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Old 10-27-2007, 12:25 AM
 
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Anyone have problems with ticks in Arizona? I'm hoping it won't be as bad there as it is here. My dog and I both have have chronic diseases caused by ticks, and the ticks are so bad where I live that we stay inside most of the spring and summer. This past year was the worst until the drought hit. Even with repellent on me and Frontline on the dog, spraying the yard, only going outside long enough for the dog to do his business or me going to the car, and getting rid of any tall grass and brush in the yard, we still managed to get oodles of ticks on us. Someone told me that there are few ticks in Arizona. Is that true?
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:01 AM
 
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I will be studying at the U of A this January and after reading all your posts about critters in Tucson I am completely TERRIFIED. Now don't get me wrong if I see a snake outside my house or a scorpion or whatever I will smash its head but knowing that that filthy scorpion touched my pillow or whatever... It just makes me wanna sink in a tub full of chlorine. I am not afraid of them I am just disgusted by their looks and how filthy they are.

I want to know the situation in the dorms of the U of A and possibly the housing area around it... I will probably stay in the dorms during my freshman year and then move out to an apartment near that area. I have read posts where people stress that critters can be found in the outskirts of the city and not so much inside the city... let alone the central part of it. I mean how can you find rattlesnakes in a urban setting?

Really guys your posts almost changed my opinion about U of A and now I am considering UCSD.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:19 AM
 
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I will be studying at the U of A this January and after reading all your posts about critters in Tucson I am completely TERRIFIED. Now don't get me wrong if I see a snake outside my house or a scorpion or whatever I will smash its head but knowing that that filthy scorpion touched my pillow or whatever... It just makes me wanna sink in a tub full of chlorine. I am not afraid of them I am just disgusted by their looks and how filthy they are.
That is COMPLETE IGNORANCE. Scorpions are NOT filthy, what on earth makes you think that? You, as a human, are FAR filthier than a scorpion. You should educate yourself before you make statements like that. If anything, scorpions should be disgusted by humans and our germ-havin, disease-spreading selves. Scorpions carry no diseases. Scorpions and snakes kill animals that do in fact carry diseases (ie rodents, cockroaches, etc). Killing them out of ignorance not only makes you look foolish, but also increases your chances of having actual "filthy" creatures around.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:50 PM
 
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Steve this is how I feel and whether I'm filthy or not won't affect you since I won't be using your bed or your couch. Thanks for answering my question
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:52 PM
 
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Steve this is how I feel and whether I'm filthy or not won't affect you since I won't be using your bed or your couch. Thanks for answering my question
Yeah, I agree, that last response was interesting...but anyway, I would say that Tucson, because of its typically dry weather, is generally less prone to certain types of critter infestation than other wetter parts of the country. I'm sure you hear all kinds of stories about snakes and scorpions, but that's mostly in the mountains and deserts. In the city you'll occasionally deal with the usual problems, like ants, small spiders, and sometimes cockroaches. So if you came to U of A, which is in the middle of a residential area, you probably wouldn't have much to worry about. However, I can't blame you for considering UC San Diego, it's a beautiful campus in a beautiful city (that hopefully hasn't burned to the ground by now, but you know what I mean).

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Old 10-30-2007, 08:18 PM
 
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Default Scorpions

I live on the east side of Tucson and have seen rattlesnakes , black bears, lots of Scorpions !!! the "bark scorpion " the poisonous ones. You shouldnt move here unless you want tp see this stuff every day.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:00 PM
 
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Default Scorpions in Northeast ?

What about Oro Valley.......are they in the houses there?
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:15 AM
 
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I live on the east side of Tucson and have seen rattlesnakes , black bears, lots of Scorpions !!! the "bark scorpion " the poisonous ones. You shouldnt move here unless you want tp see this stuff every day.
First off, scorpions are not poisonous, theyre venomous. Secondly, ALL of them are venomous, with the bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda) being the most potent of them all.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:57 AM
 
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Here is a little page I created about scorpions, in case anyone is interested...

//www.city-data.com/forum/pets/...scorpions.html
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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First off, scorpions are not poisonous, theyre venomous.
What's the difference? I see you're a big-time expert on these creatures!
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