Scorpions & Blacklights

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We were sitting around the campfire this weekend at Stoddard Wells & along comes this scorpion right in front of us. I know that if you turn on a blacklight that they will glow an erie green. I was wondering if anybody has tried this theory out?

I am contemplating on purchasing a portable blacklight to take to the dez so that we can turn it on and see the scorpions before they see us. Getting stung by a scorpion could have really put a damper on our weekend & I want to make sure this never happens.

Not even five minutes after we seen the scorpion, along comes this big ol' tarantula. He was so ugly, he was almost cute. I also know that tarantulas eat scorpions so I am thinking that maybe he was just chasing after a little dinner. :)
 
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I saw the blacklight trick on Discovery channel! I guess it must work, but I have no idea where to get a portable blacklight, maybe you could get a bulb, and put it in a portable lamp?
I don't think we have to worry about them here in Oregon, at least I haven't seen any.
 

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I'm with KLX4smoke, I'll take my copperheads and timber rattlers of ohio anyday :confused:
if you had your camp set up close to your truck you could buy one of those blacklights that plug into the cigaretter lighter.
 
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Here in AZ, people go scorpion hunting. Especially the those down in the Phoenix area. They get out the black lights (yes, they really glow), big boots, and a trusty pair of hemostats.Then, what you do is walk around your block wall with the light and when you see one, grab it with your hemostats, and smash it with your boot making sure you flatten and spread the insides as much as possible. Reason for this, is so any eggs that the scorpion might be carrying, will not survive and make more little "problems".

My uncle does this about twice a week. When we were there, they got about 7 of them. It is really wierd to see them glow like that. We live up higher but still have them. Our pool seems to take care of about one a week for us...but not the one that got my hubby in bed!! Talk about icky!:eek:

As for getting a portable black light, just go to any "home" store in Phoenix. They sell them already with the right bulbs in them because of the demand.
And I never saw a scorpion in Ca in the 29 years I lived there. Guess I was lucky.

Brenda
 

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Go to a fishing store or the fishing section at Wal-Mart. They have portable blacklights to see fishing line with. It is really cool, they do glow. We don't see many of them in Missouri so we have to use the black lights to do other things, like make yourself go blind. That reminds me, blacklights will make you go blind if you look at them for long.
 
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Motochick, how sick did your husband get when he got stung by a scorpion? Thanks for mentioning that they fall in your pool, I'll have to keep an eye on our pool even though I have never seen one around our house. This was the first scorpion we have seen in the dez, but when we lived in Lake Mathews we found two in our front room. :eek:

Thunder33, I will check out the fishing department for the portable blacklight. That sounds exactly like what I am looking for. Thanks!
 

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Originally posted by dhoward
I've got a black light 'Scorpions' poster, does that count?
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LMAO! Ya know, that's what occurred to me when I first saw the thread. Made me think of all those black light posters covering my bedroom wall as a teenager. Oh, the memories...

NEVER would have thought that those little dudes glow in the dark. Thankfully, the only scorpions in NY are down at the local pet shop. I wonder what the owners would say if I walked in there with a blacklight? :confused:
 
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Originally posted by LoriKTM
Thankfully, the only scorpions in NY are down at the local pet shop. I wonder what the owners would say if I walked in there with a blacklight? :confused:
Well, I'm thinkin' you outta go do it & let us know their reaction!:)
 
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KTMster, he actually got hit twice. It was under the covers and the scorpion crawled halfway up his chest before he realized what is was. I don't think he stung him full on, maybe just a love tap. He said it felt like he got poked with a pin, then nothing. I think he got really lucky. This morning after I wrote the first respone, I scooped one out of the pool!

Where is SoCal do you live? We lived in OC then San Diego for 29 years and never even heard of scorpions there. Maybe in the high dez like Lucerne or Barstow. We have really big centipedes here too. Those things are nasty! Like 12 in. long.

Brenda
 

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I've only seen a couple scorpions up here in the Hi Dez, and one centipede. He was almost a Kawasaki green, and was crawling like a snake, also about 12" long. I about messed my pants, as he came out from under a piece of plywood I had just lifted off the ground.
The insect that most scares me is the Black Widow spider, as I was actually bitten by one, and became deathly ill. I fear them more than rattlesnakes.(Seen quite a few of those out here!)
 
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Man, I'll take my sub-zero winters anytime over all your creepy crawlwers! :scream:

About the worst we have here is the occational (sp) wood tick and mosquitos that will carry off small children if your not careful. But nothig that will/can kill you. ;)
 
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Originally posted by motochick
Where is SoCal do you live? We lived in OC then San Diego for 29 years and never even heard of scorpions there. Maybe in the high dez like Lucerne or Barstow. Brenda
Motochick, we live in Riverside. Before this we lived in OC ourselves, Huntington Beach to be exact, and we never seen any there either & I wouldn't imagine you would find any in San Diego either since these are beach-type communities. We lived in Lake Mathews when we encountered the two in our living room. Lake Mathews is in Riverside County, a very desolate, desert-type area. Everybody there lives on a minimum of two acres. It was great living there because we could ride our bikes straight from our garage out into the hills, but one of the downsides of living in the sticks is that you do have to deal with the scorpions, snakes, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes & the such.

Your husband sounds like he was very lucky. The reason I asked how sick he got is because I heard that once you get stung by one that it is like fire in your veins, but I think they are talking about the black ones. We have only encountered the clear/tan ones here.

Thanks for all your input & help! :)
 

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YZracer49- Have you read the Gator thread. I'll take my snakes and scorpions any day over those critters!