Possums Are Likely More Unique Than You May Think | Animal Control Experts
There are plenty of wild critters that people find cute and adorable. For example, raccoons are normally thought of as endearing, especially when they are babies. However, for some reason, possums do not get the love and affection that a raccoon often gets from people, but what gives? Why do people think possums are so repulsive? And what can possums do that other mammals cannot?
For one thing, you probably should regard raccoons and other wildlife as being more dangerous than a possum. This is because possums, unlike raccoons, have an immunity to rabies. So possums do not spread diseases like rabies, or at the very least, it is highly unlikely. Even your own dog is more likely to have rabies than a possum. More specifically, possums are eight times less likely to be carrying rabies than domesticated dogs.
Amazingly, possums even have an immunity to snake bites that can cause paralysis and even death in human beings. The rattlesnake, the cottonmouth and other pit vipers possess strong venom, but not strong enough to phase a possum. So the next time you see a possum, take a closer look, because they are pretty adorable.
Have you ever spotted a possum in the wild? Were you afraid of it? How did it behave in your presence?
Giant Japanese Spider Is Found In A Shipping Container | New Jersey Pest Control
It seems that there has been a lot of stories in the media lately about invasive insects and spiders arriving in America through shipping containers. You would think that since invasive insect pests are so devastating shipping officials would have figured out some way of making all shipments pest-free, but apparently that is easier said than done. Recently a shipping crew found a giant spider in a container from Japan.
Word has it that not a single member of the shipping crew was willing to trap the spider or remove it from the crate where it was found on account of its very large terrifying look. So the workers contacted an expert. Eventually an animal collection officer arrived to take care of the scary spider for the dock workers.
The spider turned out to be a large huntsman spider that is normally found in Australia. This spider can reach lengths of 13 or more centimeters, and their venom is not deadly to humans. Although these creatures are huge and scary looking they are completely harmless.
Which foreign insect or spider pest do you think is most damaging to North America’s ecosystem?
A Centipede Stalks First-Class Passengers | New Jersey Pest Control
A bunch of rich people riding in first class aboard an airline recently got the scare of their lifetimes when a giant, ugly centipede made its presence known. The centipede was first discovered onboard when it tried to crawl up the leg of a first class passenger. The passenger then brushed the centipede off of its leg, and it scuttled away underneath some seats, and that is when panic ensued.
The ten centimeter centipede likely found its way onto the plain via passenger carry on luggage. Once the plain arrived at its destination, it was promptly killed by quarantine inspectors. An official with border authorities took this recent scare as an opportunity to educate people on the importance of checking their bags for any foreign invaders before stepping onto an airplane. If the centipede had not been destroyed upon arrival in New Zealand, then the centipede may have proliferated and could have caused disaster to New Zealand’s agricultural industry.
Do you think that incidents like the one described in the article is the primary way that insects invade foreign soil?
If someone asked you which type of insect was the toughest of all insects, you might remember the cockroach as being a nearly indestructible organism. Actually roaches do not even come close to the durability of the tiny arthropod that is commonly known as a “water bear”.
Despite being only half a millimeter in length the water bear is generally recognized among experts as being among the most durable organisms that exists today. The water bear has been found in just about every type of environment that you could imagine. For example, these tiny bugs have been spotted thriving in freezing cold mountaintops, the rainforest, the arctic and even the deep sea. These bugs can obviously withstand extreme temperatures with no problem. In fact, the water bear can withstand temperatures ranging from -450 degrees Fahrenheit to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If that is not impressive enough, the water bear can even survive a full ten years without food. I think it is fair to say that this bug will be around long after humans have left.
Can you think of any other animal/s that can build populations under any type of climatic condition?