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Old 09-29-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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My story. Was working outside near our barn while my daughter was riding her horse, she was having some trouble getting the mare to settle down, making her turn circles and such when all the sudden the horse starts a bucking, runs into the stalls and the kid bales off. I come a running to see what the prob is and as I'm conversing with said kid I get that buggy feeling and realize I'm surrounded by yellow jacks and their stinging away. Turns out that the kid was schooling the horse right on top of a jacks nest and when I came running I ran right through the tore up nest. When I realize my predicament I bolt for the house and run right back through the nest AGAIN and hit the front door with cloud of jackets in tow. Once inside I furiously strip down to nothing and I'm stung ALL OVER. The little turds find their way into your shorts, your scalp, behind the ear lobes, everywhere. My gracious wife helps pick em off me even while their still getting their last death throw stings in and starts a tub of cool water and baking soda. My teen daughter escaped with out a sting. Once those suckers mark you the rest pile on! At least scorps don't do that.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:11 AM
 
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Scorpio's are ALOT more dangerous than scorpions. Ever hear the story about the frog and the scorpion?
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:36 AM
 
Location: TX
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Just got stung the other day. Didn't expect it would be beneath something on top of a bench out on the deck. When I went to pick the container up, it got me! I went in, washed the hand with detergent, got the ice pack out and kept it cold for a while. That one was unusually painful. Normally I'm fine after a half hour. I rarely get stung. I know to be careful. They like mulch and hide beneath things. Strangely enough we've never found any in a shoe in all these years. We must have different kinds of shoes than people who do find them in shoes. If I find them indoors, I kill them. If they're outside, they're left alone. I don't freak out about things like that...I'm a native Texan, but they've been around here longer than my ancestors have and compromises have to be made. Now, the copperhead I saw in the garden the other night...well, I just didn't know what it was until afterward when I posted the picture on a gardening forum. Not sure what I would've have done if I'd known. I'll have to think about that...might see another one!
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:50 AM
 
Location: NW near Sea World...and in a house
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Found one over the stove tonight while grabbing a late night snack ! Ugh! I'm laying in bed with the creepy crawlies. Anyone know of a guaranteed and reputable pest company geared toward killing these nasty little critters. The thought of one stinging my son makes me cringe I want to resolve this quick. I dint know if they are like roaches where there is one there is more. But one is enough for me to be paranoid.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:50 AM
 
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Scorpio's are ALOT more dangerous than scorpions. Ever hear the story about the frog and the scorpion?
Even more dangerous is Serpico!
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Old 05-14-2010, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Found one over the stove tonight while grabbing a late night snack ! Ugh! I'm laying in bed with the creepy crawlies. Anyone know of a guaranteed and reputable pest company geared toward killing these nasty little critters. The thought of one stinging my son makes me cringe I want to resolve this quick. I dint know if they are like roaches where there is one there is more. But one is enough for me to be paranoid.
The truth is...it is difficult for PC companies to kill them. WHen we first bought our house, he ahd them all of the time. Our PC guy told me that since scorpions don't groom themselves, they generally don't ingest the poison. What WILL kill them is eating dead bugs that HAVE ingested poison. After a few years, as your neighborhood devops, you will see fewer and fewer of them. After 8 years, we now rarely see one. In fact, we saw one the other day, and it was the first one in nearly 2 years!

TIPS: keep your porches and patios clear of debris and dead bugs. Don't leave "piles" of stuff in the yard. And CHECK anything you pick up off of the floor. You will generallly see them at dusk, that is when they become active.

There is an old saying that they always travel in pairs, but that is not true. Just because you see one does not mean there are more lurking

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Old 05-14-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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One more thing about Scorpion prevention. They absolutely LOVE sawdust. So if you have a garage shop, best to get a shop vac and clean up frequently.
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