Many of us cower in fear at the thought of a spider. If there is even an inkling that the spider might be dangerous, we run screaming in the other direction looking for the nearest broom to take the spider out. There are many feelings out there about spiders; some are misconceptions. This got me thinking... Why are people so afraid of spiders? Here are 10 reasons:
Spiders have two major weapons at their disposal, their fangs. If a spider so chooses it can literally sink its teeth into you. Many people keep spiders as pets. Tarantulas, who can have fangs as long as 2.5 inches, are a common household pet. The tarantula’s bite isn't any more poisonous than that of a bee sting, but still is very painful. When a tarantula is getting ready to bite, it lifts its four front legs. Those fangs in combination with that threatening stance are definitely intimidating and grab at a person’s sense of fear.
Many people fear spiders because of their poison. In reality there are very few spiders with venom lethal enough to kill humans. The two most poisonous spiders to humans are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Even the poison of these two spiders would have a hard time killing an adult. Mainly young children and elderly people are susceptible to more serious consequences from these bites; otherwise, bites from these dangerous spiders can easily be medically treated.
Yes, spiders are gross to even look at. All species of spiders look different, but we can definitely agree that they are all ugly. Some have thick legs, while some have thinner legs. They can be hairy or bald. Their buggy little faces give most of us the heebie-jeebies! So how can you get close enough to kill something if you can’t even stand to look at it?! Just, time haunting questions of the universe, I guess.
Spiders can move swiftly and quickly to avoid the sandal’s smash. From there, they hide in places people can’t reach or even see. The trick is to spot it and out sneak it. However, spotting a spider when you’re asleep is difficult. This can give us nightmares, and an unrelaxing night’s sleep. This paranoia is a huge factor to a person’s sense of fear. The fear is that this tiny creature is smarter and sneakier, and this can really perturb some people.
Most people see spiders as predators, and while a spider is a hunter, it definitely does not spend its off-time sniffing out humans. While there are some jumping spiders in existence, they’re definitely not harmful to people. These jumping spiders live mainly in tropical environments. Most spiders among people are not aggressive at all. The two most harmful spiders, the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow, are non-aggressive and in reality are very shy. They cannot jump and will definitely not hunt out people.
Spiders also have angular shaped legs that we as humans are wired to fear. Their legs and also their dark color are a spider’s natural defenses. Their unpredictability and visible difference causes human fear.
Spiders are so different and vary dramatically. This unpredictability raises the fear in all of us. Some spiders can be extremely large. The Goliath Bird-eating Spider is the largest spider in the world. Its leg span is about 12 inches, which is about the size of a dinner plate. Along with the massiveness of this giant, spiders can also be extremely small. Spiderlings can be really small, even microscopic, yet they look exactly like a full grown spider, leaving the human mind to wonder just what a spider’s size can really be.
Spiders seem to produce spiderlings endlessly. Many spiders can produce hundreds of eggs at a time. The creation of these new spiders can be as quick as a few weeks. After those baby spiders hatch, the mother spider is back at it again, creating more weapons of mass destruction.
We've all had those nightmares, getting stuck in a giant web and getting our flesh sucked away by a nasty spider. While it is true that many spiders can produce silk webs, only about half of the species of spiders in the world can produce silk. All other spiders use different tactics to catch their prey. Regardless of the tactic, no spider technique is threatening enough to people. While a web may be nasty and scary, it is definitely not strong or sophisticated enough to ensnare us… well, maybe just ensnare our fear.
All things spider are scary, but in the end, their bite is definitely the scariest thing about them. While not many of these bites are lethal, they are painful. Some of the world’s largest spiders can pack unfortunate punches. Most household spider bites will cause an itch at most, but you can’t help compare those little critters to their powerful cousins found all over the world. If you are one of the many people who are afraid of spiders, and one of the many who doesn't want to see them in your home, get Spider Control from Bulwark Exterminating!
The next time you see a spider in your shower, be prepared. Have a surefire plan of attack. The following methods are your best weapons to combat an unsightly spider found hiding inside your home.
The truth is, you don’t need a firearm to kill a spider… Chuck Norris is an equally efficient killing machine!
If you see a dangerous spider in your home, take the following preventative steps: Step 1: Put in earplugs. Step 2: Turn on the radio and find Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe.” With as much airplay as that song gets, it should be easy to find playing on some station. Step 3: Point the speakers in the spider’s direction and watch as it instantly falls to it’s death. Note: Playing anything by Justin Bieber is also equally effective.
When you see a spider running across your ceiling, grab the nearest can of hairspray. Enough of the sticky spray will freeze that spider in it’s tracks. Even if it doesn't kill it; the spider will still have great hair.
