Swimmin' Scorpions Batman! Woman finds desert critter taking a dip in her pool

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Scorpion in the pool. (Source: Jen Lawson) Scorpion in the pool. (Source: Jen Lawson)
Scorpion in the pool at night. (Source: Jen Lawson) Scorpion in the pool at night. (Source: Jen Lawson)
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MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Remember the photo of a rattlesnake taking a swim in Lake Pleasant?

Well, it gets worse.

Apparently, another Arizona critter likes to go for a dip… Scorpions.

“He had his tail up and was just swimming around,” said Jen Lawson of Maricopa.

Lawson says she’s found two now in her swimming pool, in addition to several more in other parts of the backyard. One she spotted using a black light at night.

"The pest control company seems to think that maybe they’re traveling from the block wall closer to the house and they’re getting in the pool,” said Lawson.  

Just as it's starting to get hot, now you have this to worry about.

According to Arizona State University, some species of scorpions can live for up to two days underwater.

[RELATED: 6 scorpion facts to make your skin crawl]

Lawson worries about what that means for her two small children. 

 “She actually plays in this area so it would have been feet from her. It’s scary to think about."

With their backyard paradise now spoiled by the unwanted visitor, Lawson joked, "My husband said we’re going to rip up the pool and not have it any longer."

Lawson had an exterminator spray for scorpions Friday afternoon. 

[AND THEN THERE'S THIS: Valley family fries up scorpion for a snack]

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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Lauren Reimer

She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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