Scorpions a growing problem

More than 15 months on from Hurricane Ivan, which triggered it off, Cayman’s scorpion problem shows no signs of easing off.

‘Scorpions are probably our number one problem at the moment,’ said Pestkil Ltd’s Kieran Hendricken.

‘Two to three years ago we would have had one or two calls a month about them,’ he told the Caymanian Compass.

‘Now we are getting five to seven calls a day on average,’ he said.

‘Scorpions have even been appearing in places such as a fourth floor office,’ he added.

Hurricane Ivan destroyed and disturbed many scorpion habitats and often drove them into houses, looking for the dark places they like.

Experts felt that as the island got back to normal and there was more vegetation, there would be more shrubs and vegetation for them.

‘The scorpion problem has continued to get worse,’ said Mr. Hendricken.

‘We thought the problem would stay active for six to nine months after Hurricane Ivan and then ease off.

‘But, 15 months on, it has not shown any signs of that,’ he said.

The problem is widespread but appears to be more concentrated in the Prospect area, which had a higher incidence of scorpions from early on after Ivan and which continues to provide several call outs for the company.

Often when scorpions enter homes they make their way up to an attic for cover and then breed, said Mr. Hendricken.

The young will later emerge through places like air conditioning and light fittings, he said.

To try and deter them from getting indoors in the first place, he advises people not to leave wood, plywood, or anything that can provide them with damp, dark cover, lying around the house.

And if someone sees one in a house there are likely to be more around, he said.

People are in general safe from the creatures, which are mainly active at night, but a small percentage of people could have a bad reaction to a sting, he told the Compass.

‘From our calls, the percentage of people that have been stung by one is extremely low,’ says Mr. Hendricken.

‘People have seen them but have not been stung by them,’ he added.

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