Venom

The biggest worry people have about having creepy crawlers in their house is getting bitten. while sometimes people just fear their presence, the way they look, or the damage to their food or home. the main concern is getting bitten by these pests. that is why the least popular creatures that invade a home are spiders and (depending on the area) scorpions. Some people don’t like cockroaches because of how gross they look, others dislike ants because of how they scourge food. Spiders and scorpions easily top both of those and it’s for one reason, they can bite and sting. Ants can bite too, but the difference between those little guys versus spiders and scorpions are the affects of the bite. Scorpions and spiders have a bit of a unique quality that differs from other pests, venom.

To be fair, ants, bees and a few other insects do have venom, however that venom does not have the same impact on our body that scorpion and spider venom do. We have an inherent fear of spiders because of the horror stores we have heard about the notorious Black Widow and Brown Recluse. These two spiders carry a venom that can potentially be deadly, so we tend to put that venomous umbrella over all types of spiders.  Scorpions carry a similar amount of clout compared to spiders, and this is often attributed to movies in which we see the effects of the Emperor Scorpion and other dangerous scorpions, we have a fear of what could happen.

 

 

 

 

Black Widow

 

A surprising aspect of venom, is the effect that it has on our bodies when we are bitten or stung. When you are bitten by a black widow the effects usually happen after about 20-60 minutes. After being bitten the venom will travel throughout your body and you will begin to feel pain at the location of the bite, and you may also experience nausea, abdominal pain and muscle cramps. If you have those symptoms, please call 911 or visit your local E.R. or urgent care. Though the affects often wear off within 24 hours, and it isn’t likely that you will die, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Brown Recluse spider bites only differ slightly from that of the Black Widow; after being bitten you won’t notice any effects until about 2-6 hours. Symptoms include pain and itching in the bite area as well slight skin color change in that area due to skin cell damage. It is best to treat these bites by applying ice to the bite and contacting emergency help. As with black widow bites, most of the time the effects will go away without medical treatment as time goes by. Unfortunately, for both of these spiders’ bites, children and the elderly are most susceptible to them and could be fatal danger if the bites go untreated.

Even though there are thousands of species of spiders within the United States, the only two that are “dangerous” are those mentioned above. Among the thousands of spiders that could potentially be in your home (not all at once), most of their bites’ could not even penetrate your skin. We have this inherent fear of spiders in our home because we are terrified of being bitten, but the chances of a bite are minimal, and if you do get bit, it will probably go unnoticed.

AZ Bark Scorpion

Regarding venom, the same holds true with both spiders and scorpions. When a scorpion stings you, the venom will travel throughout your whole body and you will feel quite a bit of pain at the location of the sting. A large difference within this sting versus that of a spider bite, is that there will be quite a bit more pain where the sting occurred, and there will be a bit more swelling. As with spiders, if a child is stung, call 911, poison control, or go to your nearest urgent care of ER because the effects can be detrimental. This same thing is true with scorpions regarding venom. Most of the time the affects of the sting will soon wear off and you will be fine, but again, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Although spiders and scorpions may seem scary and dangerous, they have been over dramatized for years in movies and television shows and therefore seem absolutely terrifying. It is still a good idea to avoid spiders and scorpions when possible, the real pests that can hurt your home are insects like termites that can “erode” your home away. Whether you have termites, spiders, scorpions, ants or another pest, Bulwark Pest Control is the best option to rid of any pests you may have! Call us today at, 1-800-610-7576.

Do all spiders spin webs?

Spider webs are some of the most intricate creations of nature in existence. The way they are made and they way that spiders utilize them, is absolutely incredible. Today, we are going to talk about how spider silk is made and how they use it. It should be known, that all spiders make silk, but not all spiders use that silk to make webs. Other uses of silk include: climbing, building walls for burrows, protection for egg sacs, transportation, and catching prey. Spiders transport by attaching an end of the silk to one side of a tree branch and dangling off the other, then letting go and moving with the wind; this is known as kiting. They also use the silk to “fish” in rivers and such “throwing a line” and catching what sticks. The use of the silk, completely depends upon the type of spider and their role in the wild. Different silks have different uses depending on the niche of the spider as well, some are sticky while others are impeccably strong. Now that we have some semblance of the who, what and why, we can gain a better understanding of how spiders create this stuff!  Spider silk is made within the spider through glands in it’s abdomen. The silk starts as a liquid made out of proteins and as the spider releases the silk out of its abdomen it becomes the fiber that is visible to us, the web. Spiders are so much more complex than the “scary” arachnid we see on the outside. 

What can eat a spider?

When we think of spiders, we usually think of them as hunters, the top of the food chain, the “Big Kahuna” if you will. Well, believe it or not, there are many types of creatures that go after these bad boys, and today we identify who can size up against the eight-legged menace.

