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Old 09-08-2013, 03:31 AM
 
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I've been living in north Scottsdale for past 4 months and I've been hopelessly looking for a place with no scorpions in the area, however according to apartmentreviews.com website, every place has some. Anyhow, I managed to find one without, or at least I hope so - on that site there wasn't one single review mentioning them and I truly hope its true cause I'm about to sign a lease. So, my question is - anyone here has been or lives in those apts? Thanks a lot!
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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First, you can't really trust those apartment review sites. People with complaints are the only ones that post, and realistically the majority of renters have some kind of complaints. Take those reviews with a large boulder of salt.

Second, no place - house, condo( apartment, office building, restaurant, grocery store, etc. is going to be totally bug free. Scorpions are no where near as common as people worry about. But they do appear every so often.

It's the desert. They were here long before you, and will be here long after we are all gone.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:03 AM
 
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Seriously why all the scorpion threads? I'll let this be my last response to a scorpion thread. From the University of Arizona:

"The most common scorpions found in the Sonoran Desert are the Giant Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis) the Striped Tailed Scorpion (Vaejovis spinigerus and the Baja California Bark Scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda). Out of these species, only the Baja California Bark Scorpion's venom is toxic enough to cause potentially dangerous symptoms in humans. However, this species is not normally considered dangerous to healthy adults. The stings of both the Striped Tailed and Giant Hairy Scorpion are similar to that of a wasp sting.

Scorpions are not malicious creatures that stalk out humans to sting. Scorpions are also not usually aggressive creatures, but rather wary, timid, and retiring. Most people are stung by scorpions when they accidently step on them, stick their hands or feet into places that act as shelter for scorpions (such as under rocks, under debris, etc.) or when someone intentionally handles them. Taking precautions such as always wearing proper footwear outdoors and never sticking your hands or feet into places that may act as potential hides will greatly reduce the chances of receiving a scorpion sting. Common sense and caution outdoors with help alleviate confrontations between humans and wildlife.

Once people look past their fears, they can start to see scorpions as they amazing and beneficial creatures that they are. Scorpions are extremely valuable components to natural Eco-systems, as they play complex roles of both predators and prey. Scorpions also act as natural gauges for environmental degradation. When scorpions cease to turn up in habitats that should support them, it is a strong indicator that the environment has been severely degraded. In this respect, scorpions act like 'the canary in the coal mine' for certain natural habitats.

Scorpions are also valuable to medical research. The venoms of several different species are being looked at as they may be instrumental in the creation of new antibiotics and various cancer treatments, including brain cancer."
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I've been living in the Phoenix area for almost 30 years and I've probably seen maybe 3 scorpions in the wild my whole life.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:09 PM
 
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I have lived here for over two years and I have seen exactly ONE. And that one was out in the middle of nowhere down near Florence.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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Let's not make this yet another general scorpion thread. The OP has a specific question about a specific location. If you've lived there or live there now, or have knowledge through someone who has, share it, please.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I lived in central Scottsdale a few years and did not find any scorpions. I was near the greenbelt.

I've seen my second bark scorpion (ever) about two months ago. It was dead. The first was also dead. They get in to find food and don't find any. I do not leave any food scraps in garbage disposal or wastebasket long enough to attract bugs that scorpions chase. I'm in southeast Phoenix that has a nearby hill that's all desert. Also note the big puddles left by these storms attract crickets. You hear crickets, well that means scorpions are nearby. Keep your sliding glass doors shut. Shake out your shoes before putting them on. Keep your bed spreads above the floor.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Let's not make this yet another general scorpion thread. The OP has a specific question about a specific location. If you've lived there or live there now, or have knowledge through someone who has, share it, please.




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Old 09-13-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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We live in SoSo (South Scottsdale), at the base of the buttes (64th & Oak St). In 7 years - we have never seen a scorpion. I don't recall any of our neighbors or friends that live in the 'hood ever mention seeing scorpions.

Most people that we know with new construction complain about scorpions. Hope that helps.
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