Jul 182011
Arlington Pest Control & Exterminator: brown recluse spider

Don’t risk the discovery of poisonous spiders and call us right away for an inspection.

Have you been seeing a lot of spiders in and around your home? We will get rid of them inside your home and then we will place a barrier outside to keep them from coming back inside.

Call us today to get an appointment with our expert to rid your home of spiders.

Info on Brown Recluse

The Brown Recluse is one of two poisonous spiders native to Texas. It typically is brown, and has a dark violin-shaped mark, although the color may vary. The Brown Recluse will often hide out in undisturbed areas of your garage or basement. Brown recluses generally will not bit humans unless they feel threatened. This is why it’s important to always wear gloves when reaching somewhere that you cannot see. A common time that people get bit is when they’re moving wood, particularly firewood that sites outside or in a shed. This is a great hiding spot for a Brown Recluse.

For more information on poisonous spiders found in Arlington and other areas of Texas, please check out the Texas Department of State Health Services website here.

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Pest Control Arlington

Jul 182011
Arlington Spider Removal

We are here to help you keep safe from harmful spiders like the black widow.

Black widow are one of the few venomous spiders. They are often found in or under objects where their presence is not immediately obvious. In order to maintain safety, it is recommended that people performing activities where they cannot see where their hands are being placed (such as lifting boards or firewood, or reaching into storage boxes) should wear gloves to prevent being bitten by a hidden it. Also, clothing should be checked before wearing–especially if unused for a considerable time–as a spider may have taken up residence within it.

Spider Removal: Black Widow

Three species are native to the Arlington, Texas area.

Southern Black Widow: Most common of the native widow. It is the epitome of the classic widow, occurring in all the normal widow habitats. It is a glossy jet black all over, including body and legs. The only red marks are the bright red hourglass mark on the underside of the abdomen, and a red spot just behind and above the spinnerets. It occurs throughout the state.

Northern Black Widow: Very similar to the southern black widow, with the exception of its hourglass mark which is broken into 2 triangle-shaped markings.  In addition there is a row of red spots down the middle of the back. Its web is a large tangled mass which is generally found at the tip of a low tree branch.

Brown Widow: Variable in color from almost white to almost black, although typically, it is a light to medium brown, with an orange hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. The Brown Widow leg segments are banded, with one half of each segment lighter in color than the other half. Its back often has a row of white spots (rarely they will be orange or light blue), and there are a few white stripes on each side. The darker Brown Widows lack these markings and are difficult to distinguish from black widows.  They can sometimes be identified by their egg sac if it is present. Brown Widow egg sacs resemble a sand spur and are tan, spherical, and have many small tufts of silk sticking out from them, while the other widows make white, smooth egg sacs tending to be pear-shaped.

The Brown Widow tends to be extremely timid and has rarely been reported to bite. The Brown Widow appears to be the most human-adapted of the species occurring in Texas. Its webs may occur anywhere that there is sufficient space to make one. It may be extremely abundant on houses and other man-made structures (e.g., barns, fences, guard rails, bridges). The Brown Widow reproduces frequently and disperses rapidly, which makes it nearly impossible to control.

Generally, Widow Spiders are very timid and only bite in self-defense such as when they accidentally come in contact with humans. Bite symptoms of the widows are systemic, spreading through the body via the lymphatic system.  They usually start about 1-3 hours after the bite has occurred. The most common symptoms of a widow bite are intense pain, rigid abdominal muscles, muscle cramping, nausea, vomiting, general malaise (not feeling well), local sweating and hypertension (high blood pressure). If left untreated, bite symptoms will generally last 3-5 days. Treatment includes Calcium gluconate and/or antivenin which is administered to relieve or counteract symptoms.

For more information on Black Widows and other spiders found in Arlington and other areas of Texas, please check out the Texas Department of State Health Services website here.

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Pest Control Arlington

Jun 292011
Arlington Rat Removal

If you notice droppings, or other signs of rodents, call us right away.

Rodents, such as mice and rats, are social creatures, which means they tend to get lonely without companions.  That means that once they find a good source of warmth, security, and food they will invite their brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends to join them in the feast. Recently, we’ve noticed an uptick in the number of rats and mice entering homes. It seems that the weather is driving them in.

Rodents: Rats & Mice

Now, whether you think mice are somewhat cute or incredibly hideous, you do need to know the facts about the diseases that they can carry into your home. According to the CDC, they can directly transmit a variety of diseases including:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • South American Arenaviruses
  • Tularemia

Arlington Pest Control & Exterminator: chewing wiresWhile not all of them will be carriers of the above diseases, they can still be a nuisance around the house as they chew everything in sight.  It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food supplies when mice and rats are involved.  They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food.  In fact, they will even chew through a wall if they think there is food on the other side.

Now, they don’t have to chew a very large hole because they can squeeze through tiny holes.  In fact, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar.  This is usually how mice and rats originally get into a home or business.  They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed. That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place.  This is a service that our company provides in its list of extermination services.

We will take care of your little visitors

Below is a list of the common areas to find these holes and gaps inside your home.  Remember that mice are not restricted to low areas as they are expert climbers.  The common areas are:

  • Around doors.
  • Around the fireplace.
  • Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines.
  • Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces.
  • Around floor vents and dryer vents.
  • Between the floor and wall juncture
  • In the basement or crawl space and in floor drains of basement or laundry room
  • Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves.
  • Inside closets near the floor corners
  • Inside the attic.

Don’t forget to look on the outside of your home for points of entry as well.  The last thing you want is a rodent trapped in your walls and scratching away night and day.  Some good places to look for holes and gaps on the outside of your home include:

  • Around doors.
  • Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines.
  • Around the foundation
  • Around windows.
  • Attic vents and crawl space vents.
  • In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves.
  • Under doors.

Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool which is kept in place with caulking around the edges.  Larger holes can be fixed with metal sheeting, cement, lath metal or screen, or hardware cloth.  Flashing can also be used around the base of your home to prevent entry.  If this all sounds like too much work for you, don’t fear.  Pest Control of Arlington, TX would be happy to not only rid your home of rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well.  Just give us a call at (817) 583-8515 to schedule your consultation with our rodents specialist.

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