Archive for October, 2009

Cockroach: The Oriental Cockroach

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Cockroaches are all over the world, one of the more common species in the U.S. is the oriental cockroach. Known as the dirtiest species of all of the cockroaches, the oriental cockroach is pretty gross. Not only is it disgusting to look at it, it even smells bad. Ranging from an inch to an inch-and-a-quarter long the oval-shaped oriental cockroach hides out in homes and backyards searching for food. In the case of food for the oriental cockroach – anything goes. The oriental cockroach’s diet consists of things like garbage, plant material, animal material, decaying matter, and sewage. As mentioned, anything goes when it comes to the oriental cockroach. The oriental cockroach can survive up to a month without food. On the other hand, the oriental cockroach can not go more than two weeks without water.

Some cockroaches fly and some do not. The oriental cockroach has wings, but it does not fly. The female’s wings are short and the male’s wings cover its body. But even with these wings they can not take flight. The oriental cockroach can be a reddish to dark brown to a black tone, usually the older ones are darker in color; they also are shiny or glossy looking.

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This picture shows both sexes of the oriental cockroach. The male is on the far left, then the female, and then some oriental cockroaches in the nymph stage.

Based on their appearance they have have also been given other names, the black beetle and the water bug. The oriental cockroach gets the water bug name from where it is often found, near water. The oriental cockroach likes to live in damp and dark places. Aside from the fact that the oriental cockroach has two other names this gross creature has actually been around way before people. It is said that the cockroaches are one of the most successful animals since they have been around for nearly 300 million years.

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Here is what the egg sac or oothecae looks like, on the left. On the right is a young oriental cockroach nymph.

One factor of how the oriental cockroach is such a high populated species today is that they re-populate often. A female oriental cockroach will get pregnant anywhere from once to eight times with in her life. Each time this occurs she lays up to 16 eggs which are deposited into a sac, also called an oothecae. The female will carry her oothecae around with her for up to 24 to 36 hours, after this time she will find a spot to leave the oothecae. The oothecae is usually left near a food supply, so when the nymphs come out of the sac they are near some food. Also the mother will want to leave her oothecae somewhere where it will be safe, so she looks for cracks or crevices to leave the sac. The eggs will stay in the oothecae for up to two months, depending on the environment. Once they have developed enough they will leave the sac, and are now nymphs. The nymphs are left to survive on their own, because the mother really does just leave her oothecae full of eggs and never comes back. Unlike many other insects the oriental cockroach nymphs looks a lot like an adult oriental cockroach, and is usually more of a reddish tone than a black tone. During the nymph stage the oriental cockroach will shed its skin seven to ten times before the nymph becomes an adult. As an adult the oriental cockroach will live up to six months to a year and a half. Then the cycle will just repeat itself.

Unfortunately, oriental cockroaches are slow movers, and it can take some time for them to get from one location to another. This also is a problem if a person finds an oriental cockroach and wants to kill it. Many times people will think that the oriental cockroach is going to take flight and fly away because they have wings on their bodies, but remember they do not actually fly. Therefore, the best thing an oriental cockroach can do is to hide. Also unlike other pests the oriental cockroach does not have sticky pads on their feet. This makes it challenging for the oriental cockroach to go certain places because they can not climb up smooth surfaces.

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Here is an oriental cockroach outside crawling through some leaves on the ground.

People often find oriental cockroaches near any type of decaying organic matter (trash, compost), sewers, drains, damp basements, porches, under sinks, under washing machines, crawlspaces, and or floor drains. A common thread of all of these locations is that there is water near all of these spots. Also the oriental cockroach can find many places to live that are often in backyards or frontyards of homes. Oriental cockroaches like to live in bushes, under leaf ground cover, under mulch, anywhere damp, under porches, around shrubs, around flowers, near garbage cans or chutes, and under or in firewood piles. Knowing these are popular places for oriental cockroaches to live make sure to pay extra attention when you are near these spots. Some of the other locations mentioned can be found inside a home, and no one wants oriental cockroaches inside their home. A problem that can happen even if the oriental cockroach is living outside of your home is that the oriental cockroach can get easily brought in on accident. Oriental cockroaches get into homes by crawling on or into food packages, laundry (if your laundry room is outside of the main house), doors, air ducts, garbage chutes, plumbing, window jams, openings in foundation, and or ventilators. The oriental cockroach will try to get inside homes during droughts in search of water and when the weather cools down in search of warmth and food. Once inside your home the oriental cockroach can cause major problems.

