Well we made some new native Arizona friends. Yes and they are just the kind you want around...NOT.
We had the pleasure of not just ONE but TWO Arizona Bark Scorpions in our house last night. Now we can't have just any friends you know, no we have to have the best (or the worst whatever way you look at it) and most dangerous scorpions in the state. Yes they are venomous little bastards. But doesn't he look so nice??
My mom was in her room and saw something she was about to pick up and then she saw it move and yelled for my dad who gets it on a magazine. Leo and I are giving the kids a bath and I hear scorpion and in my room. My ears perk up and sure enough there is our new friend. We put him safely in a sippy cup with a lid so we can investigate what kind he is. The investigation reveals him as the Bark Scorpion. Lovely. Now everyone is freaked out because he is venomous and notice his color it helps him blend right into our carpet so the chances of seeing him are pretty slim unless you walk around like Little Man all day and look at your feet.
It's night time, and guess what they are nocturnal! Everything we are reading says: don't walk around barefoot at night, they like cool dark places (like your sheets, shoes, clothes...GREAT!!!) and they can cause death in small kids. YAY for our new friends.
Now our freak out factor has just been kicked up a notch. So much so that Leo and I basically strip our bed, bust out the SureFire flashlight to search for any more of these lovely friends. The blanket, quilt, and sheet are off the bed and on the floor for investigation. Leo said the other night he felt something on his foot at the end of the bed so I go and move the sheet to look, feel something hit my leg, scream, jump back and point. Leo comes running over and sure enough we would have gone to sleep with a new friend in our bed. He is captured and put into a bowl with a lid to save for the bug man who will be called first thing in the morning. HOLY CRAP that's #2 how many others are there in here?? Did we buy a house infested with scorpions????? In our previous stay in AZ we NEVER saw any and now we're up to two.
So now the entire bed is investigated, under the mattress, under the bed, in between the pillow top and the mattress, all surrounding areas and all the pillows. I have warned my parents to do a bed sweep and it turns out they are all clear.
So I keep the flip flops on the side of the bed, because there is no where to hide in them, in case I need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Our freak out factor is still pretty high and the bug man has been called.
As much as I like our new friends, I would much rather have you guys.
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