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First kill of the season.

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    I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    First kill of the season.

    Well the end of winter means that it is heating up outside, and heat means scorpions are looking for a cool place to live. So why not in my house?

    I smashed this little bugger the other day, and ran into another one this evening. What kind of crazy critters live in your area?



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    Re: First kill of the season.

    :o

    you are pretty handy with the fly swatter

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    The fly swatter merely cripples them, I had to let it suffer and die under a jar before I dared to dispose of it.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    How nasty are the stings of that particular type of the little buggers?

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Not sure, fortunately I've never been stung by one.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    They would give you a nasty sting, its the smaller scorpions you need to be wary of, of course I know this living in the UK I used to be really into scorpions/spiders/snakes all that

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    GCNgamer128 said: View Post
    What kind of crazy critters live in your area?
    Wow, good thing you found it!

    Last year while I was outside in my backyard at night, I saw a Bat fly away from our roof! At first I thought it was
    simply a bird, but a couple of days later I saw it again. It was no doubt a bat! Our neighbor even confirmed he saw a bat at his house.

    Luckly, we never saw the little thing again.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    I frequently get herds of deer and elk through my back yard. I counted over twenty of them once. We've also had a black bear under our porch and there was once a mountain lion warning.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    screw that. those things hurt. I once had a centipede in bed with me in Hawaii. Freaky little bastard

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    List of places not to live:

    Nevada!

    Okay, a Black bear under your porch isn't good either but that's a Scorpion!!! Bats are cool though, nothing wrong with them, I often sit out of an evening and watch them hunt

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Hey, we had a cougar trotting through the neighborhood streets of Chicago last week...

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    CENTIPEDES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I kill at least a dozen of those things a week!!!

    ICK! I hate those things more than spiders and snakes!

    Oh yeah. We sometimes have copperheads around our house. We've killed about 5 of those. We've had 2 of them sunning themselves on our back porch. I mowed over a small baby one a couple days ago when I was cutting our grass. I am incredibly thankful that I was on a tractor mower!!!!!!! I knew it was a copperhead because of the smell of cucumbers right after I ran over it.

    Ran across a couple black widows as well.

    We also get the deer, wild turkey, buzzards, red tailed hawks, and coyotes. We've also had 3 bears, and I think one bobcat.

    Bats? We have fun with them. LOL! Put a tennis ball inside a tube sock, go out to a street light at night, and throw the sock straight up into the air and watch the bats dive bomb the tennis ball. Just got to be careful they don't dive bomb you!! LOL!

    I live out in the country. I see quite a bit. My mother look out for "critters" whenever we go out. LOL! And we almost always see a few deer, and sometimes a huge flock of wild turkey!

    And I was an army brat, so we lived in Panama right outside the jungle. And I saw all kinds of critters there. Tree sloths, iguanas, bird eating spiders, all kinds of monkeys, more bats and centipedes. Even ran into a pit viper nest in a sand box when I was 4!!

    But I have never encountered any scorps!!!
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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Here were I live, there are no native wild cats left, except for bobcats, but there's an urban legend about a panther than roams around. Not too sure about the accuracy of this claim, though.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! I love scorpions!!!! I've had quite a few of them as pets. However, I completely understand that they are pests dowm in your area Andy. If I had them loose in the house & not in cages, I'm shure I would get to dislike them fairly soon. Hey, maybe you can box one up & ship it up to me in MN

    Up here we have those dang Aisan beetles. They were brought in to eat the aphids that decemate crops in the northern areas of the US in the late 90's and have been proliferating ever since. I have an older house, so every fall (after harvest when all the fields are gone) they swarm my house. I end up with letterally thousands of them coming in through every crack. they sting if you get them on you. At first I thought it was biting, but after some research, I learned that it is actually feces they excrete & its very acidic. Not pleasant!!!!! They also get in every light fixture and sit there & cook!!! Smells terrible!!!! Its not uncommon for me to wake a handfull of times in the evening when the dang things are crawling around in my bed. I go around with a vacume & vacume them up, only to have 2x as many in the house the next day. They get under the siding, and continually come n the house all winter depending on how warm it is. Know what the funny part is: the dang things don't do anything to the aphids they were shipped in to take care of!!!!!!!! Now they are talking about bringing in some kind of giant stingless wasp to take care of the beetles!!!!!!!!!! Can anyone say, "there was an old woman who swallowed a fly!!!!!!!!" Crazy!!!!!!
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    Re: First kill of the season.

