Woman Suffers Heart Attack In Response To A Spider Attack

January 20th, 2017

Everyone has been told repeatedly by experts that spiders cannot cause death, except in very rare circumstances. That may very well be true, but the fact is, people do indeed die in response to spider bites, even if the spider bite itself, or the venom, did not cause death.

A woman had just finished celebrating Christmas with her family when she decided to call it a night and retire to her bedroom. Sadly, she did not get her full eight hours of sleep because she awoke at three in the morning to find venomous spiders crawling all over her body. Initially the woman was too tired to think anything of it, but before she could go back to sleep she was awoken by a sharp stinging pain that, according to the bite victim, felt like a jellyfish sting.

The woman had been bitten by a two inch male funnel web spider. The male funnel web spider is six times more toxic than a female, and it is one of the world’s deadliest spiders as it can kill its bite victims within fifteen minutes. The woman suffered a heart attack as a result of the nightmarish situation that she found herself in, but luckily doctors were able to save her life. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that spiders are harmless folks!

Have you ever awoken in the night to a painful spider bite?


Can Spiders Enter Homes Through Drains?

January 19th, 2017

It seem like we have all had experienced seeing a creepy bug in the shower, but how did it get there? Some people believe that the bugs that they find in their bathrooms must have accessed the room through the shower drain, or the sink drain, or worst of all, the toilet. So can bugs climb into our homes via drains?

In reality, spiders and insects do not enter our homes through drains, and the spiders or insects that we do find in the bathtub are only there because they are in your house all the time…and they are thirsty. Modern drains contain a liquid containing sediment trap that spiders are not capable of penetrating. If you see a spider or an insect in your bathtub, just remember that they are unable to crawl up the porcelain side to find escape, so they will need your assistance. Or you could just wash them down a drain because spiders and insects can go through a drain, but it will always be to the sewer and not our homes.

Have you ever found an insect or spider in your toilet?

What Time Of Year Sees The Greatest Number Of Spiders

January 18th, 2017

Many people think that spiders are at their most numerous and active during the summer, especially the late summer. However, it is August and September that see the least amount of insects. Very few spiders will have fully matured by the time late summer rolls around. The orb-weaving spider as well as many house spiders are just a couple of the very few types of spiders that do mature fully by the end of the summer.

During the summer the low moisture levels make the environment less hospitable to spiders. For example, October through December as well as during the spring season, are the times of year when spiders will be at their most active, and this is due to the higher moisture levels in the air during that time of year. In regions with mild climates, such as the Northwestern United States, winter is especially more hospitable for spiders than the dead of summer.

Have you ever spotted a live spider, indoors or outdoors, during the winter months?



Why Cold Winters Are A Good Thing For Gardeners | Atlanta Pest Experts

January 17th, 2017

Anyone who is into gardening as a hobby is also likely to know a bit about bugs. Insect pests can ruin a gardener’s day, and one of the most damaging culprits has to be the chafer beetle. The chafer beetle spends the winter nestled in our lawns as larvae, but when spring rolls around, these beetles devour the roots of grass, angering homeowners. However, although you may hate the winter cold, there is one good thing that could be said in favor of long winters, longer winters equate to less insect pests damaging your gardens and/or lawn during the spring and summer months.

When birds migrate back to northern regions for the spring and summer they rely largely on insect larvae for sustenance. When winters are shorter and more mild the insect larvae will mature into adults before the birds return, thus the food that birds typically rely on, is not there. So the next time your car gets stuck in the snow, or you slip on the ice in March, just remember that the long winter will make your spring gardening activities nearly bug free.

Have you noticed that insect pests are more numerous following warmer winters?

Do All Spiders Try To Enter Houses In The Fall To Avoid The Cold Weather?

January 16th, 2017

It seems like common sense that spiders and insects will attempt to enter your home during the colder months if they don’t want to freeze to death. However, house spiders are usually not the same types of spiders that you find outside near your garden. Spiders that live indoors are specially adapted to survive indoors since the climate inside of a home is stable, and there is not much food or water available. Most outdoor spiders would not be able to survive for very long living indoors.

It makes more sense to think of house spiders as a separate species with special needs that are not in common with outdoor spiders. House spiders have had plenty of time to evolve along side humans within sheltered areas. In fact, house spiders are documented as going as far back as the Roman Empire. These house spiders never go outside and most of them call Europe home, and luckily they are harmless.

Have you noticed that most of the spiders that you find in your home all look similar?

The Tiger Beetle Wins the Award for Being the Most Ferocious Insect on Earth

January 13th, 2017

If there were a human that could be considered comparable to the tiger beetle, it would probably be the sociopath serial killer, particularly the ones that like a little extra torture with their murder. The tiger beetle is basically the sadistic sociopath of the insect world.

As young child beetles the tiger beetle is already ten times more terrifying than most other insects. It likes to dig little holes in the ground for it to hide in and wait for some unlucky insect prey to pass by. Then, in the style of Freddy Kruger a la his murder of the young Johnny Depp, drag its victim down into the depths of said hiding place to their ultimate doom. And that’s just the young tiger beetle.

As tiger beetles mature into adulthood they become even more ferocious and bloodthirsty. An adult tiger beetle will go after just about any other insect it comes across, even ladybugs (that’s just wrong in my book) and spiders. They are incredibly fast and will run down their prey, tearing its victim to literal pieces with its incredibly strong and massive jaws. Once a tiger beetle has you in its jaws, there is no escape, as they can cut through just about anything. Let’s be thankful us humans are not on the tiger beetle’s menu.

