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Afraid Of Spiders 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 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:

1. Their Fangs!

Huge Spider Fangs 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.

2. A Spider’s Poison Can Kill

Sac Spider fangs 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.

3. U.G.L.Y.

Ugly Spider 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.

4. Sneaky Spiders

Spider In Sink 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.

5. They Can Attack!

Spider Attack 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.

6. Shape & Color

Black Widow Spider 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.

7. Too Large or Too Small

Huge Spider In Hand 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.

8. Babies, Babies, & More Babies

Baby Spiders

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.

9. Weapon Two: Webs

Social cobweb spider (Anelosimus studiosus) on... 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.

10. Again, They Bite!

Spider Bite 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 Twelve Pests Of Christmas

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

Note:

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!

Merry Christmas from all of here at Bulwark Exterminating!

 

 

"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.Now is she 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.

Guide to Identify Spiders In & Around Your Home

Guide to Identify Dangerous Spiders in the US

Common Spider Hoax

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.

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Transcript From Black Widow Spider Control:

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 Control

Bulwark Exterminating Pest Control Technician

Pest Control Professional and Exterminator speaks:
"Hi, I’m Jared Peacock. I’m a Bulwark Exterminating employee. I’ve been with the company about three years, three and a half about. Yeah, well scorpions are pretty common out here in Arizona, black widows, as well. Roaches are common, too, and then just your regular spiders. We’re here to treat for the scorpions. When I do a good job, it feels great. I love making customers happy, making them feel satisfied with the service that they get. Just a lot better barrier around the perimeter of the house with the entry point treatments, the perimeter spray, and then the treatments that we do inside with the in-wall treatment, through the outlets." -Bulwark Exterminating Pest Control

Transcript from Identifying Black Widows and Black Widow Spider Webs

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