Tuesday, October 4, 2011

'Tis the season...

...for scorpions.
This bugger was in the kitchen sink one afternoon.  I scooped him up and released him back into the wild.  The second offender that showed up in the sink arrived late at night and got sprayed with insect killer as I didn't feel like messing with him.
I've killed two on the living room floor, and stepped on one on the bathroom carpet - luckily he didn't sting my bare foot so I swiftly introduced him to the flyswatter, too.  

Thankfully, our scorpions are the small brown variety, but this year even the smallies seem to have grown quite large and are now coming indoors looking for water.  I keep the flyswatters handy.  And I try to check my shoes before putting them on...

108 comments:

Bruce Clark said...

Not the kinda of house guests I want to have around the home. Up here in Connecticut its spiders we have to deal with in the house. Nice shots though...:)

Karen said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAck!!!!! Yes, up here in Connecticut it's the spiders, and I can handle those.

O. M. G.. .......

Tammy said...

My Mom struggles with these guys in Oklahoma. She swears they built her house on a nest. Still, they have a certain beauty all their own.

Jill said...

Ewwwwwwwwwwwww! Those freak me out!

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

Oh man...that's scary! I don't think I could deal with that.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

That's harsh. I thought mice were icky.

Nordis said...

Great pictures of the disgusting animals. We do not have these animals in Norway.
Have a nice day
Nordis

missing moments said...

Now these guys are down right nasty!

Kathy said...

Having lived in the deserts of Arizona for the past 40 years, I know about these dudes! You are VERY smart to check your shoes! I hear from people who know that their sting is excruciating and many actually wind up in the ER with the pain.

Kerri said...

Yikes!

Lynne said...

YIKES TWICE!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oooh! Be careful. I have only had two in my house and it was over 25 years ago at another home. The first one, I moved it out and let it go. The second one, I stepped on and it stung me. Did NOT let him go!! Oh, man, that hurt. Be alert! blessings ~ tanna

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, real unwelcome visitors! I'd never realised you had those to contend with.

Barbara said...

I sympathize! We've had a couple of centipedes along with the scorpions this year. ugh!

joo said...

Oh boy! Not the nicest meeting! Luckily we don't have them here:)

Roan said...

I would keep the bug spray handy. Are they poisonous? or just scary?

Catherine said...

Ummm.... eeeeeeeek!!

xo Catherine

Deb said...

I remember as a kid we had them...my brother was about 7 and got stung by one...he ran around the house screaming...I'm dead...I'ma .. dying...I'm dead...I'ma dying...my Mom was chasing him around trying to find out what was wrong....turned out he got stung by a scorpion...and he thought he would die....we still tease him about that to this day...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

When we lived in TX I used to find them in the bathtub. I always worried my cats would get stung.

Woody said...

I guess you'd get used to these after a while, but I'd prefer to stick with my spiders.

Lisa RedWillow said...

WOW. Just wow.

Julie G. said...

Yikes! I saw one in my bathroom while on vacation in Mexico. Not a fun thing to see at midnight. Good idea to check your shoes before putting them on.

Texan said...

I just hate those things! I hear it smarts like the dickens if they sting you. ;o(.

Samantha said...

How very cool! I want to see scorpions!!!

Hound Girl said...

I hate those damn things!!! my mom use to have to check our cribs all the time before laying us down because she found one in my crib once - yikes :)

Sandra said...

OMG how long are these critters, and how do they get in the house, are they small enough to come in like spiders do? OUCH and OMG again

The White Farmhouse said...

Between your ugly bugs and Jacqueline's freaky ear piercings I am completely grossed out this morning! Ewwww! I remember them when I was stationed in Texas. Between trying not to sit on a cactus while peeing in the field and those critters it was not a fun experience!

Coloradocasters said...

I deeply respect anything with a crunchy shell that could possibly kill with one shot. Nature is beyond awesome. Pulled one out of my sleeping bag once in the dark...as soon as I felt it crawling on my leg I pinched the bag around it crushing the body before it had a chance to impale me. Threw it into the light and the tail was still twitching. Probably one of my closer calls. Thank you for bringing those flashbacks to front of my brain again. =)

Rural Revival said...

Okay, you can have all those cool birds around because after seeing this, you deserve them!

Sherry said...

Yikes!

Snapper II said...

Are those things poisonous. I'm not afraid of bugs and roaches and stuff like that, even snakes. But whoaaaa.

wayside wanderer said...

Yikes. I can do spiders but scorpions...not so sure.

KAT said...

wow I would have been running around yelling "I'm-a dying, I'm-a dead"...too. I thought they would kill you. I guess maybe that is a different type that can kill you. we have big spiders here... they like my basement. I do not try to save them... they get spasmodically squished by what ever is handy...Im a spider wimp !I would def be a scorpion wimp to the 10th level (that means REAL wimpy)

- KAT -

Jan n Jer said...