Have you ever seen a tiger beetle? What other insects are ferocious hunters?

A Newly Discovered Bug Species Has Females That Are All Pink

January 12th, 2017

A team of researchers exploring the jungles of Southeast Asia for exotic bugs stumbled upon a unique specimen. The researchers discovered two different species of katydid, both of which are sporting a distinct pink color that cannot be missed.

Not only are the female katydids bright pink, but both the males and the female katydids look just like leaves. The katydid’s leaf-like appearance is unmistakable once you see their distinct veins as well as the leaf-like robes that these strange looking creatures seem to be wearing on their legs. The researchers have not failed to notice that these two rarely seen katydid species do not look like any other species of katydid, and it is mostly their bright pink appearance that experts find so strikingly different from the norm. The researchers claim that these two katydids developed strange looking camouflage on account of their unique environment that is not shared with any other species of katydid.

Have you ever seen an insect that looked to be the color of red or pink?



Spiders Often Make Custom Built Webs In Order To Catch Their Favorite Meals

January 11th, 2017

An international team of researchers has stumbled upon the bizarre way that orb weaver spiders build their webs to catch the live meals that they find most appetizing. In fact, it seems as though the OW spider is able to build its web in such a way that it will only catch the most nutritious of prey.

Traditionally, biologists and entomologists assumed that the process of web building and the spider’s ability to sense the webs vibrations, was a simple and straightforward process. However, as a recent study has demonstrated, web building is a far more complex arachnid activity than previously thought.

The results of the study showed that spiders value protein more than any other nutrient, and the OW spider builds its web in order to maximize protein intake. For example, OW spiders prefer crickets, and they will fortify their webs in order to trap as many crickets as possible. However, if crickets are scarce, the OW spider will compensate by building a much larger web in order to catch flies. For such a minute brain, the OW spider can be pretty clever when it comes to procuring its favorite meal.

Have you ever witnessed a bug being consumed by a spider while the bug was helplessly stuck to the spider’s web?


Newly Discovered Ant-Like Bees Are Perplexing Entomologists

January 9th, 2017

There have been quite a few recent news stories about the alarming rate at which the planets bee colonies are dying out. Luckily, there are a variety of different bee species on this planet, and not all of them have been dying at rapid rates. There still remain many bees on this planet that have yet to be identified. One such bee is a recently discovered species belonging the genus Perdita.

This recently discovered bee calls the desert its home, and so the genus it belongs to are often referred to as desert bees. This bee is crucial to maintaining a properly balanced desert ecosystem. A recent issue of the animal-science magazine, Zootaxa, reported as many as nine previously unknown bee species belonging to the genus Perdita, so there are probably quite a few bees that have the ecosystem of desert regions of the United States covered, and there is currently no evidence to suggest that these desert bees are succumbing to the same early deaths as so many of the planet’s bumblebees have. The bees are almost entirely unknown to science, but perhaps these bees could be the key to solving the current shortage of bees in the world.

Do you think that these bees would be able to survive in any environment other than the desert?

How to Survive Camping With Mosquitos 101

January 6th, 2017

Camping is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family, letting modern humans get a little taste of living amongst nature and the perfect excuse to make smores. However, the drawback of going camping outside in a tent surrounded by nature is that you have to deal with some of nature’s less friendly inhabitants, in particular the ever annoying mosquito. However, never fear, there are things you can do to ensure you enjoy a camping trip mostly free from the bloodsuckers.

First of all carrying around lots of bug spray is a must. You can get specialty bug tents to keep them out while you’re in your shelter, but since you probably don’t want to spend the entire time locked in your tent, you also need protection against them when you venture outside. The answer to this dilemma is to use lots and lots of insect repellent. When you go outside wear long sleeve and pants when possible, and cover any exposed skin with bug spray, particularly ones that contain either DEET or Picardin. You can also spray your clothes with permethrin for added protection.

Using certain essential oils such as citronella and cedar oil is also a good way to keep the mosquitos away. Citronella oils mask the scents that attract mosquitos, and you can use products such as Citronella candles and wristbands to help repel mosquitos. Cedar oil is another great essential oil for keeping those bloodsuckers away. Mosquitos run from the scent of cedar oil, as it can be deadly to their eggs and larvae if they come in contact with it.

Herbs are also a must on camping tricks. Rosemary, basil, catnip, lavender, lemon balm, and eucalyptus are all good for repelling mosquitos. Many people use them to make natural insect repellents. You can burn them to repel bugs too. The smoke from campfires already keeps mosquitos away on its own, but you can increase the effect by putting a stick of sage in the fire. This will repel numerous insects from getting anywhere near you and the smoke from your campfire, giving this method a nice large area of protection. If you don’t mind the grossness, putting a cow pie in your fire can also greatly enhance your campfires ability to repel insects.

Finally, you can also do things to make yourself less attractive to mosquitos, such as staying away from body products with strong scents. Make sure every hygiene product you do bring such as soap, shampoo, and lotion is unscented. You’ll find that by just doing this you’ll be much less attractive to mosquitos even without insect repellent…but please still wear the repellent.

What do you do to keep insects and particularly mosquitos from ruining your camping trip?