The Cellar Spider in St. George, Utah

Cellar Spider Cellar spiders are one of the most ubiquitous spiders found in and around homes throughout North America. They have long, thin legs and hang upside down from flimsy webs. They’re often referred to as daddy-long-legs. One must be aware, however, this is a different creature than a daddy- or granddaddy-long-leg, which belong to…

Prepping for a Flea Service

Prepping For A Flea Service By Doug VanGundy, 
Senior Director, Research and Development, Central Life Sciences: Fleas and Ticks Pet owners dislike fleas as much as their pets do. Fleas can be harmful to pets, causing scratching, fur loss, tapeworms and bites that lead to anemia and trips to the vet. Fleas attack a wide…

The Common House Spider in St. George, Utah

Common House Spider The common house spider is another European native, which has become almost ubiquitous throughout North America. It’s currently known by the scientific name of Parasteatoda tepidariorum and was recently changed from the well known but equally tongue-twisting name of Achaearanea tepidariorum. Similar to the long-bodied cellar spider, it has been in North America for centuries,…

Inspection Tips for Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Inspection Tips With bed bug infestations rising at an alarming rate, proper bedding inspections have fast joined the front line of defense in protecting and preventing against the establishment of this insidious pest into expansive infestations. To minimize bed bug incidents, pest management professionals (PMPs) need to implement an extensive checklist of inspection…

The Brown Widow Spider (Taking Another Look)

Brown Widow The brown widow spider, Latrodectus geometricus, is related to the medically important black widow spider. It’s not nearly as toxic, however, as its better-known relative. A native to either Africa (most likely) or South America (less likely), the brown widow has, for many decades, been restricted to Florida. In the first part of the…

The Brown Recluse Bite: Part 4 of 5

AS BAD AS ITS BITE? The main reason for the hoopla regarding the brown recluse is its ability to sometimes cause skin lesions from envenomations. A bite typically occurs when the spider is trapped between exposed flesh and some object, so people are typically bitten while dressing or when rolling over in bed at night.…

The Brown Recluse: Part 2 of 5

OTHER RECLUSES There are two non-native species in North America. The Mediterranean recluse is a worldwide tramp species. It has been reported in many locations around the country; however, a typical infestation is large in number yet restricted to one to several buildings. The exception is in central Washington DC, where they’re fairly common. Finding…