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10 Preventative Measures To Avoid A Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Spider

There’s no question that the Brown Recluse spider is on of the worst feared pests in Tulsa; unfortunately, these spiders are also some of the most common. Seeing one of these toxic spiders in your garage or shed is enough to make you lose it, but if you find one in your Tulsa home… Heaven help you!

Despite their unpopularity amongst Tulsa homeowners, I do have some fortunate news for you. First, Brown Recluse spiders are very shy and timid pests that will only bite if unintentionally (or intentionally for that matter) disturbed or threatened. Second, there are a few preventative measures that you can take as a homeowner to decrease the unlikelihood of getting bit by one of these dangerous and deadly spiders.

Here are ten preventative measures to avoid a Brown Recluse spider bite:

*** Important*** if you believe you have been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, seek medical attention as soon as possible!

10 Preventative Measures To Avoid A Brown Recluse Spider Bite

 

Inside The House

1. Keep rooms very well lit. This includes opening blinds and curtains, as well as the doors to your closets. Brown Recluse spiders love hiding out in un-lit areas.

2. Keep clothing and shoes that you don’t regularly wear in sealed storage boxes, or inside sealed plastic bags. Make sure lids are airtight, and that possible box entry points are taped.

3. Never leave you laundry, whether clean or dirty, on your bedroom floor. Many Brown Recluse bites occur when handling or wearing temporarily discarded clothing.

4. Give your clothes and shoes a good shake before putting them on. A Brown Recluse pressed up against your naked self will certainly end badly!

5. Do not let any part of your bed touch the floor. This may include eliminating bed skirts. You don’t want extra company in your bed tonight… At least not company that has eight legs!

6. Move beds away from the curtains and walls in your bedroom. Before crawling into bed at night, thoroughly inspect your bed and bedding. Many Brown recluse bites occur while crawling in bed, or while sleeping.

Outside The House

7. Firewood stacked up against your home is essentially a Brown Recluse resort. These spiders will move right in! Make sure firewood is stacked away from your home, and that the pile is up off the ground and properly covered.

8. Cracks, holes, and crevices, old weather-stripping, etc… Seal them up! These make for easy access into your home.

9. Any shrubbery that is near your home (closer than 18 inches) needs to be trimmed back or replanted. Brown Recluse spiders love lurking in these secluded areas because of the abundance of water and other insect meals.

10. Tree branches will act like an interstate for Brown Recluse spiders that want to come inside your home. Trim these branches so they don’t touch you home.

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If you are a Tulsa homeowner who is fearful of being bit by a Brown Recluse spider, take the above mention precautions. Additionally, it is in your best interest to contact a professional Brown Recluse Exterminator in Tulsa.

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January 13, 2014 - 7:59 PM No Comments

Bed Bug Family Ties: Unraveling The Mystery Of Their Resiliency

One of the reasons that people fear bed bug infestations is because the little pests are so hard to eliminate. Researchers from North Carolina State University may have discovered a new clue in the battle against bed bugs: they are able to successfully inbreed. This is important because it means that bed bugs can replicate quickly, even when there are just a few bugs living in a given space.

What is the Research Based On?

The study examined a total of three apartment buildings on the east coast, both in the north and south of the country. Researchers determined that the bed bug infestations in all of the apartments were similar in one important way: the bed bugs were all closely related to one another.

What Does it Mean?

The research helps experts understand why it is so hard to get rid of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are hitchhikers; if an individual brings home a pregnant female, an infestation can quickly take hold. Once that female gives birth, the babies will begin to mate, both with their siblings and with their mother. Treatment for bed bugs is expensive, and because the pests like to hide in cracks and crevices, it is hard to get rid of the entire infestation even when a professional is involved. And, because of inbreeding, one or two survivors could mean a fresh infestation not too far down the road.

Why are Bed Bugs a Problem?

While they do not carry disease, which is a relief, there is a negative stigma attached to bed bugs. In addition, the treatment is very expensive compared to traditional pest control, due in part to how much work goes into eradicating the bugs. Finally, bed bugs do bite. The bites can be quite itchy and may even resemble a rash on some people, leading to discomfort and agitation in the affected individual.