    I have a neighbor cat with a temper.

    Damian, I had the same probolem here last year, I got one of these kits that has a little X cross section at the top, and has a bag at the bottom. You apply this sticker of smelly stuff (DON"T GET ANYONE YOU!!!!) that applies to one of the sides of the X, and just as soon as I opened the sticker, they swarmed me and this bag. It was absoutly crazy. I went throught two bags fairly quickly, both of which where full to the brim. They fly up into the X, and then fall in to the bag and can't get out. Don't put it by your bedroom though, they got fairly loud when the bag was full.

    And about not getting any on your hands....try not to...They're attracted to the smell...and well, its realy weird seeing hundreds of bettles flying over your house just to poop on you.

    EDIT - YES...I forgot all about the centipedes I had here a while back. I don't like the look of them most of all. Its realy weird to see something like that in a group. When I came home once, there where 4 -6 of them on the first step of my porch. Screamed like a little girl.
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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Jango's kid said: View Post
    Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! I love scorpions!!!! I've had quite a few of them as pets. However, I completely understand that they are pests dowm in your area Andy. If I had them loose in the house & not in cages, I'm shure I would get to dislike them fairly soon. Hey, maybe you can box one up & ship it up to me in MN

    Up here we have those dang Aisan beetles. They were brought in to eat the aphids that decemate crops in the northern areas of the US in the late 90's and have been proliferating ever since. I have an older house, so every fall (after harvest when all the fields are gone) they swarm my house. I end up with letterally thousands of them coming in through every crack. they sting if you get them on you. At first I thought it was biting, but after some research, I learned that it is actually feces they excrete & its very acidic. Not pleasant!!!!! They also get in every light fixture and sit there & cook!!! Smells terrible!!!! Its not uncommon for me to wake a handfull of times in the evening when the dang things are crawling around in my bed. I go around with a vacume & vacume them up, only to have 2x as many in the house the next day. They get under the siding, and continually come n the house all winter depending on how warm it is. Know what the funny part is: the dang things don't do anything to the aphids they were shipped in to take care of!!!!!!!! Now they are talking about bringing in some kind of giant stingless wasp to take care of the beetles!!!!!!!!!! Can anyone say, "there was an old woman who swallowed a fly!!!!!!!!" Crazy!!!!!!
    D
    I could look into mailing one to you, I don't know how good of a condition it will be in when it arrive though!

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Seagulls and cows mostly -_^

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    We typically get one or more water moccasin's a year, last year we had a gator in the koi pond though.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    There was an ostrich in an apartment complex near where I live, but that's about it.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    not any crazy critters ...but we do get these little black spiders everytime winter come, the swarm in like the black plague or something

    i hate spiders so much hehe

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    Reminds me, I was at an FTX for ROTC, and they had the Opposing force (the cadets playing the enemy) stay in baracks at camp blanding. Anyways, in open bay barracks, I was about to get in my rack, and the cadet in the rack next to me yelled "DONT GET IN!!" He pointed, and there was this huge freakin scorpian sitting right there in the middle, minding it's own business.

    Me and him proceeded to smash it with are boots...the thing just wouldnt die...

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    looks like a face hugger from aliens! haha. all i got to worry about is rats the size of dogs and cockroaches the size of rats.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    I'm getting the spiders popping up all over the house. They always sit up in the corners of my high ceilings, watching me.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    we're pretty free of nastiness here in the boston area. there are brown recluse spiders in the region, but i've never even seen one. we have an occasional black widow that gets into something that gets shipped up, but not a lot in the way of native monsters.

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    Re: First kill of the season.

    That god we have below freezing point temperatures around here... all the nasty poisonous stuff stays down south.

    We did get the Asian beetles from your farmers. They are disgusting.

    We have wolves, cougars, lynx, bears and such but I have only encountered one bear in my life... and it was up north on a fishing trip. Also had a pack of wolves near our camp (they were howling) but we never saw them. I have never been more scared in my life. At first we thought it was funny because they were maybe 2 miles away so we would answer them back at their howlings. An hour later they were 100 feet away... when we heard that first 100-feet-away howling we got chills through my bones!!

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