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While it's not unusual to encounter scorpions in the southwestern states, within the last two weeks, we've had two scorpions inside the house. If you've ever had the pleasure of "discovering" one with any part of your body, you'll completely understand why I've started hunting - and pulverizing - them at night.

Last night only yielded one out near the AC. Tonight, I found (and expressed the full extent of my feelings toward) two glowing demons in the backyard. I went back out an hour later; found and killed three more.

A scorpion sits in glow of a black light moments before becoming intimate with the business end of a golf club

Then, I looked up and found a couple caterpillars in the tree that fluoresce as well. Nutty nightlife in the desert!

Glowing caterpillars

I've been having good success locating the scorpions with a cheap black light from a local hardware store. Sadly, it's not made very well and the light just cuts out randomly. I guess I should look at it as a feature - it makes for a nice, heart-pounding moment when one of those failures occurs right after I've illuminated a scorpion.

Today, I found this black light flashlight

Let's just say I'm looking forward to Thursday night's hunt.

A week of hunting

Since I can't paint scorpion silhouettes below my driver side door like a jet fighter... I'll update this list over the next week.

  • 9/2 🦂🦂🦂🦂🦂🦂🦂
  • 9/3 🦂🦂🦂
  • 9/4 rain delay
  • 9/5 🦂
  • 9/6 Zero!
  • 9/7 Zero!
  • 9/8 Zero! (but crazy rain)
  • 9/9 🦂🦂🦂

Update 9/8

Woohoo! What a difference a week makes! Also, that black light I ordered from Amazon - so much better than what I was using. If you have a scorpion problem, go buy that light!