One of the World’s Most Deadly Spiders – Sydney Funnel Web Spider

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Sydney Funnel Web Spider

The Sydney Funnel Web Spider is one of the world’s most deadly spiders. Their venom, once in the bloodstream, attacks the human nervous system and, in the some cases, causes death. The male Sydney Funnel Web Spider venom is five times more toxic then the venom from a juvenile or a female. The Sydney Funnel Web Spider is not aggressive by nature, but will show aggression if threatened.

  • Sydney Funnel Web Spider males are smaller than females
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are dark in color, ranging from black to brown
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are medium-sized, getting up to about 1 to 2 inches
  • The Sydney Funnel Web Spiders have long skin piercing fangs that point straight down

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Sydney Funnel Web Spiders reside in moist (sandy clay, shale or basaltic soils) sheltered burrows in the ground, under rocks or logs, or in stumps, and tree trunks. The entrance to the burrow is surrounded by silk-lined tunnels, which act as trip lines, alerting the spider when prey is present. The Sydney Funnel Web Spider’s diet consists of frogs, lizards, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, and snails.

  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders prefer humid climates, if not they will dehydrate
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are mostly nocturnal and extremely sensitive to sunlight
  • During the summer, males leave their burrows and seek females for mating
  • The male and the female spar until the female accepts the male
  • Female Sydney Funnel Web Spiders, in some cases, live up to 20 years
  • As for the males, their life expectancy is a few months after mating

Symptoms of a Sydney Funnel Web spider bite include rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, facial muscle twitching, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, breathing difficulty and numbness around the mouth. Death may occur within a period ranging from 15 minutes to 72 hours.


Brown Recluse Spiders aka the Violin Spider

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Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse spiders are venomous, but very timid. They will run and hide to avoid human interaction. By nature they are not aggressive, however they will bite when pressed against human skin, such as slipping on an old shoe, clothes that have been stored away, or trapped underneath the sheets.

  • The Brown Recluse spider may be light tan to dark brown.
  • The Brown Recluse spider has six eyes arranged in a semi-circle.
  • Often referred to as the violin spider since its dorsum has a darker mark that looks like a violin, with the neck of the violin pointing toward the abdomen.
  • As of today, the Brown Recluse has only been found residing in the United States.
  • Brown Recluse spiders seek shelter in dark, dry undisturbed secluded areas that have good hiding places.
  • Favorite hiding places consists of cardboard boxes, shoes and clothing stored in attics, garages, crawl spaces, cellars, closets and/or basements.
  • Brown Recluse spiders sleep during the day and hunt at night.
  • Brown Recluse spiders eat moths or flies and as well as other spiders.
  • In addition to eating other spiders, the Brown Recluse will eat each other.
  • A female Brown Recluse will try to eat the male when mating.
  • Brown Recluses have been known to go six or more months without food or water.
  • Brown Recluse spiders spend the majority of their time on the ground “hunting” for prey.
  • A female Brown Recluse may have several hundred baby spiders per breeding cycle.


Fall Pest Prevention Tips

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Unwanted Invaders

Who doesn’t seek warm shelter during the winter months? Prevent pest from invading your home and becoming an infestation. Inspect exterior of home and locate pest entrances. Once you have located the access points, here are a few tips to help secure the perimeter and prevent those unwanted house guests.
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  • Remove any and all cobwebs
  • Remove trash regularly from home
  • Secure and store pet foot in metal containers
  • Maintain a clean kitchen by removing crumbs, wiping counters and swiping floors with sanitizing cloths
  • If you have a chimney install a chimney cap
  • Ensure window screens are intact including screens covering attic vents
  • Do not store firewood indoors or near the foundation of the home
  • Keep all shrubbery branches trimmed and ensure that no vegetation touches the home
  • Use expanding foam, caulk, and copper mesh to seal any gaps, crevices or cracks around windows sills, doors, siding, dryer vent, soffit gaps, and areas around gas meters, dryer vents and outdoor facets

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Eliminate Moisture

  • Ensure crawl spaces well ventilated
  • Clean gutters removing all fallen leaves
  • Use stone instead of mulch around foundation of home
  • Use a dehumidifier in a damp basement to lower the humidity level
  • Ensure there’s enough distance between the siding and the ground to prevent moisture wicking

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control provides quality termite and pest control services throughout Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. We respect our customers’ time and want to make it easy and convenient to schedule service. All appointments are scheduled on the hour. Call one of our pest experts at 1-800-627-0577 to eliminate your pest problems.


Southern and Sovereign Pest Control Announce Referral +Plus Rewards Program

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Start Spreading the News

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control (SPC) believe in building relationships through loyalty and networking. The referral +plus reward program, where both the referrer and their referral benefit from the process, is intended to build strong community ties and strengthen a positive customer experience.

