Remember April the birthday girl? Well I finally caught up with her on the phone yesterday and we had a fabulous 2-hour conversation. Most the of the conversation was pleasant. However, there was one piece of disturbing information I could NOT get out of my head. It seriously made my stomach sick to think about it.
April lives in a beautiful neighborhood (I've never been there but I'm sure it's awesome) in Northeast Mesa that was built on what used to be orange groves. So she has like 8 orange trees in her yard and two grapefruit trees. Heaven, right?
Yeah, that's what I thought up until the point that she explained scorpions infest their neighborhood every spring and summer. Worse yet, these suckers can magically fit themselves into any space the size of a credit card... yes, a CREDIT CARD. That means they sneak through windows, doors, and even crawl between the stucco on houses. So, basically your house is open season. She finds them all the time and says people most often get stung at night in their own beds. (Gag me now!)
Killing them is also no easy task. April told me she doesn't feel safe unless she decapitates them because sometimes if you "squish them they just puff back up". Can you imagine? Arizona just lost some of its appeal to me during yesterday's conversation.
Sorry if this freaks you out, but I didn't want to be the only up at night stressing about this.