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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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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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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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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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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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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