You may have heard a couple stories about the brown recluse spider and how it can be dangerous, but would you know if you saw one? Do you know what climates they live in, and how they behave? When it comes to spiders that may pose a threat (or at least, an annoyance), it's important to understand how to spot them and what actions to take if it looks like you have a pest problem! Let's take a closer look at the brown recluse and everything you need to know!
The brown recluse is an unassuming spider, colored light to dark brown and only around ¼ to ½ inch long – and most of that is the recluse's spindly legs. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is the violin-like brown shape on its back. However, because of the recluse's size you usually have to get pretty close to see this, so be careful when studying spiders! If you spot a small brown spider in your home and you live the right climate (more on this in a bit), it's usually worth a careful examination.
The brown recluse is well-named: These spiders are famously reclusive and prefer to stay away from people, animals and light, hiding in dark spaces. That means you can often find them in woodpiles, sheds, and piles of old leaves outdoors. Inside, their hermit-like habits can prove more dangerous: Brown recluses may call boxes in your attic or basement home. They may find a spot to live in dark closets or at the bottom of boots, too. When exposed, they will usually try to scurry away.
There are 11 species of brown recluse spiders that can be found around the world (except, up to this time, for Asia and Australia). In the United State, brown recluses tend to stay where it's warm and preferably dry. They are found primarily in Midwest and Southeast states, and have been seen as far west as Nebraska and as far north as Ohio.
Danger and Prevention
The goods news is that brown recluses are not aggressive. If they bite a human, it's generally by accident as they are trying to get away. However, that bite can be potent, especially if high levels of venom are injected. Reactions vary from a mild allergic response to serious tissue death, so it's important to keep an eye on the bite if you think it was a recluse.
Prevention is all about making sure these tiny spiders can't get inside. It's important to seal up any cracks, gaps and small spaces in your home, as well as making sure that your weather-stripping doesn't wear down. Make sure your attic and basement are tidy, and that all containers are tightly sealed. Outside, keeping wood piles away from the house and making sure there is no piled debris can help keep recluses away. Pest professionals can help you make these changes, and clear out a serious infestation!
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The famous black widow spider is bad news for homeowners — but do you know how to spot one? Do you know if black widow spiders live in your area, and in what parts of your home they are likely to be found? If you have a pest problem that can pose health issues, it's important you know how to identify it and what to do next. So let's examine the infamous black widow and what you should know about this spider.
Out of all the dangerous spiders, black widows are one of the easiest to identify thanks to that famous reddish-orange hourglass on their abdomen (females only). However, the hourglass is on the front of their body, so if you are looking at the back of the spider, all you'll see is a small black spider around 1 and ½ inches long. Additionally, the hourglass mark only shows up on mature spiders, so young black widows will just look black.
Black widows are big fans of warm weather. When the temperature hits 10 degrees Fahrenheit or higher they will often be active, spinning their webs: These webs are typically described as "irregular" without any set shape, which allows the widow to build webs in many different places. However, they typically prefer webs at ground level, where they often spin in bushes and corners.
Interestingly, the black widow does not actually kill and eat their mate – at least, not often enough to win a name for it. Many spiders occasionally devour their mates, and black widows are no exception. However, the female of the species does tend to be more aggressive, while the male rarely bites anyone.
The black widow is a hardy species, and can be found in every state except Alaska, which is too cold for the spider. In other colder climates, the black widow will try to venture inside to find warmer areas during the winter. This means that cold months can be an especially dangerous time to encounter black widows seeking refuge – and ready to defend their territory.
Danger and Prevention
Black widow females can be aggressive when spinning their webs or laying eggs and guarding their egg sac, which can lead to bites when disturbed. Fortunately, black widow bites very rarely kill anyone except the very sick or very sensitive. However, the bite can cause fever, increased blood pressure, and nausea: It's important to treat these symptoms quickly to avoid any danger.
Prevention focuses on being tidy and careful. Keep wood piles and other debris away from the house, and elevated if you can – black widows rarely venture far away from the ground. If you spot webs in your storage areas or closets, examine them for black widows before you start moving them. If you seem to have a serious infestation, contact a professional and ask them about the next steps you should take.
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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!
Have you even woken up to a find a mysterious bug bite that you cannot explain? Many have, but for David Marcum of Eastlake Ohio the mystery was worse than the usual.
