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False Widow Populations Are Growing in Ireland– Is That A Problem?

March 27, 2017 4:08 am
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Categories: Ant Control, Kileen Pest Control, Temple Pest Control, Waco Pest Control

A school was recently closed on account of a false widow sighting. Experts are saying that false widow spider populations are increasing, but is this a reasonable thing to be concerned about?

According to experts, false widow bites are venomous, but being bitten is rare as false widows do not typically behave aggressively towards humans. Also, sustaining a bite from a false widow is an extremely rare occurrence. In fact, you are much more likely to be stung by a wasp. It must also be kept in mind that only the females can cause bites. The much smaller males, on the other hand, could not even puncture your skin.

False widow populations are increasing. According to John Tweddle, a spider expert working for Live Science, it is only the existing populations of false widows that are increasing, and not the amount of colonies. The population of false widows is most likely on the rise as a result of dramatic shifts in climatic conditions. False widows are simply adapting to the slightly warmer global temperatures, and, evidently, they are thriving.

If you notice this increase in the false widow population, and if you spot one, then do not pick it up, as attempting to handle a false widow will get you bit. The false widow bite may feel intolerable, but the venom is no more dangerous than a wasps venom, so hang in there if one nabs you. However, bite wounds have been known to swell to the size of a tennis ball. This is why you should immediately apply ice to your wound in order to keep the swelling under control. So if one of these scary looking creatures does bite you, then just make sure you properly tend to your wound so that you can avoid the doctor’s office. The false widows are out there–be prepared!

Have you ever spotted a false widow? Did it closely resemble a black widow?

Rodent control Tips

March 24, 2017 2:59 am
Categories: Killeen Pest Control, Rodent control Tips
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.

What Is Having Lyme Disease Like? | Tick Control Experts

March 23, 2017 10:27 am
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Categories: Killeen Pest Control, Temple Pest Control, Waco Pest Control

There are likely not too many American adults who have not heard of Lyme disease. Many of us have at least one relative who has Lyme disease, and we know from either our own personal experiences, or the stories told by victims, that contracting Lyme disease can change a life, and usually not for the better. Lyme disease causes flu-like symptoms that never go away, so if you can, avoid ticks. Despite many people having heard of the disease, there are a few misconceptions some people have about the disease. Most people may not know anything about Lyme disease beyond the fact that the bacteria that causes the disease is carried by ticks.

Each year the Centers for Disease Control counts around thirty thousand Americans as having contracted Lyme disease. But little do many know, some people can get the disease from a tick without having any memory of being bitten. To be more specific, only thirty percent of Lyme disease victims report seeing or feeling the tick that transmitted the disease.

Another example of a well known symptom of Lyme disease is the “bulls eye rash”. Many people, even some experts, insist that ticks always leave their victims with a rash that resembles a bulls eye, but this is not always the case. Many people go untreated for Lyme disease because they think that their insect bite was not from a tick since a bulls eye mark was not left behind on the wound. This line of thinking is absurd, and it is a great way of making symptoms of Lyme disease worse. First of all, only seventy to eighty percent of Lyme disease victims come down with a rash. Second of all, when a rash does appear, it is often oval shaped and red, with no bulls eye. So if you are experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease, and if you live in a high risk area, then for god’s sake don’t avoid the doctor just because you’re terrible looking tick-induced rash is not of “bulls eye” form.

What do you think would be the most unpleasant aspect of having Lyme disease?

Fighting Troublesome Bugs With Sound?

March 22, 2017 5:01 am
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Categories: Kileen Pest Control, Waco Pest Control

The year of 2016 saw a lot of insects causing devastation worldwide. If it is not the Zika virus, then it’s invasive insect pests. One particular insect-pest that has caused a considerable amount of trouble is known as the bark beetle. The bark beetle happens to be one of the most damaging insect-pests that exist in the world today. However, a music professor from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a researchers from Northern Arizona University, may introduce the world to an instrument that will fix the bark beetle problem for good.

In recent years, bark beetles have caused such widespread destruction that experts consider their populations to be at outbreak levels. The music professor came up with the idea of using a piece of electronic musical equipment in order to record the sounds that the beetles make while interacting in the wild. That is not all, the music professor then plays back the bark beetle sounds, but in such a way that the same sound is not repeated. By avoiding repetition, the professor is convincing the bark beetles that these sounds are legit, and not being shot out over a loudspeaker by a mad scientist.

Once the bark beetles are exposed to the maddening sounds they start physically fighting each other. Not only that but they stop mating and female bark beetles lose their ability to lay eggs. Now the researchers are teaming up in an interuniversity effort to figure out how to use these sounds to eradicate mass amounts of bark beetles. This would result in many trees located within the western region of the United States to go on living, and perhaps even wildfires would eventually become less common, since the trees would not be as dried up and dead as a result of the lessened bark beetle activity.

Do you find the particular pest control method described above to be inhumane, or can bugs even feel pain?

Opossums May Be Earth’s Oldest Living Mammals

March 20, 2017 5:06 am
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Categories: Killeen Pest Control, Opossums May Be Earth's Oldest Living Mammals, Temple Pest Control, Waco Pest Control

Very few people get excited about spotting an opossum in the wild. In fact, opossums would likely scare any person who spotted one, especially young children. This is because opossums are strange and very different looking mammals. Not many mammals in the wild are sporting frightening fangs, and a menacing sneer, which seems to be the expression that an opossum’s natural resting face shows. It would not surprise you to hear that opossums deserve more respect, but not many mammals alive today can claim to have been around when the dinosaurs commonly roamed the planet.

According to recently uncovered evidence, opossums have inhabited this planet since the Upper Cretaceous Period, and this was a time when dinosaurs were still alive and well on this planet. Not only that, but opossums, which are the only marsupials known to dwell in America, all originated on the North American continent.

Several years ago, a fossilized skull was found in the bighorn basin located on Wyoming. The skull was found to be fifty five million years old. A high resolution CT scan was used to date the fossil. To be clear, the fossilized skull was not identical to the shape and form of modern marsupial skulls. Rather, the fossil that was discovered in Wyoming contained the skull of a particular family of marsupials known as peradectids. The peradectids are now extinct, but they are closely related to modern marsupials.

These peradectids first appeared on North American soil around sixty five million years ago, which was around the same time that dinosaurs began going extinct. As the dinosaurs died out, mammals flourished. Based on fossil evidence, researchers seem nearly certain that the evolutionary split between the ancient opossums and all other living marsupials occurred at least sixty five million years ago.

If you were not aware that opossums were as old as they are, then which mammal did you believe was the oldest?