In Tucson you have to watch out for scorpions...  

puntachueca 106M
2534 posts
6/21/2006 7:08 pm

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6/25/2006 7:14 pm

In Tucson you have to watch out for scorpions...

Just saw an ad on television about how to avoid having scorpions in and around one's home.

I'm surprised the local tourism bureau hasn't gotten the ad yanked off the air.

Our part of the world is promoted as a tourist site, as well as a great place to live.

However, it isn't until after you've sunk a few hundred grand buying a house that you find out the truth about Southern Arizona:

--we have a poisonous type of scorpion that just loves to get into houses and snuggle up in your bed or your shoes. Blacklights are handy to find them.

--we also have more kinds of poisonous snakes than anywhere in the US. One has to watch where they walk.

--we have violent thunderstorms starting (probably tonight)and lasting into September that cause flash floods, thousands of lightning strikes, and nasty wind and dust storms.

--we have a local lung disease called "Valley Fever" that everyone catches, and some folks die from.

--because of the 10 year drought, coyotes, bob cats, mountain lions and even bears have been hanging out in city neighborhoods looking to snack on pets.

--Tucson is a notoriously low wage town.

So....just in case you were thinking of visiting or moving here...bring your blacklight.


List of common venomous critters found in Tucson homes and yards:

Bark Scorpion
Black Widow Spider
Brown Recluse Spider
Gila Monster
Coral Snake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake
Other Rattlesnakes

sexyariesgirl 58F

6/21/2006 8:47 pm

DAYUM!!!!!!!!!! Bet you don't have to worry about the tourism bureau tryin to hire you darlin! lol

Power To FOK

puntachueca replies on 6/21/2006 8:57 pm:
Darned right. I did a post on my other website and whenever you looked up "Tucson" I made the first page with "where they hunt for scorpions with blacklights"....guess I liked the place a lot more when there were 900,000 fewer neighbors. Moved out beyond the edge of the sprawl...but now it is creeping up again.

QueenOfSwords 35F

6/21/2006 9:21 pm

Thanks Really I cant visit till you get rid of the scorpions and the bad spiders ( most spiders are good) But please leave the mountain lions and bears because Ive never seen any before

puntachueca replies on 6/21/2006 10:20 pm:
The worst spiders are the Brown Recluse...I got bit by one and almost lost my thumb. Generally, they tanquillize the lions and bears and relocate them back to the mountains. There are so many coyotes people just ignore them.

demonicsexkitten 42F
10688 posts
6/24/2006 6:52 pm

eeek ok... scratch visiting. i don't do spiders or scorpions. snakes don't scare me quite so much.

puntachueca replies on 6/24/2006 8:50 pm:
I've actually gotten pretty good at keeping the scorpions out of the house. Do you mind lizards?

demonicsexkitten 42F
10688 posts
6/25/2006 9:48 am

lizards are fine i'm only terrified of spiders. and scorpions cuz they're too spider-ish. *shudder*

puntachueca replies on 6/25/2006 7:16 pm:
Now there's some good spiders...wolf spiders...they eat bugs and are smart enough to stay away..up high on the wall next to the ceiling.

Where I used to live there were geckos all over...great lizrds, only come out at night and also eat bugs. Had to wanr people though, turn on the light...ooops, there's the pet lizard.

I'm not into pesticides and chemicals in I try to work with nature.

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