A boy died from a bacterial infection recently in San Diego, apparently from his pet rat. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office ruled that the cause of death was streptobacillus moniliformis infection, commonly known as rat-bite fever, after exposure to an infected rat… Read More
Dust Mite Treatment Tips
There are only two recommended ways to deal with dust mites – prevention and cure. Lets take a look at both of these methods… Read More
Examining the Health Risks Associated with a Rodent Infestation
In addition to the structural damage rodents can cause, they also present a serious health risk to you and your family. Rodents are notoriously filthy creatures; in fact, they are responsible for spreading numerous diseases and illnesses… Read More
Fruit, House, Drain, and Bottle Flies
Flies easily rank on one of the biggest nuisance pests we have. Most of the time, we deal with several species of flies during an infestation; not just one. These four flies are the most common… Read More
Bats In The Attic? 3 Reasons You Should Get Them Out Today
Rabies, Histoplasmosis, and damage to property are all really good reasons to get professional pest control to deal with your bat infestation… Read More
Pest Of The Week: The Camel Spider
Camel spiders are more commonly referred to as sun spiders throughout the Southwestern United States where they are common. While they are common in the Southwest, Camel spiders can actually be found all over the world, except Antarctica. They can reach huge sizes (12 inches in length), but the ones found in the U.S. are usually about an inch in diameter. They range in color from a light tan or yellow, to a dark brown.
Camel spiders are sometimes confused for scorpions, although they are neither scorpions nor spiders. They are, however, arachnids. Stories of their aggressive behavior, their size, and their deadliness are often times over-exaggerated. Camel spiders are actually relatively harmless; possessing no venom glands. They will bite you if handled, leaving a large, irregularly shaped bite mark. There is no chance of death due to a properly handled bite.
While some Camel spiders have been recorded feeding on rodents, snakes and small lizards, most feed on termites and other ground-dwelling insects. They are able to capture their insect prey, by running at speeds of about ten miles per hour. They are fast!