Do Spiders Seek Shelter In My Home During The Fall?

May 26th, 2017

You have all heard about spiders moving into your home during the fall months. This seems like a sensible idea, after all, the weather is getting colder, so where are all those spiders going to go in order to keep from perishing in the cold? And of course you have spotted many spiders in your home over your lifetime, and those spiders had to come from somewhere, right? It seems pretty obvious that spiders migrate indoors during the fall. However, this may not be the case for many reasons.

For one thing, the spiders that you do see inside of your home are probably a lot different from the garden spiders that you find outside. In fact, house spiders are designed to survive indoors. If you take a spider that has spent its life indoors and you toss the spider outside it will only be a minute or two before its dead. House Spiders have no way of defending themselves against their more rugged and battle-ready outdoor insects. House spiders even adapt to the constant climate within your home, so even the smallest change in temperature can kill the house spider’s sensitive constitution.

If you do find an outdoor spider within your home it probably got there by mistake. Spiders don’t just stroll into your house when they get chilly. Most spiders invade houses by leaving egg sacs on furniture, or any other item that people often bring into their homes. These insects normally spend their whole lives sitting underneath the foundation.

If you do happen to see a large number of insects in your home during the late summer then that makes sense. August and September are hardly cold months, but people often find spiders in their home around this time. If a spider is found in your home during the late summer then it is only because late summer is spider mating season, and mature males are wondering around looking for mates.

Have you ever seen more than one type of spider in your home in one day?

Are Cicadas Coming Out Of Their Long Sleep Early?

May 25th, 2017

Anybody who lives in the Southeastern region of the United States is definitely acquainted with the humming sounds of numerous cicadas. Some find their humming to be relaxing; while others cannot tolerate the sounds they make. Typically cicadas are supposed to remain underground for seventeen years before surfacing. However, one species of cicada, brood X, is out and about a whole four years early, and many residents from Tennessee to Florida want to know why.

During the span of just two days, one thousand people from Maryland to Tennessee reported brood X sightings. Scientists say that these premature brood X sightings are not unheard of. A minority of brood X cicadas could manage to escape early, but very few cicadas pull this off. However, researchers have also noted that the brood X cicadas seem to be in particularly high numbers this spring, which could indicate to experts that climate change may be a factor behind the cicadas early visit. Some scientists are saying that climate change may be accelerating the cicada’s growth.

Cicadas remain underground for either thirteen or seventeen years, depending on the type. Cicadas spend their time underground feeding on routes. It seems that cicadas are able to count the seasons somehow since they emerge exactly seventeen years later. Some scientists hypothesize that cicadas can count the seasons by interacting with tree sap that finds its way to a tree’s routes. Once the nymphs are large enough, they emerge from the ground, but only when the soil is sixty four degrees Fahrenheit at exactly eight inches underneath the dirt. This stage occurs every May and sometimes at the tail end of April. The cicadas then molt one last time, reproduce and then die. However, as earth heats up, temperatures underground will be higher than sixty four degrees, and deeper points underground will become warmer as well. This could be the reason why we are, and still will be, seeing cicadas much earlier.

Can you recall how a cicada sounds? Which insect produces the most pleasing sounds, if any?


Where Do Captured Bats Wind Up?

May 24th, 2017

Maybe you have experienced the horror of having a wild bat flying around your house. If you have, then there is a good chance that you called animal control officials to have the bat/s removed from your home. This is not at all uncommon, and wildlife rehabilitation organizations can collect hundreds or even thousands of bats this way. For example, the Nebraska Wildlife Rehabilitation Service collected four hundred bats from all over the state in just one year. Most of these captured bats were collected from people’s homes and other indoor areas. So what happens to all of these bats? Since bats are protected by law, state wildlife agencies are required to release captured bats so that they can have a chance to live. As you can guess, releasing hundreds of bats back into the wild can make some residents nervous.

In the state of Nebraska, the wildlife services release all of their captured bats on one day every year. On the day the bats are released hundreds of people attend the yearly “bat-bash” at the Jocelyn Art Museum. These people attend the bash in order to catch a glimpse of the hundreds of bats that are released at the same time.

The interested onlookers love the spectacle, but many nearby residents are concerned with the release of so many bats. Some residents insist that some of these bats will find their way back into people’s homes. One resident says that she saw five bats in her home last spring, just days after last years bat-bash. In order to keep her home bat-free the Nebraska resident has had to contact a bat control company, which has put her back several hundred dollars. Some residents who claim that the released bats simply reinvade the city of Omaha also insist that the bats are a health risk. This year five of the four hundred captured bats had rabies, but only the healthy bats were released. State wildlife officials say that the bats are protected, and releasing them back into the wild does not put anybody’s health at risk.

