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How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home

Spiders

Spiders are one of the most common household pests. They can easily thrive in your home, and if you don’t do anything to control their population, their number could easily get out of hand.

Some spiders are pretty harmless. If you get bitten by one, all you have to suffer from is an annoying itchy, red spot that typically resolves on its own. However, if your home is also home to deadly spiders, two of which are the brown recluse and the hobo spiders, then it’s important that you get rid of them quickly since they are pretty dangerous.

The Brown Recluse and Hobo Spiders

These spiders are very poisonous. Their venom could cause not only wound infection that heals slowly, but it can also trigger an allergic attack. The non-healing wound could grow bigger and deeper, and if it does heal, it could leave a sizable cratered scar. In addition to an unsightly scar, their venom could also cause damage to vital organs such as the kidneys. If left untreated, coma and even death could happen.

If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse spider or a hobo spider, it’s important that you go to the hospital immediately where you will be given proper medication. There’s no known anti-venom yet for brown recluse spider bites, but you’ll be given medications to help with the pain as well as arrest tissue necrosis or tissue death.

Tips for Getting Rid of Spiders

It’s quite easy to keep spiders out of your home. The first thing that you have to do is to keep your house clean and organized. Cluttered homes attract small insects like mosquitoes, flies, ants, etc., and these are the food source of spiders. If there is ample number of smaller insects in your home, it’s sure to attract spiders, too. So if you want to keep them out of your property, be sure that you keep these small insects out first.

You also have to see to it that you’re not providing spiders with hiding places. Spiders love to make old cardboard boxes their home, so if you have some at home, then dispose of them the right way by sending them to recycling plants. Instead of using cardboard boxes as storage space, use plastic ones instead. Plastic containers don’t attract pests like spiders, roaches, ants, etc. do.

If you have a garden, then make sure that it’s clean as well. It’s important that you trim the shrubberies and make sure that they’re not touching any part of your home, especially the windows and doors. It’s also just as important that you prune long tree branches and make sure they’re not touching your roof. Spiders could easily crawl over them and gain access into your home. In addition to this, you also need to get rid of piles of wood and dead leaves. Spiders are also using these as hiding places.

You can also set traps to catch spiders. You can purchase some at the store, but if you want to save some money, then you can simply make your own spider traps.

If spider infestation is too much for you to handle, then get in touch with your local pest control company.

 

Jennifer Daisley writes for several pest control blogs such as Interstate Pest Control. Spiders are nasty pests, so you have to get rid of them and prevent them from infesting your home.

 

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January 23, 2013 - 4:53 PM No Comments

Top 10 Spiders Named After Celebrities

10 Spiders Named After Celebrities

Every year approximately 15,000 newly discovered animals, plants, insects, and other living things are named. A few of these discoveries have been given the distinction of being named after someone famous. In fact, I would dare to say you haven’t fully reached celebrity status until you’ve had something named after you.

As a bug guy, I believe one of the coolest honors bestowed upon you, is to have a spider named after you. Here are ten famous people who have reached celebrity status by having a spider named after them:

1. President Barack Obama

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Being the president of the most powerful country in the world has it perks, including getting a spider named after you. After discovering 33 new species of spiders in the Southwestern United States in 2012, researches have named one after President Barack Obama. The newly discovered species, which bears the commander in chief’s name, is called Aptostichus barackobamai. The Obama spider is considered a trapdoor spider, because it protects its burrow with silk-spun trapdoor.

2. Harrison Ford

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After narrating a documentary for the London Museum of Natural History in 1994, Indiana Jones himself (Ford) had a spider named after him. The Calponia harrisonfordi spider was discovered in 1993. Much like most Hollywood actors, it is tiny, (around 5 millimeters in length), and lives in California. Ford also has an ant species named after him.

3. Bono

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Aptostichus bonoi, a spider that lives in Joshua Tree National Park in California, is named after U2 band member Bono. The Joshua Tree, arguably U2’s best and most popular album, was released March 9, 1987.

4. Dave Mustaine

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Dave Mustaine, of Megadeth fame, had a tarantula named after him in 2012. The Aphonopelma davemustainei was found in Southwestern Arizona.