The scary part about the problems oriental cockroaches can cause is that the actually harm people and not things. There is rarely any real physical damage left behind from oriental cockroaches. One thing that might actually be left behind is feces, which is a huge problem. The feces of an oriental cockroach have allergens in it, and this can make people have allergy problems or worse yet asthma. Also the skin cast from molting has allergens in it, so finding either one of these can be harmful for people, especially children. The allergens are more of an airborne problem, while the oriental cockroach is still able to get people sick just by crawling around a home.

This oriental cockroach looks to be crawling on some tile inside of a home. If you do find an oriental cockroach inside your home call your local pest control.

This oriental cockroach looks to be crawling on some tile inside of a home. If you do find an oriental cockroach inside your home call your local pest control.

The oriental cockroach is constantly secreting bacteria, viruses, and diseases from their bodies. As the oriental cockroach roams around they are constantly contaminating everything they touch. From the counter tops where food is prepared to the bowl of fruit to the dishes and utensils in the kitchen, these are all things that can be contaminated by oriental cockroaches and make people really sick. As the oriental cockroach moves the secretions fall off its body and onto whatever may be below, and if the item gets into the hands of a person with the contaminates still on it the person can become very ill. Washing all exposed fruits and vegetables is very important, also keep counter tops and tables thoroughly clean. The hard thing for people is that you can not see that the food or counters have actually been contaminated, so you may never know if things have been contaminated or not. This happens because oriental cockroaches are nocturnal so they come out at night, and the homeowners will not know if there were oriental cockroaches on their table or in their kitchen. It is best to assume they could be there every night and to clean everything in the morning before breakfast. Or better yet if traces of feces are found or even an oriental cockroach call your local pest control company to eliminate the problem. Although there are many things people can do to keep oriental cockroaches from even getting inside their home so they don’t have to worry about the harm oriental cockroaches can cause. Read more for tips on preventing oriental cockroaches, on our blog.

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Beetle: Carpet Beetles

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Carpet beetles are not really harmful to people, they are more harmful to the possessions that people love. Carpet beetles do not just live in carpets per se, they can actually be found in many different areas of a home. The problem that occurs with carpet beetles is with what they feed on. Yes, depending on the material carpet beetles can and will feed on carpets; but, there are many other things within a home that are food for carpet beetles. Many times the things carpet beetles feed on can be either very valuable or invaluable to a person. In any case no one wants any of their possessions to be damaged because these beetles are hungry. To give you a better idea of what kind of possessions can be damaged here is a list of the more popular food items for carpet beetles: wool, fur, feathers, hair, horns, silk, velvet, felts, dog / cat food, flour, cake mixes, cereals, grain, seeds, bone, rayon, linen, cotton, leather, and dead insects. Many of these materials are used to make items that can be found within a home. For instance, a woman’s favorite fur coat, silk pajamas, furniture, an oriental rug, a babies stuffed animal, a mounted elk head, Christmas decorations, and sheets. Of course these items are not found in every home, but it gives you an idea of some items that can very valuable to people that they might not want to be destroyed by carpet beetles.

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Here is an adult carpet beetle on a flower, most likely on it's way to eat some pollen.

There are actually a few different popular varieties of carpet beetles. The four most common varieties of carpet beetles are the varied carpet beetle, the furniture carpet beetle, the black carpet beetle, and the common carpet beetle. Over all the different varieties are similar for the most part, and vary more so when it comes to physical characteristics.

An interesting fact about the carpet beetle is that the most damage done with in a home is actually done by the larvae, not the adult carpet beetle. The larvae can be in the larval stage of development longer than the adult will end up living. Most often an adult carpet beetle will lay her eggs inside of a home, near a food source. The female can lay up to 100 eggs; the eggs will take about 15-30 days to hatch, and this depends on the climate of where the eggs are. Once the eggs hatch they have become larvae; and, they will immediately begin feeding on a food source. The larvae stage can last anywhere form 60 days to two years. Like the egg stage, it all depends on the climate the larvae are in. They will move around from room to room within a house in search of food, although they can survive for weeks without food. While traveling in a home the larvae try their hardest to stay away from light. They look for dark, secluded, and undisturbed places for food.

