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Getting Those Voles Under Control

If you have a tempting garden to protect, you may be familiar with voles, small rodents that are similar to dear mice with shorter tails. You may only know of them by the tunnels they leave in your lawn and the damage they can cause to your trees and shrubs. Since voles do not hibernate,…

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Can A Brown Recluse Be Identified By Its Violin-Shaped Marking?

Many people are under the impression that the brown recluse spider has a violin shape on its abdomen. It is further believed that all BR’s including  males and females, have this mark in common. Actually, this method of identification is completely worthless since many spiders sport similar markings. The best way to identify a BR…

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The Spider That Smells Its Way Home

Most people probably assume that spiders have amazing eyes that have adapted to see anything during the jungle nights. Actually, with the exception of a few spiders, most spiders stumble around like fools in the dark just as we humans do. And like humans, spiders need tools to help them navigate through the dark. The…

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Lyme Disease May Be Spreading At An Alarming Rate

We have all heard of the dreaded illness known as Lyme disease. This disease is spread to humans via the blacklegged tick. The Centers for Disease Control Estimates that three hundred thousand people per year become infected with Lyme disease. There is exists another type of Lyme spreading tick, but luckily, this second tick, Ixodes…

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Hot Spiders Make Their Way Into Swimming Pools

Who doesn’t like to take a dip in a nice cool swimming pool during the summer months? During heat waves the local swimming pool can be a life saver for people, and apparently, for spiders as well. Spiders seeking out cool bodies of water, which includes swimming pools, is an understandable behavior for a cold…

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Can Spider Cause An Infection With Their Bite?

To this day there is still no solid evidence that spiders carry infectious bacteria on their fangs. However, this does not necessarily mean you are safe from infected bug bites. A study conducted in Brazil demonstrated that gangrene causing bacteria can be present on a brown recluse’s fangs. Specifically, the study showed that thirty six…

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Why Don’t Spiders Stick To Their Webs?

There is a longstanding myth that spiders are able to avoid sticking to their own webs by secreting some kind of oil on their feet that helps them slide around with ease. Unfortunately, everyone who believes this to be fact is completely wrong. Scientists have looked far and wide for these oil-secreting glands and simply…

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Can I Identify A Spider Bite By Spotting Two Puncture Wounds?

Since spiders have two fangs you would think that a spider bite would leave two puncture wounds on a person’s skin. And this is somewhat true. Both of a spider’s fangs inject venom into its victim’s bloodstream, but not all wounds will appear to be from two fangs. In any spider that is smaller than…

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Have People Really Lost Arms And Legs To Spider Bites?

There have been stories in the past that pop up telling about a spider that brutally maimed and mutilated a poor blind grandmother, or something of that nature. However, the truth is rarely as dramatic as news outlets want you to believe. In cases where a spider bite victim did lose a limb, it was…

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The Tarantula That Eats Snakes

Tarantulas are known for keeping a diet that consists largely of insects and other spiders, as well as arthropods of all kinds. You may be saying to yourself, “but what about the goliath birdeater?” Well, that monster is known to feed on rodents, but that beast is an exception among tarantulas. Of course, the Australian…

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