Posts Tagged ‘Spider Control’

Clemson Extension agent identifies new invasive pest in South Carolina

Friday, October 12th, 2012

A new invasive pest has been identified in South Carolina. “A homeowner brought it into the Lexington Extension office from West Columbia. I knew it was a tortoise beetle; it was just a matter of finding out what kind it was,” said Vicky Bertagnolli. “Eucalyptus typically doesn’t have that many pests, so it was pretty easy to find.” To read more click on the link below.

Clemson Extension agent identifies new invasive pest in South Carolina

Hooded Mantis vs Brazilian Wandering Spider [Monster Bug Wars]

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Beware, arachnophobes: Half of spiders are undiscovered

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Scientists estimate that approximately 43,000 species of spiders exist today and one individual believes we are only about half way done. Norman Platnick with American Museum of Natural History exclaimed, “I have argued that we are basically halfway through [identifying the world’s spiders]. Some of my colleagues think I am being way to optimistic and we are closer to only 20 percent through.” Scientists will often turn to museum collections to determine the number of identified specimens  because so many in the museums are still unidentified. To learn more please click here.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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CNN Money: Spiders lead to Mazda recall

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Spiders lead to Mazda recall

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Mazda is recalling about 52,000 Mazda6 sedans in the U.S., because yellow sac spiders like to build their nests in part of the fuel system.

“A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction of the line,” Mazda said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The evaporative canister vent line runs from a charcoal-filled canister that cleans air coming out of the gas tank. Blockage of the line can prevent air from getting into the gas tank as the gasoline is used, resulting in negative air pressure inside the tank. That can lead to a crack in the gas tank and the possibility of a fire.

There have been 20 reported cases of spider infestation in the Mazda6 — all have been in cars with 4-cylinder engines, none with V6’s. No actual fires are known to have been caused by the spiders, according to Mazda’s letter.

NC, SC, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee Spider Control Experts

Along came a spider

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Brown recluse spiders more visible in fall

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Brown recluse spiders more visible in fall

Of all the creepy-crawlies we live with in Middle Tennessee, none, perhaps, creeps us out more than the brown recluse spider. Just about all of us know somebody who knows somebody who was bitten by one, or we’ve seen distressingly disgusting online pictures of necrotized flesh eaten away by brown recluse venom.

The good news is that the spiders aren’t nearly as dangerous as we have been led to believe. The bad news is that they’re a lot more common than most people realize, and this time of year you’re more likely to spot them in your home.

Brown recluses tend to hide in dark, out-of-the-way places, so they often go unseen. But as outdoor temperatures drop, the spiders seek shelter.

“When it gets too cold, they move inside,” said David Cook, an agricultural agent with the University of Tennessee Extension Office Davidson County. “There’s a consistent temperature inside the home. What’s comfortable for us is also comfortable for them.”

Dr. Saralyn Williams, a medical toxicologist with the Tennessee Poison Center, said that the vast majority of people have nothing to fear from brown recluses. About 90 percent of people who are bitten by one don’t have any significant reaction. They might experience some itching, redness and a small scab at the site, she said.

Cook, for example, was bitten on his arm, and his reaction was no worse than a bee sting. “I noticed a slight itchy sensation. My arm felt warm. That was about it.”

It’s what happens to the unlucky 10 percent that gives rise to the horror stories.

Bites can be serious

Ronald Wilson, 48, of Nashville, was one of the unlucky ones.

Wilson awoke one morning last year to find that the skin on the back of his right calf had turned black, and his leg swelled to three times its normal size. (Venom from the spider can cause skin tissue to decay and die.)

Wilson’s father took him to Skyline Medical Center, where he spent nearly 50 days in a medically induced coma. When he woke up, one-third of the flesh from his right calf — about the size of a hoagie sandwich — was gone.

I saw everything. I saw the damage,” Wilson said. “I was almost in disbelief. I was thinking, ‘That’s my leg?’ The pain hit me and I started screaming. That’s when I passed out.”

Williams said doctors do not fully understand why reactions to brown recluse venom vary so wildly from person to person, although it is known that the elderly and young children are at increased risk.

A 3-year-old Macon County girl died in September after being bitten.

Whether the bite occurs on a fatty area of the body also is a factor. “There’s not as much blood flow to fatty areas,” Williams said. “Without blood flow, the body may not be able to break down the venom as well. It may stay more concentrated in that area.”

What to do once bitten

Cook thinks brown recluses gets a bad rap.

He said people are typically only bitten after they’ve accidentally injured the spider. Common scenarios include rolling over on one during sleep or putting on a shirt from the closet that the spider’s been living in.

“They aren’t seeking us out,” Cook said. “Brown recluses aren’t aggressive. They’re really kind of a docile spider.”

If you are bitten, Williams advises elevating the affected area and applying ice to reduce pain. There is no anti-venom to treat brown recluse bites, so Williams said doctors treat the wounds the same way they treat burns. In cases where large amounts of tissue have died, skin grafts can be performed for cosmetic reasons.