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These are skin shells of carpet beetles. When people find skin shells they often think it's an actual carpet beetle.

During the larvae development the skin will shed many times. As this molting takes place the shell of the skin is left behind, depending on where the molting occurs this is often how homeowners discover they have a carpet beetle problem. By seeing the skin shells is the most frequent way to realizing your home has been infested by carpet beetles. After the larvae has molted enough skin it will become an adult, and possibly make its way outside of the home. Once an official adult, the carpet beetle will only live for about another four to eight weeks.

Most adult carpet beetles are found outdoors, although they will go into homes in search of a place to lay their eggs. Unlike the larvae the adult carpet beetle mostly feeds on nectar and pollen from sources outside. Considering that carpet beetles feed on pollen they can often be found on flowers, and this is an instance of how carpet beetles can get inside homes. If you cut fresh flowers from your garden always check for carpet beetles, as their shape and size resembles the lady bug. Another difference of the adult from the larvae is that they actually like light, even night lights inside homes. This is another example of how they may enter a home when they see the night light, or any light, indoors during the night they will fly into the home. Another spot the adult carpet beetle likes to hang out is near windows. One more way a carpet beetles gets inside a home is on furniture that is being moved in. Whether it is coming out of storage or purchased slightly used, carpet beetle larvae or adults could already be nestled in it, and then will just migrate to other areas of your home once inside. Other than on or under furniture the carpet beetle can also be found on mattresses, pillows, in heating ducts, between floorboards, behind baseboards, and really any where that is hidden.

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This carpet beetle larvae is on the move in a bathroom, most likely looking for some towels or robes to feed on.

Knowing what carpet beetles eat and where they like to live there are some other interesting things about carpet beetles one should know. The carpet beetle is a very difficult pest to control within a home. Since the carpet beetle can find food in obscure places and disperse throughout the home it is challenging to get rid of them. At any time of noticing a carpet beetle inside your home it is best to contact your local pest control company. Fortunately for the adult carpet beetle they are good fliers which helps them enter and exit homes. Unfortunately them being good fliers is not helpful for people trying to handle the infestation problem. Two things to keep in mind about what carpet beetles eat are that they enjoy soiled or stained fabrics, i.e. dirty clothes. They also are able to digest keratin, which is a protein found in animal hairs and fibers. Some older furniture used to be stuffed or padded with horse hair; also other objects inside homes may have animal hair on or in them. Keeping in mind these bizarre things about carpet beetles can also be helpful when thinking of what can be done to prevent carpet beetles from causing too much damage with in your home.

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Beetle: The Most Common Carpet Beetle Varieties

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Carpet beetle varieties are actually very similar; even though the black carpet beetle is known as the most destructive of all of the varieties. The general characteristics of the black carpet beetle, varied carpet beetle, common carpet beetle, and the furniture carpet beetle are all very similar. From the larvae stage, to the food they eat, and to where they live all varieties of the carpet beetle are alike. The main difference between the four varieties are their physical traits, and how many generations they reproduce. Here are the physical characteristics and generation information on the varieties:

  • Black carpet beetle: The larvae are golden to dark brown, half an inch long, shaped like a carrot, and with bristles at the end of its body. Then as an adult the body is oval shaped, shiny, black, brownish legs, and ranges from one-eighth to three-sixth of an inch long. Produces one generation a year.
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    Side by side are the black carpet beetle larvae, and the black carpet beetle as an adult.

  • Varied carpet beetle: The larvae are light brown to dark brown, one-fourth of an inch, and have a wide rear end. As an adult the body is nearly round, gray with mixes of white to brown to yellow scales, ranges one-tenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch, and has irregular black cross bands on it. Produces one generation a year.
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    This is a varied carpet beetle larvae.

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    Here is an adult varied carpet beetle.

  • Common carpet beetle: The larvae are reddish brown tone, have an elongated oval shape, one-fourth of an inch long, and are covered with brownish-black hairs. Once as an adult its coloring becomes gray to black, has small white scales, a band of orange-reddish tone of scales down the middle of the back and around the eyes, and is one-tenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long. Produces up to four times a year.
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    Here is a common carpet beetle larvae.

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    The reddish-orange stripe is a signature marking on the adult common carpet beetle.