Astonishingly, spiders have a lot of enemies aside from humans. Spiders seem to be at the top because of how many types of insects they dominate, but in reality many creatures stalk spiders as prey, as is the circle of life.

 

There is a niche group of creatures called insectivores that mainly hunt insects and spiders. A few insectivores around us include, bats, lizards, frogs, rats, and birds. Spiders stand little to no chance with these animals, and thus the above insectivores are some of the biggest predators of spiders! 

Now, when it comes to invertebrates, spiders are the boss. In fact, they are ranked one of the top predators ever. The only small creatures that are known to eat spiders are other spiders and wasps. Though spiders rarely eat one another due to the hunt, the most common time another spider will eat its own kind is because a female spider eats its mate in order to aid their young. Though this is the most common occurrence of spider eating spider action, it doesn’t happen all that often. The real killer in this category is the wasp! Wasps are well known to stalk, kill and eat spiders. They do so by stinging and paralyzing the spider, and then burying the spider with its eggs and once the baby wasps hatch, it’s dinner time and they chow down on the spider. 

What is a spider’s web made out of?

For any of you who have seen any Spider Man movie *cough* Spider-Man: Homecoming *cough* which recently came out, you’ll notice that Spider-Man makes his own webbing! Let’s look into what a spider’s web is actually made of, and is it possible to recreate our web slinging friends antics? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When people think about the structure of a web they often think about the rumor that states that they’re stronger than steel… Well, not only is that true, but a spider’s web is actually stronger than steel! This is because of something called tensile strength, which refers to the tension of which the material can withstand, and why a web is more elastic than steel. Without that elasticity, people would be hurting themselves left and right as they try to clear webs.  The spider’s web is made of spider silk, which is an extremely elastic material constructed of lots of protein fibers. That being said, spider silk can bare more weight than steel, however it is much less dense. A spider creates its silk within a very specialized organ, called the spinneret. Another benefit of this silk, is that it contains glue like properties which aid in catching its prey. When an insect comes in contact with the web, they are likely stuck until their demise. Spider silk is also conductive to electricity, and the spider actually uses this to its advantage. They use this conductivity to build up a static charge, and like a sock sticks to a towel if there is too much static in the dryer, an insect with any static charge clinging to it will stick to the web as well, and they are unable to escape. At first glance, a spider web may seem like an intricate design for spiders to lounge on, but the underlying properties are absolutely fascinating. 

 

Roach Eats Spider!

A few days ago, we tried feeding our Giant Huntsman Spider, one of the largest species of spider in the world, a cockroach. Upon first glance, one would think, “oh the spider won of course!” however in this crazy turn of events the roach won the battle. While filming the attack, the spider missed its prey and ended up tangling its font two legs within its own webbing! Overtime we thought it might get free and try again, but a few days later we noticed that the spider no longer had a face and the cockroach was completely unscathed. A few more days passed, and the spiders entire body was soon missing.  After close examination, we realized that there were indeed a few remains of the spider’s legs, and with that it was decided that the cockroach decided to make a meal out of its predator. Huntsman Spiders are known to catch on average, 90% of their prey, and after some research we have not been able to find a similar event in an enclosure or captured in the wild. We are completely awestruck because roaches don’t generally win, and if they do they certainly don’t eat the predator!

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Top 17 Must Watch Spider Scenes From Movies

8 Legged Freaks

What do you get when you put spiders on the big screen? Movie magic! Whether you are petrified of these eight-legged creepy crawlies, or marvel at their ingenuity and abilities; Hollywood has capitalized on the raw emotion spiders evoke in audiences young and old. This has led to some of the most memorable, must watch spider scenes in the history of cinema.

Here are the top ten must watch spider scenes from movies:

#17. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

One of the most brilliant movies of my childhood was Raiders of the Lost Ark; with one of the most memorable movie scenes as well. It’s one of many that just stick with you. This scene will make you almost lose consciousness for a few reasons. To begin with, how do that many tarantulas end up on both of their backs? They did walk through a giant web, but tarantulas don’t live in webs. How’d they get on their backs? Secondly, the spiders on Indy’s back are terrifying, but when the guide turns around and seems to have twice the amount that Indy did… Oh my!

#16. Arachnophobia-Slipper Scene (1990)

#15. The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

When it comes to memorable spider scenes, how could we leave out the scene in which Spiderman actually becomes the web-slinging hero we know him to be!?! The tougher decision was choosing between the 2002 version with Tobey Maguire, or the more recent 2012 installment with Andrew Garfield.

