1281726070.8231176 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007TEXAS

A few years ago, some friends and I flew to Scottsdale for a little vacation. One of the friends owned a beautiful home which had been locked up for about a month. The exterminator had not been there for about that long. First thing we saw was a brown recluse inside the house. Then we went outside to lounge around the pool. One of the guests found a coral snake in the back yard. Holy Cow!! Kept my eyes open from then on!!! {#emotions_dlg.crying}

kitkom1281726426.9035646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I remember our trip out west my family and I took way back when I was a little girl back in the 60's. We checked into a motel one night. My brother threw back the covers to his bed and there was a scorpion under his pillow! My Dad killed it and gave us the lecture that a scorpion was nothing compared to what he saw in the war (WW2)! My poor brother looked over his whole bed every time he turned over that night! That's actually the one vivid memory I have of our trip "out west"! Smile

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babcias51281726694.071376 PostsRegistered 1/12/2009Az.
On 8/13/2010 gabbyswolf said:

A few years ago, some friends and I flew to Scottsdale for a little vacation. One of the friends owned a beautiful home which had been locked up for about a month. The exterminator had not been there for about that long. First thing we saw was a brown recluse inside the house. Then we went outside to lounge around the pool. One of the guests found a coral snake in the back yard. Holy Cow!! Kept my eyes open from then on!!! {#emotions_dlg.crying}

We have pseudo snakes that look like a coral..I always remember the phrase "red & black won't hurt Jack,. Red & yellow can kill a fellow."..I've only seen one tiny rattler in my 30 yrs here by my house..You do see more in the desert though..

babcias5

lovepink1281726884.3671097 PostsRegistered 8/15/2006

Las Vegas is in Nevada

jojobeans1281727304.5933346 PostsRegistered 6/5/2010
On 8/13/2010 lovepink said:

Las Vegas is in Nevada

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mamagriz1281727474.61763 PostsRegistered 2/3/2008
On 8/13/2010 Rover said:

A friend of ours here in Arkansas was bitten by one that was in his bed when he got in for the night. Ouch. It was a small one but a scorpion none the less.

kayt, isn't Las Vegas in AZ? LOL

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Las Vegas is in Nevada Rover.

Alsee1281727957.2772422 PostsRegistered 11/21/2006

Does anyone have any info about Sun City/Sun City West - or Leisure World Mesa areas for these critters?

Thinking of those areas for possible retirement one of these years. Thanks for the scoop.

Gooday1281728184.1210206 PostsRegistered 1/20/2008

We are in a new development in Florence, Az. and our neighbor had them last year because their front door was not level. Other than that, I have not seen one yet but we have only been there one winter. I did however see a javelina! Verry creepy and it was around Superstition Mts. which is beautiful area.

Gooday1281728404.8110206 PostsRegistered 1/20/2008
On 8/13/2010 Alsee said:

Does anyone have any info about Sun City/Sun City West - or Leisure World Mesa areas for these critters?

Thinking of those areas for possible retirement one of these years. Thanks for the scoop.

IMO Sun City/West and up in Surprise is quite congested now. Farther up north and west is Buckeye that has a Del Web and it was formerly a very hold town now regentrifying. My brother has lived in the Southeast Valley for years and when I told him we were looking at Buckeye he said you won't see me to often because it's so far. We got lucky and found a beautiful spec home in Florence, Az. My brother found it and when we were there on vacation, we looked at it and bought it 3 days later. Quite impulsive for us! It was the best thing we have done so far.

kayt1281728508.2373278 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004
On 8/13/2010 Rover said:

A friend of ours here in Arkansas was bitten by one that was in his bed when he got in for the night. Ouch. It was a small one but a scorpion none the less.

kayt, isn't Las Vegas in AZ? LOL

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Nope Rover....I did a check and I'm still in Nevada. There's one in New Mexico but none in Az. as far as I know.Smile

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and he no longer votes democratic.......I don't know, I heard it somewhere.

Pianomama1281730373.3372816 PostsRegistered 6/7/2007southern California

When we lived in College Station, Texas, we moved from student housing into some newly constructed apartments. I found a bunch and believe me, I was scared silly. Being pregnant at the time, I was worried for the baby. In our student housing in the same city we never saw a one. I saw one once in my in-laws house in the country in east Texas. In South Carolina or California (desert area) I have never seen any.

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