  • Furniture carpet beetle: The larvae are covered in thick brown hair, have an elongated oval shape to them, and are one-fourth of an inch long. Finally as an adult it takes on a whitish checkered coloring with black spots out lined with yellowish-orange scales, its legs has yellow scales, and is one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long. Produces up to four times a year.
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    Larvae always seem to be larger looking than the adult carpet beetles. This is the furniture carpet beetle, the larvae with lots of bristle looking hair and the checkered look of the adult.

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Beetle: Preventing Carpet Beetles From Infesting Your Home

Monday, October 19th, 2009

There are many things that can be done to help prevent carpet beetles from invading your house. Unlike preventing other pests there is not as much to do outside of your home. The reason is that carpet beetles are more interested in what is inside your home. The first and foremost thing to do is always keep your house clean. Keeping a clean house may seem easy, but you need to make sure that the house is being thoroughly cleaned as well. Here are some things to do to help prevent carpet beetles from living in your home.

  • Vacuuming is very important, make sure to use the extension to get in the cracks and corners of your floors and walls.
  • After vacuuming make sure to throw out the bag in case any carpet beetles are inside it.
  • Remove lint, hair, dead insects, and other debris from your house as often as you can. Things like lint build-up in your laundry room, and keep your hair brush as clean as possible.
  • Regularly clean rugs, draperies, upholstered furniture, closets, and other locations where carpet beetles may be found thoroughly.
  • Call professional carpet cleaners out to your home.
  • Be extra cautious with furniture, mattresses, and pillows that are stuffed with animal hair or feathers. If necessary discard them as the carpet beetles could be inside and you won’t be able to kill them. Or with something small like a pillow, the item can be frozen in order to kill the carpet beetles.
  • Dry clean or wash clothes in hot water.
  • Do not leave piles of dirty clothes around your house. Keep in a hamper and do wash frequently.
  • Store furs in colder places, even a professional storage facility.
  • If you have any mounted or stuffed game, such as elk, duck, or deer, clean on a regular basis. If the game is small enough, or you have a large freezer, freeze every once in a while for a week to kill any carpet beetles. Remember carpet beetles will feed on bone, also horns or antlers.

Spider: The Brown Recluse Spider

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The brown recluse spider can be hard to identify, as it is often mistaken for the wolf spider. The best way to identify the brown recluse spider is by its eyes. The brown recluse spider only has six eyes, where most spiders usually have eight eyes. The eyes of the brown recluse spider are arranged in three sets of two, in a semi-circle on the top of its head.

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Here is a close up of the brown recluse spider's face. The arrows are pointing to the three sets of eyes that form a semi-circle.

Also on the top of the body near the eyes is a darker brown spot in the shape of a violin. The violin distinction on the brown recluse spider is actually common on other spiders, therefore its eyes are the best way to correctly identify the brown recluse spider. Although, the brown recluse spider has also been given a second name because of the violin marking; the brown recluse spider can sometimes be referred to as the violin spider. Even though the violin marking can be seen on other spiders it seems to stand out more on the brown recluse, hence the second name.

Brown recluse spiders also get their name from their coloring. Generally the brown recluse spider is a tan to dark brown shade, and the color of their abdomen can vary from brown tones to yellow to even a yellow greenish tone. Other than the legs, the abdomen seems to be one of the larger parts making up the half an inch to three-fourths of an inch long brown recluse spider.

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This full body shot of a brown recluse spider shows the violin marking on the top of the body.

Another part of the brown recluse’s name also has meaning to its identity as the brown recluse spider. Recluse means to hide, and that is one thing the brown recluse spider is known for. Hiding in areas within a home is very common, and also outdoors. Brown recluse spiders like to live in dark secluded areas like corners, crevices, and underneath objects. They also look for places to be warm and dry when searching for a new spot to settle down in, on, or under. Popular places for the brown recluse to hide are in areas or items that are not frequently used like storage, old clothes that aren’t worn, old shoes that aren’t worn, or under furniture. If a bite does occur it is usually when cleaning is being done and these areas are being disturbed, when they usually are not bothered. People need to be extra cautious when cleaning areas that have not been touched in a while.

The central Midwest is the most popular area to find brown recluse spiders. Brown recluse spiders can also be found as far South as Texas and in the East in Georgia and only as West as Nebraska. Some say the brown recluse spider has never been into the far West, like California, while others argue that the brown recluse has been spotted in California. There are many species of recluse spiders, and some of the other species have been known to live in the West, another issue that makes it hard to identify the brown recluse spiders from other recluses. The desert recluse and the Arizona recluse are some of the species that are in the West.

