NightTime Visitor

Discussion in 'Lawn Care/Landscaping' started by Verdeboy, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    How would you like to step on this guy with your bare feet in the middle of the night? Luckily I saw him come in the door when I was airing out my apartment.

    He's a 5 inch long arachnid that looks exactly like a scorpion. He's called a Giant Vinegaroon because he defends himself by squirting acetic acid. By the time I caught him, my whole apartment smelled like vinegar.

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  2. CHH

    CHH New Member

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    Sheesh! What part of the country do you find those beasties? Nothing around here but the common browns...
  3. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    You find them in SW Texas and SW NM. They're actually quite docile and make good pets--or so I'm I'm told.
  4. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    In Florida I've seen some pretty big ugly bugs. Suprised me that when we went to Tenessee for a vacation they had f'n HUGE scorpions.
  5. speedbump

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    Yeah, same here. I've never seen one of those. But we do have the Brown Recluse which I hope I can stay away from.
  6. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    One day when I was younger I was weeding my neighbor's flowerbed. I had just seen a brown recluse scurry under a peice of wood and was watching out for a black widow that was nested nearby when I got stung by a wood scorpion. Though the least dangerous of the 3, the bite sucked. I could feel the venom running up my arm - that was scary.
  7. CHH

    CHH New Member

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    Are you suggesting that arachnids conduct coordinated inter-species attacks on humans? Is it time for a holy war against the arachnid terrorists?:D
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  8. speedbump

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    The closest I have been to a Scorpion was carrying in fire wood. It was cold enough that day to put him into hybernation. I was setting the last log on the mantle when something fell off the log into my hand. I looked down and I was holding one that was starting to wake up. He went into the fire in a hurry.

    Black Widow's are everywhere around here, but I'll take one of them any day over the Recluse.
  9. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    They must've recognized the weakness in a well-intentioned 13 year old. :D
    No weakness now, I just squash them on site!

    We seem to have a load of brown widows around here, along with the black ones. The only scorpions I've seen down here are pretty small, usually smaller than a quarter. The one's up in TN were like 6" long! :eek:
  10. molo

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    The benefits of living in 9 cold, dark, dismal, and dreary months..... very few small predators survive, so you'll live to see another 9 cold, dark, dismal, and dreary months.

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