#14. Coraline (2009)

#13. 8 Legged Freaks (2002)

Sticking with the theme of eight, like eight legs, what’s more fitting for our next selection than 8 Legged Freaks? Giant spiders attack a small Arizona town. Assortments of horrific venomous spiders get exposed to a toxic chemical that causes them to develop and grow to mammoth proportions. Really bad CGI, and blood and guts galore, make this a cult classic. Since there are just too many spider kill scenes to recount, enjoy this very bloody compilation of spider scenes from the film.

#12. Megamind (2010)

I had to throw in this particular spider scene in, just because I remember it made me literally laugh-out-loud the first time I saw it!

#11. Spiderman (2002)

#10. Charlotte’s Web (1973)

Not every spider scene on our list has to be creepy! How many of you have ever had a spider tug at your heart strings?

#9. Krull (1983)

Have you ever had that nightmare where you’re trapped in a spiderweb, as a giant spider creeps slowly toward you? Well, the spider scene in Krull is your nightmare personified!

#8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- Spider Forest (2013)

#7. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)


This spider scene is always good for a laugh!

#6. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

In one of the most memorable scenes in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, or perhaps a scene you wish you could forget if you happen to be petrified of spiders, Harry goes to Aragog (the giant talking spider) to prove Hagrid didn’t open the chamber of secrets. Aragog tells his kids (the hoards of other spiders) that he will not deny them fresh meat, and to indulge! Watch as the spiders rain down on Harry and Ron.

#5. Arachnaphobia- Shower Scene (1990)

#4. Stephen King’s The Mist (2007)

*Warning- Language Not Suitable For Work. One of the most horrific spider scenes ever shot, and a favorite of horror enthusiasts everywhere, is the spider pharmacy scene in Stephen King’s The Mist. Watch as a trapped group of survivalists stumble upon a huge web. Inside the web, they discover a poor schmuck trapped in the web with baby spiders hatching and ripping him apart from the inside. It gets worse! Hoards of spiders, which act more like and hungry pack of wolves, unleash hell on the group. The scene truly is something out of a nightmare!

#3. Lords of the Rings: Return Of The King (2003)

Meet Shelob, the giant spider! Movie makers can sure make one creepy, hellacious, giant spider… The kind that moves fast, has foot-long fangs, plenty of eyes, hair, and even a stinger. Watch the spider get the best of Frodo, only to have Sam save the day!

#2. Home Alone (1990)

Just when you thought Harry and Marv have had enough in Home Alone; chasing Kevin through his torturous “funhouse,” Kevin still has one more surprise for the two wet bandits… A giant spider! Watch as Harry (Joe Pesci) takes a spider to the face and Marv (Daniel Stern) takes a crowbar to the chest, all while Kevin makes his final escape!

#1. Arachnophobia- Final Scene (1990)


The number one most memorable must watch spider scenes in all of cinema is from none other than Arachnophobia. Truthfully, you could probably select the whole movie as a memorable spider scene, as movie stole the heart of millions of film lovers when it got released in 1990. The movie is an accurate depiction of what truly makes spiders scary to so many.

A recently discovered spider from Venezuela is accidentally brought to a small American town, breeding with local spiders. This creates a new race of poisonous spiders that begin killing off town residents one at a time. Jeff Daniels overcomes his fear of spiders as he battles them to their death. John Goodman makes for one heck of an exterminator.

The creep-you-out-of-your-pants scene is at the end, when all the spiders leave the nest and infest Jeff Daniels’ house– spreading all over the walls, the door, the TV, spewing out of the sink drain, up under the doorknobs, under the doors, hanging down from the ceiling. In the film, they’re so poisonous that one bite will kill you in five seconds. Daniels pitches over the stairs and crashes into the basement, where Big Mama and Daddy are nesting. I also included a few other very memorable scenes.

Well there you have it! The top ten must watch spider scenes from movies. There were so many memorable scenes to choose from. Some honorable mentions include: Arachnid, Coraline, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Thing, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Nothing to Lose, Son of Godzilla, James and the Giant Peach, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Beyond, Dr. No, Tarantula, and This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse.

What did you think of the top ten must watch spider scenes from movies?

107 Million Spiders Create Megaweb

If you are deathly afraid of spiders, do no read any further!

If you want to sleep tonight, do not read any further!

If you have a heart condition or health concerns of any kind, do not read any further!

If you want a glimpse of what Hell might look like, go ahead and scroll a down a little. You may feel a little itchy afterward!

107 Million Spiders Create Megaweb

WebSource: Entomological Society of America/ Greene et al. 2010

How many spiders would you consider to be a lot? For many of you, it might be just one. For the rest of us, there’s no arguing that 107 million spiders, is more than a lot! It’s a butt-load.

