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Old 10-10-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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!!! So I'm at an auction this morning, and glimpse an odd-looking bug creeping around in a little rock garden. My friend checks it out - it was a scorpion!!! No one else seemed alarmed, they said even if you did get stung, it wouldn't be any worse than a bee sting. Is that true? I had no idea there were scorpions in Missouri!!! Very alarmed!!! Someone educate me on these critters!!!
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: south Missouri
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Scorpions are here, at least in the Ozarks. I'm not sure about statewide; I personally never saw one until I moved southward.

I have never been stung but my MIL has, long ago.

Just one more of the local critters!
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Old 10-10-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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!!! So I'm at an auction this morning, and glimpse an odd-looking bug creeping around in a little rock garden. My friend checks it out - it was a scorpion!!! No one else seemed alarmed, they said even if you did get stung, it wouldn't be any worse than a bee sting. Is that true? I had no idea there were scorpions in Missouri!!! Very alarmed!!! Someone educate me on these critters!!!
lol, yes... there are scorp's in Missouri [mainly Ozarks] - right next to the spiders, tics, and chiggers,,, with the snakes not to far from 'em.

http://extension.missouri.edu/public...b.aspx?P=g7364
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... All scorpions have poison glands located in the bulbous last segment of the abdomen, which ends in the stinger. Scorpions rarely sting humans except when pinned against the skin. The sting of the striped scorpion usually results in a localized painful swelling and discoloration at the sting site. The effect lasts only for a few hours and has been described as being similar to a bee or wasp sting. There are other species of scorpions found only in southern Arizona and Mexico that have been responsible for human deaths.
The Striped Scorpion (http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/arthopo/scorpion/ - broken link)
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... Scorpions are sometimes found in buildings and shelters, as well as under piles of wood, brush, or garbage. This is particularly true in the Ozarks and other areas that have a lot of glades. Scorpions seek these places out, especially if there are few humans around, because here they find ideal shelter and plentiful food supplies. ...
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Old 10-10-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: at work!
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Cute pets!
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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Yes there definately are. Not only scorpians, but even worse, tarantulas. I had family that lived in the truman lake area and it wasn't uncommon to find either one. Ick.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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Yelp my wife about stepped on this one in the Shower at Truman Lake



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Old 10-11-2009, 07:58 AM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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Yeah Scorps are here in California too. I've had them up close and personal but they never caused a problem. Just be a little more cautious in areas they might be and you should be fine.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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*phew* I'd only ever heard of the deadly poisonous ones in the desert. Glad to know they are no more harmful than bees and whatnot.
We have ducks, chickens, turkeys, geese that roam freely around the house...that might be a factor in why I haven't seen any at home.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I was stung last night for the first time since moving to AZ in 1994. We've had some spottings in the house & have always prided ourselves on having a "sixth sense" about them. We've come close to stepping on them or brushing against them, but never been stung....until now. We tend to see the odd one after an aggressive housecleaning. Probably disturb them while moving things, vacuuming & whatnot? Well, I walked into the kitchen to put the dishes in the sink after dinner, and bam, a sharp stab on the toe next to the baby toe. Look down and rotten critter is running away from me! I felt a hot burning sensation which last about 4 hours, it was sort of like a constant cigarette burn. It never swelled, there was nor is any discoloration that I can see (I can't even see the sting mark) and this morning my toe was a bit numb when I woke up. It was actually not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe I have a high tolerance, maybe he didn't catch me completely or maybe I am just lucky. Anyway, not a pleasant experience, but not as traumatic as I expected it would be. No more bare feet....no matter how hot it is!
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: republic
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used to have them in the house didnt see any more after the exterminators started to come on a regular basis....never was stung
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