Scorpions

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And in researching local wrecks I came across a post that specifically mentioned Bat Poop in connection with the 1959 hurricane that sank several ships including one at LaBoquita. Quotation:”Category 5 storms are very rare… making the Mexico hurricane one for the record books… 162 mph winds, it took at least 1,500 lives… ruining one-fourth of the homes in Cihuatlan (Jalisco). A enormous landslide near Minatitlan (Colima) alone killed 800. Venomous snakes and scorpions discovered from the slide killed still more in the wake.”

One is known as the Colima Scorpion which is highly poisonous. Common sense says the species does not matter, see a Doctor ASAP! Concern is for anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction).

Scorpions only respond in self-defense. They are not laying traps for you. Most Manzanillo people have rarely seen a scorpion not to mention never stung. Keep it in perspective. Most pests around your home aren’t a physical hazard but consider bees, mosquitoes (dengue), wasps, Fireants and termites. The scorpion is just another pest.

They have poor eyesight notwithstanding their 2-12 eyes. Scorpions have a three part body comprised of the head, their primary body or trunk that contains 7 sections and their tail, which has 6 segments. The last segment of the tail functions like a universal joint with a stinger attached. Scorpions can move their tail in any direction and though most think of the classic”C” (stinger over their head) scorpions will sting anyway possible when in danger. Scorpions have 8 legs together with a pair of pinchers that are quite powerful and agile. They use the pinchers for hunting prey, self defense, grooming and keeping offspring.

Scorpions bear live young of 25-50 at a mess. These babies climb onto mothers back where they feed and grow for 1-3 weeks then move off and into the actual world. The average scorpion will molt several times during the first few years of life and reach maturity after 3-4 years. They will then live another 5-10 years.

Predatory by character, scorpions feed on insects and are ferocious, effective hunters. Prime locations for nesting or concealing: under stones, mulch, wood chips or compost, logs, flower bed coverings and weed reducing substance, railroad ties, patio slabs and just about anything found in the vicinity of the landscape. In a garage or storage space they are drawn to boxes stored on the floor. Their prey includes roaches, ants, grasshoppers and other ground dwelling insects. Scorpions have a tendency to be attracted to areas which are moist, shady and full of insects.

If you believe you have a problem, get expert help. By maintaining outside populations you reduce the possibility of them moving inside. The scorpion’s level body allows it to crawl under most any item, into small cracks and crevices making it a common invader. They are great climbers and will scale wood, brick, stucco and most any siding on a house. If they are active outside some will move inside. They frequently enter on the second level or attic where they can go unnoticed for quite a long time. Once inside they bear young which may move to a living area.

If you suspect you’ve scorpions take precautions to avoid getting stung. Be especially cautious at night. Since scorpions are nocturnal you are likely to encounter them at night. Try to wear apparel (shake them first and keep a small flashlight handy) to minimize being stung. Stepping on a scorpion is a frequent way to get stung. Really concerned? Scorpions reflect the light which makes them very visible and easy to see.

If you see one or two scorpions inside over the course of a year, it’s most likely due to an outside population. However, if you are seeing a great deal of small, young scorpions or if you visit one or more adults a month, you most likely have an active inside population needing immediate attention.


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