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!

6000 Brown Recluse Spiders Invade Family Home

Brown_Recluse_BoardYou 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, only to find out that you’re not the only resident living inside; in fact, you’re currently have about 6000 roommates. These aren’t any normal roommates either. These roommates are dangerous, and even deadly. You discover your home is infested with 6000 Brown Recluse spiders.

This is exactly what happened to Brian and Susan Trost when the bought a Weldon Spring, Missouri house, that we will refer to as “Hell House.”

After moving in, the Trost’s began seeing a few Brown Recluse spiders here and there, behind loose wallpaper, or one crawling on the wall.

In the following days, she saw spiders and their webs every day. They were in the mini blinds, the air registers, the pantry ceiling, the fireplace. Their exoskeletons were falling from the can lights. Once when she was showering, she dodged a spider as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain. 

Shortly after this, the Trost’s described the “walls bleeding with spiders.” Spiders began falling from the ceiling. Spiders began showing up behind every mini blind. They even found spiders in the fireplace.

After battling their insurance company, and a few unsuccessful attempts to exterminate the spiders from a few pest control companies, the Trost’s decided to abandon all hope and ditch the spider infested home.

The Missouri family is currently in a lawsuit against the home’s former owners who allegedly failed to report the spider infestation. Hell House is currently owned by the back, and the Brown Recluse spiders.

Brown_Recluse_SpiderBrown Recluse Spiders 

The Brown Recluse spider is a hunter by nature. It does not use its web to catch insects. The Brown Recluse is usually found living inside idle or vacant structures. They also hide in attics, basements, wall voids, and can occasionally be found hiding in discarded clothing inside your home. They favor areas of low activity because they are actually quite shy in nature. Brown Recluse spiders are not aggressive, biting only when provoked and threatened.

The Brown Recluse will live about two years, but can survive without food or water for about six months. They are most common in the Southeast United States, and the lower Midwest. Cities like Tulsa, OK have serious Brown Recluse problems.

 

Spiders And The City

Black_Widow_Spider_Black_BackgroundAccording to the last U.S. Census, 80.7 percent of this County’s population live in urban areas. As Americans, many of us love the energy of a big city; the abundance and variety of restaurants, jobs, stores, and even people.

New research from the University of Sydney suggests, that we’re not the only ones who prefer city living. Spiders that live in urban areas are showing to be healthier, and even more fertile.

Spiders Thrive In Cities

A new study suggests that spiders in the city seem to thrive in comparison to their counterparts in more rural areas. Australian scientists examined golden orb weaver spiders living in cities near the coast, and discovered that these spiders grow larger and reproduce more frequently in urban city environments.

What’s even more fascinating is that female orb weaver spiders living in the city have bigger ovaries for hosting bigger eggs, and lots more of them. This increases the success of producing more, and healthier, offspring.

Spiders And The City: Advantages Of City Living

There are several reasons researches believe spiders not only prefer living in the city, but thrive in these areas:

  1. Cities are warmer. With all the asphalt and concrete within a city, it’s scientifically proven that they tend to be warmer. Asphalt and concrete have the ability to absorb and retain the heat from the sun more effectively. In these higher temperature areas, the spiders have more energy to put toward feeding and reproduction.
  1. Urban affluence. One thing scientists found fascinating is that the more upscale a neighborhood, the more the spiders thrived. These more affluent areas, that had city parks and suburbs, were better taken care of. These areas had healthier patches of vegetation which increased the abundance of prey. More food equates to healthier, fatter spiders.
  1. Cities have more artificial lights. Artificial lights attract bugs. Anybody with a porch light can attest to that. City lights attract more bugs for spiders to feast on in a concentrated area.
  1. Less competition. Spiders found in rural areas tend to build larger webs. This allows for other spider species to zip in and steal and captured insect more easily. In cities, you don’t see this thievery as often because the thieves have fewer places to hide.

Spiders

Spiders are very common pests. There are 40,000 different species of spiders in the world, and some 3,000 are found in North America. They are found on all continents except Antarctica, and scientists predict that only half of the world’s spiders have been discovered.

End Of Month Pest Control Links Round Up

Pest Control ConceptSpiders Are Invading!

