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Old 06-19-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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We are seriously thinking of relocating to one towns near Dallas.
Our main concern are the scorpions since my husband does get "bug bites" that swell up terrible all the time here in Illinois. Does having a monthly pest control spraying company control the problem or are they pretty much there and we will see them in the house closets etc.?

Of course we are concerned about the flooding now too....
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Allen, Texas
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Well I lived in Texas (DFW) over 10 years and never saw one. We did see some black widows in the garage from time to time, but that's about it other than black ants, occasional fire ants in the summer, and occasional spider spiders. We lived in subdivision housing though so maybe that makes a difference, although camping we never did either.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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I have never seen a scoprion in Dallas. (I have seen them in Austin and up near Lake Texoma). If you go into a new subdivision with new construction, I think you will so more critters as their territory was most recently disturbed. All we have here in North Dallas are those big water bugs that don't bite, massive amounts of mosquitos, fire ants, possums, wasps.
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Old 06-19-2007, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Cedar Hill, Texas
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I've heard reports of scorpions in suburbs north of Dallas, such as McKinney, Frisco, etc. I live about 10 miles southwest of Dallas and have never seen a scorpion.

But, like others have said, fire ants are no picnic.
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Old 06-19-2007, 09:53 PM
 
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Scorpions tend to move out when houses move it. I haven't seen one in our area in years. You may see a few if you move into a new area, but otherwise, it's really not a big deal. I would worry more about fire ants. Ooops. Sorry.
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:39 AM
 
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I've heard reports of scorpions in suburbs north of Dallas, such as McKinney, Frisco, etc. I live about 10 miles southwest of Dallas and have never seen a scorpion.

But, like others have said, fire ants are no picnic.
Maybe a long time ago, but these days those areas are packed with people, homes, parks, shopping centers, etc. I tend to agree with TruBlu that once development occurs, they become a non-issue. You probably still need to be aware of them (and snakes) though if you ever decide to go off the beaten path into say the mountain bike trails (Erwin Park, etc.). I fear rats alot more than scorpions. Rats seem to be alot more prevelant in older developed areas.

So no matter where you choose, you have some 'critter' element to worry about...

As for flooding, I'd look for an area with rolling hills and attempt to find a lot that sits higher than the rest of the homes in the area (this also gives you a nicer view). The insurance company can also tell you where the flood zones are located.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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Default Bugs

I think its kind of funny that I have seen frequent topics about bug concerns. Having lived from one corner of the country to the other I can say there are bug/animal concerns EVERYWHERE. But don't let that be a deciding factor on whether you move someplace or not. That's like saying that if a place doesn't have a "Herald" newpaper vs. a "Times" I am not moving there. Just follow a simple rule of thumb, don't bug the animals and they won't bug you (pun intended). Also, don't stick your bare hand anyplace you can't see and you will be alright.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:53 PM
 
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Default Never seen a scorpion

I have lived in Dallas for 7 years, having moved from Illinois. Forget about the scorpions, I would worry about the heat! I have never seen a scorpion in Dallas, but every so often you will hear about someone finding one.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Mesa
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I lived in Dallas for 12 years and never saw a scorpion. Did see one tarantula, but I really think it was someone's former pet that was released or escaped.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:46 AM
 
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Worrying about a scorpion in Dallas is like worrying about a moose in Illinois.
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