March 16, 2005


Jordana found a dead brown recluse spider yesterday. In her post, she mentions her family's experience with scorpions in Arizona as well.

Brrrrrrr!!!! (Sound of excessive shuddering)

Growing up in South Texas, I had to deal with scorpions, too. They are the nastiest, most purely eviiiil looking creatures God ever saw fit to put on the planet.


We'd find one in the house about every six months or so. One night, one stung my sister on the hand as she was sleeping. She reflexively threw up her hand and the damn thing landed on her face, where it stung her again.

Another night, just as I was coming up the stairs to go to bed, I saw one glide into my room. I immediately went back downstairs and found a flashlight and a golf club. After some poking around, I discovered it nestled under the sheets on one side of my bed. I'd have never seen it, as I always climbed into bed from the other side. Once I discovered it, I pounded it so hard with the 3-iron that I woke up the whole house.


Yes, I was stung once, too. I was standing outside and felt like I'd been stung by a bee on my calf. I looked down and the thing was crawling up my pants leg. Gave me some moves Michael Jackson couldn't touch, I can assure you.

Double Brrrrrr!!!!!

Posted by Robert at March 16, 2005 11:18 AM

Scorpions are evil. As I said, we had an infestation at one point. The first one we ever found in the house, was sitting by my foot as I was peeing one day. Modesty be durned, I high-tailed it out of the bathroom. The only two people who got stung though were my little brother -- then about three -- who got a full dose of venom and went into convulsions for a couple of days -- and my mom, who got stung in the thumb while folding laundry. She had no feeling in her arm up to her elbow for about a month. That particular scorpion got smashed by my older brother's algebra book, which was the only good he ever got out of algebra.

Shudder. We're callinig exterminators today.

Posted by: Jordana at March 16, 2005 11:24 AM

I guess this is a case of familiarity breeding contempt. If you see these things around the house all the time, and especially if you get stung, they must be pretty odious. Here in Virginia, they sell the things in pet stores. You ought to get a look at the Zimbawean whip-tail scorpion (available for under $20!!!). I don't know what they're supposed to eat; cats and mailmen, I suppose.

Posted by: D. Carter at March 16, 2005 11:29 AM

It fell on her face?

Okay. Gonna definitely have some nightmares tonight.

Posted by: red at March 16, 2005 12:19 PM

D, one of the nicest things about coming East after high school was the fact that I didn't have to worry about scorpions anymore.

I should have mentioned that there are a fair number of, what, breeds of the things. The ones Jordana had to deal with in Arizona can, I understand, be quite deadly. The ones around San Antonio were generally of a different variety. Their sting hurt like hell, but generally wasn't any more poisonous than a hornet's.

I'm sitting in an office in the middle of Dee Cee typing this and even now my skin is beginning to crawl. I may have to delete this post altogether!

Posted by: Robert the LB at March 16, 2005 12:52 PM

Oh, I know the little devils can be dangerous! I lived in Arizona for a year and a half when I was in grad school and used to love to go hiking in the White Tank mountains. The first week I was out there I picked up an interesting-looking rock, turned it over, and saw a small scorpion clinging to the underside. I got rid of it, pronto. The sting of the bark scorpion (Centruroides) is said to have resulted in more deaths in Arizona than have the bites of all poisonous snakes combined.

Posted by: D. Carter at March 16, 2005 01:39 PM

The brown recluse is the next most danferous spider in north america right behind the dreaded black widow and yuk you just dont want to ever encounter one and you wonder why little miss muffit was so afraid of spiders and have you ever seen the movie TARANTULA?

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