Where Are Different Spider Distributed In The United States?

April 11th, 2017

There are some who wrongly believe that any type of spider can live anywhere in the United States. However, just because someone may have a pet tarantula that does not mean that that tarantula could survive in natural conditions. This seems obvious enough, but believe it or not, many people think that spiders, like the black widow, can live anywhere in the United States. Actually black widows, along with every other spider and arachnid, have set habitats. There may be one exception, and that is the house spider. House spiders are especially adapted to survive within indoor conditions. Think of house spiders like domesticated spiders.

Sometimes a spider may only be found on one continent, but never everywhere on that continent. In reality, each region in the United States has a different ecosystem for spiders to live in. Black widows are, arguably, the most popular spiders to have ever lived. This spider is known for the red hourglass shape that is clearly visible on the female’s abdomens. Most black widows are found in the southern regions of the United States, but there have been some found in the northeast.

The brown recluse spider is often believed to be one of those spiders that is found in all corners of the United States. Of course, that is not true. This rumor probably started because it is true that brown recluse spiders can survive in more varied conditions than any other type of brown spider. But it cannot live anywhere. Actually the recluse is found in the south and the central regions of the US. As far as spiders go, the brown recluse can survive in regions that are normally not troubled by unwanted and poisonous spiders, like the Midwest. So no matter where you are in America don’t think that you are free from spiders.

Have you ever found a brown recluse in temperatures below forty five degrees?

 

 

 

What Is The Difference Between Raccoons And Raccoon Dogs? | Georgia Raccoon Control

April 10th, 2017

What Is The Difference Between Raccoons And Raccoon Dogs? | Georgia Raccoon Control

Many of you have probably never even heard of raccoon dogs before, and if you have seen one once, then you probably did not recognize it. Both raccoons and raccoon dogs both appear quite similar to one another in that they both possess similar colors as well as body shape.

Raccoons originate from North America and they belong to the raccoon family. Whereas the raccoon dog, which is also known as tanuki, originated from East Asia, and they belong to an entirely different family known Canidae. Both wolves as well as foxes belong to the canidae family. Raccoon dogs and raccoons both inhabited similar environments, such as forests, wetlands, and mountainous areas. Both of these animals enjoy climbing trees, swimming and feeding on the same types of plants and animals.

Raccoon dogs and raccoons do have differently shaped bodies, but you may have to be a close observer to notice the differences. For example, raccoons have a compact torso with short legs and a long bushy tail. Raccoons are often between 16 and 28 inches in length. Raccoon dogs on the other hand have an elongated torso and a short tail, but they are of a similar length as raccoon dogs are often measured at 18 to 28 inches.

The way raccoon dogs and raccoons behave is somewhat different as well. Raccoon dogs will live in pairs or small family groups. Raccoon dogs are also known to groom other members of their immediate family. Raccoons may not groom their family members as often as raccoon dogs do, but they are social creatures. Raccoons will often rest with members of their immediate family and they will also feed together. Raccoon dogs live to be only around eleven years old when in captivity, whereas raccoons can live up to twenty years in captivity. However, when these animals are in the wild raccoons will only live for about two or three years, while raccoon dogs can survive for as long as seven years. This may indicate that raccoon dogs are better adapted to their natural environments.

Had you ever seen or even heard of a raccoon dog before?

New Terrifying Spider Is Discovered In The United States

April 7th, 2017

While two entomologists were walking through an old abandoned mine in Baja, California they stumbled on what is perhaps the ugliest beast that either of these men had ever seen. The beast can only be described as a bizarre looking and enormous spider that neither of the entomologists from the Natural History Museum were able to identify, even after analyzing the spider. Since the two men were entomologists they did not run from the hairy eight-legged beast, instead they chased after it, and likely argued over who “really” discovered the never-seen spider, but that is just a guess.

Once the entomologists succeeded in capturing the specimen they noticed that the spider was the size of a softball. The spider was also sporting a yellow hairy abdomen with unusually large fangs, and legs that seemed endless. The appearance of the spider was strange and distinct enough for the two spider experts to know that they had an entirely new type of spider on their hands.

After taking their newfound specimen back to their lab at the San Diego Natural History Museum, the spider experts immediately got in touch with another leading expert on spider phylogeny. It was soon confirmed that the two entomologists had discovered a new species as well as a new genus. The spider has been officially named Califorctenus cacahilensis after the Sierra Chacahalis mountain ranges where it was first found by the two brave entomologists.

According to Berrian himself, it is not unusual to find a new species of spider since there are so many undiscovered spiders roaming the earth. There could be anywhere between two and two and half million spiders in the wild that have yet to be identified. However, Berrian did admit that discovering a spider that is as large and odd looking as the Calforctenus in an area where people often congregate is, indeed, a little less common.

Have you ever spotted such a strange looking spider that you thought that you had discovered an unknown species?

