Spiders Offer FREE Pest Control Unless They Are The Pest

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I recently stumbled across an article which quoted a Gloucestershire University’s Professor, one Adam Hart, who stated:

“By eating flies and other insects, spiders are not only providing us with a pest control service, but are also very important in our ecosystems because they often feed themselves on the most common species, preventing a few species from becoming dominant.”

As a pest control guy, I do agree with the above statement. However, spiders themselves can also become a serious pest control problem.

So what do you do when spiders themselves are indeed the pest?

Spiders are a free pest control service, except for those cases when the spider is the pest. However, they don’t do a very good job of leaving the home when their pest controlling is done.

Additionally, the messy webs they leave make their services a little less desirable. Plus the big boss spider won’t respond to phone calls when a customer is upset about the spider traps failing to catch all the crickets.

I’d recommend sticking with a solid Bulwark pest control service. But hey, spiders are cheap and FREE pest control, and you get what you pay for.

Horrifying News- We Swallow How Many Spiders In Our Sleep?

Spider-on-PilowPhoenix, AZ: In news of the weird and down right horrifying; a leading arachnologist has confirmed that spiders, do in-fact, crawl on you while you sleep. The average person will swallow several a month, and that’s not even the worst part.

How Many Spiders Do We Swallow In Our Sleep?

Brian Lofton, the lead arachnologist at The University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ, claims that during an average night’s sleep, some two or three spiders crawl across your face, neck, and body; depending on the level of infestation in your home.

With a dozen or so spiders parading across your face in a given week while you slumber, it’s inevitable that you’ll swallow a few here and there, said Lofton in a public statement.

“As you sleep, you become a virtual playground for these creeping pests just mere minutes after you fall asleep; inhaling several spiders, swallowing at least two or three during any given month.”

Spider on face sleeping

There’s one surefire way to tell if you have spiders crawling on your while you sleep. Lofton continued, You’ll really itch; especially your nose and ears!

While spiders are drawn to the moist and humid areas of the nose and mouth, they will also spend each night laying eggs in your nasal cavities and ear canals. It’s imperative that you blow your nose first thing in the morning after waking. If not, you’ll be overrun with spiderlings as they feast on your brain matter.

It gets worse, Lofton added,

If you are dealing with a trap-door spider infestation; these spiders may make your nasal cavities and ear canals their permanent home. These spiders construct intricate cork-like trapdoors made of spider silk and either earwax or nasal mucus.

Experts agree, to avoid swallowing spiders in your sleep, it’s recommend you take precautions, like professional spider control.

*** Update: The Horrifying Truth About Swallowing Spiders In Your Sleep

The truth is, according to this report, we do not swallow spiders, or rarely any other insect while we sleep. Spiders do not munch on brain matter and will not build a trap-door over your nose or ear cavity. Gotcha!

April Fools!

 

Brown Recluse Or Wolf Spider?

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

Cornered Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider
Brown Recluse
Brown Recluse Spider

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 a ¼ to ¾ of an inch. The wolf spider is also a darker shade of brown and gray, with tan and a mixture of colors and markings, while the brown recluse is one solid color either a light brown or tan. The legs will sometimes be a little lighter than the body, but in general the same color.

Brown recluse spiders are some of the few species to have only six eyes, seeing as the wolf spider has eight. The brown recluse has 3 pairs arranged laterally and the wolf spider has 3 rows of eyes in the center of its head. Shining a flashlight on the eyes of a wolf spider will cause a glow, which is a great identifying trait. This trait is a quick go to for identify the arachnids.

The Dark Mark

Their main physical difference is the violin shape on the brown recluse’s cephalothorax. Both these spiders are made of two principle body parts. The cephalothorax is the head part where the legs actually extend out from. The abdomen is the bottom “butt” part. The brown recluse has the violin marking on its cephalothorax and the wolf spider has random lines and marks on its abdomen, causing easy confusion with the spiders’ marks.

