Unaffected by Crisco & Chilli Powder, the striped lizards have returned, to sun themselves on the fence wall early in the morning. Had I let the pest control guys spray last year, all (or most) of these cool fauna would not be visiting / residing in / feasting within the bounty that is my yard this year. I've seen lizards in my front yard as well, amongst the cacti and rocks and milkweed.
Sometimes I wish I could walk up, and cling directly to sheer faced walls as easily as these critters do!
No scorpions observed yet, but there's no shortage of giant mutant crickets (their main food source). Consultations with the Orkin pest control guy who was spraying a neighbor's home 2 doors down last year indicated that he'd seen one scorpion in the neighborhood, the year the subdivision was built (from former farm land), and none thereafter. You get some of the best information from pest control guys - as I did in October 2006, after Katrina hit New Orleans in the abandoned northern quadrant of the city (post coming tomorrow on that).
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