Researchers May Use Ticks To Develop More Effective Adhesives

April 6th, 2017

Researchers May Use Ticks To Develop More Effective Adhesives

Ticks are not good for much other than sucking blood, but the method that ticks use in order to adhere to skin is now being researched in order to possibly develop super sticky adhesives. Ticks are great at sticking to skin and this is due to an incredibly sticky substance that ticks secrete in order to adhere to mammals for long periods of time.

Many people assume that ticks use only their little mouthparts in order to burrow into skin, but actually ticks use a cement-like substance in order to adhere to skin. Medical researchers believe that this tick-adhesive could be used in medical settings in order to stitch human skin back together. Medical experts believe that this adhesive substance could make ligaments adhere to bone without using any metal. This adhesive substance secreted by ticks is known as tick “dowel”.

The tissue-adhesives that are currently used during surgery are a little toxic, but still necessary to prevent death or trauma. As a result of the low-level, but undesirable toxicity that is present in current medical adhesives, researchers have long been searching for an alternative. However, every alternative has proven to be too weak in adhesive-strength to be used in surgery. But, research is showing that biological alternatives, such as tick dowel, could be ideal. It is believed among experts that tick dowel could be used to successfully repair skin wounds as well as cartilage, tendon and ligament damage.

Currently there are three hundred ticks being studied for their adhesive secretions and its application during surgery. The researchers in charge of this study have ticks biting through skin membranes in order to collect the sticky secretions. If tick dowel turns out to be a reliable adhesive during surgery, stitches may become a thing of the past.

Would you feel comfortable having tick secretions applied to your skin for medical purposes?

Chipmunks And Squirrels Can Carry The Plague

April 4th, 2017

If you have never heard of the plague before, then you must gain at least a basic understanding of European history. A few centuries ago, an epidemic disease that is now known as the plague ravaged Europe. Unfortunately, it turns out that both squirrels as well as chipmunks can carry this disease. The plague is a bacterial disease that is spread to humans via contact with furry animals, most notably rats.

The plague has not been eradicated as many mammals that are alive now carry the disease. The plague does not wipe out whole populations of people like it did in the past. In fact, dying from the plague today is highly unlikely, as there now exists medicinal methods of ridding the disease from the human body. However, that does not mean that you should not be cautious around the many different types of mammalian wildlife that you encounter wile outdoors.

The California Department of Public Health monitors rodent populations for plague activity. Not long ago, health department officials found three chipmunks in the southern region of Lake Tahoe, and just a few days after later, two more plague-ridden chipmunks were found in a nearby area. Luckily, no human casualties were reported. However, when you are outdoors you should take preventative measures to ensure that you never contract this unpleasant bacterial disease.

For example, in order to make sure that you stay plague-free, experts recommend that people avoid touching or making any sort of contact with dead or injured rodents, especially chipmunks and squirrels. For some people, mainly animal-lovers, this can be difficult, as some animals may seem as though they need our help. For instance, if you find an injured furry mammal on the side of the road then you do not want to nurse it back to health as you could be risking your health. Instead, if you find an animal that appears to be in need of help, then notify your local animal control service as soon as possible.

 

Have you ever known a person living today that had contracted the disease referred to as “the plague”?

 

 

 

The Mosquitoes Unique Flying Techniques Amaze Researchers

April 3rd, 2017

The Mosquitoes Unique Flying Techniques Amaze Researchers

When it comes to mosquitoes most people are aware that they spread a multitude of diseases, but most people do not know much about mosquitoes beyond this fact. This is a shame since mosquitoes possess many unique features. Believe it or not most researchers are only now learning about the strange way in which mosquitoes fly. It turns out that no other insect flies in the way that mosquitoes fly.

  • Male mosquitoes flap their wings at the astounding rate of eight hundred times per second, which is four times faster than the rate at which other flying insects flap their wings. You may have noticed that mosquitoes don’t necessarily look like they are using their wings to fly as much as it looks like they are floating in the air. Mosquitoes often appear to be hovering over objects in the air, and there are many unusual techniques that make this manner of flying possible.

According to mosquito expert Richard Bomphrey, mosquitoes are able to stay aloft in the air by using energy that is left over from preceding wing strokes. Most insects, as well as many birds and some bats, create miniature tornadoes that scientists call leading-edge vortices.  Mosquito wings have a sharp edge at the end that splits the airflow in two, which, in turn, creates a bubble of swirling air that helps keep the wider part of their wings afloat. This unique flying activity creates low-pressure air above the mosquito’s wings, and high-pressure air below the mosquito’s wings, which generates lift and creates the appearance of floating.

Bomphrey and his colleagues also discovered that the unique flying techniques demonstrated by mosquitoes create a high-pitched tone that attracts mates. Therefore the mosquito’s super fast wing-flapping likely evolved in order to drive sexual selection instead of achieving a more efficient manner of flying.

