Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sooner or Later


I knew it would happen sooner or later.

I didn't scream like I thought I would, but there was a very audible gasp. I don't know if it was the terrible wind outside that blew it in, or the fact that my neighbors had "the bug lady" at their house yesterday and it was escaping her poison, or if it was living in the plastic I covered our stairs with while our new tile was being installed in the downstairs bathroon. But there it was on the landing. And now it is trapped in a jar until it is dead.

It looks a lot bigger in real life.

16 comments:

  1. eeeeewwwww. that's scary.

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  2. Anonymous1:41 PM

    i don't know if it's any consolation, but in my whole life growing up in arizona, we never once found a scorpion in our house. so maybe that was your one and only encounter.

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  3. dude - scary no matter how little that stinger is!

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  4. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Yuck. I remember the 1st time I saw a scorpian. I was 5 years old and sitting on the toilet, peeing. I called for my dad and he came in, covered it with a Snoopy glass, then called all my sisters in to show them. I think I was sitting on toilet the entire time.

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  5. Yuck. Those things can live a long time. Get someone to step on it. They give me the creeps.

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  7. Anonymous3:42 PM

    oh my goodness- they do have scorpians in Arizona. Scarry!

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  8. Weren't we just talking about this? The boys will love it when I show them!

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  9. Anonymous3:53 PM

    I agree with Nana, you need to kill it because it'll live forever. But you can't kill a scorpion by stepping on it on carpet, you have to stab it. Jake uses a paint stir stick to kill ours.

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  10. We have scorpions too. We have probably seen about 10 inside the house since we moved in. It hasn't scared me until we had the baby, because she could get stung and we'd have no idea what happened because it doesn't leave a mark.

    I got stung by one in March. I put my hand on Abbie's leg and I felt this stinging on my finger. I yelled and abbie stood up and must have brushed it off. We never ended up finding it. It just feels like a bee sting, but then the part of you that got stung goes numb. My right arm went numb to my elbow, then it slowly went away. My thumb was numb for 2-3 days.

    You can step on it to kill it, but it has to be on a hard surface. They have exoskeletons, so you've got to really step hard, then grind them into the ground. If they're on a soft surface, they'll just sink in no matter how hard you step on them.

    My other suggestion is to kill it at night. If you shine a blacklight on it, it will glow yellow so that you can see it, and it won't run away. I'm not sure why it works, but for some reason they just freeze under the blacklight. Sorry for the long comment.

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  11. so scary! what do your kids think?

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  12. sorry steph! and we had just been discussing the fact that you hadn't seen a scorpion yet! i bet it was cause of the people next door getting sprayed. mom

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  13. Growing up in AZ I only saw a scorpion once. It was in the house, Adam caught it and put it in a jar with an alcohol soaked cotton ball (I think), which killed and preserved it nicely.

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  14. ... and there it is! Remember the SMALLER they are the venomous it is! When they are bigger or older they are not as dangerous.
    Hopefully you get your house sprayed every month too... the cold weather will bring them in for warmth.

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  15. Anonymous12:53 PM

    One time in Glendale (CA) I was spending the night at a YW sleepover at one of our leaders' house. One of the girls got stung by a scorpion. She was fine, but the scorpion got served. We put it down the garbage disposal to kill it.

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