Practical Uses For Spiders

SSpiders have eight legs and aren’t technically considered insects, but are arachnids. However, these fast creepy crawlies give people the heebie jeebies just as well as any bug. Rather than living in fear of spiders, try to think of them as a positive creature. Spiders eat a lot of other insects, helping to keep us from being overwhelmed. Science is also drawing on the spider for inspiration in a number of practical applications which benefit humans.

Muscular Dystrophy

Researcher Frederick Sachs, a biophysicist at the University of Buffalo, is using the venom of the Chilean Rose Tarantula to treat muscular dystrophy. The use of the venom is still in trial stages, but has shown promising results. Muscular dystrophy affects children, causing their muscles to progressively weaken. Part of this is from a great amount of mechanical stress placed on the muscles. The spider venom affects the ion channels in muscle tissue, shutting them off, and effectively reducing the stress placed on those muscles. Sachs found that this helped improve muscle activity in laboratory mice.

Antibiotics

Spider venom also contains a special group of peptides in a helix shape that inserts itself into cells and destroys their ability to function. Used on an animal, this means lunch for the spider. However, these peptides work on bacteria too. They are currently being researched for potential topical applications on wounds, to kill cavity causing bacteria in the mouth, or to create an antibacterial coating on medical implants.

Spider advancing - arachnophobia nightmareChronic Pain

As mentioned previously, spider venom can switch ion channels on and off. Some venom is capable of shutting off the ion channels associated with nerves in the skin and skeletal muscles. This potential treatment for chronic pain is still in the early stages of research. However, it could lead a new brand of highly effective muscle pain killers in the future.

Pesticides

Spiders and their venoms have evolved all over the world to target specific prey. This evolutionary trait means that spider venom can help inspire the creation of species specific pesticides. The pesticides are, again, developed from the peptides in the spider venom that attack certain insects. With proper development, they could be used on plants without harming the environment or people. One company, Vestaron, is using yeast to grow spider venom peptides after harvesting the initial venom from a spider. If approved for use by the FDA, this venom pesticide would first be used on high value crops.

Spiders are providing the medical and scientific community with lots of inspiration for new technology. We may see drugs for chronic and life-altering conditions derived from spider venom. Spider venom may even be used to create all natural pesticides that don’t poison the environment, but are designed to target a specific group of insects.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a montclair pest control company.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Scorpion Control -Where do Scorpions Live

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Pest Control Professional Speaking: “A lot of times, what you’ll find are these guys out by the brick walls. These cinderblock walls run all along the backs of each home, and so we call these scorpion condos because they can travel freely through the walls and reproduce in there and cause quite a bit of problem. It’s common to come out to your back wall and find dozens of these throughout the whole yard.”

“A lot of times they’ll stay here, but when you start providing water supplies closer and closer to your home, they eventually work their way into your home. Here’s an example of a smaller one inside the crack moving around in there. He’ll go back inside there and find a hole that will go throughout the brick here and he’ll be safe.”

“They thrive in there because they have no natural predators, so it’s a perfect environment for them because they can come out at night, obtain all of the food they need, and then return back into the wall and again, without any type of treatment, these guys will go without any type of anything to kill them off and they’ll infest neighborhoods by the thousands.”

– Bulwark Exterminating Scorpion Control

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Social Media Report: Scorpion Sting Facebook, Google+, Twitter

Social media platforms are constantly put in head to head comparisons. So when Mat Siltala from Dream Systems Media did a post about his scorpion sting on all 3 social media platforms simultaneously, the intuitive nature of Mat kicked in. Between Facebook, Google+, and twitter, which platform would be most responsive to a post about scorpion stings? What would be your guess? The results may surprise you a bit.

Google+ Count


Have Matt in circles (2158) – That is a fairly good audience. Google+ is fresh. It’s the new upbeat social hang out. One could speculate that it has more real users… or not. But Google didn’t take the cake for Mat’s scorpion sting post.

Twitter Count


3,618 Followers – That is a healthy twitter following. Mat Siltala has been a very busy busy body on twitter. His follower to follow ratio is fantastic. He puts out a steady stream of useful content. And he laughs out loud some funny infographics. But can twitter compete with the socialness of facebook?

Facebook Social Weight


Friends (602) – Clearly Mat is more selective with his Facebook audience. With a count of 602 the facebook audience is a fraction of Mat’s Google+ and Twitter following. But honestly, Facebook seems to be more intimate. Mat’s lower friend count is because Mat is selective about who views his Facebook stream. And in Mat’s case, he shares things that are bit more private. So I naturally believed that Facebook would be the best setting for a conversation about scorpion stings. Regular life happens on facebook.

And the Scorpion Sting Survey Says…

Twitter wins!

So wait… twitter isn’t just about news and high-tech stuff? You can actually have a conversation on twitter about life? Do you want to know what I had for breakfast?