5. David Bowie

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A rare yellow spider found in Malaysia, the Heteropoda davidbowie, was named after rock star David Bowie in 2009, in an effort to raise awareness about the number of arachnid species threatened with extinction.

6. Stephen Colbert

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The Aptostichus stephencolberti – the final “T” will be silent, as it is in Colbert’s name – is a trapdoor species of spider discovered along the California coast back in 2007. The spider was named by Jason Bond, who also named the Obama Trapdoor Spider.

7. Angelina Jolie

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The Aptostichus angelinajolieae is a species of trapdoor spider named after Angelina; star of the upcoming film Maleficent. The spider is found on the coastal dunes of Northern California, and is very similar to the spider named after the above listed Stephen Colbert spider.

8. Penn Jillette

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Penn Jillette, of Penn and Teller fame, announced via Twitter back in November that a newly discovered spider would be named after him. The Aptostichus pennjillettei or Atomic Penn Jillette Spider is a trap door spider in found in Nevada where Penn frequently performs.

9. Nelson Mandela

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Who better to name a South African spider after than the former president of South Africa, and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela? The Singafrotypa mandela spider joins the list of things named after Mandela including: a nuclear particle, an American rescue dog, a tree, several sub-groups of flower, numerous race horses and a woodpecker fossil.

10. Neil Young

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Musicians seem to dominate our list of famous people that have had spiders named after them. This is because of one Jason Bond, a professor at ECU, who frequently names insects and spiders after things he enjoys. Such is the case for the Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, named after Neil Young because Bond loves his music.

Tulsa Spider Control

If you live in Tulsa, OK and are seeing spiders in and around your home, get Tulsa pest control. A Tulsa exterminator can help eradicate those dangerous Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders. Call today!

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 
 

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January 11, 2013 - 9:02 PM Comment (1)

10 Tips On Keeping Pests Out Of Your Stored Christmas Decor

Christmas decorations, Christmas tree

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Tulsa Pests In Your Christmas Decorations

Christmas has almost come and gone. It always goes by way too fast. After all of the visiting family leave, after all the gifts are opened, and after all the eggnog has been drunk; it’s time for some unpleasantness. It’s time to pack away all those Christmas decorations.

Did you know that all those Christmas decorations; your strings of lights, your tree, and your boxes of ornaments can house certain pests. Tulsa pests like rodents, silverfish, cockroaches, and spiders love to make boxes of decorations their year round homes. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep these creepy crawlies from invading your Christmas décor.

10 Tips On Keeping Pests Out Of Your Stored Christmas Decor

1. Use plastic storage totes. Avoid using the traditional cardboard box when storing your decorations. Not only will pests sneak inside the cracks of the cardboard boxes, but silverfish and cockroaches love munching on the cardboard, the tape, and the glue. I suggest using plastic storage totes that have tight fitting lids.

2. Thoroughly clean storage totes. Before you start filling those plastic storage totes with all of your decorations, thoroughly wash them out. This is an easy step that will go along way in keeping unwanted pest intruders out.

3. Properly dispose of your real tree. That amazing smelling Spruce you bought at that Christmas tree lot will give shelter to rodents and bugs if it’s not removed from your property quickly. Whatever you do, don’t leave your tree in your backyard or leaning up against your house.

4. Use an artificial Christmas tree bag that zips. It would be simpler to just put that artificial tree back into the box in which it came, but just throw it out. Rodents like squirrels, rats, and mice love making their nests in artificial Christmas trees. It reminds them of their homes in the wild. Use an artificial Christmas tree bag that tightly zips.

5. Dispose of edible Christmas decorations. Those candy canes you used to trim the tree, those wonderful smelling candles, and that gingerbread house you spent hours on will simply invite pests into your basement, garage, or attic. Don’t save them.

6. Store cloth materials in plastic bags. Tulsa can be humid during those summer months; you don’t want your Christmas tablecloths, your tree skirts, and your stockings to get damp. They will attract silverfish. Clothing moths and cockroaches will also eat cloth materials if not sealed and properly stored.

