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Post by lotus » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:47 am

Hi folks I have heard of two cases today from friends who have found scorpions in their foot ware,luckily like me they always check before putting shoes or boots on,so check your shoes,I actually found one on the bedroom wall last night which went swiftly up the Hoover as it was out of reach of being flattened by a slipper!

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Re: Watch out

Post by bromerzz » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:12 pm

I always hold shoes or boots so the opening points down and bang them sole to sole a couple of times before putting them on. With luck that dislodges anything that has crawled in overnight, especially if you live in a rural area or spend time outdoors.

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Post by lotus » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:31 pm

Good idea,was told when first moved years ago to check shoes and boots in fact anything that's been lying around that you pick up,wellingtons seem a favorite to harbour nasties!

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:58 pm

bromerzz wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:12 pm
I always hold shoes or boots so the opening points down and bang them sole to sole a couple of times before putting them on. With luck that dislodges anything that has crawled in overnight, especially if you live in a rural area or spend time outdoors.

When we had a house in Phoenix, that was a daily ritual. They are very prevalent there and it was not unusual to find two or three a year in your home, however many precautions you took. I developed an aversion to them; there are so many types of scorpion in AZ and all poisonous. I was aware that scorpions are (rarely) found in Cyprus but have not come across any in 16 years, so I sleep easy at night.

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Re: Watch out

Post by lotus » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:15 pm

Hope you haven't jinxed yourself by saying you've never seen a scorpion in Cyprus!

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Re: Watch out

Post by WHL » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:26 pm

I regularly crunch a snail or two in my trainers that I leave outside

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Post by lotus » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:36 pm

Good job snails don't bite ,mind you I would be surprised if they were alive after a time in you're trainers😉

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Post by WHL » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:49 pm

lotus wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:36 pm
Good job snails don't bite ,mind you I would be surprised if they were alive after a time in you're trainers😉
I think its the sexy, aroma that attracts, the buggers and believe me living next to a field, there's enough to start a snail farm :shock:

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Post by bromerzz » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:39 pm

Scorpions can often be found in old tree stumps or rocks at the base of trees, believe me there are plenty out there.

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:34 am

Will clearly have to take more care when stacking our winter logs in the future 8-)

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Post by Minerva » Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:51 am

In a recent winter, I went upstairs to put the electric blanket on and found a small Scorpion under the Duvet. I covered it with tissues to take outside - and it stung me!! So much for trying to be nice! My finger throbbed all night and was very sore. Never again. I always check more carefully now - then will call Husband if I find one!! LOL xx
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Post by lotus » Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:26 am

In my old village a few years ago a woman was bit by a scorpion that was in her shoe and she had to go to hospital,the bite had caused a very nasty reaction

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Post by Devil » Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:55 am

Before we changed the windows to UPVC, we had a couple breeding in the aluminium framework of the old type of window. They didn't seem to like plastic-framed windows, as we have never seen one since.

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:35 am

Minerva wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:51 am
In a recent winter, I went upstairs to put the electric blanket on and found a small Scorpion under the Duvet. I covered it with tissues to take outside - and it stung me!! So much for trying to be nice! My finger throbbed all night and was very sore. Never again. I always check more carefully now - then will call Husband if I find one!! LOL xx

Yup, that tail flicks up in a flash. Not sure what types of scorpion are in Cyprus, but the Bark Scorpion was the most common species where we were. Worse still it was almost transparent, so you might tread on it (in stockinged feet) without even seeing it. You could even be hospitalised from some scorpion stings. Cats used to delight in pawing and playing with them and it was said that cats were impervious to the venom. Tarantulas or snakes don't bother me, but scorpions are my worst nightmare.

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Re: Watch out

Post by lotus » Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:20 pm

A few weeks ago I had to rush one of our cats to the vets,they were certain it was a scorpion sting,poor thing was touch and go for a week but made it home safe and well😺 A big Thankyou to D and N vets!

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Re: Watch out

Post by bmwx5 » Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:13 pm

Scorpions do not bite ! They sting with their venomous tail spike ! I have had the misfortune to be stung by one not life threatening but painful none the less ! I beleive there are two types in Cyprus the most common a small kakhi brown one common amongst wood piles and garden waste

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Re: Watch out

Post by lotus » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:14 pm

Sorry bmwx5, of course they sting!

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Re: Watch out

Post by bmwx5 » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:29 pm

If you have a UV light source use it on an evening and you maybe surprised how many scorpions you may have around your property since they show up as white to this light

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