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Friday, March 17th, 2017

Can You Or Your Pets Catch Diseases From Skunks?

A Zika Contaminated Region Is Now Dealing With A Rabies Outbreak | West Palm Mosquito Control

A Skunks Fur Coat Can Effectively Ward-Off Predators | New Jersey Skunk Removal

Fashion of the Future: Spider Silk

Cutting Edge New Therapy Could Cure Arachnophobes

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

It seems like a fear of spiders must exist at least a little bit in varying degrees in different people, similar to a fear of heights. Some people become so anxious around arachnids that even seeing a picture can be enough to induce an anxiety attack. Recently, many experts in many different fields have been looking at how virtual reality can help people overcome their fears through repeated exposure to their object of fear. However, this type of exposure therapy does not work for all people for the obvious reason that arachnophobes are scared to death of even seeing an image of a spider.

Brain scans have revealed that the human brain works harder to regulate emotions when a person is not conscious of what it is that is frightening them. Based on this finding, researchers have exposed many different arachnophobes to images of spiders that are so brief that the images cannot be consciously perceived by the observer.

Repeated exposure to these images is already demonstrating that people can become conditioned to certain attitudes through observations that never reach consciousness. So this is probably the easiest and least emotionally challenging of any type of spider-cure therapy available today.

Have you seriously considered hiring the services of a hypnotist with the hopes that he/she could cure you of your fear of spiders or insects?

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

At What Time Of Year Are Spiders Most Numerous? | Atlanta Spider Control

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

At What Time Of Year Are Spiders Most Numerous? | Atlanta Spider Control

If someone were to ask you what time of year sees the most spiders, you would probably say that spiders are most numerous during the summer months, but this is not the case. In fact, it could be said that August and September are the two months out of the year when people living in the northern hemisphere are least likely to see spiders, either outside or inside.

With the exception of orb-weavers and giant house spiders, most spider species have not reached their full maturity until slightly later in the year than September. It is likely that people believe that they see more spiders during the late summer months solely because the spiders that are around at that time happen to be the largest and most noticeable of spiders. In most regions of the United States, December and January see the greatest number of freshly hatched spiderlings.

Have you ever witnessed an egg-sac hatch into small spiderlings?

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

Monday, 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?

How to Survive Camping With Mosquitos 101

Friday, 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?

 

 

 

CDC Director Warns That the Zika Virus May Be Here to Stay

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The Atlantic got an exclusive interview with the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, about the current status of our fight against the Zika virus, which he is in charge of eradicating, and his outlook wasn’t incredibly bright. In answer to the question of whether he thought we have the virus under control he answered, “Here’s the plain truth. Zika, and other diseases spread by Aedes aegypti, are really not controllable with current technologies. So we will see this become endemic in the hemisphere.” Pretty heavy stuff, huh?

Don’t panic because of this doomsday prophecy just yet, though. He’s not saying that we’re completely doomed to be wiped out by the Zika virus. He’s simply saying that our current technology that we’re using to fight against it is simply not good enough. Basically, unless we develop some better way to fight the mosquito, pockets of the Zika virus will pop up around the country until there is either a vaccine developed or we completely eradicate the Aedes eagypti mosquito from our country. The current method used to fight the virus is aerial spraying for mosquitos. This method works to eradicate the virus in one area where it has sprung up, after local transmission has been detected. However, this method will not prevent more transmission pockets from popping up, and so we will be playing an endless game of “whack-a-mosquito” until better pest control technology is developed. We are going to be experiencing the negative effects of the Zika virus such as birth defects and disrupting our travel and personal lives for years to come. Not the best news.

Dr. Frieden is a fan of wiping out the Aedes aegypti mosquito species for good. He sited the fact that they are an invasive species that spread some of the worst diseases in the world, killing millions of people every year, and that they really just need to be completely wiped off the face of this earth. While this may hurt their predators a slight bit, there are still plenty of other species of mosquitos to take their place in the food chain. He also said that he expects us to see the cases die down in the country as winter approaches, but that it will simply pop up again once the weather warms up, and there will likely be some cases even during the colder months. Dr. Frieden says that currently our best defense against the virus is prevention through wearing insect repellent and getting rid of all standing water around our homes.

Do you think Dr. Frieden’s prediction is correct? Will cases of the Zika virus continue to pop up until we develop better pest control technology?

Save the Date!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The Enemy Hiding Within Your Home – House Spiders

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

You would think your home is a safe haven from the dangers of the outside world, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Within your walls live many different types of house spiders, many of which have venomous and lethal bites. Knowing how to identify them could literally save your life, and most live is very specific areas of your house, so depending on where you find one, you can eliminate possible culprits. Needless to say, learning about the dangerous spiders that are sharing your abode is just plain common sense.

The brown recluse spider can be found all over the United States, but primarily inhabits the South. While these spiders are deadly, they are not aggressive, only biting if it feels threatened. If you do get bitten by a brown recluse, you could be dealing with tissue loss and necrosis. Symptoms of the bite include fever, itching, shock, restlessness, and vomiting.

The hobo spider is found mostly Northwest, and are generally spotted in basements and on the first floor of homes. A bite from this spider is no laughing matter, and should be treated immediately. The blister that the bite develops into will eventually pop after about a day, turning into an oozing ulceration. You want to get this bite treated before it gets to this point. Symptoms include fatigue, vision impairment, temporary loss of memory, weakness, and nausea.

These are just a few of the house spiders you should be looking out for, but there are many more, so do your research. It could save your life.

Have you found any deadly spiders in your home? Were you ever bitten by one, and what did you do?

The Dangers Of Keeping Spiders As Pets

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

There is a very odd group of people in this world who like, or would like, to keep giant hairy spiders as pets, and even play with them by letting them crawl all over their bodies. Now I understand dogs, and even cats, but keeping spiders as pets is possibly the most terrible idea that I have ever heard. Their terrifying ugliness is unquestionable. But is keeping spiders as pets safe?

There are few different problems that can arise from keeping spiders as pets, problems that pose hazards to your health as well as the spiders. For example, a spider owner must be very careful when handling their hairy spiders. Although a spider owner may consider his spider a friend, the feeling is not mutual, and it often happens that spiders will fling their urticating hairs at their owners face when being handled. So you already made one mistake by buying a spider as a pet, so don’t make a second one by forgoing the glasses and protective facial wear necessary for up close encounters.

Spiders may also escape, which will cause a bit of anxiety to your roommates. Not surprisingly, spiders do not enjoy being forced into a transparent box that does not resemble their habitat. There is also the chance your spider will injure itself with a fall. In fact even short falls are enough to cause death. If your spider makes it out of its box, it could pose a threat to your other pets. So be mindful of these potential issues, or buy a guinea pig instead.

How long have people been keeping spiders as pets?