Know the Facts About Spiders

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Archive For: October 2014

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There are approximately 3,000 different types of spiders that call North America and the United States home.  During the fall many of these spiders are maturing and are actively looking for food and mates, which sometimes means they find themselves unwittingly entering homes and businesses. This is why you may be seeing more spiders than usual during the fall. The good news is that a majority of spiders are not only harmless to humans but are beneficial!

Spiders feed on insects and pests that can cause disease, like mosquitoes, fleas, and cockroaches, and cellar spiders will even eat black widow spiders. However, there are a handful of spiders that are dangerous and whose venom is not only harmful but can be fatal to humans. Most spiders are not aggressive and will only bite if provoked or in defense, which is why it is important to never touch spiders, especially if you think they are dangerous. Identifying these dangerous spiders can help prevent injury.

Dangerous Spiders

The 2 most dangerous types of spiders in the United States are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders, with Hobo Spiders and House Spiders receiving 2nd runner-ups due to the painful,though non lethal side effects of their bites.

Black Widows

Considered the most venomous spider in the world (their venom is 15x stronger than that of a rattlesnake), Black Widows are found on 6 continents but in the United States they are predominately found in the southern region of the country. Females can be identified by the reddish dot or hourglass shape on their abdomen and can be aggressive.

Brown Recluse

Also called Violin Spiders, Brown Recluse spiders can be identified by their light to dark brown coloring and characteristic dark brown violin marking on their backs (hence their nickname). In the United States, they are found from east coast to west coast, favoring the central and southern regions of the country. They will bite in defense and can be aggressive. Though they tend to prefer dark recesses, males can have wanderlust compared to their female counter parts, ending up in shoes or other attire.

What Can You Do To Keep Spiders Out?

To minimize spiders getting into your home PestWorld.org advises that “the best way to prevent spider infestations is to remove any possible harborage sites. Spiders are more likely to take refuge in dwellings during the colder months and will gravitate toward dark, undisturbed nooks and crannies. Therefore, homeowners should keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free, avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and seal any cracks or crevices around the home.”

If you find unwanted visitors in your home or business this fall, give us a call. We’ll promptly and effectively take care of the problem!

When Fall Approaches, Bugs in Your Home Increase

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Archive For: August 2013

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You might feel as though fall is a lovely time of year, but pests don’t.  Pests equate the shorter days and slowly declining temperatures with the coming of winter.  In short, the great outdoors are not as pleasant as they once were.  Why should you care?  Worried pests begin looking for warmer climates, and that could mean your home becomes the choice location!  Less sunlight and cooler nights tell pests that it is time to seek out a nice warm place for the winter.  Humans have built them just the cozy place they need.

Who wouldn’t like a little free rent, right?  Pests like the idea of free rent and utilities too, and in the fall they’ll attempt to make their way indoors to warmer living conditions.  Many different pests begin making their way into homes around the country when fall arrives.  Let’s take a look a few of the most common pests that you’re likely to see when the days get shorter.

Cockroaches Can Make You Sick

Cockroaches may already be living and breeding in secret inside your house.  Having these kinds of bugs in your home has more implications than you may think.  Air quality and cockroaches don’t mix.  Cockroaches and their “debris” can contribute to poor air quality.  This leads to an increased risk of colds and flu.  Why?  There is a link between poor indoor air quality and overall health and the strength of one’s immune system.  Cockroaches bring bacteria and can even contribute to asthma attacks.

Many factors, such as degassing furniture, paint and cleaning chemicals can all combine to decrease indoor air quality.  But there is another often overlooked factor in the form of these repulsive critters.  During the fall, cockroaches that may be outdoors or living just outside your home will head indoors if given an opportunity.

Rodents and Freeloading Fleas Are as Bad as Bugs in Your Home

Rats and mice are warm blooded.  Most of us don’t like them living in our homes, but they are mammals and want to stay warm in the winter just like we do.  Rats and mice will eagerly jump into your home to get out of the elements if given a chance.  Rodents can also bring other unwanted guests with them – fleas! Rodent control is essential for the health and safety of your family.

Spiders Can Leave You a Nasty Surprise

Spiders frequently head indoors during the fall.  They will lay eggs and then die, leaving a whole new crop of spiders for you to deal with!  Don’t forget that some spiders are poisonous and have hazards beyond just making webs.

Flies and Fruit Flies Love a Healthy Snack

Flies and fruit flies will head indoors as the weather gets cooler as well.  Ripe fruit and even root vegetables, such as onions, can provide fertile ground for fruit flies.  If you suddenly have an unplanned outbreak of fruit flies, take a look at what fresh fruit or root vegetables might be lying around.

How Can You Prevent Fall Season Pests from Making Your Life Miserable?

There are a few steps that you can take to greatly reduce the chances of having an invasion of bugs in your home this fall:

1)  Seal up cracks and crevices with caulk.

2)  Make life harder for pests by using weatherproofing strips on your doors and windows.  This step will also save you money on heating bills!

3)  Keep food in sealed containers.

4)  Keep an eye out for the signs of a rodent problem, and contact a pest control expert at the first sign of trouble.

By following the four steps above, you can dramatically reduce your risk of a problem.  Play your cards right during the fall, and you can enjoy fall colors instead of thinking about bugs in your home!