A huge communal spider web, that stretched over four acres, was recently reported by Wired.com, inside a water treatment plant in Baltimore. This megaweb, housed some 107 Million spiders. It was estimated that almost 95% of the treatment plant was covered by this megaweb; something that shocked even scientists.

“We were unprepared for the sheer scale of the spider population and the extraordinary masses of both three dimensional and sheet-like webbing that blanketed much of the facility’s cavernous interior. Far greater in magnitude than any previously recorded aggregation of orb-weavers, the visual impact of the spectacle was nothing less than astonishing.

In places where the plant workers had swept aside the webbing to access equipment, the silk lay piled on the floor in rope-like clumps as thick as a fire hose.”

Wow! You know that this is quite the impressive spider web, if even tenured scientists were shocked at the sheer magnitude and grandeur of it!!

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Megawebs

These megawebs have been reported before here in the U.S., all of which have occurred near water. These massive webs are cast to catch the large quantities of flies and midges that hatch and live near water.

With these megawebs, I found it interesting that they are typically made my multiple species of spider, that co-habitate together for the purpose of catching the massive quantities of flying insects.

Two of the species of spider that are responsible for creating these megaweb masterpieces include the longjawed orb-weaver, and the bridge spider or gray cross spider (also a species of orb-weaver).

Are You Being Haunted By Ghost Spiders This Halloween?

The hairs on the back of your neck stand up!

Your skin begins to crawl!

You see unexplained movements out of the corner of your eye!

You feel like your being watched!

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms this Halloween, your house may be haunted by ghosts… GHOST SPIDERS!

As if spiders weren’t creepy enough… We have to have a spider named ghost spider!

Ghost Spiders 

When I refer to ghost spiders, I’m not referring to the well known spider superstition that if you see a spider on Halloween it’s the spirit of a loved one watching over you, as depicted here.

The Ghost Spider is an actual living, breathing, and yes, even biting spider found in certain parts of the United States.

Ghost Spiders are brownish-yellow or beige in color, and range in size from about ¼ of an inch to ½ of an inch in length. They have scissor-like jaws that move back and forth when they feed or bite. A bite from a ghost spider is similar to a pin prick or a bee sting; however, the venom is not dangerous. Mild swelling and pain may occur after a bite.

These spiders actively hunt prey at night, and will retreat back into hiding places during the day. Sometimes these hiding places can be inside your home. If you are the type who is petrified by spiders, you may actually prefer your house be haunted by ghosts, as opposed to being infested by ghost spiders.

Ghost spiders are commonly found throughout the Southern United States, and are especially prevalent in Florida year-round. The three most common species of ghost spider found in the U.S. include: the Yellow Ghost spider (Hibanan velox), the Garden Ghost spider (Hibanan gracilis), and Green Ghost spider (Wulfila albens).

Serious spider infestations of any kind should be treated by a professional spider control company.

Halloween Spiders Scare Arachnophobes

Halloween is just days away, and for many people there is nothing scarier than a creepy, crawling spider. In fact, arachnophobia affects two out of every ten males, and six out of every ten females. Some 31 percent of people that suffer from the fear of spiders, report having severe symptoms.

For some more interesting facts and tidbits about arachnophobia, check out this informative infographic put together by the spider control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating:

 

If you have a fear of spiders, you definitely don’t want them infesting your home. If you are seeing house spiders, black widow spiders, brown recluses spiders, or any other type of spider in your home or on your property, make sure you call a spider control professional today!

10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Brown Recluse Bite

CBS 5 – KPHO

A 10-year-old Billings, Montana boy passed away this week after suffering from an infection caused by a Brown Recluse spider bite. The boy, one Keith Pierce, was brought to St. Vincent Hospital on September 30, 2014 after his mother noticed his legs began to swell. At first, the doctors were worried the swelling in the legs might be cancer; that was until a spot on the boy’s leg was discovered. In extreme pain, doctors performed emergency surgery, in which Keith never awoke from. The boys family ended resuscitation efforts, and the cause of death was determined to be caused by an infection from a Brown Recluse spider bite.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Brown_Recluse_FacingBrown Recluse spiders are extremely venomous spiders, and it will bite humans. Bites generally happens by accident when someone is moving boxes, putting on clothing that has been left on the floor, or digging around in a seldom used basement or closet. When a Brown Recluse spider gets unintentionally trapped against a person’s body, it feels threatened and will bite. Use caution while putting on clothes, getting into bed, and when handling cardboard boxes.

Brown Recluse venom kills the living tissue near the bite site. Once bitten, the infected are will turn a red and bluish-white or bluish-grey in color. The wound may fester and linger when it becomes infected.

The Brown Recluse bite can be quite painful, and the pain will last for several days. If bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, seek medical attention as symptoms can become life threatening. Untreated bites have been associated with the loss of appendages.