Other Fun Facts Between Friends

Using its great eyesight the wolf spider is a good and agile hunter. The brown recluse uses webs to hunt. They both like to hide out in garages, basements, and other dark and dry places. Neither of these guys are aggressive, but in contrast both are shy and will only bite if disturbed. Another tip for easy detection of a wolf spider is to check out its back carefully. Wolf spiders carry their spiderlings on their backs until the little guys are ready to hit the big world on their own.

While the wolf spider may be scary looking, it is definitely not as dangerous as the brown recluse. The brown recluse has an extremely poisonous bite and has been known to cause severe reactions in people. So if you’ve identified a brown recluse keep your distance and an eye on it. If either of these two species of crawlers is too much for you too handle be sure to call the spider control guys at Bulwark Exterminating.

Brown Recluse vs Wolf Spider

Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse

Wolf Spider

Wolf spider

¼ to ¾ inches ½ to 2 inches
6 eyes 8 eyes
Uniform brown color Various tan, brown, gray colors
Smaller, thinner Large, robust
Poisonous bite; may be severe Bite is non-threatening, may cause slight reaction
Has violin-shaped mark on cephalothorax Spiderlings commonly on back (abdomen)
Builds webs for prey Hunts for prey without webs
Found from central Texas to Georgia, and Nebraska to Indiana, including Kentucky and Ohio. Everywhere except the North Pole Area including most of Greenland, Northern Russia, and North Alaska.

Guide To Identifying A Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Infographic

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Spiders

Afraid of SpidersAside from the seriously dangerous creepy crawlies that inhabit a small percentage of the world, most spiders are harmless and essentially not dangerous, just visually unpleasant. For many, a dislike of spiders will have no impact on their daily lives, and when coming into contact with, or noticing, an arachnid, they can just avert their eyes and dismiss, capture and release, or exterminate, but for those with true arachnophobia, the consequences of seeing a spider can be incredibly traumatic.

Those that suffer from a fear of spiders will be well aware of the impact that their phobia has on their daily lives. A seemingly small fear can actually detrimental to an individual’s happiness and can actually create serious restrictions. Sufferers will find themselves avoiding situations that may see them coming into contact with spiders. All individuals that suffer from arachnophobia are desperate to overcome their fear and live a normal life.

Why Do We Have Phobias?

Aside from childhood traumas, and the basic fears that all humans are born with (falling and the dark), there is no actual reason for many phobias, meaning that all phobias are irrational. In the past, it has been argued that phobias are genetic and are passed from generation to generation via genes, but recent discoveries have found that common phobias often arise from learned behaviors. For example, parents that display a particular dislike or fear in front of their young children will often find that the children will develop that fear.

How Do Sufferers React?

Although individual reactions often vary from case to case, there are some physical and emotional reactions that are common. Upon viewing an actual spider, an image of one, or sometimes just thinking about seeing one, many sufferers find that their heart rate increases, they start sweating, and feel incredibly panicked and highly anxious, often escalating into a full panic attack. Extreme cases will show individuals becoming temporarily paralyzed upon viewing a spider.

Even after the spider has been removed from sight, many sufferers will often have continued anxiety and fear that can take hours to subside.

Spider In HandHow Can Arachnophobes Conquer Their Fear?

Many phobia sufferers are aware of the restrictions that their fear causes and would ideally like to conquer them in order to live without feeling irrationally scared. As a phobia cannot be rationalized, there are limited cures, and willpower often has to be ruled out as a cure. There are two main ways to overcome a phobia of spiders, hypnotherapy and systematic desensitization.

Systematic desensitization works by slowing introducing coping methods and working to understand why the person feels scared. Often, the end result will be than the sufferer no longer feels scared, or can control their fear to a level where they can touch the object they are scared of. Although proven to be an effective method, many sufferers of arachnophobia are unable to even comprehend physically touching a spider or overcoming their fear, so will be unable to even begin this process.