Which other flying insects have you seen hover in the air as opposed to flying in a particular direction?

 

 

 

Pest & Termite Control Blog Round Up!

April 2nd, 2017

Ants Invading Homes | B&B Pest Control

Swarming Termite Season | The Termite Boys

10 Bed Bug Facts | Johnny B’s Pest Control

Fifty New Spider Species Are Discovered

Largest Dose Of Antivenom Ever Becomes Necessary After A Boy Sustains A Bite From A Venomous Spider

Can Spiders Be Mailed in An Envelope?

Do Spiders Only Consume Prey In Liquid Form?

Wildlife Prevention | Georgia Wildlife Removal Experts

March 31st, 2017
 Georgia Wildlife Removal Experts

Georgia Wildlife Removal Experts

Wildlife prevention tips for homeowners to ensure wildlife stays in the wild as the season changes:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Install a mesh cover or cap over chimneys.
  • Cover exhaust fan openings, soffit and attic vents, and tops of window wells.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back 6 to 8 feet from the roofline and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • Keep garbage in a secure container that cannot be opened by raccoons.
  • Place birdbaths where wildlife cannot reach them or provide birds with water away from the home. Birdbaths, fountains or pet water dishes may draw wildlife pests, especially where water is scarce.
  • Do not leave brush, leaf piles or other debris to accumulate.

Spiders Appear Larger Than They Are, But Only If You Are Afraid Of Them

March 30th, 2017

Who isn’t afraid of spiders? Spiders are arguably the most commonly feared organisms on earth. And if you do have a phobia to spiders, then you probably perceive spiders as being larger than they really are, according to a recent study anyway. This recent study did not just explore how people perceive spiders, but also how the crippling fears that some people have while around spiders could be treated or extinguished entirely.

The study found that nearly all participants found spiders to be repellent, but only those participants that had a phobia of spiders perceived spiders as being larger than they really were. The idea for this study came from a spider expert who is also deafly afraid of the creepy crawlies. One day a clinical neuropsychologist asked her colleague to remove a “big” spider from her leg before she freaked out in a big way. However, her colleague thought the request strange since he only saw a relatively small spider. So if they both saw the same spider, then why could they not agree on the spider’s size? And at that moment, they both decided to study this perceptual phenomenon.

The study only included women because researchers have noticed in the past that arachnophobia afflicts more women than men, therefore, women make the perfect test subjects for studying how spiders effect perception. When spider-phobic participants viewed pictures of butterflies they were able to correctly perceive their size. However, when the spider-phobic participants viewed pictures of spiders, they grossly overestimated their size. It is also worth noting that people who were afraid of wasps still perceived their size correctly when viewing pictures of wasps, so there is something special about spiders.

The main goal the researchers are aiming for is to develop techniques to reduce the fear response arachnophobes have towards spiders. But before these techniques are developed, researchers first need to figure out if it is only a fear of spiders that causes disturbance in size perception, or if these perceptual disturbances are responsible for causing people to fear spiders in the first place.

Do you believe that you perceive spiders as being larger than they really are?

 

 

 

Is There Anything Beneficial About Slugs?

March 29th, 2017

Slugs are prominent creatures in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Anybody living in this region has most certainly encountered a slug at some point. Not only are slugs ugly looking creatures that inspire disgust in just about every individual that lays eyes on them, but they are also hated for their destructive impact on gardens. So is there anything good at all about these strange looking organisms?

According to slug expert, Beth Chisholm, slugs are basically nothing more than a stomach on a foot. Slugs are amazingly simple, and surprisingly beneficial organisms in the Pacific Northwest. For example, slugs are great decomposers. Slugs will break down vegetation and dead plant material, which is recycled into rich soil that is necessary to nourish the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.

Slugs enjoy eating vegetation, and they do not discriminate between dead and living vegetation. Naturally, this is a problem for gardeners, as they do not appreciate their efforts to cultivate plants being thwarted by ugly slugs. However, slugs are indeed necessary in order to rid the environment of dead vegetation. Therefore gardeners should leave their plant-scraps on the ground with the hopes that the available dead vegetation will divert any slugs that show up hungry.

However, there are different types of slugs that thrive in North America, and some are more beneficial than others. The most slugs that offer the greatest benefit to the environment are banana slugs; these are the slugs that create soil from dead vegetation. The banana slug is native to North America, and if found in forest-regions around the US. The European brown slug, on the other hand, is, as you can guess from its name, an imposter. These slugs are found in urban areas, and they don’t offer the natural North American environment anything but problems. These slugs are found in urban areas, so if you happen to spot a slug on the sidewalk, you would probably be doing the environment a favor by squashing it.

Have you ever stepped on a slug before, either deliberately or by accident?