I would be terrified...bugs scare the heck out of me! When we lived in Florida, I was always looking around for any bugs that got into the house. They have big bugs n big birds and lots of snakes n gators in Florida too!

Amish Stories said...

All that i can think of when seeing something like this is "kill it". Richard

SweetMarie said...

I would freak out! The spiders around here already freak me out! I would keep a fly swatter in every room! :)

Jenny Schouten Short said...

When I was a kid in Texas I woke up in the middle of the night with one on my pillow by my ear. I don't know how I woke up. xo Jenny

Farm Girl said...

I only get their cousins, the wind scorpions. I wonder if because it has been so dry they grew bigger. Ours got lots bigger too when it has been a dry year.
I will admit to finding them really neat looking.
I am glad though you didn't get bit/stung when you stepped on that one in your bathroom.

bailey-road.com said...

Those are scary!

heyBJK said...

Good grief! I guess I won't complain about spiders anymore. I would not want to find scorpions in the house. I'm just glad you didn't get stung stepping on the other one!

Nova said...

uiiiiii....aren't they dangerous?? Over here there are no scorpions or dangerous animals living.

greetings

Leenie said...

THANKS for reminding me why I live where it snows so deep even the bugs won't live here. EEeeeesssssh!

Linda said...

Gaaaa! Those Wood Scorpions will give you a nasty wasp like sting! *shudder* Those unfortunate to get in my house take the water slide ride that ends in FLUSH!

Susan said...

Yuck and ugh!!!!!!!

Paula said...

EEEK! I've missed checking in on you and my first visit back in forever and I see creepy crawleys! *UGH*
:)
I'm glad we don't have those here...

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I think scorpions are fascinating. I was taken back by you nerve-gasing the second one but then had I ever stepped on one in the middle of the night, in the dark, barefoot, perhaps I might have a different view. Yeah, if I lived with them it might be different. Take scamper rats for example.

Debbie said...

o.k.....i don't want to live there any more!!

Karen said...

Ewwwwwww...they are nasty. I would be wearing army boots around the house, and probably to bed too!

Furry Bottoms said...

You... you... you SCOOPED up the first one and set it back into the wild? *cough cough* You're a brave soul. I would probably have brought a plate down on top of it.

While I love animals of all kinds, insects are not included in that love. I cannot abide by insects. I wouldn't kill one outright, but I will not hesitate if it becomes bothersome.

And a scorpion in my SINK is bothersome. How did you do it without being stung?!

Furry Bottoms said...

And with us up here it's brown spiders and widows. Ick.

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

I hate scorpions with a passion! We built a new house in the hill country a few years back and those nasty things were everywhere. Woke up with one on my FACE. Released back into the wild??? I smashed those things with anything I could find! They crawled into the washing machine, deliveries left on the porch, stung our pups and got into our shoes. No safe place. Shivers and anxiety. Creeped out here, T! ; )
~Tina

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Ai yai yai! See, this is the part of living in the country that makes me reluctant: all the varmits. I can't believe you scooped that thing up in your HANDS! You are much braver than me.

Pricilla said...

NO ARACHNIDS!!!!!

don said...

A fascinating post today. I can't imagine having to check shoes before putting them on. Fine close up shots of these undesirable creatures.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

Ouch!! Those are mean things! I can put up with the Arkansas chiggers, ticks, spiders and even mice. These buggars you have there would scare me to death!

Be careful, sweet T!
Love ya!

Louise said...

Yup, snow country looks better all the time.

Zondra Art said...

Aaaaaa!
Fortunately, in my country we have no poisonous animals... aaa!:)

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Dear Lord! The mere thoughts of finding one of those in my house gives me the shivers!

How are they getting inside?

Be careful dear friend, I would hate for you to be stung by one of those things!

PS- LOVE what you've done with the place while I've been gone! ;)
The new header is gorgeous!

Paula said...

That guy is lucky it went to your house instead of mine. I would never release one without killing it. I've been stung twice in my life and it was painful.

Ellie said...

Eeeeewwww not nice. I'm not a fan of beasties especially ones that hurt you. Keep that fly swat handy.

Montanagirl said...

Oh my goodness! I would NOT want to run into one of those!

Sylvia K said...

Definitely not my favorite season! Great shots, but I'm glad they're few and far between in Seattle!! I remember them all too well from my years in Texas! And Gee Whiz you even make THEM look good!

Sylvia

Robin said...

T, Jeez, as if snakes weren't bad enough!

Christian said...

What a creature! I don't know what I'd do if i saw that...RUN!

Tricia said...

YiKeS! Shows how much tougher you are then me... I'd have a heart attack on the spot... DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN!

Dawn said...

Oh! OH! OH MY GOODNESS! SERIOUSLY!?! They're in your HOUSE????? *shudder*
You are the bravest gal I know! Seriously!!!

Andrew said...

