Easy Spider Control Tips
Although most spiders are venomous, and
considered predators; few are actually a notable health threat. Albeit
spiders are very unpopular, they rarely bite humans. In fact, most
spiders' fangs are too small/weak, to puncture a human's skin.
Nevertheless, when spiders do bite, the venom of most species is not very
toxic (to humans); and often only results in slight swelling,
inflammation, or itching sensation.
To effectively prevent or control a spider
invasion, you must begin by eliminating the existing insect pest
population; from inside the house. This will encourage any spider
intruders, to search for a more dependable food supply; outside the home.
With that in mind, here are 10 dependable
pest control tips, for reducing the number of insect pests and spider
pest invaders inside your home:
- Install snug-fitting screens, on all
windows and doors. It is also recommended, that you install door sweeps;
- Seal or caulk cracks and crevices where
spiders/insects could enter the house or building.
- Install yellow/sodium vapor light bulbs
outside, to attract fewer insects; for spiders to feed upon.
- Tape the edges of cardboard boxes to
prevent spider/insect entry.
- Use plastic bags (sealed) to store
loose items in the garage, basement and attic.
- Remove old boxes, unused clothing,
wood/rock piles, trash and other unwanted items.
- Eliminate clutter in closets,
basements, attics, garages, and outbuildings.
- Do not stack wood against the house.
- Clean up dead insects.
- Dust and vacuum thoroughly to remove
spiders, webs, and egg sacs (dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed
Preventing a pest infestation, is vital to
maintaining a safe and habitable home. Many homeowners feel an obligation
to prevent pest invaders, like
spiders, from taking over their home; and threatening the safety and
health of their family. Using a practical common sense approach to spider
control, like the one outlined above, homeowners can prevent a spider
infestation; and avoid the need for chemicals or other treatments inside.
Tips To Avoid Scorpion
A variety of scorpions, including the
Striped Tailed and Bark scorpion, are found all over the State of Arizona;
extending west across the Colorado River in to California, and east to New
Mexico. As such, when participating in outdoor events, or enjoying the
breathtaking sights in these regions; here are four (4) helpful tips to
avoid a painful scorpion sting:
Tip #1- Be careful when camping or other
outdoor activity, make certain there are no scorpions "camped-out" in your
clothes, shoes or sleeping bag.
Tip #2- Use a UV (Black) light to see
scorpions in the darkness. Scorpions will glow brightly when subjected to
Tip #3- Most pesticides have little affect
on scorpions. If you suspect an invasion, call a
pest control professional or exterminator. Eliminating the food source
(like other insects) is highly beneficial.
Tip #4- Fatalities resulting from a
scorpion sting (even from the Bark scorpion), are rare. Scorpion stings
are considered dangerous to children and the elderly. It is important to
note, that household pets are also at risk.
The scorpion's venomous stinger is used
primarily to hunt, and for its own protection. Scorpions do not actively
seek-out humans to attack. In some instances, a scorpion will get caught
up in sheets and bedding, or unintentionally crawl inside a person's shoe.
In this case, when the scorpion is confronted by an arm, hand or foot, it
will attack with its stinger; in an effort to defend itself from harm.
Self-defense or not, a
Bark scorpion sting (in particular) should always be considered
dangerous, treated quickly; and with extreme care.
The U.S. Bed Bug Invasion: Information and Advice
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects,
found in temperate climates; throughout the world. Although largely
eradicated in the 1930′s and 1940′s, the rate of infestations in developed
countries has dramatically increased; since the 1980s. This can be
attributed to an increase in the bedbug's resistance to some common
pesticides. Furthermore, bed bugs are elusive and often nocturnal, making
them difficult to spot. Most bed bugs will conceal themselves in dark
crevices or fabric seams, and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their
unsuspecting hosts. Aside from the obvious bite symptoms, signs of a bed
bug invasion may include fecal spots, blood spots on bed sheets, and moults.
Making a positive identification even more
difficult, bed bug nesting locations can vary greatly. They may include
luggage, vehicles, furniture and bedside clutter. The most common methods
bed bugs include heat, carbon dioxide and bed bug detection dogs.
Remarkably, specially trained bed bug detection dogs can pinpoint an
infestation, with 97.5% accuracy; and often within in a few minutes. In a
similar circumstance, an experienced pest control professional may require
upwards of an hour; to complete a comprehensive bed bug assessment.
It would appear that the current wave of
bed bug infestations across the United States, has inspired a national
pest control strategies, that will include both preventing and
exterminating; the bed bug invaders. The bed bug's significantly increased
resistance to pesticides, and concerns for the negative health effects
from their (pesticide) use, suggests that the successful eradication of a
bed bug invasion; requires a combination of both pesticide and non
pesticide solutions. Other approaches such as vacuuming, heat treatments
and mattress wrapping; are also strongly recommended.