What Marcum believed to be a itchy mosquito bite that occurred during the night and ended up being more severe bite from a spider! After three days of worsening symptoms Marcum realized something was off. "I was having aching. My bones were hurting, severely scratching. My lower back started hurting after a couple days," Marcum said. Eventually Marcum ended up in the emergency room hooked up to a morphine IV for pain related to what doctors claimed to be a black widow spider bite.
Marcum was shocked to find out that it was not a mosquito bite but a more serious black widow that had bitten him in the night.
According to Gavin Svenson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History there are around 600 spider species in the state of Ohio and only a few are dangerous to humans. "They mind their own business and we mind our own business. And occasionally, they interact, people and spiders, and you might get bit," Svenson said. Additionally Svenson believes that black widows are quite rare in Ohio so if you do get bit it is not likely to be from a black widow. However it is always better to be safe than sorry so you should always consult a medical professional if you suspicious of a bug bite.
In fact Marcum's bit was only believed yo be from a black widow it was never confirmed however he is not taking any chances, "I've been sleeping with one eye open... Hopefully, I turn into Spider-man one day."
Maybe you have noticed your Ohio neighbors bringing in their potted plants from the porch every September, or maybe your even among the houseplant enthusiasts that run like clockwork. It is a familiar ritual in Ohio, every spring the houseplants go outside to decorate the porch and flourish from the extra sunshine and humidity and then once September hits the plants get moved back inside for the winter.
One thing that is not always familiar and certainly not welcome are the pests that hitch a ride with the ever moving household potted plants. Most commonly plants taken from the outside of the house will contain leaf dwelling bugs like aphids, spider mites, scale and mealybugs. However other pests that are more of a nuisance to humans than they are to plants also can hitch a ride. For example many varying kinds of spiders can make homes in potted plants as well as types of mosquitoes.
Moreover some pests might have made a home for themselves in the soil of a potted plant during the spring so it is important to be aware of what lies beneath the soil once seasons change. For example ants will often times burrow under the soil of a potted plant and as many Ohio natives know ants are quite the bothersome nuisance pest.
To avoid nuisance pests in your home always be aware of the plants that you are bringing in and out of the house and if your pest problem is more than you can handle call an Ohio pest control expert.
Infielder for the Cleveland Indians Chris Johnson suspects it was an insect, possibly a spider, that is reasonable for him missing his second straight game. Apparently Johnson was bitten in his sleep by a spider located in at the hotel the Indians were staying at.
Johnson reports that initially he had woke up to a small bite on his left hand, from a suspected spider, and was then treated at the stadium that Saturday morning. Then by Sunday Johnson's hand had swollen and sought treatment at a Minneapolis hospital.
Johnson's left hand was wrapped and he started a treatment of antibiotics but the Cleveland infielder could unfortunately still miss further time due to the injury. Shortly before the incident had occurred Johnson had been acquired by Cleveland in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, and in six games with the Indians Johnson was hitting a very respectable .429. In regards to the incident Johnson had the following to say; "I tried to get the swelling and infection out of there because I guess whatever bit me, it got infected,” and that he was “Hoping the swelling goes down in a couple days and I can start swinging the bat again".
I bet Chris Johnson will be sleeping with one eye open on team road trips from now; and I used to think that all Baseball players had it made, I guess insects and spiders don't care much who you are when they are ready for a bite! If you would like to be rest assured that the creatures of the night are out of your house be sure to contact your local pest control experts.
For the first time in approximately 60 years a Carolina Wolf Spider was found in Ohio. The discovery was made by a group of naturalists during an outing to the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, which is a nature preserve ran by the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Nature Conservancy in Adams County.
According to information provided by the South Carolina State Parks, the Carolina Wolf Spider is the largest wolf spider in North America and is of one of the over 2,200 wolf spider species found worldwide. Some consider the Carolina Wolf Spider to look similar to the poisonous brown recluse, while some regard the spider as looking peculiar and even cute with its orange fangs and thick gray fur.
Additionally, the Carolina Wolf Spider is a three to four inch terrestrial spider that lives across the United States and southern Canada and like other wolf spiders has eight eyes that are aligned in three rows.
Although they might look similar to a Brown Recluse, Carolina Wolf Spiders are not poisonous. However they do carry venom in their fangs to paralyze insects before eating them. An interesting trait about wolf spiders is that they get their name from their style of hunting whereas opposed to trapping their prey in a web they actually run down their food like a wolf!