Haha... Wonderful to see running around your kitchen sink, I only get big spiders and daddy long legs.
Do your scorpions sting?

JATunnell said...

Yep.....I've had a few of these try moving in. Seems like they have a thing for my shower and tub.So far that's the only two places I've found them.
I promptly introduced them to a new whirlpool......down the drain!!!!!!

The Village Queen said...

OMG I would just die! I can handle a spider or two, but OMG I would run screaming! Another reason to stay north... I admire your fortitude!

Rose said...

YUK!!!!!

barbara l. hale said...

Yikes! While we have our share of creepy crawlies, I'm glad these don't live around us. I'd be checking more than my shoes!!

Linda R. said...

WOW!! I freaking out just from the photo... Yikes they scare me!!!

Hugs, Linda

Grant said...

all fine and dandy until they crawl in bed and sting you. <<>>

Grant said...

all fine and dandy until they crawl in bed and sting you. <<>>

Giga said...

Chyba nie chciałabym takich odwiedzin w swoim mieszkaniu. :-). Pozdrawiam ciepło

JGR said...

Hmmmm....that is kind of scary.

deb duty said...

That is just scary! The thought of stepping on one is not pleasant at all.

Barb said...

egads! I would throw a fit! I'm in awe of your bravery! :)

Cindy said...

ewwww....I do not like those creatures! The ones I catch in my house meet their fate pretty quickly! I don't mind the ones outside, as long as I don't step on them barefooted! ouch!!

Fjällripan said...

Great photos, I think I should check my shoes twice, they looks so creepy :)

Candy C. said...

I can deal with snakes, tarantulas are okay, but scorpions TOTALLY creep me out! We had them pretty bad at our old house in Tucson, I always wore at least flip-flops so I wouldn't step on one!

City Life to Ranching Wife said...

Yikes!

Millie said...

I am so glad we don't have those things around here. Be careful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh yukk! I like bugs and am usually not afraid of them but this one (Like the cockroaches we find in Florida) would be dead meat as soon as I saw it!!

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...I would be the same way as you ....this is my house..find your own or your in for trouble!! lol : }}
Grace

Chatty Crone said...

That was so scary - you are one brave Texan.

Sandie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Theresa, Don't think I have ever seen a scorpion ... OR --if I have, I didn't know what it was...

Are you having more of them this year due to your drought???? OR---does this happen every Fall in your area???
Hugs,
Betsy

Carole Meisenhelter said...

not something I can admire; you don't need them indoors. My grandson (10) loves these insects and has three (pet) scorpions. Feeds them little pin-crickets.

littlethingsoflife said...

Oh, that's a gazillion times 'ickier' than my anole skin pics. They are rather scary, as far as I'm concerned!! I have been worried about scorpions coming inside, with all this dry weather. Hope you don't have any more close encounters!!

mountain mama said...

eeeekkkkk! and i thought the 7 legged spider was creepy!

Becca said...

Oh man! That would scare me so much I would have to kill it for sure! Ouch!

Annette said...

Ewwwwwww. I haven't found any in the house, thank goodness. Mostly I find body parts that the brown bats leave behind (gotta love those bats).

Unknown Mami said...

Oh no, I don't think I could handle those giants.

pattisjarrett said...

Would not like sharing my house with them, either. Creepy. Now I'm supposed to sleep? lol

SquirrelQueen said...

We see these guys when we head down south into Baja but fortunately now here. I'm pretty forgiving with insects and catch and release most into the wild but not these fellows.

Angad Achappa said...

Damn!! I would love to have them as guests!! :D

snowwhite said...

Woooow!!
Long time ago, I struggled with a centipede.
I may keel over if I have to crush a scorpion.
Best wishes,
keiko

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

too scary!

take care!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

are you getting more inside because it's so dry outside? if so...guess those that went straight for the sink are little smart scorpions!
hey...nice shots!! :)

bon bon said...

yikes! i'll settle for our current abundance of box elder bugs. ;o)

Margie said...

EEK and EWWWW, scary!!!

Margaret said...

Good Lord! A flyswatter does these fellers in? I think the back end of a sturdy shoe would be needed! They look like aliens...

Daniel said...

I've heard they're pretty tasty on the Bar-B-Q! :P

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Oh, hellllll no! Those things look a shrimp gone terribly wrong!

thotlady said...

No thank you.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Um, YUCK!!! I don't think the fly swatter would leave my hand if I lived there! Although my son just walked by and said in admiration: "Oooooo, a SCORPION!" He and I don't see eye to eye on this subject.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Oh I know I'm late to comment, but I'm catching up (again!).... and I couldn't let this one go without saying..... HORRORS!
I've NEVER seen a scorpion down in LA! Black widows, but not scorpions. You bet I'd be shaking out my boots!!!

Gail said...

You have posted my Achilles's Heel.

You could chase me across Texas with one of these babies.

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