Thursday, October 31 2013
The Black Widow
The black widow has a very distinctive appearance. It is a shiny black with a red marking on the bottom of the abdomen, in the shape of an hourglass.
It's venom is a neurotoxin and reactions vary from person to person. Children and the elderly tend to be most effected. The initial symptoms present within 20 minutes to one hour and include local pain, muscle cramps, abdominal pain, weakness and tremor. Additional symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizziness, chest pain and respiratory difficulty.
Much like the brown recluse, the black widow hides out in undisturbed small spaces. It's web is a chaotic zig-zag of lines with no particular pattern. They can almost always be found at or near ground level.
Always take care and wear gloves when going through materials or boxes that have been left undisturbed for long periods of time. Wood piles are a particularly common hiding area for black widows so always shake off the wood before bringing it inside.
The best way to prevent a bite is to keep the home free of pests, with regular pest control services. At Alternative Pest Control we make spraying for spiders a routine part of our quarterly services, ALL year long, EVERY service.
Thursday, October 17 2013
I just got a new puppy and in the process learned a lot about fleas and tapeworms. I thought I would share the information here:
My puppy seemed very sluggish the first day I had him. I was concerned so I got an appointment with a vet. After the exam, the vet told me my puppy had a tapeworm. He explained that fleas transmit the tapeworms when an animal ingests the infected flea.
He gave my puppy a shot to get rid of the current tapeworm, but he warned that the puppy must have a flea-free environment to prevent a new infection.
I went ahead and started monthly flea treatments for the dog. However, being in the pest control industry, I know these treatments are not enough to prevent him from ingesting a flea. These popular treatments are very helpful but it can take up to 24 hours to kill a flea once it comes in contact with your pet. The best way to prevent contact with fleas is to treat the home and yard as well. This is especially helpful for pets that have a flea allergy because it only takes a few bites to cause significant discomfort for the pet.
Our flea treatments cost between $50 - $100 and usually only need to be done once or twice a year. For more information you can contact our office at (770) 995-5053.
Have a great day,
Alternative Pest Control Staff
Wednesday, October 16 2013
Here is what to look for...
Light brown body with darker brown marking in the center
Legs are lighter and uniform in color
Lots of fine short hairs on the body
The body will be 1/2 inch or smaller
Their webs are loose, sticky, light gray and have no pattern.
They like to hide in small dark spaces where they will not be disturbed.
Signs of a bite...
Initially the bite is not painful. At 2-8 hours the area will become red, tender and swollen. If left untreated, it can form a growing ulcer that does not heal and is surrounded by purple skin discoloration and swelling.
Other symptoms can include: chills, fever, nausea, sweating, and itching.
Severity of symptoms differ from person to person with the worst cases often involving children or the elderly.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY A BROWN RECLUSE.
Wash bite with soap and water.
Put an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes, remove for 10 minutes and repeat.
Best ways to avoid a bite...
Keep the home free of pests (not only should this eliminate any brown recluse but it will also remove the household insects they feed on)
Wear heavy work gloves when sorting through items that have been undisturbed for long periods of time (especially clothes, shoes, woodpiles, picture frames, and cardboard boxes)
UNFORTUNATELY WE LIVE INSIDE THE DISTRIBUTION AREA FOR THIS POISONOUS SPIDER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW TO ID THEM AND WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE A BROWN RECLUSE INFESTATION IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE, JUST GIVE US A CALL AND WE WILL SEND OUT A TECHNICIAN RIGHT AWAY.
Tuesday, October 15 2013
There is a reason spiders are associated with Halloween that goes beyond being creepy-crawly. This time of year is when spiders become the most active and visible. They have been growing steadily since spring and have reached their full size. Many of the spiders you see in your home now, probably came inside during the heavy rains this summer but were too small to be noticed. Some of them may be males that are on the move looking for a mate. Females can become especially large because they are about to lay their eggs before the first freeze.
Most spiders are harmless but the majority people would prefer not to share their home with them. So if your suddenly seeing more spiders than you can stomach, just give us a call at 770-995-5053.
Stay tuned for posts about the two spiders that are not so harmless: the black widow and the brown recluse. We'll show you how to identify and avoid being bitten by these poisonous georgia spiders.
Thursday, October 10 2013
Have any pest control related questions? Just post them here and we'll be happy to answer them. With thirty years of pest control experience there is no question we can't answer.
We can ID a bug.... Explain how different services work... Address safety concerns about chemicals.... Whatever you need to know we're here to help.
Wednesday, October 09 2013
There is a new species of ant that has made it's way to Georgia. The Tawny Crazy Ant is unique because of the massive size of it's colonies. They are very difficult to control and must be identified by a well educated technician because typical ant treatments will not be enough. Check out the article below. If you suspect you have an infestation call us right away. We will keep our technicians up-to-date on the best way to manage these new household pests.
Here is what to look out for:
They’re reddish in color, very tiny, and they run around and scurry really fast. And they don’t march in a straight row like Argentine ants. You may also notice electrical problems around the home because they are attracted to electrical wiring.
Wednesday, October 02 2013
http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740 is a great site. They even have a free service where you can post pictures of your mystery bug and they'll help you identify it.
For a quick simple ID of common house pests you can use our site
Alternative Pest Control
P.O.Box 1883 | Lawrenceville, GA 30046 | Phone: 770-995-5053 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org