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10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Brown Recluse Bite

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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… Read More

6000 Brown Recluse Spiders Invade Family Home

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You pull back your bed sheets and see them scurry. You reach down and grab your shoe, only to see a couple jump out just before slipping your toes in. The walls appear to be crawling, and they begin dropping from the ceiling. What are they? Dangerous and deadly Brown Recluse spiders!!! With Halloween just around the corner, the above description seems like something pulled straight out of an upcoming horror movie; but this nightmare happened to be reality for a Missouri family who was sharing their newly purchased home with some 6,000 plus Brown Recluse spiders. 6000 Brown Recluse Spiders Invade Family Home  Imagine moving into your dream home,… Read More

Brown Recluse Or Wolf Spider?

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For those living in spider infested areas, the first thing that comes to mind when we see a spider is, “It’s gonna kill me!” The reality is that most spiders can’t kill you. One of the common venomous spiders around is the brown recluse. This spider is easily confused with the wolf spider, but we are here today to make sure you know just what kind of pest you’re dealing with. Physical Differences Their Basic Stuff These spiders differ substantially in size and color. Measuring from ½ an inch to 2 inches in length, the wolf spider is much larger and more robust than the brown recluse which measures from… Read More

Guide To The Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

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One of the most feared spiders in the United States, also has the worse reputation. I’m referring to the Brown Recluse spider, and unfortunately this bad reputation is well deserved. The Brown Recluse is dangerous. The Brown Recluse is very venomous. Yes, it bites and one of these Brown Recluse spider bites is very painful and may result in disfiguring skin ulcers. Although rare, these bites can even lead to death. It’s because of the dangerous outcomes of the bites, many homeowners are very cautious when is comes to any spider that even resembles that of a Brown Recluse. This fear, has lead many of homeowner to jump to conclusions when… Read More

Hobo Spider Myth

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Last night I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I stumbled upon a supposed “USA Spider Chart.” The chart, which is shown below, has numerous false and erroneous spider accusations; something the spider must be well acquainted with by now. One such error happened to be that the Hobo Spider is a deadly and dangerous spider, grouped together with the Black Widow spider and the Brown Recluse spider. See for yourself:   THIS INFORMATION IS WRONG! The Hobo spider that is found in the United States is not deadly, and is not as dangerous as the Black Widow or Brown Recluse. Let’s clear up this common misconception about… Read More

Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

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Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up   What is that little red bug? Is it a spider? An Ant? If you have little red bugs all over your side walk, or on the side of your house, you could possibly have Clover Mites. More… A Different Approach to Pest Control Smart pest control begins with prevention. There are a lot of ways you can make small changes to your home that will help keep pests out. More… Masonry Bees Here is some information from Graham Pest Control about Masonry bees; including appearance, biology, and importance. More… How to Keep Cicada Killers or Digger Wasps Away Here’s a great video on… Read More

Pest Control Links- Weekly Links Round-Up

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Pest Control Links- Weekly Links Round-Up   Pest Test     The pest professionals at Bulwark Exterminating put together this fun Pest Test. Test your eyes. What is the first pest you see? Is this pest the one you fear the most? Have you ever been bitten or stung by this pest? How many pests can you find?   Carpet Beetles The pest professionals give us some useful information about carpet beetles, including: description, control, controlling larvae, and other characteristics. More… Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus Yup, it’s that time of year again. All of us must endure those blood-sucking mosquitoes. Here’s a little information as to why they bite.… Read More

Did A Spider Bite Kill Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman?

Did A Spider Bite Kill Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman? The world of heavy metal is mourning the loss of Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of thrasher band Slayer. While the official cause of death has been listed as liver failure, there is much speculation that it may have been due to complications caused by a spider bite in 2011. Hanneman almost lost his arm due to a flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis, which he contracted after failing to seek immediate medical treatment after being bitten by a spider two years ago. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald blamed Hanneman’s death on the spider bite. Flesh-eating bacteria doesn’t cause liver failure by itself;… Read More

5 For Friday: Link Round-Up

Pest Of The Week: The Brown Recluse Spider   The Brown Recluse spider is also known as a Violin spider because of the violin markings found on it’s back. Because of its extremely venomous and deadly bite, the Brown Recluse is one of worst spider pests. These bites are extremely dangerous. There have been reports of lost appendages and even death because of these painful bites. Spider control efforts must be taken to keep these spiders out of your basements, attics, and garages. While the Brown recluse is dangerous, it’s a rather shy spider that will only bite when it feels threatened. Bites occur when a hand is placed unknowingly… Read More

Here Is Your Weekly Pest Control News

 Friday Link Round-Up   Interview with Clark Pest Control’s Coach Robert Sperling  Many pest control operators wear multiple hats. This happens to be the case for Clark Pest Control’s Robert Sperling, who also serves as a high school football coach. Read his compelling interview here. Watch Out For Brown Recluse Spiders When Unpacking Winter Clothes  Brown recluse spiders are notorious for hiding out in stored boots, coats, and sweaters packed away in your basement or attic. While these spiders are not aggressive, they can be very dangerous if accidentally encountered. More… Bulwark Pest Control Receives Prestigious Angie’s List Award  Bulwark Exterminating recently received the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service award… Read More