Posts Tagged ‘Spider Control’

The Most Common Garden Spiders Are More Interesting Than You Think

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

If you do any gardening in your spare time then you probably have a love hate relationship with insects. That is understandable since some insects can devour or kill your garden while other types of insects can prevent garden damage by devouring those pesky insect-pests. But have you ever tried identifying some of the spiders that you find crawling about your garden? Some are scary looking, but very few, such as orb-weavers and harvestmen, are harmless.

The biggest spider that you will find in your garden will most likely be a golden orb-weaver. The GOW dwells in the south and is known for the golden hued webs that they weave. If you have ever spotted a web that appeared to be golden in color, then it was certainly created by the enormous golden orb weaver. There is no reason to fear these behemoths if you find them crawling in your garden since their venom only feels like a bee sting. Only if you are allergic to bee stings should you run from this scary looking spider. However, the GOW is also hesitant when it comes to biting, and they are often handled for long periods of time without injury by spider enthusiasts.

You are also likely to spot both harvestmen arachnids as well as the well-known daddy long legs arachnids in your garden. There are many myths about both of these often-mentioned arachnids, and they are not spiders. Rather these arachnids are distinguished from spiders in that they possess only two eyes and a one-piece head and thorax. These arachnids are also quite distinct from spiders in that neither one of these species of arachnid spins silk, they are not venomous they are not predators and they often resort to scavenging for sustenance. Harvestmen arachnids are nothing to fear as they are largely nocturnal and prefer to avoid contact with all animals by dwelling under logs or pieces of wood that you might find in your garden. If you find one, toss it in the yard; it will survive.

Have you ever sustained a bite wound from a spider or an arachnid that was dwelling in your garden? If yes, what type of spider or arachnid bit you?

Is The Red “Hourglass” Mark On Black Widows Meant To Frighten Predators?

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Black Widows are well known around the world. These spiders are especially known in the Americas for having a highly venomous bite, they are generally intimidating to other arthropods, and the females often kill their male counterparts after mating. And the red “hourglass” marking on the female’s abdomen is a sure indicator that the female black widow is poisonous, right?

Although the strangely shaped red markings located on female black widows has made them famous, what is its actual purpose? Many people have heard that the markings are there to indicate to humans that black widows are venomous. That would be a very gracious tip from Mother Nature herself if only that were true, but it is not. Actually, the red markings located on a female black widow’s abdomen are meant to intimidate, but not all animals are so scared.

According to scientists, as of now we know that the red markings located on the female black widow’s abdomen can effectively scare birds away, but not insects. In fact, it is likely that insects don’t even perceive the hourglass shape in the first place. The visual systems belonging to birds and insects are very different systems. Birds have extra photoreceptors that allow them to perceive the red color on a black widow; an insect cannot boast this remarkable vision. So, now you can just say that the red hourglass marking that you see on a female black widow’s abdomen is for the birds.

Have you ever spotted any type of spider or insect that possessed a brightly colored feature that made it stand out?

Spider-Like Creature Once Ruled The Seas | Spider Control

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Well, I hope you are not afraid of water and spiders at the same time, because, once upon a time during the Cambrian period, a giant creature with multiple legs resembling a spider used to rule the seas five hundred million years ago. Be thankful that you did not have to worry about giant spiders when you go to the beach.

Sadly the five hundred million year old sea spiders had such soft bodies, as did most organisms during the Cambrian period, that many of them failed to leave an impression as a fossil, despite being surrounded by sediments necessary to encase most animals of today. However, the researchers exploration was not entirely without academic benefit as the group spotted many tracks along the ground that suggested the presence of a multi-legged worm, similar to the multiple legged worm that bullied all other sea creatures for millions of years.

What do you think recreational beach going would be like today if some of these terrifying creatures had survived?

How Climate Affects A Spider’s “Personality”

Friday, August 19th, 2016

When we think of spiders we do not think of them as being rich with personality. Spiders are more like mindless organisms that live for nothing more than satisfying their instinctual needs. However, a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe that spiders do indeed have personality, and what type of personality a spider has can determine its fate.

The researchers believe that climate change could potentially have a major effect on how spider populations are constituted from generation to generation. In order to test the idea that temperature could influence gene flow in spider populations the researchers used the tangle web spider in the experiments. Tangle web spiders are known for possessing one of two possible personality traits–docile and aggressive.

The researchers learned that the aggressive spiders would die if the temperature in their environment reached ninety three degrees Fahrenheit, while the docile spiders were able to survive and thrive when exposed to temperatures in the nineties. Interestingly all of the spiders were able to survive the 93 degree heat when they were all mixed together. So the aggressive tangle web spiders can only survive high heat environments when they are sharing an environment with docile spiders. This finding indicated to scientists that the selective pressures were to heavy to bear for the aggressive spiders when they were not mixed with their docile counterparts. In other words diversity is a good thing for tangle web spiders, and it makes you wonder if diversity would not also be a major benefit to human survival as well.