7. DIY pest control methods. Placing glue traps, silverfish drops, and even mothballs inside each box of Christmas decorations with keep pests away; and kill any that happen to get inside. Do-it-yourself pest control products can be found at pestproejoe.com

8. Thoroughly examine storage areas. Garages, attics, and basements are already a favorite hideout for common household pests. Look for spider webs, rodent droppings, and dead insects before staking your boxes of decorations. You may already have a pest problem.

9. Clean out storage area. After inspecting your storage area for signs of pests, clean the area out. Brush away any spider webs and dead insect. Remember, cleanliness is nest to pest-freeness.

10. Get Tulsa pest control. Even if you don’t currently have pests living among your Christmas decorations, a Tulsa exterminator can ensure you never will. Spider control treatment plans will make sure you don’t get bit when you take out those decorations again next year.

Pest Control in Tulsa

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

The Skunk Whisperer, Inc
9521 B Riverside Parkway #343
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 261-4444
totalwildlifecontrol.com

OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com

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December 13, 2012 - 7:42 PM No Comments

Tulsa Facing Invasion of Black Widows

 The Infamous Black Widow Spider

That infamous red hour-glass … It’s an image etched in the minds of anybody who’s had an encounter with a Black Widow spider. Her long slender black legs and her glossy black abdomen give her a certain well respected aura… A respect she has earned with her menacing bites.

Just the sight of a Black Widow is enough to frighten any Tulsa, OK homeowner; especially if the homeowner has young children. Younger children are more vulnerable to her venomous bite. Tulsa residents know she is not to be messed with.

Black Widows Invading Tulsa, OK

Oklahoma Poison Control is now informing the State’s residents that there are more Black Widow spiders than normal this year. The mild weather has allowed the dangerous spider to thrive, and that means there numbers are up.

In the wake of 60 reported Black Widow spider bites this year, Oklahoma’s Poison Control Clinical Supervisor, Randy Badillo, says,

“The numbers, by all accounts, are dramatically increased right now. You may get bit.”

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Black Widow Spider Bites

A Black Widow bite is rarely fatal. Bites are recognized by sharp, shooting pains up and down your body near the bite. Look for a raised bump surrounded by a red ring. The bump will have two fang marks, and begin to change colors to a black, blue, purple, yellow or brown. As time progresses, you may also experience severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure.

If you are bitten by a Black Widow, remain calm. Try to safely capture the spider just in case medical professionals need to identify it. Wash the bite with warm water, soap, and clean it with an antiseptic. Elevate the bitten area to prevent the venom from spreading. Take a pain reliever and apply an ice pack to limit the swelling.

If you start to experience severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY!

Black Widow Precautions

If you are seeing a Black Widow, you are already too close. Black Widows like to hide in dark places where they will not be disturbed by anything other than their favorite insect meal. They will build their webs underneath lawn furniture, on a seldom used tricycle, and under sprinkler control boxes.

Make sure that you shake out your shoes or boots if you ever leave them outside or in your garage. An unsuspecting foot is often times the victim of a Black Widow bite. Badillo also said:

“Before you get into your lawn chair, fold it open, bang it around. Make sure he’s not hanging around in your seat. We had a call like that recently.”

Experts also recommend pest control solutions if you are frequently seeing Black Widow spiders on your property.

Spider Control in Tulsa

Black Widow spider bites can be scary. They are painful, and can even cause death in very rare instances. Black Widows are also unsightly on your property. You do not want them in inside your homes, hiding in your garages, spinning webs in your basements, or hunting for insects in your tool shed. If you want to eliminate spiders, you need to get more than just general pest control, you need spider control! Ask a Tulsa spider control professional about keeping these pests away from you and your family.

For Tulsa Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

The Skunk Whisperer, Inc
9521 B Riverside Parkway #343
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 261-4444
totalwildlifecontrol.com

OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com

Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com

 

 

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November 3, 2012 - 6:29 AM Comment (1)

Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Note the red hourglass on the underbelly of the spider.

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Black Widow mother protecting her egg sack, an egg sack can hatch up to over 200 Black Widow babies.

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