Brown recluse spiders will not bite unless they are disturbed or threatened by a person, so if you come across one do your best not to panic and go into kill the spider mode. A hiding brown recluse spider equals trouble with in a household; because most incidents of people being bitten by a brown recluse spider occur when a person finds a brown recluse while cleaning or going through items that haven’t been disturbed in a while. Many times if a brown recluse is discovered a person gets scared and that makes the brown recluse scared, and often tries to defend itself by biting. If you do come across a brown recluse in a situation like this and it happens to fall or land on you just try to shake it off of you. Hopefully it lands on your clothes, because it will only bite exposed flesh. Also try not to touch the spider, as touching is like an attack for the brown recluse. Again shaking the object the spider is on is a better way to remove it. Sometimes the brown recluse spider may even be hiding in something like a robe, towel, or shower curtain. While these objects that are used often, they can still be hiding spots for brown recluse spiders. Objects like these are all perfect examples of things to shake in order to remove the brown recluse spider. Avoiding a bite from a brown recluse can be easily done too, if the person remains calm and remembers some of these tips. Keep in mind that a brown recluse spider will not attack unless disturbed or feels threatened, and they are actually very non-aggressive spiders. If a bite does happen most people won’t realize it until after the fact, so if you start to have symptoms of a spider bite go to your doctor just in case. See more about spider bite symptoms on our spider bite basic first aid blog post.

Bites from a brown recluse spider can happen at any time, more so during the night when they are out and about; as they are nocturnal. In the daytime brown recluse spiders usually rest on their webs, which are just used for resting and holding the egg sac. In the day if the brown recluse if not on its web it is probably in a hiding spot, so be aware at all times of the day for the brown recluse hiding. Also at night is when the brown recluse hunts for its food, this activity is definitely something the brown recluse spider is aggressive about. Cockroaches, crickets, firebrats, and other soft-bodied insects are what brown recluse spiders hunt down for food. When hunting their prey the brown recluse spider will use it’s venom to paralyze the prey. Once the venom has been injected into the prey its insides will liquefy! Then the brown recluse spider will leave it be for awhile, as it dies, and then come back to eat it later. Even though brown recluse spiders enjoy hunting for their food, they can actually survive up to six months without food or water.

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These brown recluse spiderlings are hanging out on their mother's web. Soon enough they will be full grown adult brown recluse spiders.

Although brown recluse spiderlings need food to ensure they develop into adults. The brown recluse spiders mate mostly during May through June. The brown recluse spider has its own way to find a mate, as every species is a little different. When males are looking for a mate they search for her scent, usually the male can find the scent on her web or surfaces she has frequented. Once the male finds a female he wants to mate with he will then perform some moves that are like a courtship dance for the brown recluse spider. If the female is impressed, mating will occur. From there the female will lay anywhere from 40-50 eggs in a sac, and will spin a web to attach her egg sac to. Three to six weeks later the eggs will hatch into spiderlings. From then it will be about a year for the spiderlings to become adults. Once the brown recluse spider is an adult it will live two to four years. From that point the cycle will start all over as the new adults will start mating, and continue the population of brown recluse spiders.

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Pest Control Problems During the Fall

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As the summer heat dwindles away and the air starts to feel cooler and more crisp, pests and insects are running around not knowing what to do with themselves. For pests and insects the weather change threatens their food supply and homes. Grass, vegetation, and foliage will all change with the weather, and these are all things that pests and insects use to help them survive. Therefore, pests and insects are going to have to find a new place for food and shelter. Unfortunately, that means pests and insects will be trying to get into your home.

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As the leaves start to turn in the fall pests start to look for new places to live. Most often pests will migrate into people's home during the fall season.

People love the fall for many reasons, some being the cool nights, the turning of the leaves, and wearing sweatshirts. Luckily people are able to add on clothing to keep themselves warm as the weather gets colder outside. Pests and insects are not so lucky. With the weather becoming colder pests and insects search for places of warmth. Usually pests and insects will migrate into attics, garages, storage areas, or the main house.

There are a couple different problems that can happen if pests and insects migrate into your home. One being that the smaller insects getting into your home will attract larger insects or pests to follow; because, the smaller insects are food for larger insects and pests. Another is that if there are no small insects for food, pests will get into your kitchens and pantries to find food. The risk with this is that many pests are carriers of diseases, and can spread them just by walking over a bowl of fruit. Another problem is that if pests are living in your attic or garage or any other area of the home they could also cause structural damage.

