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Old 02-16-2007, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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okay, this may have been talked about a lot too....sorry.

But I need to know the truth about these scary things! I never knew scorpions were a serious problem in peope's houses until I started doing a little research. What about apartments? I would imagine that if you live in a newer aparment building (and up higher) your chances of finding a scorpion would be less!? (please tell me the best way to avoid these creatures!!). Are they common in the urban areas too? Is there some big cover up going on and the scorps are hiding out in hotel rooms too!?!!?

I'm a little freaked out by scorpions, roaches, snakes...all that. I may be working outdoors a bit, so expect to find them there, that doesn't bother me. But if I find one in my sink I might sleep in my car...

thanks!

 
Old 02-16-2007, 01:34 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Relax. Scorpions mostly come in from CA with the palm trees. There are places that have them but they are relatively rare. In eleven years in our place...which is pretty large and sprawling and close to undeveloped desert we have never seen one. We know a particular area in one neighborhood that gets one rarely...but that is about it.

Being stung is generally not a big deal. Like a wasp. No real problem unless you are allergic...which is rare.

In general the only creature you will run into is the good old german cockroach. Add water to the desert and you grow cockroaches. Proper spraying controls them pretty much completely.
 
Old 02-16-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I am relaxed, I havn't moved yet and want to educate myself. I have read stories that are much worse than what you describe. but I guess my real question is, since i am not planning on living in a home, but an apartment -- are they less of a problem in apartments? Apartments tend to be managed and often they spray for pests etc, and I figure the higher a person lives in a building (like say, a high rise for instance) they are less likely to get pests such as scorpions. Is this true? Would I see fewer scorpions on a 5th floor apartment than a garden apartment? I would think so, but I dont know for sure, so I ask..

thanks.
 
Old 02-16-2007, 07:57 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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I am relaxed, I havn't moved yet and want to educate myself. I have read stories that are much worse than what you describe. but I guess my real question is, since i am not planning on living in a home, but an apartment -- are they less of a problem in apartments? Apartments tend to be managed and often they spray for pests etc, and I figure the higher a person lives in a building (like say, a high rise for instance) they are less likely to get pests such as scorpions. Is this true? Would I see fewer scorpions on a 5th floor apartment than a garden apartment? I would think so, but I dont know for sure, so I ask..

thanks.
The probability of a scorpion anywhere is low. In a multi apartment building less yet...on a upper floor less yet.


The test for scorpions is relatively simple. You go out at night with a black light. Scorpions come out at night and fluoresce like mad.

If you start fixating on the subject you are going to make yourself unhappy. I don't know anywhere in the US...certainly no where in the warm half...that does not have a couple of noxious pests. Vegas is free of most. Mosquitoes are rare, ticks and flees nonexistent pretty much . Only ground burrowing termites...a few percent of the problem presented by flying ones in most warm climates. We do have black widow spiders and rarely scorpions. There are even a few very rare tarantulas in the desert. But basically nicer than most warm places in the US.

Out of curiousity where did you find the scarey scorpion stories? Like to see them.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 05:28 AM
 
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Yeah, we all heard the "make sure you shake out your boots in the morning the get the scorpions out" stories before moving to Vegas.....lol.

In five years there, including 2 years living in a development that backed up to vacant desert, we never saw a single scorpion or cockroach. There was an occasional spider, and a lot of crickets when they finally started moving dirt on the other side of the wall of our back yard, but that's it. The crickets and spiders are easily controlled by having a pest control company service your home. It cost around $20/month and is highly recommended- especially if you live toward the outskirts of town.

You're going to worry yourself to death.

Bob
 
Old 02-17-2007, 06:11 AM
 
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I lived in Las Vegas for almost 10 years. Like you, I fear bugs, snakes, etc. But we didn't have a problem with them. Occassionally in the house you see a spider, just like anywhere you live. I only saw a terantula (spelling?) once and that was hiking in Red Rock. Never saw a snake at all.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've never seen a scorpion in Nevada. I know they are here but I don't see them. Urban areas aren't where they hang out. I saw one once in rural Texas, and a tarrantula too.

You will see roaches. The best way to minimize these peste is to take out the trash every day and NEVER leav any food out or dirth dishes in the sink. I also keep my flour and sugar in the freezer. I learned this from living in Texas too. The roach capitol of the world!

There are Black Widow Spiders. Don't blindly reach into dark quiet places. Use the flashlight and take a look first! You are much more likely to see them outside and they have crazy looking webs.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 10:48 AM
 
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Just to follow up --- I never saw a roach in my home in all the years there. And I kept my sugar in the cupboard in a container with a lid. I do keep the kichen clean, but would do that anyway. :-)
 
Old 02-17-2007, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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thanks good to hear all this. I wasnt worried about it until I read some stories (I just did a google search and tons of stories came up from all over the southwest including las vegas area, but mostly summerlin for whtaever reason). I am not worried yet, I know myself. If it got to the point where I had to walk around with a blacklight and tweezers THEN I would be worried and never able to sleep again!! If I go into a place feeling like there is no problem it wont get to that point and I'll be fine. I have moved into apartments with roaches before and I could NOT sleep!! I now live an apartment where I am the first tenant in a new construction and I have never seen a bug...its so nice!! I hate to leave such security to find scorpions in my sink! ack!!!

Thats a good tip to keep flour and sugar in the freezer.... I will probably try that once I leave here.

anyway, I can't give links to the stories I read about scropions cause I dont have them anymore, but it was very easy to find...even watched a home movie of a guy with a blacklight and catching scorpions...yuck, no thanks! some people have some really horrible stories about their homes being infested and one or two of them was in the las vegas area but mostly arizona or texas. I did read a couple of apartment reviews in las vegas where scorpions were a problem, it seemed to be one of the apartments was a garden level apartment near the pool and palms.

thanks.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Wow! My spelling was awful on that post! Sorry!

Anyway, with reasonable precautions, you won't run into these nasty creatures! I walk around barefoot a lot and I never even think about these things. If they were more common, I would.

I've lived on the east coast and the midwest. I know people don't think twice about leaving a box of doughnuts or something on the counter. You just can't do that in the south. Vegas or Texas for sure!

Maybe the freezer thing is extreme but it has served me well! Another little trick is to put bay leaves in the container. THEY say roaches don't like them.
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