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Newly discovered spiders named after Star Wars Stormtroopers

May 3, 2019 By
For all the Star Wars fans out the there: May the Fourth be with you! Some interesting spider news from South America was announced. Researchers discovered a news species of spiders in Colombia. Four of six bald-legged spiders will be... Read more»
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New spider species discovered in Indonesia

March 18, 2019 By
A new species of spider was discovered in Indonesia by a researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, according to Phys.org. Dr. Lena Grinsted, an early career research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, described the... Read more»
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Identifying spiders vs. ticks

January 17, 2019 By
The easiest way to identify a tick is by the number of legs it has. Like other arachnids, ticks have eight legs in the nymph and adult stages, but only six legs in the larval stage (the so-called “seed tick”... Read more»
Black widow. Photo: iStock.com/Schiz-Art

How spiders find their mate

January 10, 2019 By
Engagement season is upon us. The holidays bring about a lot of engagements, weddings and even baby announcements. Well, to mix it up, here’s some insight into the courting habits of spiders. Spiders also have a romantic side according to... Read more»
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Control tactics for spiders

January 8, 2019 By
All spiders are predators — and the majority enter structures unintentionally. The probability of being bitten by one is very rare; in fact, most claims of bites probably were not from a spider. Control tactics for spiders are universal for... Read more»
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6 simple steps for spider control

December 21, 2018 By
Spider control can stump even the most experienced pest management professional (PMP). Effective control, however, can be framed with six simple steps: 1. Identify. Other than cases involving medically significant spiders, it usually is not imperative to meticulously identify spiders... Read more»
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J.B. Howell, Technical Services, MGK

8 control strategies for spiders

December 13, 2018 By
Successful spider control requires a multi-pronged approach, including inspection, identification, non-chemical controls, sanitation, exclusion, insecticide applications and addressing exterior lighting issues that attract spider food. If you’ve identified a need for spider control, some key non-chemical control strategies to start... Read more»
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Dr. Janis Reed, BCE, Technical Services Manager, Control Solutions Inc.

Identifying spiders to calm fears

December 6, 2018 By
Nearly every call/email/text we get about spiders contains the same question: Is it venomous/dangerous? This question is not easy to answer. With more than 45,000 species of spiders worldwide, identification can be challenging. Most entomologists are not trained to identify... Read more»

Determine the real reason for spiders’ presence

November 29, 2018 By
Why do we have horrible, awful, nasty and scary spiders? Food. Spiders would not be harboring or hunting in an environment devoid of food. Their mere presence is really symptomatic of a different pest issue — usually small flies, or... Read more»
Dr. Eric Paysen, Technical Services Manager, Syngenta Professional Pest Management

Quick tips for effective spider control

November 22, 2018 By
Whether spinning webs on front porches or making a mad dash across the kitchen floor, spiders are sure to get attention when they make an appearance. These pests dwell in protected crevices when not sitting in their webs or actively... Read more»
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