In any case there is a high risk of having pests invade your home, and it is best to call your local pest control company to come out. Although, there are also many things a homeowner can do on their own to help prevent pests from getting inside their homes in the first place. Overall the change of the season can affect the number of pests people may start to see around their homes. Many regions of the country have similar pests, but every state is a little different. Check out our list of states, and what the most active pests are in the fall.

If you do not see the state you reside in on this list please check back as more states are still being added to our database. Also the database is still adding more and more pests, so if you have a problem with a pests and don’t see it listed in the database please continue to visit www.localpestcontrolservices.com as pests are continually being added.

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Georgia Pest Problems in the Fall

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Pests are a problem year round, but with the change of every season there always seems to be a higher number of some compared to others. During the fall, the weather begins to cool down which seems to bring critters out of the woodwork. In Georgia during the fall, the pests that are more visible and problematic are centipedes, wolf spiders, imported fire ants, oriental roaches, springtails, and house crickets. There are things that happen in the fall that seem to make these pests more visible to people, most likely because they are found in homes more often than other parts of the year.

Most all of these pests will make their way into a home in the fall for warmth, including the wolf spider, house crickets, oriental roach and imported fire ant. Another similarity of these pests is that they move into homes in the fall in search of food. As the weather cools down plants can become frozen over, also other insects move indoors causing the outside food supply to slowly diminish. With a warm home in the cold fall months, many different food supplies are available to all kinds of pests, even if the homeowner is unaware of that their home is a grocery store for pests. On the other hand, some of these insects migrate into homes in the fall for the exact opposite reasons. The centipede will go into a house because outside there is too much ground moisture; while the springtail enters a home in the fall looking for moisture. Also, like the springtail, the oriental roach looks for damp places to live, and will head into a home during fall in search of a damp dark spot to live.

In any case if you live in Georgia, be aware of what could be living in your home during the fall.

Spider Bites: Basic First Aid

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

There are tons of spiders out in this world, and many times people get bitten and don’t know what to do. Whether you’re at home, camping, hiking, working on your car, or washing your car there is a possibility of being bitten by a spider. Here in the U.S. there are two spider bites that need to be taken very seriously, as they are the most dangerous of all spiders

The bites of the black widow and the brown recluse spider are the most threatening and dangerous to people. There are cases where people are allergic to spider venom and might not be aware of it until they are bitten. That is why all spider bites need to be taken seriously.

Keeping in mind that no matter what kind of spider bites you, you need to act fast and aid the bite. If you are unaware of the type of spider or if you are allergic it would be best to go to a doctor after doing basic first aid, just in case. Here are the basic first aid steps to help your bite:

  • Clean bite mark with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress, on and off.
  • Apply a bandage to the bite mark.
  • Elevate the bitten area.
  • Take acetaminophen for any pain.
  • If a child or elderly person has been bitten, they should be taken to a hospital immediately.
  • If you identify the spider as a black widow or a brown recluse seek medical attention immediately.
  • If you feel extremely ill after being bitten there is a chance you are allergic, get to a hospital right away.
  • If you can, catch the spider (dead or alive) that bit you and put it in a jar or container. This will help the doctor positively identify the spider in order to know more about your bite.

Every spider bite will have a slight variation in what symptoms will appear afterward, but it is good to know what the symptoms of a black widow and brown recluse bite are. Since the black widow and brown recluse spiders are the most dangerous to people, it is an excellent safety precaution to know what you’ll feel if bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spiders. Here are some of the symptoms that each spiders bite cause.

  • Black Widow: pain and swelling of the bitten area, headache, dizziness, weakness usually in the legs, heavy sweating, nausea, muscle cramps, possible paralysis, itching, and vomiting.
  • Brown recluse: pain, itching, burning, and redness of the bitten area, fever, headache, muscle ache, and nausea. Also the bite mark will turn into a black blister.

Remember that all spider bites can be harmful to people. Use these tips in any case of a spider bite. Also always try to catch the spider that bit you, just in case you are allergic to it, and if you can’t catch it hopefully you can tell the doctor what it looked like. In any case every spider bite needs to be taken seriously, and act fast to help aid the bite.