Spiders Among Us
All homes have cracks and crevices, dark places, and crumbs lying about – even the cleanest ones. And these are the features that real-estate searching arachnids crave. So if you want to reduce the presence of spiders in your space, take note of a few hints from the experts.
Only three types of spiders bite with venom that can injure humans, and they are the infamous black widow, the shy brown recluse and the hobo spider. Any of these lurking around your home should be disposed of, including destroying the eggs so they won’t reappear. A good method for this is to vacuum them up and then make sure all contents with the vacuum bag are killed.
The brown recluse is a small, spindly spider that lives in dark corners and is particularly fond of sheds and garages. Their bite is painful and will produce a significant lesion with skin necrosis. It can be treated with antibiotics, but even with treatment often takes a long time to heal. To reduce encounters with this venomous creature, remove old boxes from your shed and use sealed plastic containers instead. Be aware of providing a dark, lonely habitat and they will be less likely to move in.
The last of the three is the lesser known hobo spider. Similar to the brown recluse in appearance, habits, and bite, it can be handled in the same way: minimize dark corners and shady places in your home and garage.
Spidey Lacking Some Actual Spider Powers
Of all the superheroes, perhaps Spiderman is the most unusual. Unlike batman, who uses technology (and unlimited financing) to mimic the talents of his animal spirit, Spiderman has actually become more spider-like. Yet he is missing a few very handy spider skills.
Spiderman doesn’t have camo. Real spiders can accomplish amazing feats of camouflage. Crab spiders can change color to match whatever flower they are perched on, waiting to catch a clueless insect.
Spiderman doesn’t draw or paint. His real-world cousins create webs, according to researchers, that are on the scale of world class artists. Spiders weave extremely intricate and beautiful patterns for housing and fun.
Spiderman can’t employ “kiss of death.” But the Goliath bird-eating spider will, and mercilessly, as any contact with it will irritate the skin, leading to certain demise for its insect (and bird) prey.
Spiderman can’t walk on water. The fishing spider, which lives near bodies of water throughout the U.S. does indeed fish for tadpoles by scampering across ponds.
Spiderman can’t grow more arms or leg. But this trick certainly seems handy (pun intended) when fighting crime. Forget about nabbing the criminals, most villains would run screaming just at the sight of someone sprouting an extra limb or two.
Shocking: Woman Finds Scorpion Burrowed Under Her Organic Bananas Sticker
Imagine your shock when one day, as you reach for that piece of organic banana you just bought at the supermarket, you uncover something totally unexpected -- and bloody dangerous, living on the fruit you were about to put into your mouth.
Such was the case for this woman from Victoria BC when, having just woken up on a lazy Sunday morning, she headed for her fruit bowl to grab some bananas for breakfast.
But when Christy Smith pulled the Del Monte organic sticker off that banana, she got the shock of her life.
“When I pulled off the sticker, all I saw was big bug moving legs and my ninja reflexes just grabbed whatever I could. I just immediately was like ‘Oh my God’ and smacked it,” described the 32-year-old Smith.
“I opened the sticker again and saw it was a scorpion in there.”
Smith recalls the scorpion was about the size of a penny, and that when she had first uncovered it from under the sticker, she was pretty sure it was still alive.
Now we don’t know about you, but uncovering a scorpion from under an organic food sticker, a sticker attached to a food you were about to eat, is not a normal daily occurrence.
How on earth could a scorpion possibly have made its way on that fruit? Much less under that fruit sticker?
Smith reveals that she bought the said bananas about a week ago from Fairfield’s Thrifty Foods market.
Since these bananas have now been identified to be actually store-bought, surely those who transported, cleaned, and packed the food would have noticed something as odd as a scorpion? Weren’t the bananas washed, stored and handled properly?
Erin Coulson, Thrifty Food’s spokeswoman, responds: “They’re washed reasonably well, but there’s always a chance something is stuck up there in a tight nook or cranny.”
According to Coulson, 5 million cases of bananas get imported every week to North America.
“After they arrive here in B.C., they go into a seven-step ripening process and even then, yes, it’s possible something could linger.”
Despite rigorous washing and storage measures, Coulson clarifies that, in 5 million cases of transport a week, it is inevitable that a few well-hidden creatures may indeed survive undetected.
Our advice? No matter how groggy you may be after a hard day’s work or after sleeping in, always double-check your food before putting them in your mouth. It’s either looking out for yourself, or implementing better pest control measures.