Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Really there isn't too much to say as pictures truly are worth a thousand words.
This fella was found outside our back patio, along with another little friend. To give you an idea he was larger than my hand spread out. The other was about the size of my pinky. Needless to say, we have the fumigators coming again on Wednesday and have informed our neighbours to do the same. Our cleaning lady found a dead one inside our house last week, and we found one in our BBQ cover (alive). This makes 4 in less than a week.... I'm not so much worried about me, but my two dogs...whole different story!!!


A mere minutes after writing this post hubby found ANOTHER in our BBQ cover bringing the count to 5 in less than a week. We took another pic, and I apologize for the quality as it was taken with hubbys Blackberry.


Bob Mrotek said...

There is a fairly simple way to determine which scorpions are the most dangerous:


Miss Footloose said...

Living in hot tropical countries offers lots of fun and adventurous experiences, meeting up with scorpions not one of them.

I suspect my advice to check your shoes before you stick your feet in them is not new to you.

Get them crawlies gone fast!

KfromMichigan said...

I hate hate hate any kind of creepy crawlers .. I love tropical places, but don't know that I could live in any.

Leah Flinn said...

Yikes! Sounds like they've found a breeding ground at your place. Best of luck with the fumigation.

Anonymous said...

Only seen one of these in my 5 years here... thank God.

Well, when the weather starts to get hot, the bugs come out. We're starting to see a few ticks and mosquitos near my house.

On Mexican Time said...

Bob - I will have to check that out, thanks! We were on the web last night searching at stuff...scary.

Miss Footloose - You better believe I will not only shake out my shoes, but also keep my flip flops next to my bed at night!!

KfromMichigan - you got it!!! I love the climate, but not all the things that come with it!!!

Leah - Scares the crap out of me. I dont' even want to let the pups out there now!! We have the fumigators coming on Wednesday, but really no point if our neighours aren't doing it as well!! Which of course they are as they have small dogs, and small children!!

Gringation - only 1!!! I can believe it though as this year was the first I'd ever seen any. Problem is we have "jungle" around us. We live in the Zona Hotelera and you'd think they wouldn't want them here.... I just really have to be careful!!! YIKES!

LocaChica said...

Your blog is so neat! Your profile is fun to read, too :)
I'm SOO thankful those things do NOT live around here..although I want to be a missionary to Mexico as an adult..so maybe I should work on my extreme fear of anything creepy, crawly, and that stings or bites, or looks freaky! Ugh!
You can also check out my blog, if you would like to, at www.locachicagj.blogspot.com

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Amanda said...

So a guy I know here swears by putting the stinger of one in alcohol and keeping it handy, And if you get stung this part I get sketchy on he drinks it or puts it on the wound and he swears he hasn't had to make a trip the hospital since he started doing this. Im hoping bob is getting the update comments on this and can clear up what Im saying. For sure I will ask him again and let you know Im just not sure when I will see him. Hes American by the way and they live on a ranch so they see them a lot also. Good luck with this it is scary and Im so glad we live in town and see them rarely.

Bob Mrotek said...

There are no reliable home remedies for a neurotoxin bite. I wouldn't worry too much about scorpion bites because there are very few scorpions that are deadly and those you can generally identify by the double stings on their stingers, one big and one small. However, you should always have a plan. The first thing to do is apply a very cold compress to the sting and calm the patient. The next thing to do is get them to an emergency room. If that is not immediately possible there are three things that you should always carry with you:
1.) An ointment containing an antihistamine, and a corticosteroid
2.) One oral dose of Benadryl
3.) One oral dose of acetaminophen (plain aspirin)
I think you should talk to Marilyn at Mexican Trailrunner. She is a trained paramedic and can probably give much better advice than I can.
One more thing...there is an antivenom available if you are interested. The source is:
Antivenom Production Laboratory, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281, phone (602) 965-6443 or (602) 965-1457.

On Mexican Time said...

LocaChica - thank you :) Yes, be happy they do not live near you...I'm not sleeping at night! I'll have to visit your blog!

Amanda - My husband is from Cuernavaca, and apparently living with scorpions is a way of life. He has been stung 3 different times. 2 of the times his parents caught the scorpion and made a shake out of it for him to drink!!! He keeps telling me I'll be alright, BUT I don't want them around!!!! After drinking the shake his parents still took him to the hospital. Ewwww....

Bob - Do you know anything about the dangers of a "blonde" scorpion? I keep hearing they are the most dangerous...and this is what we found in our house today! We are buying an anitvenom for our two dogs on Tuesday. Just to have in the house.

Bob Mrotek said...

The blonde scorpion that you refer to is usually called the bark spider in English and in Latin Centruroides exilicauda. It is a very small scorpion whose sting is venomous and painful but not dangerous to healthy adults. It may, however, cause some fairly serious symptoms in small children. If you are concerned about scorpions it would be a good idea to get a black light. Scorpions are very visible in black light (ultraviolet light). You can buy a very good scorpion hunter light from Amazon.com for $17.50 (USD). It is called the "395 nM 51 UV Ultraviolet LED flashlight Blacklight 3 AA, 7202UV395". I don't believe in the "milkshake" cure. I think that is just an old wives tale home remedy that could possible do more harm than good.