What Can be Done to Prevent Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs can be transported from one place to another via the human body. However, that actually does not happen as often as people think. If a bed bug attaches to you, it generally can’t stay on for longer than ten minutes. Instead, most people carry the bugs home either through secondhand furniture or through their luggage after traveling.

To avoid bed bugs, make sure you carefully examine any furniture that you bring into the house. Put bed bug covers on your bed, and when you return from a trip, make sure that your dirty laundry and bedding goes directly into the washing machine and the dryer. While there are no guarantees, taking these steps should help.

Bed bugs are tricky pests to eliminate. Although new research is helping us understand these bugs a little better, it is still very difficult to treat an infestation when one occurs. Keep in mind, however, that while bed bugs may bite, they will not harm you or your family members in any other way. Try and prevent an infestation as much as possible, but make sure to keep a cool head if one occurs.

Morgan is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control, an extermination company located in New Jersey. When Morgan isn’t writing, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

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December 10, 2013 - 10:25 PM No Comments

The Ins and Outs of Perimeter Pest Control

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Implementing perimeter pest control around your home or business is a good way to take action against the pests that plague numerous residential and commercial properties every year before they become a menace to you. Though there is a slight chance that insects or rodents could already be living inside of your structure, pest control professionals find that most pests come in from the outside searching for food and a warm place to take shelter. This means that by beginning your pest prevention and control on the exterior, you should have less to worry about on the interior.

What is Perimeter Pest Control?

The idea behind perimeter pest control is to keep insects and rodents from ever making their way into a structure. By treating the source of the colony or nest and finding burrows of unwanted animals, there is a greater chance of avoiding a battle with these pests on the inside of your home or business. Treatment applied to the exterior of a building, including its foundation, lawn, driveway, landscape beds, patios, etc., will act as a barrier between your home and the annoying and damaging pests that threaten to violate and contaminate your personal space.

Benefits

The benefits of perimeter pest control are plenty. Besides the obvious advantage of not having to deal with trespassing pests invading your home or business, perimeter defense allows you to keep the treatment chemicals outside and away from the areas you live or work in. It also works to eliminate a variety of pests without harming your lawn, flowers, soil, trees, plants, etc., and with it being an odorless, colorless application, you may not even remember it’s there (although it will continue to do its job day after day). Another convenience of perimeter control is the home or business owner not necessarily having to be around during the service, which makes scheduling an uncomplicated process.

Seasonal Scheduling

Most pest control companies will recommend perimeter treatments to be applied three to five times a year for year-round protection. This includes spring, summer and fall treatments since different pests are more prevalent at different times of the year.

Services Performed

Each company will vary in their services, but in general, perimeter pest control will involve sealing cracks or gaps in the building’s exterior, removing cobwebs, checking for screens on doors, windows and vents, reducing excessive moisture around the property, making sure firewood and mulch are not in close proximity to the structure and applying treatment to window frames, lighting fixtures, downspouts and a specified area of footage all around the foundation.

Effective Perimeter Protection

For the most effective perimeter control, there are a few tips for home and business owners to consider that will aid in the fight against undesired pests. Trim trees and bushes back away from the structure, keep a clean yard so there are less places for pests to hide, make sure outside trash cans are sealed and not overflowing and don’t allow consistent access to pet food. Following these guidelines along with executing a perimeter pest control plan will help you to see greater results in your war with pests.

A thorough perimeter pest control program can support you in achieving what most home and business owners would love to accomplish, which is never having to deal with a pest infestation inside their building.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time writer from Northern California who has a special interest in home related topics. She loves to share information with the public writing and social media.

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December 3, 2013 - 6:47 PM No Comments

Pest Control Tips -Make Life Easy!

Pests like rodents, insects and raccoons, are a common problem faced by every household sooner or later. Although they are an unwanted burden and a bother you need not worry! Some easy yet effective tips mentioned below can help you get rid of these creatures.