Black Widow Spiders Will
Not Attack Unless Provoked
Of the thirty thousand (30,000) spider
types, the one best known species (and possibly most feared) in
the temperate regions; is the Black Widow spider. The name Black Widow is
derived from the mistaken belief, that the female spider invariably kills
the male spider; after mating.
Although they are said to avoid homes and
dwellings, pest control experts warn that this nocturnal pest is much more
common in out-buildings and garages. Predominately found in the southern U.S, the Black Widow spider has been discovered hiding in dark corners and
crevices, in homes and structures throughout the United States.
Interestingly, it has been reported that
only the female species of the Black Widow spider, will attack and bite a
human being. Furthermore, the female Black Widow will only become
aggressive if she is disturbed; or when protecting her eggs from potential
exterminating companies have warned that when the female Black Widow
spider attacks, she does so with one of the most potent venom; secreted by
any animal on the planet.
Although people rarely die from a Black
Widow spider bite, victims may experience local pain, severe muscle
cramps, abdominal pain, weakness and tremors. In more severe cases,
nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizziness, chest pain and respiratory
difficulties may follow. In instances where the
Black Widow spider bite victim experiences more than minor pain, or
has whole-body symptoms, it is important to arrange for an emergency
medical transport; to the closest hospital Emergency Department.
Immediate Treatment Suggestions for a Scorpion Sting
Regardless of precautions taken, sometimes
scorpions just cannot be avoided. If fact, many scorpion confrontations
are the result of a chance encounter. As such, if you have taken all the
necessary steps to
prevent a scorpion sting, and you are still unfortunate enough to be
attacked; here are five (5) immediate treatment suggestions:
- Immediately wash the affected scorpion
sting area, with soap and water.
- Apply a cool compress. Ice, wrapped in
a washcloth, should be applied to the sting area for ten (10) minutes,
removed for ten (10) minutes; and repeated as necessary.
- If the scorpion sting has occurred on a
limb (such as an arm or leg), elevate the affected area; to heart level.
- Contact the Poison Control Center.
- If symptoms such as numbness or
tingling of the extremities or face, blurred vision or muscle twitching
occurs; go to the nearest Hospital Emergency room. Young children and
the elderly, should seek immediate medical attention; regardless of
Victims can be thankful that a scorpion
sting is not likely to be fatal, or even have any prolonged adverse
side-effects. In most cases, local medical centers and hospitals are very
familiar with common scorpion sting treatments.
If the scorpion attack has occurred inside
a house, garage or out-building, it may be necessary to seek-out the
advice of a qualified
pest control service; to address the threat of a scorpion home invasion. A
proactive approach to deterring this venomous pest, is highly recommended
if there are young children or elderly persons; residing in
Battling The Imported Red Fire Ant
Exterminators from almost every U.S. State
in the American South, from Texas to Maryland, battle highly aggressive
ant invaders; like the Red Imported Fire ant. The toxin from this tiny ant
pest's bite, can inflict painful skin welts; and possibly even cause
death. In fact, as of 2006 there have been 80 documented fatalities,
resulting from a Red Fire ant attack.
In addition to the risk of a stinging, the
mound-building activity of the Red Fire ant; has damaged plant roots, lead
to crop loss, and interfered with agricultural cultivation. It is not
uncommon for Red Fire ant mounds to appear suddenly in a rural or suburban
yard or field. How is this possible? One Queen Imported Fire Ant, can
produce (up to) 1,600 new ant eggs each day, creating a major
pest control problem for homeowners and local residents.
As you can imagine, an ant infestation is
not easily corrected. In many instances, when an exterminating strategy is
applied, the ants will fragment into smaller colonies; and wait-out the
effects of the treatment. As such, it becomes a matter of controlling the
population, rather than exterminating it. To be successful, the approach
local pest control strategies, that employ technology and solutions
that were developed in Universities; across the United States.
Beneficial Insects Could Solve Your Pest Control Problems
Beneficial insects (sometimes referred to
as Beneficial bugs) are common species of insects, that provide homeowners
with natural pest control services.
A great example of a Beneficial insect
and natural predator, is the Assassin bug. This remarkable insect provides
an effective and natural termite and spider control alternative; to
traditional pest control. Utilizing a hunting technique known as "aggressive
mimicry", these cunning pest-killers use dead termites; to deceive
live ones into approaching. In a similarly deceptive manner, the Assassin
Bug "plucks-away" at a spider's web; mimicking the movements of exhausted,
stuck prey. When the spider casually approaches to investigate, this
natural exterminator will move into position; and then swiftly attack.
