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Old 05-20-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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*well, not really. But in my experience, coming to SA from very subtropical Houston, home of the flying roaches, well--I've had 5 scorpions in my house, one in my bed, and one that I stepped on.

They're just wretched creatures.
My wife got stung on her hand by one on the outside of her front door. She was in a lot of pain, I can't imagine how painful and inconvenient being stung on a foot would be.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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Aaaah! I forgot about scorpions.

I'm a native Houstonian living in New England and contemplating a move to SA. I had assumed the roaches would be the worst problem.

We are thinking to move just north of downtown--hope the bugs aren't too bad there...
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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Thank you so much, everyone!!! I'm terrified of roaches but I hadn't even considered that you guys would get SCORPIONS! I'm in Upstate NY right now, trying to get away from the harsh winters. I have honestly never even seen a roach or a scorpion that wasn't in a pet store or a zoo. I really, really don't think I could handle seeing them in my house :/
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I think that most everyplace has their own kind of bugs that are annoying/scary/ugly/nuisances. It shouldn't keep you from moving somewhere - really, bugs can be controlled by pest control companies if they're a problem. You're also not hearing from the thousands of people who have never seen a scorpion or a roach in their house!
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:03 PM
 
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The scorpions aren't bad. About like a wasp sting. Harmless, but can be painful. Some people may have allergies to the local scorpion stings that would present the only real urgent concern. They are creepy little buggers though.

Here is some info on the local variety.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Honestly, if you want to live in a place warm enough that you don't have to deal with cold winters, then you're going to have to deal with bugs. No lie, the roaches here are huge - I don't know if they're the same as palmetto bugs in the southeastern states, but they pretty much look the same. They totally freak me out. But they won't hurt you - they are just gross. I would guess almost anywhere warm has them.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:05 PM
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We've had many bug threads here before. The bottom line on SA scorpions is that you're unlikely to get them in your house unless there's construction nearby and the ground has been dug up. If their habitat gets disturbed, the scorpions go roaming in search of a new one. Otherwise, they don't venture out much.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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Honestly, I'm way more afraid of the roaches then the scorpions. Sure, every place has bugs, but we definitely do not have large bugs in our houses here. We have lady bugs LOL. Hardly terrifying or gross! I'm trying to find a balance between bugs and a more mild climate. I'm starting to look into Virginia. Sounds like they get some roaches, but probably nothing like you guys see. They seem to get a tiny bit of snow in the winters, which I could live with if it keeps bugs that are the size of small birds out of my house hehehe Thank you all for your help!!
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:37 PM
 
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I found a scorpion in my kitchen sink this morning.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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My wife got stung on her hand by one on the outside of her front door. She was in a lot of pain, I can't imagine how painful and inconvenient being stung on a foot would be.
Okay, I have to disclose--I did not get stung. I stepped on it in the kitchen with my bare foot--right about where my arch is--and do you know that little &%*$# survived that?! It was VERY unhappy and parading back and forth in quite a stunned angry stupor looking for its aggressor, but I had backed up by that time and turned the light on to see what it was so I was across the room. Oh man, it was so mad. Hubby came over and did the ol' shoe THWACK! and he was in Scorpion hell. LOL.

As for the bed one, my husband was stung on his back after I brushed it off me in my sleep. We do bed checks now, every summer. All beds get checked every single night.
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