A delicious way to kill a spider, assuming the spider is not dangerous, is to eat it. Marinade the spider with some garlic, thyme, olive oil and cayenne pepper; then toss it with some garden fresh arugula. Enjoy! Many cultures regularly eat spiders, scorpions, and other insects.
When that unsightly spider is running across your kitchen counter-top, grab your nearby bag of Oreo cookies. Take an Oreo apart, and quickly smash the spider in the Oreo’s cream. On top of killing the spider, you’ll also gain internet fame when you post a photo online claiming that you found the spider inside. Read more about the Oreo Spider here: http://blogpestcontrol.com/2013/03/spider-found-in-oreo-real-or-fake/
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You see a spider running across your bedroom floor and you freeze. Don’t panic-- Now’s the time to react quickly. A thick-soled, steel toed boot is your best ally at this point. Slip it on, and stomp. Keep stomping! Twenty or thirty times should be efficient. If you want to try a different strategy with the boot, and have good aim, throw the boot at the spider and run!
WARNING: Watch a Phoenix Suns game at your own risk... Viewer discretion is advised. If you want the spider to suffer a slow and painful death, subject the spider to a 2013 Phoenix Suns basketball game. One half of inept basketball should be enough to put the spider out of it’s misery.
If you want an effective way to kill a spider, a flamethrower is one of your best bets. Even though you may risk burning your house to the ground, you know that spider is not coming out of it alive.
A surefire way to kill a spider, and keep them from ever entering your home in the first place, is to hire Bulwark Pest Control. If you want a money back guaranteed spider control solution; then call Bulwark today and start living a spider free life! It’s just easier than any of the above methods.
*** Disclaimer*** Bulwark Exterminating does not recommend the shooting of spiders with firearms, treating them with a flamethrower, or eating them with arugula. Watch a Phoenix Suns game at your own risk... Viewer discretion is advised. In some cases, like those of the Black Widow or Brown Recluse, spiders can be dangerous. Avoid striking a venomous spider. Doing so may simply knock them to the floor, where they can easily escape. The spider may also fall onto your hand or another part of your body and bite.
On my first day of service, Bulwark removed for me A Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my second day of service, Bulwark removed for me Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my third day of service, Bulwark removed for me Three wasp’s nests Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my fourth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my fifth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my sixth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my seventh day of service, Bulwark removed for me Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my eighth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Eight pinching earwigs, Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my ninth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my tenth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my eleventh day of service, Bulwark removed for me Eleven scurrying cockroaches, Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
On my twelve day of service, Bulwark removed for me Twelve bloodsucking bedbugs, Eleven scurrying cockroaches, Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer
Just to clarify, pest control customers wont need 12 days of consecutive service to eliminate all of these pest problems. Most pests can be eliminated in one single service!
Bulwark Exterminating operates nationwide with one of the major branch locations being Las Vegas, NV. Not only do we provide pest control for Vegas, but the surrounding areas as well. In Vegas there are hot summers and moderate winters, making it ideal for pests to come and thrive--Not to mention the fact that construction and landscaping increases water and food sources for these pesky invaders. In order to prevent them from destroying your home you need a pest control service that you can trust.
Common pests in Nevada include ants, spiders, roaches, scorpions and crickets. The red imported fire ants are small, but they have large colonies and they cause huge amounts of damage. Black Widows and Wolf Spiders can be found in Nevada. The Black Widow is the most dangerous in North America, and the Wolf Spider is very aggressive when they feel threatened. Oriental cockroaches, or water bugs, live in unsanitary conditions causing health problems. Nevada is home to both your average scorpion and the whip-tail scorpion. The scorpion sting is poisonous but the whip-tail scorpion only shoots out vinegar as a defense mechanism and they are not true scorpions. House crickets are well associated with their chirping sounds that keep people up at night.
Bulwark is here to take care all of the pests mentioned above and more. We take an assessment of the house and figure out what problems you have and the best solutions for each pest. We also build a barrier, or bulwark, around your home that serves as a protection for the future. We are well-reviewed for our professional technicians and our friendly customer service. Bulwark is here to help you keep your home bug-free.
Bulwark Exterminating services can be found in Phoenix, AZ. Our pest control service is available to the residents of the valley of the sun. Arizona has warm weather making it easy for pests to survive and infest neighborhoods. When there is an increase in landscaping, the pests have more of an access to sources of food and water. You need quality control provided by Bulwark Family Pest Control.
Pests to look out for include scorpions, roaches, spiders, ants, and bed bugs. Scorpions range in size and can be hard to control. Their bites should not be taken lightly. Roaches are the filthiest of the pests and cause a variety of health problems. The Black Widow Spider is the deadliest in North America and is often characterized by the hourglass pattern on its belly. A fire ant queen will lie on average 1600 eggs over seven years. Bed bugs are a growing problem and more and more valley residents are inspecting their homes for bed bugs.
