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9/1/2015 12:11:47 PM
Urgent! Re: DE - Diatomaceous Earth ~Reply: Willow
Nathan and Others:
  The swimming pool filters DE is NOT THE SAME as the Food Grade DE.  The stuff for swimming pool filters has been heated and the little silica bone fragments have been turned to glass and are LETHAL if ingested and very serious if inhaled.
  Back in our 'Back to the Land' days, we learned this through the actual deaths of several of  our friends.  Use ONLY Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth around your house and for insect control.  And even then, be extremely cautious NOT to let it get air borne as it also kills our endangered Honey Bees!!!    I will post a link if anyone needs it, but it can be bought at local feed stores and some of the nurseries.
   Otherwise:  Excellent information, Nathan!!!  Thank you.
8/31/2015 6:55:41 PM
Natural Threat to ScorpionsReply: JoJo
We moved to the Lake Mathews area a year ago and have seen both scorpions and tarantulas. After living in Arizona for a year, we learned that tarantulas prey on scorpions and are not human aggressive. A not so natural solution - Professional pesticide companies use a strong enough pesticide when they service your home monthly to keep scorpions outside.
8/31/2015 4:52:27 PM
Scorpions - not so solitary???Reply: Queensbyrd
I'm not so sure about scopions being solitary.  I found a dead one in the middle of my living room floor.  A couple of months later, in the evening when we were all getting ready for bed, my teenage daughter walked out of the bathroom to the main hallway leading to all bedrooms, a saw 3 live ones right where we all walk.  I quickly smashed them all with a shoe.  I've seen a few here and there since, so not so sure they are solitary critters.
8/31/2015 1:05:37 PM
Scorpion My Two Cents.Reply: Nathan
So when I bought my house, I ran caulking between the floors and walls to try and eliminate a lot of this but have had many scorpions in my house over the years. One on my daughter's pillow, and two on my son's bedroom floor. They both fortunately spotted them before they were spotted by it.

I am no expert but have heard that they are solitary and if you see one that is usually it for that round. and if they are in your home, they do not want to be. I also know from a Science show I saw that they have something in their blood that reflects UV light. That being said, they glow in the dark under a black light. I am thinking of changing my hall night lights to black lights so they can be more easily spotted.

Also, as with many bugs, you may want to try a line of DE (Diatomaceous Earth), this is the stuff you use in your pool filter, around your house if that is feasible as it is supposed to act as a natural barrier for small critters as it will dry them out. Just my thoughts. Let us know if you find a good way as I have a problem with them too.

As Tonnette stated above, most in our area are harmless. The Bark Scorpion is most prominent in AZ and NM but has been found in So. Cal. desserts as well. You may want to just brush up on what it looks like, it can not hurt.

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8/31/2015 12:25:22 PM
This Ain't City LifeReply: BillB
Scorpions, Black Widows, Rattle Snakes, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, all come with living in this neck of the woods. Don't be surprised, be cautious. These are part of the reasons we live here and not in the damned city.
8/31/2015 12:22:41 PM
Scorpion remedyReply: Tonette
Scorpions around here are not the more venomous kind like in AZ or New Mexico. That's the good news. Our cat would find them for us and crunch on them. Not a prob.
8/31/2015 10:54:45 AM
ScorpionsReply: sean k
Has anyone had a problem with scorpions? We had one in our house a few weeks ago. Worried there may be more and it was just luck that I found it with my eyes and not my barefoot! Any advice on house proofing against them?
8/31/2015 10:38:02 AM
baby rattlersReply: Glo
We found one in our garage last Sunday.
8/30/2015 1:16:30 PM
baby rattlersPost: lid

Be cautious, baby rattlers are born during the late summer and early fall season, they are born with venom, are dangerous and harder to spot

2 were just seen on Via Barranca in the LM estates area, if you are bit call 911

If your dog is bit call your vet immediately, if it's in the evening M-F after 6PM to 8AM or on a weekend or holiday (24hrs) call the Animal Emergency Clinic 909-825-9350  they're on 12202 La Crosse Ave in Colton, Barton Rd exit off the 215, they have antivenom

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