No matter where you look, spiders and their webs lurk behind furniture, over windows, in corners of rooms, in light fixtures, on ceilings and under cabinets. There are steps you can take yourself to reduce the occurrence of indoor spiders:

http://www.modernpest.com/blog/spiders-are-invading/

Why Mosquitoes Are One Of The Most Dangerous Animals In The World

Believe it or not, mosquitoes are one of the most deadly animals in the world. When it comes to killing humans, mosquitoes are the worst. They kill more people every year than all the other animals we think of as dangerous, including snakes, sharks and crocodiles. Here are some helpful tips from the pros at American Pest to keep mosquitoes from eating you up this summer:

http://www.rosepestsolutions.com/blog/post/why-mosquitoes-are-one-of-the-most-dangerous-animals-in-the-world

Japanese Beetles

You’ve probably seen Japanese beetles, even if you didn’t know what they were. Learn more about these pests as they devour some 300 different species of plants:

http://blog.brasurespestcontrol.com/?p=710

The Truth About Cicada Killer Wasps 

Killer insects should be innocent until proven guilty, at least that is the case when it comes to the cicada killer wasp. These wasps are relatively harmless to humans, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a real pain if you have them on your property. Learn more:

http://www.americanpest.net/blog/post/the-truth-about-cicada-killer-wasps

Prevent Termites from Taking Over your Home!

Here are the ​​top 3 common signs of a termite infestation, and a very informative infographic on termites:

http://www.rentokil.com/blog/prevent-termites-from-taking-over-your-home/

Not The Grapes! Pests in Wine Grapes 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is on the lookout for pests that threaten the state’s wine industry and Concord grapes. The major offenders are several species of moths, and Washington pest control experts with the WSDA are carefully monitoring their populations.

http://www.edenpest.com/blog/post/not-the-grapes-wsda-searches-for-pests-in-the-wine-grapes

exterminatorKeeping your Pets Pest-Free in Summer 

The summertime can be rough on your pets. As they battle to stay cool in the hot and humid weather, your cats, dogs, and other furry friends may also have to deal with pests like fleas, ticks, and flies. Here are a few ways to protect our furry friends:

http://www.sorensonpestcontrol.com/easyblog/entry/keeping-your-pets-pest-free-in-summer

How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home When Traveling 

Did you know that most people actually get bed bugs in their homes from recent traveling? Protect yourself by taking these preventative steps while traveling:

http://www.stopzbugs.com/blog/2014/07/09/how-to-avoid-bringing-bed-bugs-home-when-traveling

Why DIY Pest Control Is NOT A Good Idea

Do-It-Yourself pest control can be dangerous for you, your family and pets. Here’s why it’s not a good idea:

http://www.mccallservice.com/blog/post/why-diy-pest-control-is-not-a-good-idea

Friday Links To Pest Control Articles

spider in glassAfraid of Spiders? Me Too!

If you’re a fellow arachnophobe, we’re in good company—Justin Timberlake, J.K. Rowling, and Selena Gomez also suffer from this affliction. In fact, between three and six percent of all people have Arachnophobia. Learn more about Arachnophobia here.

Earwigs Crawl Into Peoples Ears While They Are Sleeping & Lay Eggs In Their Brains – FACT OR MYTH?

Heard the tale that earwigs can crawl into your ears and bite you while you are sleeping and lay eggs in your brain, causing serious injury or even death? Is it fact or myth? Read more here.

Landscaping Tip #8 – Mosquito & Noseeum Control for Your Home

Have your cookouts been filled with that particular chorus of buzzing and slapping we all know? A few changes to your landscaping can help… Read more

Tick Control Options in New Jersey

Ticks are nasty business. If you have them, look for a tick control program that takes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach and make some landscaping adjustments… Read More

Love Bugs Are Here!

