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Old 04-30-2008, 07:18 PM
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O.K. I am with you. We are also from the midwest -- Wichita -- and are relocating to Phoenix. This is a big issue with me as well.

Old 04-30-2008, 07:42 PM
Location: Arizona
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I remember when I first moved here I heard about all of the precautions to take and really was rather freaked out about scorpions. Now having been here 12 years and having never seen one in either of my homes or the apartment I lived in the first year it has really become a non-issue - and I live in new construction very near open desert. I would never go without pest control however.
Old 05-01-2008, 06:55 PM
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If this Scorpion issue is a strong phobic concern you will simply hate Phoenix and live in fear. As others have said no area in Phoenix is free of scorpions and furthermore my pest control guy tells me that the density of scorpions in areas can change over a few years, even though some neighborhoods always maintain have a high incidence.
A good pest control contactor can greatly reduce the likelihood of scorpions in any house (a much more important factor than what area of town you live in) but he can't eliminate it. My bug man is one of the absolute best and a scorpion specialist and I will still see one or two a year in the house. Naturally there are others I don't see. I use a dust-pan and brush to gingerly scoop them up and release them outside.
These creatures are part of the desert eco-system. They were here before us and will probably be here long after we are gone. Sorry, but you need to learn to live with them because from Surprise to Gold Canyon these little guys are likely to turn up occasionally.
Old 05-01-2008, 09:52 PM
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We lived in Goodyear for two years in a new Fulton Homes subdivision and never saw a single scorpion, just crickets.
Old 05-01-2008, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Readyforachange View Post
Oh I know it's going to happen. I just wanted to know of specific areas within those two cities where there hasn't been much of a problem. I'm sure some areas of those towns have more issues than others. That's what I'm looking for.
They are "bugs" and I'm pretty sure bugs aren't partial to one city or another. I'm in a residential neighborhood but next to a pretty big nature preserve/park/open space area and have never, ever seen a Scorpion, dead or alive. Not in the yard, where I've never sprayed for pests. Not in the walls or attic, which are 50 years old. I've gone through occasional outbreaks of little lizards, crickets, aphids, an occasional roach (which was met with 20 "motels") and I'm currently being terrorized by a nieghbor's free range chicken.

If you are that much freaked out, maybe you shouldn't move here. Otherwise, when you are narrowing your choice of a house, hire a bug person to inspect it. Scorps are in AZ but aren't like canadian geese... their range is very limited. If you pick a place with no Scorps, it'll likely stay that way if you are in a residential area. Crossing wide streets and climbing over wall after wall is not conducive to their natural patterns.
Old 05-01-2008, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by joninaz View Post
I've gone through occasional outbreaks of little lizards, crickets, aphids, an occasional roach (which was met with 20 "motels") and I'm currently being terrorized by a nieghbor's free range chicken.

A real chicken or was that just a metaphor for something?

Reason I ask is because chickens are known to eat scorpions, and so that could be a big reason why you haven't seen any. And that's a good thing of course.

I never saw any when I lived out in Phoenix, but they are there, and they are part of desert life. They aren't purposely looking to sting anyone, they get scared just like humans, and are only trying to protect themselves when they feel threatened.
Old 05-02-2008, 09:38 AM
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Scorpions were a HUGE worry of mine before we moved here, so I can relate to those of you who are considering moving here and worried about them too. It's true that scorpions are everywhere; however, it is not true that if you are in a rural or outlying area you will see more of them. Our home in Peoria has a view fence overlooking a wash area with a walking trail and is approximately 10 homes from wide open desert with mountains. In the almost 3 yrs we've been here, we've never seen a scorpion in/around our home. I've heard of other more "centrally" located homes that have had them, so I think it has more to do with a home being built over a previous scorpion nest. My advice is don't let scorpions hold you back from moving here as I think it is a great place to live. Best wishes!
Old 05-02-2008, 01:30 PM
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Default Scorpions & Pools

I know scorpions seek out water but will they actually go into a pool/spa to get it? Can scorpions swim? If I am in my swimming pool it is possible I will see a scorpion float by me?? Also can they go underwater and crawl on the bottom of the pool?? I am building a home with a fairly large pool and am curious If I may be swimming with these little guys??
Old 05-02-2008, 03:40 PM
Location: Phoenix,AZ
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No worries, Cap'n.

That chlorine will drive 'em off.

Your big worry is the occasional duck.

Old 05-02-2008, 04:40 PM
Location: Phoenix metro
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Originally Posted by Great Joy View Post
I think it has more to do with a home being built over a previous scorpion nest
Scorpions dont have nests, people. They give live birth who then proceed to live on their mother's "back" until they molt (shed their exoskeleton) a few times, then theyre off on their own, often subjected to cannibalism by their siblings and/or mother. Some people think scorpions lay thousands of eggs in the ground and leave them, which is entirely untrue.
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