Wilson, for example, underwent two skin graft surgeries. In all, he was hospitalized for three and a half months. It took him nearly eight months to learn to walk again, and he was unable to work for a full year.

Wilson, therefore, disagrees with Cook about the spider getting a bad rap.

“My response is, ‘It’s nothing personal, but kill them all,’ ” he said, only half-joking.

Tennessee Spider Control

North Carolina Spider Control

Monday, July 19th, 2010
Heat draws the spiders out

Onslow County residents may have noticed more eight-legged visitors in their homes than usual for this time of year.

Normally spiders make their splash in mid-August and September, but excessive heat and lack of rain has forced them center stage a little early, said Larry Kent, a program assistant with the N.C. Cooperative Extension.

“It is not really more spiders than usual, they are just showing up earlier than usual and people notice,” he said.

Hubert resident Sandy Gabelmann in particular has noticed them — and been noticed by them.

She was sleeping in her bed about three weeks ago when she felt a sharp pinch on her right eye that she believes was from a spider. She went to work the next morning, but her eye began to swell and “was all gooey,” she said.

Gabelmann went to Onslow Memorial Hospital where she was given antibiotics and eyewash. She said doctors couldn’t confirm it was a spider bite, but she believes it was.

OMH spokesman Tim Strickland said the hospital has seen a recent spike in patients reporting spider bites, but actual bites are hard to confirm. Insect bites, stings and certain bacterial infections mimic the effects of spider venom.

“They gave me the antibiotic for spider bites and in a few days I was fine, but it really hurt until then,” Gabelmann said. “My eye was swelled up like a softball.”

But spiders are not the enemy.

An overwhelming majority of spiders perform beneficial acts like preying on plant- and flower-eating insects and should not be destroyed, Kent said.

“Of course, you don’t want them in your house,” he added.

But if they are, it could prove hard to get rid of them, said Jim Vaughn, an exterminator at Dodson Pest Control at 2861 Richlands Highway.

“Individual spiders can be killed easily, but as a species they can’t be brought under control,” he said. “Roaches can be controlled with sanitation and chemical application, but spiders make webs so high up, in eaves and vents, that they are hard to treat.”

The main reason they are hard to kill off is because they are usually only passing through. Spiders are “occasion invaders” who live outside and only come indoors looking for food, moisture and to escape the heat, Vaughn said.

The best way to be rid of the crawlers is to seal off entry points in your home and keep your home tidy.

The exception is the black widow and brown recluse, each of which should be killed — especially if found in the home. Both extremely poisonous spiders call North Carolina home and can be found in Onslow County, experts said.

Black widows like hanging out under rotten wood and thick brush. Adult females are black with a red, white or yellow hourglass shape on their underside. The small spider’s venom attacks the nervous system. Pain in the lymph nodes, elevated blood pressure, nausea, sweating and tremors are signs of a black widow bite, which initially appears as a bluish red spot with white around it, all according to several exterminator websites.

The brown recluse lives under woodpiles and rocks. Both sexes have a fiddle shaped marking on their back. As they pass through someone’s home they tend to hang out in attics, basements and shoes. Recluse venom causes a lot of damage to humans, and anyone bitten should seek immediate medical treatment, according to the N.C. State University Department of Entomology.

North Carolina Spider Control

Tennessee spider control

Monday, July 5th, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pest control experts said they are currently combating an influx of brown recluse spiders in Middle Tennessee.

Recognized by the violin or fiddle pattern on its back, the spiders are showing up frequently in area homes. Exterminator George Cross said he has received double the calls for brown recluse spiders this year compared to last year.

Cross and others at Arrow Exterminators have been working non-stop following up on calls from homeowners. It’s possible the May flood forced some spiders out of their comfort zones.

“It’s possible that heavy rain pushed recluses into (homes), and they are just like us. They want a dry place to live,” said Cross.

The brown recluse has a bite that feels like fire and leaves an open wound that can require a skin graft to heal.

The spider’s venom is seldom fatal for a relatively healthy person, but could require a hospital stay. Doctors said the elderly and children can have serious reactions as well.

Exterminators said the brown recluse loves to hide and won’t bite unless bothered. Most times they hide on the insides of pockets and shoes that have been stored for a long time. Cross said the spider loves attics and crawl spaces.

Bug experts said people who like to visit garage and yard sales should be aware that old items could also be home to brown recluse spiders.

A good exterminator can help to slow down or get rid of a major infestation. In the meantime, glue boards can help attract the spiders to determine where they’re nesting in your home.

In some cases, the venom from a brown recluse bite can form lesions on the skin, which are very painful.

Those lesions can become open sores that can take six to eight weeks to heal completely, and the entire recovery after that can take several months or longer.

Bug experts said spiders can be kept at a minimum by lessening clutter as well as storing items in plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes.

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