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Hulett Environmental informs homeowners of common household spiders

Be Aware of Spiders This Fall

Hulett Environmental informs homeowners of common household spiders

 Any eight-legged pest is sure to be unwelcome in homes, but not all creepy-crawlers are the same. While some species of spiders are nothing more than a nuisance, others can pose serious health risks when they bite. Hulett Environmental,  a pest management company servicing South Florida, urges homeowners to brush up on the types of spiders they could encounter this fall.

Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:

Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.

Brown Recluse Spider: The bite from a brown recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.

Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.

Hulett Environmental  reminds homeowners that there are several ways to prevent spider bites and keep them out of the house all together:

  • Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
  • Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper, on the floor or in storage before wearing.
  • Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
  • Inspect shoes before wearing them, as spiders often hide inside.
  • Reduce clutter in basements, garages and attics.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

 

Hulett Environmental encourages homeowners to brush up on stinging insect facts

Hulett Environmental encourages homeowners to brush up on stinging insect facts

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Summer is a popular season to spend time outdoors, but it’s also the prime time for increased pest pressure, especially from stinging insects like wasps, yellowjackets and bees. Hulett Environmental, a pest management company servicing Southern Florida, urges homeowners to brush up on stinging insect prevention tips and facts to avoid being stung this summer.

Stinging insects are aggressive during the warmer months because they are busy preparing their queen for the winter ahead. They are often attracted to backyard barbeques and picnics, and frequently enter homes in search of food.”

Here are a few facts from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, to help homeowners protect themselves from stinging insects over the next few months:

  • Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room every year. They can swarm and sting en masse, which can be life threatening especially for anyone who has an allergic reaction.
  • Unlike some stinging insect species, wasps are known for their unprovoked aggression. A single colony of wasps can contain more than 15,000 members, so an infestation should not be taken lightly.
  • Common nesting sites include under eaves, on ceiling beams in attics, garages and sheds and under porches. Some stinging insects can build their nests in the ground, including yellowjackets and velvet ants (which are actually a species of wasps). Over-seeding the yard provides more coverage and discourages these pests from nesting around the property.
  • Painting or staining untreated wood in fences, decks, swing sets and soffits will help keep stinging insects such as carpenter bees out. Carpenter bees create nests by drilling tunnels into soft wood, which can severely compromise the stability of a structure over time.
  • Only female carpenter bees have stingers. Female carpenter bees will only sting if threatened, but reactions to these stings can range from mild irritation to life-threatening respiratory distress.

Homeowners should frequently inspect the property for signs of a stinging insect infestation and contact a pest professional if a nest is found. Attempting to remove a bee or wasp nest on your own can be extremely dangerous.

For more information on stinging insects, please visit www.bugs.com