Hypnotherapy to cure phobias works to eliminate your fear without the aid of exposure or prescription medication, and has been known to cure phobias after one session. Although a session won’t make you suddenly become a lover of arachnids, it will help remove your fear and your response to seeing a spider. During a session, your hypnotherapist will teach you calming and coping techniques that will help you stay in control of your phobia.

Author Bio: Beth Stubbings has a genuine fear of spiders that she is currently battling. For those with a serious phobia, she would recommend Fix My Mind for hypnotherapy sessions that will remove your fear and help you cope with your phobia.

Published By Thomas Ballantyne

Pest Control Links Round Up: Halloween Edition

Jack_o_LanternPest Control Links Round Up: Halloween Edition

Scary Pest Facts – Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, we wanted to share a few creepy facts about pests that can be pretty scary! More…

Creepy Halloween Movies – Tarantula

Clark Pest Control gives a few insights on the 1955 classic movie, Tarantula! More…

Have A Safe, Happy & Pest Free Halloween

Take a minute and enjoy a Halloween roach video. More…

The Scariest Spiders in the World

Nothing gets people on-edge quite like spiders. A popular rumor states that no matter where you are you are usually about eight feet from a spider. More…

Vampires In Your Bed

Bedbugs are like vampires but you can’t use garlic to defeat these bloodsuckers. Here are some tips:

Little Brown BatPest Of The Week: The Little Brown Bat

What better pest of the week for the week of Halloween, than the Little Brown Bat. While these bats are pest control agents of their own, eating millions of pounds of insects every year, they can also be pests of their own; nesting in attics, voids, and chimneys of homeowners.

The Little Brown Bat, with dark brown fur as its name suggests, is one of the most common bats in the United States. This bat’s fur glossy brown on the back; with an upper body that is slightly paler; with a grayish fur underbelly. Compared to other species of bats, the Little Brown bat is smaller in stature.

Over the last decade, it has been reported that Little Brown bat numbers have significantly declined due to White Nose Syndrome. This disease, which affects cave-dwelling bats, causes a white fungus to grow on the bat’s wings and nose. This fungus disrupts the bats hibernation pattern, causing them to wake up too early and eventually die of starvation.

Read more about Little Brown bats being in danger of extinction.

 

Bug Themed Halloween Snacks

Sharing Halloween Treats

Halloween is the time to get all buggy – quite literally. Bugs are a common theme associated with the holiday that embraces all things creepy and crawly. A fun way to incorporate bugs into your Halloween plans is by making bug-themed snacks. No, this does not require the use of actual bugs (although technically you CAN eat most bugs if you really want to…) Below are some fun Halloween bug-themed snack ideas that not only will your children love, but adults will love as well.

Chocolate Chip & Spider Cookies

Spider CookiesGot your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on hand? Good. Now gather the ingredients and make your cookies the way you always do. To create a “spider” effect, take a toothpick and drag it through the chocolate chips when the cookies are fresh out of the oven and the chocolate is nice and melty. Simply drag eight lines from each chip throughout the surface of the cookie, and voila – instant spiders. These are a fun, creepy, and delicious snack to serve to your family and friends on Halloween.

Spider Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are easy to make – simply boil eggs, let them cool (you can speed up this process by running them under cold water), cut them in half, scoop the yolks out into a bowl, add mayo, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings that you prefer (some people prefer adding mustard to the “deviled” part of the egg) and scoop back into the egg whites. To give them a Halloween twist, use olives to craft a spider’s body. Place a whole olive in the center of the deviled eggs, and slivers cut from another olive to craft as “legs.” (Alternately, you can cut one olive in half and use half as the spider’s body and cut the other half into the legs.) These snacks are fun, healthy, and tasty to boot.

