And in exploring 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. Quotation:”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 from the slide killed still more in the aftermath.”
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 react in self-defense. They aren’t laying traps for you. Most Manzanillo people have rarely seen a scorpion and of course never stung. Keep it in perspective. Most pests around your home are not a physical hazard but consider bees, mosquitoes (dengue), wasps, Fireants and termites.
They have poor eyesight in spite of 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 their tail works like a universal joint with a stinger attached. Scorpions can move their tail in almost any direction and though most believe of the classic”C” (stinger above their head) scorpions will sting anyway possible when in danger. Scorpions have 8 legs together with a set of pinchers which 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 babies climb onto mothers back where they feed and grow for 1-3 weeks then move off and in the real world. The normal scorpion will molt several times during the first few years of life and reach maturity after 3-4 decades.
Predatory by nature, scorpions feed on insects and are ferocious, effective hunters. Prime locations for nesting or hiding: under stones, mulch, wood chips or compost, logs, flower bed sheets and weed reducing material, railroad ties, patio slabs and just about anything found in and around the landscape. In a garage or storage space they are drawn to boxes stored on the ground. 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 professional help. By maintaining outside populations you reduce the possibility of them moving indoors. The scorpion’s flat body lets it crawl under most any item, into small cracks and crevices which makes it a frequent invader. They are great climbers and will scale wood, brick, stucco and many any siding on a house. If they’re active outside some will move inside. They often enter on the next degree or attic where they can go unnoticed for 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 apparel (shake them first and keep a little flashlight handy) to minimize being stung. Stepping on a scorpion is a frequent way to get stung. Really concerned? Get a BLACK LIGHT. Scorpions reflect the light making them very visible and easy to see.
If you see a couple of scorpions inside over the course of a year, it’s probably because of an outside population. However, if you are seeing a lot of little, young scorpions or if you visit one or more adults a month, you most likely have an active inside population needing immediate attention.