Top 10 Articles On Blog Pest Control For 2014

This busy year of 2014 has come to an end, and what a year it has been. The Ebola scare had the media outlets whipped up into a frenzy. We were introduced to ISIS. The NFL experienced what seemed like record off the field problems. People were dumping buckets of ice water over their heads in support of ALS. The situation in Ferguson, MO had us glued to our TV’s. We also lot some beloved celebrities like Joan Rivers and Robin Williams.

Top 10 Articles On Blog Pest Control For 2014

While 2014 was a busy year for all of us, it was also a busy year for Blog Pest Control. We actually set a record for the most views in a year, in a month, and in a day. So many of you are hungry for these interesting perspectives on pests, and on the pest control industry.

Here are the top ten articles on Blog Pest Control for 2014, determined by you the reader:

10. You Have To See This Gigantic Rat Caught By An Exterminator

Ratzilla

You’ve heard of ROUTS (Rodents Of Unusual Size) from the movie The Princess Bride. We’re all familiar with Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. Our next tale of a huge rat takes us to Sweden, as now we have Ratzilla terrorizing a Stockholm family. A homeowner in Sweden is breathing a sigh of relief today as a giant rat, measuring over two feet in length from nose to tail, was caught by exterminators. The enormous rodent weighed well over two pounds, and had chewed through a concrete wall before getting caught in an industrial trap set by exterminators.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/04/you-have-to-see-this-gigantic-rat-caught-by-an-exterminator/

9. 3 Pests Often Confused For Scorpions

Whipscorpion

Sometimes the creepy-crawlies we see inside our homes or on our properties are not scorpions at all; just pests that closely resemble a scorpion. They’re still ugly, and they still look dangerous; even though they are generally harmless.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/03/3-pests-often-confused-for-scorpions/

8. Brown Recluse or Wolf Spider?

Brown Recluse

One of the common venomous spiders around is the brown recluse. This spider is easily confused with the wolf spider, but this article helps make sure you know just what kind of pest you’re dealing with.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/03/brown-recluse-or-wolf-spider/

7. Cuddly Caterpillar’s Sting Worse Than Scorpion

puss caterpillar

A little warning for the next time you step outside your home. Be on the lookout for the cuddly looking caterpillar that’s sending residents to the ER in record numbers this year. They are referred to as puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis), or asps.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/09/cuddly-caterpillars-sting-worse-than-scorpion/

6. Understanding A Pest Control Non-Compete- The Employee Perspective

Non-Compete Agreement

Before you start your own pest control business, first you must understand the non-compete agreement or clause you may have signed with your former employer; as many questions arise when it comes to pest control non-competes.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/03/understanding-a-pest-control-non-compete-the-employee-perspective/

5. The 4 Scariest Insects In the World

Scorpion Fly Face

Believe it or not, some bugs can really hurt humans, and there are a number of them that can even kill you. The following four insects are some of the scariest in the world.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/05/the-4-scariest-insects-in-the-world/

4. Elf On Shelf, Friend Or Pest? 12 Funny Images

elf-on-the-shelf-mess

We have called in the experts to try and determine whether reports on Christmas Elves becoming a household nuisance are valid. In gathering evidence we found some very strange activity by these Elves on Shelves and some funny pictures to boot.

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/12/christmas-elf-on-a-shelf-funny/

3. Mosquitoes, Bed Bugs & More: How To Identify Common Bug Bites

bedbug bites

Understanding what different bites look like and being able to identify where they came from will help you know what steps you need to take upon a bite. See the bite pictures here:

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/06/mosquitoes-bed-bugs-and-more-how-to-identify-common-bug-bites/

2. Fact Or Fiction: Bedbug High

smoking bed bugs

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler have been inundated as of late with reports of a new method of getting high… Drying, crushing, and then smoking or injecting bed bugs! Is this true or false?

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/04/fact-or-fiction-bed-bug-high/

1. Scorpion Found In Bananas

walmart scorpion

Imagine shopping at your local Wal-Mart with your two children. You pull your cart up to a box of bananas, reach your hand in looking to pick a few out that aren’t quite ripe and you feel it! A PINCH! That’s exactly what happened to a Pittsburgh area man, and the pinch was from a scorpion!!

http://blogpestcontrol.com/2014/08/scorpion-found-in-bananas/

Blog Pest Control 2015

All of us here at Blog Pest Control want to thank you all for your support and readership throughout 2014. Stay tuned for more informative and interesting pest control stories in the upcoming year. Let’s have another banner year come 2015.

Cuddly Caterpillar’s Sting Worse Than Scorpion

Caterpillar
They’re cute!

They look cuddly!

You’re kids want to touch them when they see them!

Don’t touch these innocent looking fuzzy caterpillars… You’ll be sorry you did!

Warning: Puss Caterpillars Are Dangerous

A little warning for the next time you step outside your home. Be on the lookout for the cuddly looking caterpillar that’s sending residents to the ER in record numbers this year. They are referred to as puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis), or asps.

You don’t want to cross paths with these little critters. They sting! These painful stings leave a distinct imprint on your skin; but this mark is just the beginning. An encounter with a puss caterpillar, or asp, can lead to a painful recovery.

The pain from a puss caterpillar sting is actually worse than that of a scorpion sting!

Puss caterpillars can hide in bushes, fall from trees, and even find their way into your home. If one happens to brush up against your skin, it will first feel like a hot frying pan has hit your skin. Asps have hollow spines that are full of venom. Reactions can be quite severe at times, and send you to the ER.

Keep you and your kids away… These caterpillars are dangerous!

English: Catepillar sting twenty-four hours af...

Asp Sting Reactions

● Swelling
● Redness
● Pain
● Burning sensation
● Loss of breath
● Vomiting
● Muscle contractions
● Convulsions
● Drop in blood pressure
● Blood can’t clot

Puss Caterpillar Range

Puss caterpillars are predominately found in the Southern United States; and are especially prevalent in Texas and Florida. In addition to being found in the Southern US; asps are also widely distributed in Mexico and South America.

Asps Invade Texas 


During summers in Central Texas, it’s very common to come in contact with puss caterpillars. Nathaniel Greenwood is the Medical Director of the Cedar Park Emergency Center, and he said they have seen a spike in asp stings this summer.