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Have heard from some people that at times there may be a scorpion or two in the hotel rooms , are they poisonous? How bad is the sting? Do people find them often? How do you treat a sting if you get one? Any other pesky critters to know about in rooms?


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1. Re: scorpions

Hello monkee,

Yup, there are scorpions in CR along with a variety of spiders and snakes and insects. There are scorpions in parts of the central valley and I am sure Nicoya, however, are not much to worry about as the sting is something along the lines of a bee sting. Just shake out your shoes and dont leave clothing on the ground.

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In 2000, while at Manuel Antonio during the rainy season, I got out of bed one night and stepped on a smallish 2 1/2 inch scorpion and received a sting. While stepping on it I felt what could be described as several quick jolts of electricity. When I walked on my foot it was very sore and tender for about the next 4 hours. After that my foot returned to normal and there was no pain associated.

I washed the sting area with the blue isopropyl alcohol available at groceries or drug stores.

By the way the critter lived and left merrily on its way to go outside.

Since then I've heard quite a number accounts of people getting stung and they had no ill effects a few hours later.

I should also add I been to MA about 15 times spending a total of over 180 days, almost all of it in the rainy season. It is in the rainy season that the scorpions prefer to come in to shelter from the rain.

This species of scorpions should not be confused with the African type that are supposed to be deadly.

Pura Vida'


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3. Re: scorpions

Additionally, "shake out" anything that is damp ... beach and bath towels (don't leave them on the floor, scorpions love 'em!) and check your shower before you get in. Chances are you won't encounter one but it's good to be watchful of their favorite hangouts. Lisa

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