Have you ever had to call an animal control professional to have a bats, or bats, removed from your home?



More Dogs Are Being Diagnosed With Lyme Disease

May 22nd, 2017

You may have heard that more and more people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. In fact, Lyme disease is the most common insect-borne illness in the United States. Mosquitoes do not even come close to matching ticks when it comes to spreading disease. This increase in Lyme disease cases also means that more pets are coming down with the disease as well. Dogs are particularly vulnerable to ticks since dogs tend to spend a significant amount of time exploring the outdoors.

In New England, where Lyme carrying ticks are common, experts claim that anywhere between fifty to seventy five percent of dogs will test positive for the disease. Data shows that during the past five years seven hundred thousand dogs have been diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US and Canada. Most dogs that do test positive for the disease will not show any symptoms of the disease. If a dog seems to lose its appetite, appears lethargic or has trouble walking, then that dog may have Lyme disease. If your dog, or a dog belonging to someone you know, is showing these symptoms, then they should be taken into a vet promptly. Veterinarians will treat Lyme-infected dogs with antibiotics.

Typically, veterinarians will put Lyme-infected dogs on a four week antibiotic treatment program. This will help control the symptoms of Lyme disease, but the disease may reappear later on. A lesser amount of Lyme-infected dogs will show life threatening symptoms, and in these cases the disease is referred to as Lyme nephritis. Lyme nephritis can cause kidney failure in dogs. Most vets will determine if a dog has Lyme nephritis with a urine test. Be sure to always check your dogs thoroughly when bringing them indoors. Be sure to check around the dog’s head in particular. There are also anti-tick collars and other anti-tick products that could help to prevent the disease from infecting your dogs. Lyme disease is always preventable if you take the proper precautions.

Has your pet, or a friend’s pet, ever tested positive for Lyme disease?



Bats Are Wreaking Havoc In An Old Church | Wildlife Control

May 19th, 2017

You may have experienced a bat flying around your home at some point during your life. The situation is never pleasant; it is hard to imagine anybody not being repulsed by them when viewed up close. If you have dealt with a loose bat inside of your home, and I hope it was just one, then you know how discomforting your houseguests can be about a live bat presence. So try to imagine several bats flying about within a church while a sermon is in progress.

I am not sure if a sermon was in progress or not, but bats are found within churches frequently since churches are easily accessible. Bats are also known to inhabit construction areas for this very same reason. Believe it or not, but most churches are big enough to allow a few bats to hide out while people are present within the church. However, once an entire roost of bats calls a particular church home, then it is time to make efforts to get rid of the winged creatures.

If bats are left to their own devices within a church, or any building, unpleasant materials may begin to start appearing. In case you could not guess what these “materials” are, these materials include bat urine and bat excrement. If these bodily excretions become numerous throughout a structure then some serious damage can be done to the internal structures of a church. And given the fact that so many churches are already old, and in need of restoration, many churches cannot stand any further damage. Also, if a church is to be renovated then having bats flying around the construction workers may cause some workplace distress to say the least. Bat urine can be the most dangerous bat product because it contains uric acid, which can melt metal. So if you spot more than one bat in your church, or older home, then call animal control professionals for removal.

Have you ever seen a bat in a public place that was indoors?

Vampire Bats Can Donate Blood To Others Of Its Kind

May 18th, 2017

Vampire Bats Can Donate Blood To Others Of Its Kind

A recent study has shown that female vampire bats can share blood with their friends. Bats are amazingly altruistic creatures. Bats are known for being socially sophisticated mammals, but they are probably even more generous to those in need than you are. Vampire bats have a particularly bad reputation because people think that these bats would love to drink their blood. However, vampire bats don’t consume human blood, and the blood they do take from other animal-hosts is in such small amounts that the animal hosts don’t even realized that they are being robbed of their blood. Female vampire bats form a tight community. During the colder months, female vampire bats will keep other bats warm with their body heat. Female vampire bats will also help other females care for their young. But only recently have experts learned that they share blood.

If a female vampire bat should be hungry, and/or does not have enough food, then other female vampire bats will regurgitate blood into the mouths of other starving females. I guess if it is hungry enough, then it will eat anything. Some females are more altruistic or more selfish than other females. Some females are ready to share their resources, but others are stingy with their resources. If a female bat within a community is known for being selfish, then other female bats will avoid sharing any of their food with her. Experts believe that this behavior reinforces altruistic behavior. Helping other female vampire bats in need is more important than letting other female vampire bats die. Eventually, after being denied help when they need it, selfish female bats will learn to be more giving, or else run the risk of being ignored by the group. Within the community female vampire bats, they can only survive if they help others.

