Two of the Most Terrifying Spiders Found in the Carolinas  

Tommy Miles - July 15, 2017

We get rid of bugs, pests, insects in your homeArachnophobia is the all-encompassing fear of spiders. If you are like most people, you have at least a touch of this phobia. While you might not have an irrational fear like those who suffer from the condition, you likely don’t care much for the small, eight-legged creatures. These are the two most terrifying spiders found in the Carolinas:

 

The Black Widow:

You are probably familiar with the black widow’s appearance. It has an almost glossy sheen to its body and has an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of its abdomen. The male widow spider is smaller than the female and rarely bites. The more aggressive females bite more often but will still usually only bite in defense. The most common reason for them to attack is if they are guarding or laying eggs.

The female black widow prefers to spin her silken web in a protected space, such as under decks, house steps or stones. They are rarely found inside of houses. The black widow bite produces sharp pain that typically lasts for hours, resulting in localized muscle cramps. The pain can become severe and spread to other parts of the body and be accompanied by tremors and weakness. Cold clammy skin, a feeble pulse, spasmodic breathing, and delirium might also be experienced. Death is very rarely a result of a black widow bite thanks in large part to the presence and availability of an effective antiserum.

The Brown Recluse:

The brown recluse spider appears harmless. It is yellow to light brown in color and on the smaller side, with its body only measuring around 3/8” long. When its long legs are extended, its length grows by more than an inch. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is its three pair of eyes. The brown recluse won’t seek out humans to attack, as it is shy by nature. It typically hunts for prey at night and hides during the day. However, its hiding places can lead to accidental encounters with humans as they like to hide in ceiling light fixtures, under insulation in attics, under furniture, in boxes or in closets. These locations are prime areas for them to be accidentally found and bite in defense.

Chances are, you will never experience the bite of a black widow or brown recluse spider, however, that doesn’t mean you have to share your home with these pests. Thankfully, you can get rid of all types of terrifying spiders around your property today by calling Clark’s Termite & Pest Control. Contact us today!

 

 

4 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Queen Ants  

Tommy Miles - July 1, 2017

Everyone knows that a queen ant is the head of her household – the mother of her ant colony. It’s well known that if you want to stop an ant infestation, you should go after the queen. Otherwise, you may kill a bunch of ants while the queen continues to reproducing.

But do you know anything else about queen ants? We’re breaking down interesting facts about the queen that might surprise you.

She’s Not in Charge

This ant is considered the queen because of her role – laying eggs for the whole colony. She’s everyone’s mother, but they don’t bow down to her wishes and she doesn’t tell everyone what to do.

Instead, the queen has an important role that she carries out while the other ants carry out their roles. Nonetheless, the rest of the colony does takes care of their mama. They clean her and bring food to her so she can keep her focus on pumping out babies.

Not Every Colony Has One Queen

Some ant colonies have one queen ant, but other species of ants have worker ants that can reproduce. In other cases, rather than having a centralized queen, a colony can have multiple queens, creating unbelievable expansion in a short amount of time.

She Lives Long and Reproduces Often

You might think – or hope – that an ant could live for a just a few days, weeks, or even months. But queen ants can have a surprising lifespan. In fact, in the perspective of her descendants, a queen ant essentially lives forever.

We don’t know exactly how long they live, but a scientist studied one with a lifespan close to 30 years! Many live for at least 10 years. Over her incredible lifespan, a queen can lay billions of eggs.

Queens Can Have a Mutiny Against Them

While it may seem like an ant colony will do anything for their royalty, they can still have the desire to overthrow a queen. This is especially the case if a colony has multiple queens, resulting in ants from one queen attacking another. Workers come together to form an attack, which involves biting and spraying her with acid, sometimes for days.

Queens are smart enough to plan for a potential attack. When they live with other queens, they lay a reduced number of eggs. Workers are smart as well, as they smell chemical odors from the most fertile queens and kill off the less fertile ones. This sounds like a tricky system of checks and balances with just as much drama as the history of humanity’s royalty!

You may have noticed lines of worker ants walking through your home, which probably means a queen ant is lurking somewhere. At Clark’s Pest Control, we know how to find the queen and stop the colony. Contact us to discover our strategy, or ask for a free estimate on our ant control services.