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Old 06-30-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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hi all
been reading some stuff related to snakes around the dallas area
is it pretty common for snakes in backyards etc? is there any danger? Are they poisonous etc?

What about other "yucky" things like scorpions/fireants?

Never had any experiece with such in the midwest. I am trying to put my mind to ease in terms of moving to Dallas.

Any insight would be appreciated.
Thanks
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This was in Frisco just last month during a new home phase inspection I was doing. While lifting up the black poly flashing at the foundation brick ledge there they were. We do have scorpions but typically not poisonous ones (these were not poisonous). However they can still cause significant problems for small children, the elderly, and those with special medical issues.

For dangerous/poisonous snakes we do have Western Cottonmouth, Copperhead, and the rare sighting in out area (Dallas and East) of rattlesnakes.

Our biggest issue here though are the fire ants! If you've ever been tagged by a pile of these you'll never forget it and it only takes once to learn a lesson!! For healthy people fire ants are typically more a pain than anything when they hit you. Just like any stinging or biting pest though they can cause issues for small children, the elderly, and those with allergies/medical conditions.

For other issues we do have some nasty hornets, wasps, and some bee types that you sure don't want to bump their nests as they will swarm and let you know you did!!

Also a lot of people are not aware that alligators are indigenous to North Texas and we do have those in our area albeit not a major number of them.

Of course you can go to just about anywhere in the country and encounter potential threats of many different types. I wouldn't worry about any of it and just learn to use caution and make sure you don't keep habitats up for these pests.
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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I think that the majority of people who haven't seen snakes don't go outdoors much. I spend a lot of time outside; I live on a greenbelt in Garland - I get copperheads (poisonous), rat snakes and others on my property regularly. I was walking my dog 2 nights ago and almost stepped on a copperhead in my alley. Yes, fire ants can be dangerous too - they have an awful bite. When I was a kid there were scorpions in the area, but I don't see them anymore. Really, a bigger danger is Lyme disease - spread by ticks, mosquitos, fleas and chiggers (all of which live here in abundance).
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:05 PM
 
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I almost drove over a six-foot diamondback water snake in the alley behind the condo. I left him alone, and about two weeks later a neighbor had one of the landscapers kill it. I live in the Richardson Peninsula.

I don't like them, but we had an abundance of rabbits this year that the snake was going to feast on.

A colleague who lives out off Murphy Road has probably seen 5 snakes this year, one in the back of his truck.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamondback_Water_Snake
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:04 AM
 
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I moved from the midwest. I have to say the spiders here are a lot scarier than the ones back in the midwest. A lot bigger. I have yet to see a snake but I do not spend much time in the yard. We have had pest control come out for a few wasp nests. Pest control also says we have a black widow living by the fences in our yard and they haven't been able to catch it and it keeps coming back despite the fact that they spray and brush their webs away. I live in the suburbs.
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