Have you ever witnessed animals demonstrating altruistic behavior?

Don’t Try To Rescue Baby Raccoons!

May 17th, 2017

If there is anything more adorable than a raccoon, then it would be a baby raccoon. During the spring and summer months the Department of Natural Resources gets many phone calls related to baby raccoons, or kits. Many of these calls involve people who have spotted abandon baby raccoons. It is not at all uncommon for well intentioned people to adopt baby raccoons that seem to be abandoned by their mothers. However, the DNR strongly suggests leaving baby raccoons to themselves because they are probably not in any sort of trouble.

It takes a lot of courage to pick up a wild animal and take it back to one’s home, even if the wild animal is only a baby. However, people swiping raccoons from their natural habitats happens all of the time. Unfortunately, picking up baby raccoons in order to care for them probably does the adopted raccoons no good. If you do this then it is more likely that you are kidnapping the raccoon from its real mother; instead of rescuing them from abandonment. Just because a baby raccoon may be alone, that does not mean that it has been abandoned by its mother.

Many of those who adopt a baby raccoon, or more, do so because they spotted a raccoon during the daytime. And since raccoons are nocturnal creatures, many assume that seeing a raccoon during the daytime hours must be a sign that the raccoon needs help. More often than not the raccoons that people spot hopping and climbing around during the day are likely just playing, and are not in any trouble.

According to a professional wildlife rehab expert, it is best for concerned citizens to simply observe the raccoons for a while. If they appear to be sickly, or are crying, then call the nearest animal control units to handle the situation. It is always better to allow someone with the proper training to take care of sick or abandoned animals.

Have you ever spotted a raccoon that you thought needed help? If you have, then how did you respond to the situation?

Smuggler Tries Importing Unidentified Spiders

May 15th, 2017

Smuggler Tries Importing Unidentified Spiders

You may have already heard about those rare occasions when excited consumers open up their new play stations only to find dead spiders inside of the console. A recent incident at a Mexican airport tells a similar story, only this time the spiders were physically placed within video-game cartridges. Customs officials found seventy three spiders stuffed into bootlegged video-game cartridges.

The seventy three spiders were found in ten Famicom game cartridges, and they were destined for an address in Baltimore. The species that the spiders belong to is currently unknown, which may indicate that these spiders were being smuggled as valuable specimens that a wealthy collector would find interesting.

The spiders were intercepted by Mexican customs officials at the Guadalajara International Airport. The package was “creepy” looking, so the authorities opened the suspicious package and found more than seventy spiders scuttling about within thin plastic tubes. These tubes were hidden within the video-game cartridges, which were bootlegged, so somebody was breaking a lot of laws here.

When moving animals across international borders the proper documentation describing the animals must be presented to authorities. Failure to properly document animals while crossing into another country is a serious offense since disease or even full blown epidemics could occur as a result of animal-borne disease.

In a similar case from a few years ago, a German man spent six months in jail for smuggling over one hundred tarantulas into the United States by mail. Also, cockroaches have been known to appear within people’s video-game consoles without explanation. These situations are rare and are due to storage areas that are highly populated with spiders.

No suspecs in this recent crime have been reported yet, but it is likely that someone living in Baltimore will be getting a court summons soon.

Have you ever found a spider, or several, within a product that you purchased?

Spider Control Tips

May 11th, 2017
  • Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free. Most spiders seek out secluded, undisturbed areas where they can build a web to catch their next meal, so an attic or basement that has been left unused over the past season could be harboring these pests out of sight. Avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and consider storing them inside plastic containers.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices around the home. Spiders can crawl into homes through damaged window screens or cracks in the siding and foundation of a home.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Packages are often left on the front step when delivered, and groceries might be placed on the driveway while unloading. These are opportunities for spiders and other pests to crawl onto bags and boxes and be carried inside.
  • If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice. Species such as house spiders and cellar spiders pose no health threat to people. Other species such as black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders do have the ability to pierce the skin and inject venom. Their bites cause varied reactions in people, but are very rarely fatal with proper treatment.

How To Protect Yourself from mosquito’s!

May 10th, 2017

How To Protect Yourself from mosquito’s!

  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to protect the skin
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home, such as flowerpots, birdbaths and baby pools. Mosquitoes only need about ½ inch of water to breed
  • Screen all windows and doors, repairing even the smallest holes that could serve as entry points for pests