Scorpions (Escorpions)

I love shipwrecks! And in researching local wrecks I came across an article that specifically mentioned scorpions in connection with the 1959 hurricane that sank several ships including one at LaBoquita. Quote: “Category 5 storms are extremely scarce… making the Mexico hurricane one for the record books… 162 mph winds, it took at the minimum 1,500 lives… destroying one-fourth of the homes in Cihuatlan (Jalisco). A enormous landslide near Minatitlan (Colima) alone killed 800. Venomous snakes and scorpions uncovered by the slide killed nevertheless more in the aftermath.”

There are over 100 species of Mexican scorpions, six are dangerous. One is known as the Colima Scorpion which is highly poisonous. shared sense says the species doesn’t matter, see a Doctor ASAP! Concern is for anaphylactic shock (harsh allergic reaction).

Scorpions only react in self-defense. They are not laying traps for you. Most Manzanillo folks have rarely seen a scorpion not to mention never stung. Keep it in perspective. Most pests around your home aren’t a physical danger but 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 of their 2-12 eyes. Scorpions have a three part body comprised of the head, their main body or trunk which has 7 segments and their tail, which has 6 segments. The last part of their tail works like a universal joint with a stinger attached. Scorpions can move their tail in any direction and though most think of their typical “C” (stinger over their head) scorpions will sting anyway possible when in danger. Scorpions have 8 legs along with a set of pinchers which are quite strong and nimble. They use the pinchers for hunting prey, self defense, grooming and maintaining offspring.

Scorpions bear live young of 25-50 in a litter. These babies climb onto moms back where they satisfy and grow for 1-3 weeks then move off and into the real 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 satisfy on insects and are fierce, effective hunters. Active mainly at night, scorpions choose to rest and hide during the day. chief locations for nesting or hiding: under rocks, mulch, wood chips or compost, logs, flower bed coverings and weed reducing material, railroad ties, patio slabs and just about anything found in and around the scenery. In a garage or storage area they are attracted to boxes stored on the floor. Their prey includes roaches, ants, grasshoppers and other ground dwelling insects. Scorpions tend to be attracted to areas which are moist, shady and complete of insects.

If you think you have a problem, get specialized help. By maintaining outside populations you reduce the risk of them moving inside. The scorpion’s flat body allows it to crawl under most any object, into small fractures and crevices which makes it a shared invader. They are great climbers and will extent brick, wood, stucco and most any siding on a house. If they are active outside some will move inside. They often go into on the second level or attic where they may go unnoticed for a long time. Once inside they bear young which may move into a living area.

If you speculate you have scorpions take precautions to avoid getting stung. Be especially careful at night. Since scorpions are nocturnal you are likely to encounter them at night. Try to use footwear (shake them first and keep a small flashlight handy) to minimize being stung. Stepping on a scorpion is a shared way to get stung. Really concerned? Get a BLACK LIGHT. Scorpions mirror the light making them very visible and easy to see.

If you see one or two scorpions inside over the time of a year, it is probably due to an outside population. However, if you are seeing a lot of small, young scorpions or if you see one or more adults a month, you most likely have an active inside population needing immediate attention.

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