And in researching local wrecks I came across a post that specifically mentioned scorpions in connection with the 1959 hurricane that spanned several ships including one at LaBoquita. Quote:”Category 5 storms are extremely 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 massive landslide near Minatitlan (Colima) alone killed 800. Venomous snakes and scorpions discovered by the slide killed still more in the wake.”
One is called the Colima Scorpion that is highly poisonous. Common sense says the species doesn’t matter, see a Doctor ASAP! Concern is for anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction).
Scorpions only react in self-defense. They aren’t laying traps for you. Most Manzanillo folks have rarely seen a scorpion and of course never stung. Keep it in perspective. Most pests around your home aren’t a physical threat however consider bees, mosquitoes (dengue), wasps, Fireants and termites. The scorpion is just another pest.
Part of the spider family; scorpions are nocturnal (active at night). They have poor eyesight in spite of their 2-12 eyes. Scorpions have a three part body comprised of the mind, their primary body or trunk which has 7 segments and their tail, which has 6 segments. The last segment of their tail functions like a universal joint with a stinger attached. Scorpions can move their tail in almost any direction and though most think of the classic”C” (stinger over their head) scorpions will sting anyway possible when at risk. Scorpions have 8 legs along with a set of pinchers that are quite strong and agile. They utilize the pinchers for hunting prey, self defense, grooming and maintaining offspring.
Scorpions bear live young of 25-50 at a mess. These infants climb onto moms back where they feed and grow for 1-3 weeks then move off and in the actual world. The normal scorpion will molt several times during the first few years of life and attain maturity after 3-4 decades. They will then live another 5-10 years.
Predatory by nature, scorpions feed on insects and are fierce, effective hunters. Active mainly at night, scorpions decide to rest and hide during the day. Prime locations for nesting or hiding: under rocks, mulch, wood chips or compost, logs, flower bed sheets and weed reducing substance, railroad ties, patio slabs and just about anything found in and around the landscape. In a garage or storage space they’re drawn to boxes stored on the ground. Scorpions have a tendency to be attracted to areas that are moist, shady and full of insects.
If you believe you have a problem, get expert help. By keeping outside populations you reduce the risk of them moving inside. The scorpion’s level body allows it to crawl under most any object, into small cracks and crevices which makes it a common invader. They are amazing climbers and will scale brick, wood, stucco and most any siding on a house. If they are busy outside some will move inside. They frequently enter on the next level or attic where they may go unnoticed for quite a long time. Once inside they bear young which may move to a living area.
If you suspect you have scorpions take precautions to avoid getting stung. Be especially careful at night. Since scorpions are nocturnal you’re most likely to encounter them at night. Try to wear footwear (shake them and keep a little 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 is most likely because of an outside population. However, if you’re seeing a great deal of little, young scorpions or if you visit one or more adults per month, you almost certainly have an active interior population needing immediate attention.