Bulwark Exterminating can help you with all of those needs with our family pest control service. It is all included and is paired with our money-back guarantee. If you still experience problems, call us and we will come and service your house again. We are well known for our nocturnal scorpion service that will protect your home. A bulwark is a barrier, and we provide that for your home.
"Why don’t you make an infographic on which spiders are dangerous & which aren’t. I can't tell the difference, I just run!" -Melissa Fach
I am certain that Melissa is not alone in her fear of spiders. She is also not alone in her curiosity as to which spiders are dangerous and which are not. So Bulwark Exterminating decided to take Melissa's request/advice and create a guide to help identify dangerous spiders in the USA. Hopefully to the relief of many, there are only TWO families of dangerous spiders in the US, the Brown Recluse, and the Black Widow. The bites of these two spiders should be feared. There are many more spiders which will bite you, but the rest of the biting spiders in the US are not nearly so toxic as the Widow and the Recluse. However, all United States spiders can be considered venomous/poisonous spiders. As a rule of thumb, don't eat spiders and they won't eat you.
Many believe we eat spiders while we sleep. Read this article: How many spiders do we eat in our sleep? ZERO.
A New Deadly Spider at Olive Garden hiding under toilet seats, biting patrons, and killing 5 in Florida is also a DANGEROUS SPIDER HOAX. This viral sensation comes and goes every couple of years. It began back in 1999. No new deadly spiders have set up camp in the United States.
The Hobo Spider is not dangerous. This discovery has come to light in past decade and many arachnologist now believe that the work of Darwin Kenneth Vest falsely attributed skin problems on rabbits to the hobo spider bite. Further, no deaths can be confirmed for lack of positive spider identification. Europe, to which the hobo spider is native and common, has no reports in the past 100 years of the spider causing necrosis (cell death). While the belief that the hobo spider is dangerous is still widely circulated and disputed, there is no supporting evidence today to put the hobo spider on the dangerous spider list.
Black Widow Control Professional: "Today we’re going to talk about black widows. The most common place to find them are right down by the J-rail, just all crazy mixed up down here by the J-rail, okay? Why? Because the J-rail offers... goes into, inside of the wall, offers a lot of cool air coming out, cool, moist air coming out. Also is a great place for crickets to breed. Remember that crickets breed in these plants because there are water drippers on the plants, so there’s a huge population of crickets in the yard, therefore, that which preys on crickets will also do well, which is black widows, okay?" "So, the black widow, if you walk around the foundation of the house, you’ll find a web like this purple web I have here, at the base down by the J-rail. Very common to find them right at the entryway, right at the entryway here or there, the other place." "So, how do you know it’s a black widow’s web if there’s no black widow in the web? Number one, they’re chaotic, okay? A chaotic web means that it has no order to it. If you remember the story Charlotte’s Webb, a lot of spiders create a pattern to their web, you know, a design in their web. Black widows have no pattern to their webs, none at all. It’s just all chaotic. Often times, you’ll find leaves and debris in the black widow’s web because the web is so strong; it’s the strongest web of any spider here in Arizona." "And, so it’s a very strong, sticky web. It’s low to the ground. Sometimes you will see severe infestations black widows with webs up in the eves. And you’ll actually be able to see her sometimes in the very corner; she’s trying to hide as much as she can, but usually it’s down by the ground because their number one food source is crickets, okay? So, if the web is low to the ground and it doesn’t have any spider out in it, other spiders don’t usually recluse back into a lair, they don’t recluse back into a dark space. Most of them don’t." - Bulwark Exterminating Spider Controlby Thomas B.
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Bulwark Exterminating Spider Control Professional: "And if you look around the house, you’ve got these spider webs right here that are super tough, and they’re so tough that they’ll catch leaves and, you can identify these spider webs as black widow webs because of the durability of them. See how it doesn’t even break it?" "So, the other thing about these webs, these black widow spider webs, is that they are chaotic in nature, just in disarray, so you can tell they’re different from your other spiders, like your funnel spiders or your orb spiders that have patterns to their webs." "As far as black widows biting you, they’re really not that aggressive. If you come around their nest and you play around with their, the web, they will come out and they will attack you in thinking you’re food or if you’re threatening their egg sacks." "But, in general, black widows are not that aggressive. They more just sit and wait for their prey to come to them. But, if you do get bit by a black widow, a child is in danger. Most adults it would probably just put you in bed for a couple of days. So, but I wouldn’t advise getting bit, though." - Bulwark Exterminating Spider Control