Bug Juice

What is a Halloween party without some nice, refreshing bug juice? This creepy crawly beverage is easy to make and fun to drink. You will need 2 10-ounce packages of frozen strawberries, 1 6-ounce can of lemon concentrate, 1 quart ginger ale, 2 cups raisins, and 6 gummy worms. Got all that? Good. Now, you’re going to mix the strawberries and Ants On A Loglemonade concentrate in a blender until smooth and thick. Gradually add in the ginger ale. You will then transfer the drink to a punch bowl, where you will stir in any remaining ginger ale and the raisins, The gummy worms go around the edge of the bowl for a “swampy” effect. This delicious refreshment serves 10, and is the perfect beverage for your Halloween party.

Ants On A Log

Celery sticks spread with peanut butter and covered with raisins make for a delightful and healthy snack. This classic snack-food has been around for quite the while and is a long-time favorite among children.

If you’re planning the menu for your Halloween party, consider bug-themed snack foods. These recipes are all easy to make, are loads of fun, and are kid-friendly. In fact, your kids can even help with their preparation.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for an NJ pest control company. When he isn’t working he enjoys cooking or baking with his little boys.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control News

Throwing fall leavesFriday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control News

 

Bed Bugs Could Be The New Cockroaches!

“Bed bugs are what cockroaches were several decades ago and it is a concern.” More…

Pest Control And Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are invading homes in record numbers this fall. Learn how to deal with this invasion here.

Ways to Know if You are Bitten by Bed Bugs

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to indicate if you have been a bedbug’s latest meal.

Interesting Facts About Bees, Wasps and Hornets

It’s hard to tell the difference between bees, wasps, and hornets when you’re running away from them! Most people don’t care what the difference is because they just want to avoid a getting a bee sting. That’s understandable. But with a little more information you’ll know how to handle each of these pesky insects better. More…

Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

If you live in the Southwest United States, chances are you’ve seen a western desert tarantula crawl across your path. While they look intimidating, you were likely wondering if it was dangerous. Here’s what you need to know. More…

Huntsman SpiderPest Of The Week: The Huntsman Spider

They come in many names. Wood spiders. Cane spiders. Giant Crab spiders. Some people even confuse them for small tarantulas.

Huntsman spiders are big, brown and hairy. The way their legs come off their bodies, and the way they move sideways, is much like a crab… Hence the name Giant Crab spider.

Huntsman spiders are found throughout all of the United States, and varieties are common throughout much of the world. They like woody places, like forests and wood piles, and are most often found hiding under rocks and tree bark.

Huntsman spiders garner their name because they are hunters; hunting insects like crickets and cockroaches. It’s because of this, they are considered to be very beneficial.

Huntsman spiders are not generally regarded as a serious pest control problem, although they will occasionally wander inside your home. They are more frightening in appearance than anything; given their size. The do inflict defensive bites, but these bites are not hazardous to the bite victim.

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Articles

Sideview of black widow spiderFriday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Articles

 

Rodents Don’t Like Cold Weather Either

Now that summer is on the way out and winter is fast approaching, it is once again time to fortify your home against the coming invasion of mice, rodents, and bats. More…

The American Cockroach: What You Need To Know

Those who have the misfortune of dealing with roaches are left with more questions than answers. What do American cockroaches look like? What do they eat? Why are they attracted to my home? How can I get rid of them and prevent them from returning? Get answers to those questions and more, by clicking here.

4 Easy Ways To Know If You’ve Been Bitten By Bed Bugs

Uh, Oh! You wake up in the morning with a handful of red marks across your abdomen. How do you know if these are bedbug bites? More…

Fall Spider Barrier Treatments

For various reasons, a variety of spiders begin turning up in homes and offices in increasing numbers during the fall. For the most part, it’s the same reason that you go inside: to stay out of the cold. Learn more about how to stop this behavior, so you can enjoy your home, by clicking here.