There are different tricks to tackle different types of pests. So be sure to read the correct guide for your unique problem.

Insects:

 

Ants infesting house

Ants: To keep ants away make a mixture of sugar and borax, one cup each. Make the mixture in a glass quart jar and punch holes in the lid of the jar. Now sprinkle this mixture in each and every corner of the house, outdoors and indoors. Borax poisons ants and to attract ants to it you need to have sugar in the mixture. Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood. These can be avoided by making sure that there is no leak in windowsills, the roof or pipes.

Cockroaches: To get rid of cockroaches sprinkle the borax mixture in the bathroom cabinets and also in the kitchen. Don’t sprinkle in areas within the reach of children and pets.

In the event you have wasps, bees, hornet or any other insect use insect spray or even hair spray will do the job.

Fleas: Vacuum rugs thoroughly before spraying the house. After you are done cleaning throw away the dust bags.

Mosquitoes: make sure you keep the bird bath’s water clean. Make it a habit to change it every three days. This will prevent mosquitoes from collecting.

Centipedes: If there are centipedes in your house this mean there are other insects present as well. This is because centipedes prey on other insects so if they are in the house, it is for the other insects.

Termites: Holes in the wood indicate termite presence in the house.

If you live in a multi-unit area individual efforts won’t pay off. These pests can travel from one apartment to the others. An entire building sweep is required. An effective pest control company can be a good choice for to get rid of the pest problem.

Raccoons and Rodents:

 

trapped grey squirrel

  • Mousetrap: Peanut butter and raw bacon are two useful baits. For peanut butter apply it on the trigger of the trap and make sure it has hardened before you set the trap. Tie bacon on the trigger of the trap.
  • Raccoons: mustard oil is a useful repellent for raccoons. Wait for the raccoon to leave and then cover the entry point. Seal all possible openings that they can enter through. Keep poison in holes and cracks of the house. You can also stuff them with some wool, steel or a scouring pad.
  • Use a compound mixture to seal the spaces and holes coupled with fragments of steel wool.

The suggestions made here are a sure thing to get rid of the pest problem. These useful tips help you keep pests and hence your worries away! Try them and you will be amazed at how useful they all are.

The author Ben suggests useful tips to keep your house free from pests. Ben writes for Eclipse Pest Control- Brisbane Pest Control, which is an effective pest control company.

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November 13, 2013 - 3:19 PM Comment (1)

Tipsy Seagulls Drunk On Flying Ants

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Booze for the Birds

 

flying ant

In southeast England, seagulls are acting out. They’re crashing into cars and roaming the streets just like the drunkard. They’ve been aggressive towards people, even sweeping down and stealing food right out of people’s hands. The reason for the unruly seagull behavior is a drunk-like state cause by one of their favorite snacks; flying ants.

The formic acid secreted by flying ants is what causes the seagulls to “get drunk.” The recent increase of buzzed birds comes because of the weather which has boomed the insect population. More insects, means more grub for the seagulls.

“Gulls love flying ants and as they come out of the ground the birds will feast on them early in the morning and late in the evening,” said RSPB spokesman Tony Whitehead.

Reactions to the Gulls

This isn’t just a few drunken seagulls, people. It’s a larger population of seagulls that are reacting to the ant buzz. Rebbeca Nesbit, an entomologist with the Society of Biology told BBC News, “As I started driving up the hill, the seagulls were all over the place, pecking in the road. It reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s [film] The Birds because there were so many of them – I’ve never seen it before.”

Rehab Efforts

In the English city of Gloucester the City Council has taken steps to try and rehabilitate the city from the ruckus of these unruly birds. Residents are encouraged to put their trash in “gull-proof” bags to keep the seagulls from growing through it and littering the streets.

Author Bio: has never gotten tipsy from flying ants, and finds the idea of eating any bug truly revolting! When I’m not writing about drunk seagulls for Bulwark Exterminating, I’m jamming out to the boys of One Direction.

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November 6, 2013 - 9:21 PM No Comments

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