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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?

Australian’s Deal With Their Spider Problem In Strange Ways

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Australia is the perfect environment for extremely large and beastly spiders. The huntsman spider in particular has been known to overpower rodents and drag them to their deaths. Other types of huntsman spiders are as large as king crabs. So what are Australians supposed to do in a country where these wild and often dangerous creatures make it into their homes or their gardens? As you can imagine many different extermination methods are employed by a number of different people.

For example, one Australian man found a family of extremely venomous redback spiders in his garden, so he proceeded to take a blowtorch to them. Before you feel bad for the redback spider just know that these spiders are responsible for the hospitalizations of two thousand people per year in Australia alone.

Would Australia’s dangerous creature problem deter you from visiting the continent?

Frankenspider: A Long Extinct Spider Walks Again!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

An extinct spider called Paleocharinus has been recreated via digital imaging.  The extinct spider crawled the earth 416 million years ago.  These spiders are interesting because during this time most of the Earth’s species dwelled in the ocean, and the Paleocharinus was among the first bugs to walk on land.  In fact, they were about the only animal at all to walk on land during this time, which made them the species at the top of the food chain.

The team of researchers and computer graphics artists were only able to recreate the bug while walking due to how well preserved it was within a fossil.  The researchers could even make out the muscle tendons of the bug, which was instrumental in recreating how it moved and attacked other species of tiny bugs that existed at the time.  These bugs even walked much like modern spiders, but due to the creation of modern giant bugs, the life of this extinct bug was short lived.

What other extinct bugs do you know about? What were they like?

Half-Mile Long Spider Web?! | Atlanta Spider Control

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Half-Mile Long Spider Web?!

Residents in North Memphis, Tennessee woke up to an eerie surprise; a half-mile long spider web on the grass near their homes. Ahh! What would you think?

This unforeseen web just goes to show how little we truly know about our surroundings. The millions of spiders that made this web had probably been living alongside the locals before the web even appeared.

Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling said, “It’s a mass dispersal of the millions of tiny spiders that have always been in that field, unnoticed till now.”

This even is almost certainly a “ballooning event,” which refers to the moment when spiders, normally young ones, float away from their families using silk threads (which can be over a meter in length).  In order for an even like this to take place, “you need relatively calm air or a slight breeze- ballooning doesn’t happen often in wind,” Richard Bradley, an entomologist at Ohio State University says. The spiders most likely dispersed all at once due to favorable air currents and warm weather.

In order to better understand this event, you may recall Charlotte’s Web, where a similar ballooning even happened.

Fun facts that may or may not make spiders seem less creepy.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Fun facts that may or may not make spiders seem less creepy.

Spiders have adapted to live in nearly every type of habitat, and they are one of the top 10 most diverse populations on earth. They play vital roles in all ecosystems -except in your home.

The following spider facts will help you learn more about these eight-legged pests, some of which might appear in your backyard this summer and fall.

All spiders produce silk

Something common to all 40,000 species of spiders is that they all spin silk. And as spiders have evolved, so has their ability to work with silk. One spider can produce up to seven different types, each used for a different purpose such as spinning webs or capturing prey.

One species is mostly vegetarian

It was thought that all spiders were carnivorous, capturing and eating other insects, but one species in Central America has been found to be mostly herbivorous! Bagheera kiplingi inhabit trees that produce protein-rich buds on their leaves. These buds are part of a symbiotic relationship between the trees and ants, but B. kiplingi also benefit from consuming the buds. However, during dry seasons these spiders are known to be carnivorous. They may cannibalize each other or steal ant larvae when food is scarce.

Spiders are nearsighted

Most spiders have eight eyes, but some, like the brown recluse spider, only have six. Spiders typically have a main set that can create images while the secondary sets can only detect light and shadow. It is thought that the secondary sets of eyes are derived from the compound eyes of a common ancestor to both spiders and insects.

But even with all of those eyes, spiders cannot see far into the distance. Nearsightedness is a problem for people, but the habits of spiders are such that being nearsighted isn’t a deficiency. They wait for prey to get caught in their webs and use silk trip wires to warn of approaching predators.

Females can lay up to 3,000 eggs at one time

These eggs are housed in one or more silk sacs. The level of care a female spider provides for her young varies by species. Some females will die shortly after laying eggs while others will carry spiderlings on their backs or share prey with them.

Jumping spiders can jump up to 50x their own length

When hunting or trying to escape a predator, jumping spiders are able to make very agile movements and jump multiple times their body length. This is possible due to an internal hydraulic system. Jumping spiders can alter the pressure of fluids in their legs resulting in a springing motion that propels the spiders forward.

The ‘daddy long-legs’ you see might not actually be a spider

The nickname ‘daddy long-legs’ has been given to several different pests, only one of which is an actual spider. Crane flies, harvestmen and cellar spiders are all colloquially identified as ‘daddy long-legs.’ Only cellar spiders are spiders. Harvestmen are in the arachnid family, but they lack venom and silk glands. Crane flies are agricultural pests with very long legs and the ability to fly.

If you think you have a spider infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest

Do all spiders bite?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Tennessee Teen, Once Bitten, Now Scared of Brown Recluse Spiders

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Brown Recluse Spider Information

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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How do spiders fly for miles?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014