Landscaping Tip: Garter Snake Pest Control

Garter snakes are the most commonly found garden snake that homeowners and landscapers encounter. What can you do about them? More…

 

Africanized Honeybee ScoutPest Of The Week: Africanized “Killer” Bees

What most people refer to as “killer bees,” are technically called Africanized Honeybees. These aggressive bees are hybrids of the African honeybee and the European honeybee, and were unintentionally bred through scientific research at the University of São Paulo in the late 1950’s. Then the worst happened… a few got loose in the Brazilian tropics, and have been migrating north ever since.

One of the scariest features of the Africanized “killer” bee is their aggressive behavior. Additionally, you cannot visually tell the difference between the killer bee and the common European honey bee. They look the same, and spend their time pollinating flowers, crops, and producing honey. In fact, the only way to tell the difference between these bees, other than their aggressive swarming behavior, is through molecular analysis.

The Africanized honeybee is extremely hostile. This behavior is what gives these bees their infamous “killer” reputation. Unlike standard honeybees, Africanized killer bees are effortlessly agitated and aggressive when disturbed. They will chase everything they estimate to be hazardous to their colony, and can continue to be agitated for up to 24 hours. This behavior leads to many Africanized killer bee attacks every year in the United States; some of which have even lead to death in both humans and animals.

Infographic: What Did You See In The Pest Test Word Search?

Earlier this summer the pest management professionals at Bulwark Exterminating assembled a word search puzzle; a pest test of sorts, and posted it on their Facebook page. The pest test (pictured below) was a huge success! As of today, almost 12,500 people commenting on the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down, by percentage, exactly what pests were found the most by those who participated in the word search puzzle. Here’s the infographic:

Infographic: What Did You See In The Pest Test Word Search?

 

 

Take The Pest Test Yourself

 

Pest Test Wordsearch

  • What pest do you see first?

  • Where does your find stack up against the other 12,500 participants?

  • Was the pest you found first, the pest you fear the most?

  • Can you find all 12 pests?

  • What other words can you find in the word search?

Patriot Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

Patriot Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

September 11th Tribute

 

12 Ways To Honor 9/11

September 11, 2001 will always be a tragic day in American history, but in the years since the attacks, it has become a day to honor the victims and survivors by doing good. We’ve proven as a country, that good things can come after disaster. It’s been 12 years since that tragic September day, so here are 12 ways we can honor the victims of 9/11. More…

Bed Bugs: What To Do If You Get An Infestation From A Hotel

Bed bugs can and will ruin your vacation. And, if you bring them home accidentally, it is an expensive fix to get them out of your home. But what is your recourse? Can you get a refund on your room? Will the hotel pay for your home’s treatment and other expenses related to the bed bugs? More…

Termites are Swarming–Protect Your Home Now

Here’s a very informative video on swarming termites from Thrasher Pest Control. More…

Summer Spider Control

For a few spider prevention tips, click here.

How Do You Get Rid of Roaches?

Hear a few funny responses some school kids gave when asked “how do you get rid of roaches?” More…

 

The Pest Of The Week: The Oriental Cockroach

Small oriental cockroach (Blatta Orientalis)

What most people in the Southern United States call a “waterbug” is officially called the Oriental Cockroach. They are referred to as “waterbugs” because they are frequently found in drains, sewers, sprinkler system boxes, etc.; anywhere there is water. These roaches cannot survive long without the water.

Reaching lengths of well over 1 ½ inches, the Oriental cockroach is one of the biggest species of cockroach in the country. Despite having huge wings (in the male species), the cockroaches are actually poor flyers. They have a glossy dark brown color, and are found in the southern U.S, Midwest, and Northwest.

Oriental Cockroaches are some of the dirtiest insects found on the planet; eating trash and spreading disease. The roaches will each just about anything, but love to feed on the dead and decaying carcasses of animals. In addition to eating all sorts of garbage, Oriental Cockroaches spread pathogens like E. coli. Avoid Oriental Cockroach infestations by enlisting professional roach control from a reputable pest management company.