We all know one, the girlfriend or sister or maybe even husband or brother who is deathly afraid of spiders. Although not many can be blamed for having arachnophobia some cases are just ridiculous. Such is the case of an Indiana woman who leaped out from her moving car, with her nine year old son left inside, all because she was scared of a spider.
What began innocent enough as a trip with her son ended up being nearly fatal. After putting her son in the car and putting the car in reverse 35 year old Angela Kipp jumped out of the moving vehicle to avoid a spider. The car then proceeded down the street with her son inside. In an attempt to stop the car the nine year old boy then slammed on what he believed to be the brake pedal, unfortunately he hit the gas and the car rammed into a passing by school bus.
Miraculously no one was seriously hurt from the incident. The bus was empty of any children and the driver sustained no injuries. The impact did however cause the boy to fall out of the open car door slamming onto the pavement, leaving minor injuries.
Sargent Chad Hill responded to the incident stating it as "the most unusual situation to occur in my career.". There have been no charges filed however an investigation is ongoing. Unfortunately the spider in question has yet to comment or be identified.
If you have any suspicions of spiders or other pests in your area contact a local pest control expert!
Pest Experts and Builders Complain of Overkill
Termites cause uncontested structural damage, and most municipalities have tight regulations on inspecting new homes for this destructive bug. But builders in Minnesota are up in arms at the new proposed restrictions to prevent termite damage.
Costs for developers run to $1,000 per new home built, the pricetag for pre-treating the structure with pesticides. Builders say it’s unnecessary and up until now the state of Minnesota has been exempt from such regulatory codes. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made this change when updating regulations to simplify housing codes.
Termites are a known – but occasional -- problem in the very southern part of Minnesota, but the rest of state, including the Twin Cities, has always been free of them. Pest control agencies, who have every reason to support regulations that call for more pest control, agree.
“This is ridiculous overkill,” said Jay Bruesch, technical director for Plunkett’s Pest Control in the Twin Cities. He reports that when out-of-staters ask for termite protection he will do the job, but feels almost guilty since he knows the bugs don’t live in the area.
“And we’re a little embarrassed by them because we’ll take someone’s money for preventing a pest that isn’t here,” he said.
Although capable of surviving Minnesota winters by burrowing below the frost line, the bugs have simply never had a presence in most of the state.