Okay… I will keep the meal tweets to a minimum. But I was shocked that twitter got the bulk of the interaction. Granted, this wasn’t a planned out scientific test so there are a number of variables that alter this example. But even still, a pest control guy can pick up a conversation on twitter about bugs. And if you know how to converse then you can effectively communicate with twitter. If you can communicate then you can market.

What are your thoughts on operation Scorpion Sting?

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How the Scropion Anti-venom, Anascorp, Saved a Young Boy’s Life

Many individuals have been asking, How does the recent FDA approval of the Scorpion Anti-Venom change anything. Most people don’t die from scorpion stings in the US. So why is this anti-venom getting so much coverage?

Here is the personal anti-venom Anascorp story of Tony (owner of Airport Phoenix Hotels), a Phoenix resident and a father.

To the relief of Tony and many other Phoenix families the FDA approval means the scorpion anti-venom will be readily available in Phoenix Hospitals soon. It will also be available in other hospitals throughout the US where scorpion stings occur on a regular bases.

Phoenix Scorpion Control

3 Keys to Scorpion Control

  1. Quality Products at the right rate and in the right locations
  2. Protective Physical barriers.
  3. Consistency in treatment intervals.

While the antivenom may help parents sleep easier, scorpions are still a pest. Having a consistent treatment with the right products is essential in the fight against scorpions. General Phoenix insect control covers common bugs, but a scorpion is not a common pest. Scorpions actually fall under the arachnid family. Eight legs, two pinchers and one tail with a lethal stinger. Yes scorpions sting, and there is no such thing as a scorpion bite.  

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First Scorpion Sting Antivenom Approved by FDA

 

Scorpion Stinger... Scorpions Stings. Scorions don't Bite. No Scorpion Bites.

 

 

A Mexican made anti-venom has been making its appearance in Arizona hospitals for the past few years. Part of the clinical study on the anti-venom released data in regards to the effectiveness of the anti-venom in May of 2009 Antivenom for Critically Ill Children with Neurotoxicity from Scorpion Stings”. The studies carried out in Arizona have proven very positive. The report says that very few had any allergic reactions. The studies have seen a 98% success rate through out the clinicals. The data released in 2009 showed a 100% recovery rate within 4 hours of receiving the anti-venom, opposed to the placebo only having 1 out of 7 recover within 4 hours measured by the plasma venom.

Postive Test Results on Mexican Anti-Venom

“This is the first-ever drug approved for this use by the FDA; the first-ever drug that we are aware of being developed fully in Latin America and subsequently approved by the FDA; the first-ever scorpion antivenom proved effective under controlled clinical trials; and the first-ever antivenom with so few allergic reactions.” Dr. Boyer

Most individuals stung from scorpions will not suffer an allergic reaction. The human body can metabolize the neurotoxin injected by the Arizona Bark Scorpions under normal conditions. It becomes deadly when combined with allergic reactions. Some individuals’ bodies simply overreact to the toxins, sending them into afilactic shock. Afilactic shock makes breathing very difficult. From Rapid breathing to complete shut down of the lungs, individuals will actually die from suffocation. The anti-venom eliminates the plasma venom and within four hours those that were suffering severe reactions are cured.

What does the FDA approval of the anti-venom mean?

Up until now the Arizona hospitals have used the anti-venom as a last effort because it was not officially approved. Doctors always gave it with a disclaimer, “It’s not FDA approved.” Because of the low availability and doctor hesitation to recommend the anti-venom, many individuals that could have undergone a quicker recovery with the help of the anti-venom had to wait out the pain of the scorpion venom. As death from the scorpion sting is rare, the approval will not so much save lives in the United States as it will reduce suffering. It will also reduce the anxiety of worried parents. Seeing a child’s eyes roll back into their heads and their bodies begin convulsing is a horrific scene no parent wishes to endure.

 

 

 

Further, with the FDA approval, the anti-venom should become more available. Drug companies can now begin to officially supply the anti-venom and not worry about producing a medicine that may never make it to market. Knowing that the antidote is readily available will ease the sleeping of a lot of scorpion troubled homes.

What can home owners do to prevent scorpions?

Regular service around the exterior of a home is the first and foremost step in scorpion control. Whether you hire a professional pest control service or do your own home maintenance, consistency is the key. Scorpions trouble neighborhoods. We will never be able to rid an entire neighborhood of scorpions. So to keep the scorpions at bay with a regular treatment, do it yourself or call a professional.

After a regular treatment, additional precautions would be glue traps placed in corners. Glass jars placed around the base of beds and especially cribs. Scorpion seals also create an additional barrier. Treating moisture points in the yard is advised. And treating around pool equipment helps.

It is also advised for those that have allergic reactions to carry an Epinephrine Injection.