Ah yes, it’s that time of year when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and love bugs are splatting against your windshield! Yup, it’s May! Those not so lovable love bugs are back and swarming… Read More

Pest Of The Week: Minute Pirate Bug

Percevejo // Minute Pirate Bug (Anthocoris visci)

If you are a farmer or gardener in the Western United States, you are likely familiar with the Minute Pirate Bug. You’ll find this beneficial insect in gardens, agricultural crops, and pastures; feeding on insect prey. These bugs are excellent exterminators of caterpillars, mites, and aphids; and will also eat the nectars and pollens of plants when their insect prey is not available. One adult Minute Pirate Bug will eat over thirty spider mites in any given day.

Look for Minute Pirate bugs in flowering weeds, shrubs, or flowers during the spring and summer months. These bugs can bite humans; however, these bites are not very painful and are rare occurrences. A bite is equivalent to a less itchy mosquito bite. Introducing these bugs into your personal garden can be a benefit.

 

Friday Link Round-Up: Pest Control Information

bug in noseWhen Pest Control Should Not Be a DIY Project

There are a few instances in which you should never attempt to do your own pest control. These include…

Getting Rid Of Spiders – Australia

Spiders have the uncanny ability of closing off their lungs for several hours, making surface sprays and aerosols ineffective in killing them and their egg cases. The most effective method is to use fast-acting contact chemicals that kill the spiders efficiently. More…

Carpenter Ants: Silent Destroyers

Carpenter ants are basically destructive ants. The earlier they are treated the lesser are the chances of damage. More…

Demand For Pest Controllers On The Rise

Despite the demand for skilled pest controllers, the profession has trouble attracting graduates due to a lack of exposure to the field and a misunderstanding of what pest managers do. More…

Fighting Flies of All Types

Whether its fruit flies, drain flies, bottle flies, or house flies; battling them can be an uphill battle. Here’s what you need to know. More…

ladybug swarmPest Of The Week: The Ladybug

Our pest of the week really isn’t much of a pest, unless their swarming behavior happens to take place near your home or property. Ladybugs, also known as ladybirds in other parts of the world, are actually very beneficial insects. A few ladybugs in your garden will actually go a long way, because they will eat scale insects, mealybugs, mites, and aphids that feed on and damage your plants. In fact, one of nature’s forms of all natural pest control for gardens, orchards, and agricultural fields is indeed the ladybug.

Ladybugs are most commonly seen during the fall months, with their swarming behavior reaching a peak about October (depending on the area of the country in which you live). Watch for swarming ladybugs from September-November; and gladly watch for a few in your gardens during the spring and summer months. It’s when these ladybugs swarm; they can be a real pest control problem for homeowners, especially if you live near fields. Sealing up all entryways into your home is the best way to keep them out. When ladybugs feel threatened, they can spray a toxin. This toxin is not very dangerous to humans, but is poisonous to certain types of animals.

Oh, and one more thing… The notion that you can tell how old a ladybug is simply by counting its spots is actually a myth. Now you know.

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

Guide To The Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

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 it comes to the possibilities of a dangerous Brown recluse entering the home. “If it’s a brown spider, it must be a brown recluse, right?”  Not exactly.

The following infographic, put together by the spider control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, gives us all some tips on identifying thy Brown Recluse spider, it’s range, and what to do if you are ever bitten.

Guide To The Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

Brown Recluse Control for Professionals

As this blog is dedicated to pest management professionals, it’s important to touch on the most effective methods most in the industry use to control the Brown Recluse spiders. For those in the industry, it’s no secret that the Brown Recluse is very difficult to control. These spiders avoid contact with the pesticide sprays, for the most part, because they walk elevated on their toes.

Residual pyrethroid insecticide sprays, like Demon®, Demand® CS, Suspend®, TalstarOne®, and Tempo®, appear to offer the best control. Apply this insecticide to the exterior of a home’s foundation, and in the eaves, closets, storage areas, and rugs.  Insecticidal dusts, like Tempo® Dust (cyfluthrin), should be applied in wall voids, attics, and inaccessible crawl spaces as well. Dusts penetrate places that cannot be reached by sprays, and often provide longer control.

These Brown Recluse control methods are effective, but only to a certain degree. When it comes to controlling these spiders permanently, sanitation is the key. Clutter in the home and yard must be cleaned up, and webs need to be continually cleared to keep new spiders from continually coming back. Communicating this to your customers is key for long term success in dealing with these dangerous spiders.