27 February 2008

Our New Friends That Will Hopefully Leave Soon

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.


Craig said...

You tell the story better. Mr. Cool was all like, "No big deal, just a bug man. Yeah it bit me, but so what....."

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Anonymous said...

Many people think that history is a dull subject. Dull? Is it "dull" that Jesse James once got bitten on the forehead by an ant, and at first it didn't seem like anything, but then the bite got worse and worse, so he went to a doctor in town, and the secretary told him to wait, so he sat down and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and then finally he got to see the doctor, and the doctor put some salve on it? You call that dull?

–Jack Handey

Anonymous said...

Holy crap! I would be freaked out. Can an exterminator be called just in case? Do they exterminate scorpions?


Kim O. said...

OMG---I would be totally flippin' out! You all have every single right to be freaked. That is insane and I would sell that house IMMEDIATELY and move back to Tennessee. Seriously, like right now. Do it for your children's well being. Call your realtor in the morning and pull your house off the market! OK...so I'm over reacting a bit.We miss you! I hope Sweet Girl is on the mend. Hugs to all of you!

Craig "The Scorpion" Metz said...

Oh Bother.....
"As if hurricane season isn't bad enough, scorpion season is also here. And while many of us never knew the creepy crawlers even lived here, they can be quite common and their sting can be quite dangerous."

"Fortunately for Gina, she got stung by a Florida Bark scorpion and recovered quickly."

"A lot of people aren't aware of the fact scorpions live and flourish right here in South Florida. Each year hundreds of people get stung."

I miss Tennessee, at least you can see a tornado coming. (most of the time)

Tami said...

Yikes! How scary! I'd be freaked, too! Good luck and I hope you don't find anymore!