In this particular experiment what would have been the most likely cause of the mass deaths of the aggressive spiders? Did they all kill each other fighting over resources?

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?

Spider Super Glue

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Spider Super Glue

Professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech Brent Opell has put together a research team to study the glue spiders create for their webs. Spiders create this glue when the glycoproteins secreted from their abdomen interact with the atmosphere. Scientists want to use this glue to create better, more environmentally friendly adhesives. But first scientists must understand how it is made, as well as it capabilities and limitations.

Opell’s research team have recently found that UVB rays play an important role in how well the spider’s webs work. After testing the webs of five different species of spiders, the team found that the webs of spiders that hunt during the day were much more resistant against UVB rays. This find is crucial to creating adhesives that are environmentally non-toxic and energy conservative. These new adhesives will be inspired by the spider thread glycoprotein. They will prove much more resistant to UV rays than current adhesives, which degrade at a much faster rate when exposed to UV rays. The chemistry of spider glue will vastly improve our ability to produce heartier adhesives.

What do you think of using spider glue as an adhesive? Do you think this is a big step towards making a superior adhesive product?

Hobos Spider are invading! | Spider Control

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Hobos are invading!

Experts in Kalispell are overrun with an influx of hobo spiders. After placing glue strips down to catch the pesky spiders, they have found 30-40 spiders per strip. Experts are blaming the unusually warm weather this year on the invasion of the hobo spiders.

Hobo spiders sometimes can be confused for brown recluse spiders because of their appearance. While they are brown in color, their chevron shaped markings give them away.

The hobo spiders make their homes in ground vegetation and wood piles, sometimes moving a housing structure near leaky windows or door frames. Experts say that this species of spider not only enjoys but adapts well to changing climates. The hobo spiders tend be out of the nest searching for food and also matting at an aggressive rate.

Bites from the hobo spider are not fatal but can cause uncomfortable reactions. Those reactions include a pens and needles feeling at the bite site with a small, hard area appearing after the bite. This area may become numb. Sometimes the bites will turn into a lesion that blisters that can be quite painful and don’t heal in a timely fashion.  Experts say that about half of the time hobo spiders don’t release venom when they bite so no symptoms at all would appear.

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Crank It Up A kickoff party celebrating Camp Twin Lakes’ 8th Annual Spin For Kids!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Crank It Up A kickoff party celebrating Camp Twin Lakes’ 8th Annual Spin For Kids!

Join Camp Twin Lakes, SweetWater Brewing Company and Yacht Rock Revue at Crank It Up
A kickoff party celebrating Camp Twin Lakes’
8th Annual Spin For Kids!
Friday, October 4 from 7:30-11:00 PM
Greystone at Piedmont Park
$35 in Advance or $45 at the Door
Get your smooth on with a live concert from Yacht Rock Revue at the Greystone venue inside of Atlanta’s scenic Piedmont Park. Enjoy brews from the good folks at SweetWater, wine and on-site food trucks, along with a raffle full prizes from Spin For Kids’ sponsors.Tickets include admission to the show and unlimited beer and wine. All proceeds from the event benefit Camp Twin Lakes’ Spin For Kids and our efforts to help provide life changing experiences to children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.
Check this out: If you’ve already signed up for the 2013 Spin For Kidsride and have raised $500 in donations by October 4, you will receive free admission to the event as a thank you!For more info or to register for Spin For Kids, visit http://www.spinforkids.org Special thanks to our sponsors SweetWater Brewery, Yacht Rock Revue, The Piedmont Park Conservancy, and Nelson Mullins, LLP.

A Lesson in Pest Prevention and Treatment

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Stinging Insects 101: A Lesson in Prevention and Treatment

By NPMA Staff

Stinging insects are most active in the summer and early fall when their nest populations exceed 60,000. Some 500,000 people are sent to the hospital emergency room every year due to stings from insects such as yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants.

“Stinging insects pose a major health concern for families around the country, and these are the months when you are at the greatest risk,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “It is important to take certain precautions to ensure that you are not their next victim.”

Experts at NPMA offer numerous tips for preventing stinging insects and treating stings:

  • Hire a trained pest professional to destroy hives and nests around the home.
  • Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home.
  • Keep trashcans covered and sealed.
  • When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat.
  • If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet. Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.

Henriksen advises, “A licensed pest professional will be able to use an integrated pest management approach around the home to inspect, treat and keep stinging insects at bay while giving homeowners the piece of mind they need to enjoy their backyards while the warmer temperatures stick around.”