Spiders

Study: Spiders consume astounding number of insects per year

March 16, 2017 By
Researchers set out “to document the impact of the global spider community as insect predators” — and the numbers are impressive. Spiders feed on an estimated 400 to 800 million tons of insect prey annually, according to a new study... Read more»
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Photo: Tom Myers

Spider control measures from ‘Truman’s’

March 8, 2017 By
Author’s Note: Information is taken from Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, available online at the PMP Bookstore. Spiders are not insects, and the easiest way to tell that is their eight legs instead of six. But these arachnids... Read more»
Brown recluse spider, Dr. Rick Vetter

Paper aids in diagnosis of brown recluse bites

February 22, 2017 By
Many skin conditions are misdiagnosed by doctors as brown recluse spider bites. This can lead to tragedy because about 40 medical conditions, including several deadly bacterial infections, can be confused with brown recluse bites. Dr. Rick Vetter, a retired University... Read more»
Spider Video

Video: Spider hauls mouse up refrigerator

November 9, 2016 By
A video of a huntsman spider carrying a dead mouse up the sides of a refrigerator in Australia has now been viewed more than 22 million times. Jason Wormal, a tradesman from Coppabella in Queensland, Australia, says he was about to... Read more»
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Photo: Karthik Easvur

Study: Jumping spiders have long-distance hearing

October 18, 2016 By
The saying goes, “to be a fly on the wall,” although flies don’t have ears. Jumping spiders don’t either, but what if they could actually hear you? A new study released in Current Biology reveals through neural recordings that jumping spiders’ (Salticidae) brains are... Read more»
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PMPs tackle ‘world’s most venomous spider’

September 27, 2016 By
While unpacking groceries, a woman in Leicester, England, was greeted by about a dozen Brazilian wandering spiders (Phoneutria fera) on a bunch of bananas. Forklift truck driver Ashley Gamble told Leicester Mercury that his partner Sophia Newcombe noticed a small, white cocoon... Read more»
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The spider that ate my neighborhood! (or: My late-summer porch pal) [UPDATED 9/7/16]

September 2, 2016 By
Maybe you’ve heard of the 1972 novelty (not-quite-a) hit, “The Cockroach that Ate Cincinnati” by Rose & the Arrangement. It’s basically what you’d expect from a 1970s novelty song. In the same spirit here’s the Spider that Ate Cleveland …... Read more»
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Photo: Olaf Leillinger

How to sweep away cellar spiders for good

September 1, 2016 By
Cellar spiders (family Pholcidae) are common pests in basements and crawlspaces. They build abundant cobwebs and are often found hanging upside down between joists and in dark corners in cellars. When disturbed, these spiders will rapidly shake their webs to... Read more»
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I.D. this blogger’s 8-legged invader …

May 26, 2016 By
Perhaps one of our readers can confirm something for me. Though I write for pest professionals, I am not one. Nor am I an entomologist. I AM, however, a spider bite victim. How do you know it’s a spider bite,... Read more»
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Terminix combats battle of the ballooning spiders

April 28, 2016 By
Last November, a grass spider (Agelenopsis spp.) infestation in a small neighborhood in North Memphis made national news. As well it should: Across the street from the cluster of houses is an open field that thousands of the spiders called... Read more»
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