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New Book Explores the Misunderstood Lives of Common Spiders

Filed under: New Jersey Spider Control,NJ Spider Control,Spider Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:07 pm October 27, 2017

New Book Explores the Misunderstood Lives of Common Spiders

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It’s that time of year when spiders are out and about inside your home trying to find a mate, and one entomologist decided to write a book about our common house spiders to try and help us understand these misunderstood houseguests or ours. Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice co-authored Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Spiders with biologist Chris Buddle, and it is set to be released in January 2018 by University of Chicago Press. Her journey of writing this book started with her being terrified at the sight of these creepy crawly arachnids while she was doing her research, but through the process her initial fear ended up turning into fascination once she began to understand the lives of these common spiders that live amongst us. “After I learned more about them and what they did in the world, I started to like them. And then I started to love them.”

One of her favorite common house spiders is the cellar spider (Pholcus phalangioides). The cellar spider is one of the many spiders feared across the country that lives in our homes and scares the crap out of us when we happen upon one. Dr. Spicer Rice, however, learned to love these creatures, respecting how they live and the actual good they do for us humans. Cellar spiders actually go around eating other spiders that live in our homes. In the dark cracks of your house these spiders will search for another spider’s web, placing its lanky legs on the threads once it finds one and make them tremble slightly to mimic the same kind of vibrations a trapped insect would make. Scientists call this act “aggressive mimicry” or their “death dance.” When the hungry owner of the web creeps out to eat what they think is a captured meal they quickly discover they are the actual prey. The cellar spider then tosses its own silk web over it, wrapping it up tightly and then eating it. But, they don’t stop there. After eating the web’s owner, to add insult to injury, they then eat all of the bugs that were already caught by the web of the eaten spider.

Spiders like the cellar spider have a bad reputation, but they have many traits that actually benefit humans. They act as a kind of natural pest control in many areas of our homes, with cellar spiders eating mosquitos and woodlice in addition to their spider brothers and sisters. Lynx spiders are a godsend to farms, where they roam around eating agricultural pests. They are also not quite the danger to us that we think. Most spiders have no interest in biting people, as opposed to other insects like mosquitos and ticks that feed on human blood. You might want to check out Dr. Spicer Rice’s book in the new year, and see how it changes your opinion of the spiders living with you.

What kind of spider do you see most often around your house? Are you afraid of the spiders in your house and why?

 

 

What Is The Difference Between An Arachnid And A Spider? New Jersey Spider Control

Filed under: New Jersey Spider Control,NJ Spider Control,Spider Control — Tags: , , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:39 am January 24, 2017

What Is The Difference Between An Arachnid And A Spider? New Jersey Spider Control

Many people use the term “spider” and “arachnid” interchangeably, but do these words mean the same thing as everyone assumes? I personally have always assumed that an arachnid and a spider were one and the same thing. Actually, arachnids include a variety of different creepy crawlies that you probably had no idea were actually arachnids, but not spiders.

There are, in fact, eleven orders of arachnids. These include such bugs like scorpions, mites, ticks, harvestmen, psuedoscoprions, whipscorpions, solpugids, and last, but not least, spiders. Experts compare people’s confusion between arachnids and spiders in the same way that the relation between beetles and insects is misunderstood. Many people, even some experts, don’t realize that beetles are only one order of insect, the coleoptera. And obviously not all insects are beetles, just as not all arachnids are spiders. And that is the end of that.

Are there any other types of arachnids that were not listed in the article?

Do All Black Widows Eat Their Male Mates? | New Jersey Spider Control

Do All Black Widows Eat Their Male Mates? | New Jersey Spider ControlBlack Widow Spider

Most of us assume that female black widows always eat their mates after copulation. However, female black widows don’t eat their mates that often, but that does not stop professional entomologists from writing about how females eat male widows after mating. There are even newer textbooks on the market that present this cannibalistic phenomenon as though it is a normal part of Black Widow behavior. It seems as though the authors of entomology textbooks are simply copying off of each other while not actually studying black widows in the wild.

For one thing, there exists many different species of black widow with some more prone to eat their male mates than others. There exists three different black widow species in the United States alone. However, not all black widow species are so innocent of murder. Every once in awhile the black widows that dwell in the southeastern region of the US may attempt to kill their male mates, but the males typically live to see another day. And as for the other two species of black widow that dwell in America, mate cannibalism has never once been observed. Now, black widow mating behavior is a different story in the southern hemisphere.

Are there any species of female black widow that exist in the world that consume their male sexual partners after every reproductive activity? If there are such black widows, then where on the planet can they be found?

HAZMAT Suited Firefighting Team Dispatched To Contain A Single Spider

Filed under: New Jersey Spider Control,NJ Spider Control,Spider Control — Tags: , , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:25 am December 19, 2016

After a spider was spotted in a shipping container a panic ensued. Ten different firefighters, all decked out in HAZMAT suits, were dispatched to the alleged location of the very important spider. So why all fear over a single spider that a person only claimed to have spotted? New Jersey Spider ControlLooking for New Jersey Spider Control Experts? Call us today for a free estimate!

Well, the arachnid in question was, after all, the Brazilian wandering spider. These spiders produce a venom that can ultimately destroy a human male’s ability to achieve an erection, so now you can understand the HAZMAT suits.

The BWS transmits a venom through its bite that will cause a painful erection that won’t subside naturally. Even after a few hours of avoiding treatment, the male genitalia can become completely nonfunctional. If that horrific scenario is not enough to make you cringe, then it must be mentioned that bite victims can straight up die from the venom’s resulting oxygen depriving effects on the human body. I think that it is great that people today are becoming less fearful of spiders and insect, but when it comes to humans’ relationship to the wandering spider, I don’t think humans will embrace this particular arachnid.

Are there any other arthropods that possess venom that induces sexual dysfunction?