The primary focus of this natural approach
pest control services, is to promote Beneficial insects that eat the
pests; targeted by homeowners. It is an ecological approach, with a focus
on significantly reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides; while at
the same time managing pest populations. By providing suitable living
conditions, homeowners can encourage the growth and development of
Beneficial insects; which results in a cost-effective and natural
The introduction of Beneficial insects,
can provide homeowners with remarkable
pest control, while at the same time; having a minimal impact on the
homeowner or environment. Live specimens and eggs of Beneficial insects
are widely available, and (most often) at a very reasonable cost.
Exterminator and Pest Control Services Have Evolved Over Time
Many the world's most common pests have
become a problem, as a direct result of their interaction with humans. As
old as agriculture, pest control services and exterminators have long been
called upon by farmers and homeowners, to keep crops and food supplies
safe from pest invaders.
Ever since the industrialization and
mechanization of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the later
introduction of insecticides, the use of chemicals to eliminate unwanted
pest invaders; has become a widespread practice. In the 20th century, the
introduction of synthetic insecticides (such as DDT), and herbicides;
furthered contributed to the development and evolution of pest control
services. Although still commonly used today, the long-term effects of
chemicals strategies have led to a renewed interest; in biological and
natural pest control alternatives.
To address a common pest problem on your
property, an exterminator may use one or a combination; of the following
traditional pest control strategies:
As is the case with the recent American
invasion of bed bugs, living organisms can evolve and increase their
resistance to a chemical, biological or natural form of control. Unless
the targeted pest population is completely wiped-out by an exterminator,
or is rendered incapable of reproducing, the surviving population will
inevitably develop a tolerance; to traditional or common treatments.
Nevertheless, through the application of biological or natural pest
control methods, homeowners/property managers can reduce or eliminate the
factors; which encourage the growth and development of the pests. This
approach, coupled with minor lifestyle changes, will often substantially
reduce the potential for a pest problem.
Not Even Clean Houses Are Safe From Cockroaches
Many people would gladly support the
notion, that cockroaches are one of the most unpleasant pests, found in
the United States; and quite possibly the entire World. Furthermore,
cockroach invaders have been identified by public officials, as a pest
control problem and major health concern; for homeowners, their children,
families and pets. As such, this makes the cockroach a prime target for
local pest control services, and concerned homeowners.
How do Cockroaches become such a pest
problem? Once a single cockroach
arrives in the home, it will excrete chemical trails in its feces, and
emit airborne pheromones; that act as a beacon for swarming and/or mating.
Strongly exhibiting "emergent-type behavior", other cockroaches
will then follow the trail; to the newly discovered food and water source.
The cockroach pest invaders are resilient,
and can quickly adapt and flourish; in a number of diverse environments.
However, local exterminators report that cockroaches are most common in
American cities and States; with tropical and subtropical climates. In
cockroaches are able to survive in close proximity to humans; and are
often discovered around garbage cans/containers, and in the bathroom or
kitchen of houses.
Because cockroaches are often closely
associated with poor housekeeping, many homeowners are unaware that even
the cleanest house can become the victim; of an unexpected cockroach
Natural Exterminating Services From Assassin Bugs &
With more homeowners voicing concern about
chemicals being applied to treat their pest control problems,
exterminators across North America are searching for natural or green
exterminating methods; to improve their existing pest control services.
One such approach, involves the introduction of Beneficial insects.
The goal of eco-conscious pest control
services, is not to kill all bugs. In most cases, it can be highly
beneficial to maintain the balance of nature. A proper green strategy aims
to keep insects outdoors, and provide natural predators; with a generous
food supply. For example, Beneficial insects (sometimes called
Beneficial bugs) are natural predators of the other insects, that
homeowners and property managers consider; to be a common nuisance. Two
(2) well-known Beneficial insects, and natural exterminators, include
Assassin bugs and Ladybugs.
- The Assassin bug effectively utilizes a
remarkable hunting technique, known as aggressive mimicry.
These cunning pest-killers, provide a natural pest control method of
controlling common pests; like spiders and termites.
- Although a few species of ladybugs are
considered pests in North America, most are considered beneficial
insects, because they feed on aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and
mites; providing natural pest control services for gardens, farmer's
crops, orchards and other such places.
Introducing beneficial insects, in
partnership with other natural practices, can provide excellent control;
with minimal impact to the environment. By providing suitable living
conditions, homeowners can encourage the growth and development of
beneficial insects, thus producing an effective natural pest control
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