In addition to monetary benefits, a free specialty service treatment as a perk gives clients/customers a more engaging shopping experience. Current customers that are loyal and submit referrals will save money on their service.

SPC rewards escalate for the referrer when more new customers are referred. This program is a great way to earn extra money by telling friends, family, neighbors, and clients about Southern and Sovereign Pest Control.

SPC seeks Real Estate Agents, Loan Officers, Home Inspectors, Homeowners, Property Managers, Landscapers, Gutter Cleaners, Carpenters, Remodels, Waterproofing and Foundation Companies to become referring partners. And remember there is not a cap on earnings.

For details and information please visit:
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The One Kiss You Want to Avoid

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Kissing Bugs

There’s nothing adorable about the Kissing Bug’s kiss, also known as Assassin Bugs.

The difference between mosquitoes that transmit malaria through their bites and kissing bugs, while ingesting blood, is that the kissing bugs deposit feces on the subject. The deposited feces, contaminated with the parasite, often lands in the bite wound. From there, it penetrates the bloodstream and affects the gastrointestinal system and the heart. It has been discovered that the disease may lead to an enlarged esophagus, colon, and heart, and even heart failure.

Here’s the Scoop

  • Kissing Bugs are bloodsucking insects
  • Kissing Bugs hide in cracks and corners in homes
  • Kissing Bugs typically move at night and hide during day
  • Kissing Bugs usually bite people at night while they’re sleeping
  • Bites often occur on the face, which is why they are known as “kissing bugs”
  • Kissing Bugs are capable of transmitting a parasite that causes Chagas disease in humans and animals
  • The disease can also be spread from congenital transmission, such as a mother to a fetus, organ donation, blood transfusions or eating contaminated foods
  • Symptoms often associated the Chagas disease include loss of appetite, rash, headache, fever, fatigue, body aches, swelling at the site of the bite, diarrhea and vomiting
  • Dogs and cats are also vulnerable
  • As of today, there is no known vaccine or cure to prevent Chagas

Prevention

Pest control insecticides will help eliminate heavy infestations. Homeowners should seal any and all cracks around the dwelling the Kissing Bug may use to gain entry.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/chagas/resources/onepage.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/chagas/biology.html


Southern and Sovereign Pest Control Announces Launch of a One-Time Preventative Pest Control Treatment

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After listening to customer feedback, Southern and Sovereign Pest Control, is pleased to announce the launch of a one-time preventative pest control treatment.

The NEW deal is the lowest price ever offered by Southern and Sovereign Pest Control.

  • Preventative exterior and interior insect control treatment for residential, single-family homes.
  • Helps eliminate ants, scorpions, roaches, spiders, crickets, centipedes, and many more annoying pests.
  • Southern and Sovereign Pest Control’s state-of-the-art software scheduling system allows for clients to schedule on-the-hour appointments. No more sitting around waiting hours for a technician.

For more information please call Southern and Sovereign Pest Control at (800) 627-0577.


Zika Virus

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Zika Virus

  • Zika was first discovered in 1947.
  • Zika, doesn’t infect the same mosquitoes as West Nile virus (the Culex species spreads West Nile).
  • Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits Zika. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes spread Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.
  • Mosquitoes will lay eggs, often waiting for a few drops of water so they can hatch (some mosquito eggs can withstand drying for up to a year). Eggs are often found along riverbanks. Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.
  • Mosquitoes are not always seen since they don’t typically fly out in front of you.
  • Mosquitoes are sneaky preferring to bite in the daytime while lurking close to the ground, where they are more difficult to spot (they will also feed at night). Be sure to protect and cover your legs and feet.
  • Mosquitoes will breed in water collected in old tires, ditches that don’t drain, flowerpots, small jars, pet dishes, bird baths, clogged gutters and even containers as small as a bottle cap. Homeowners should empty any and all containers with standing water. Your yard could be the breeding ground.
  • Mosquitoes don’t travel very far. Given the chance, they’ll even reside in the cleanest homes, preferring to hide in utility rooms, and will bite everything in sight.
  • Mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.

Read more about Mosquito Bite Prevention (PDF)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, currently, there is no vaccine or medicine for the Zika Virus (CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html).


Termites Are Invasive

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Experts are saying that due to heavy moisture from this past winter the result is larger than normal termite swarms. Termites look for wet and warm spots in a home. While small in size, large in number they can aggressively attack the wood in your home to the point of no return. It is said that the average Subterranean Termite colony in the US has between 60,000 and one million termites. Also, there can be 13 to 14 colonies per acre. That means there can be three to four colonies under or our around a home.

What to know
It is swarmer season and swarmers are termites in the middle of mating and reproduction looking for a new place to call home. It’s not really these that cause the damage (yet) but is definitely a sign that you have a problem on your hands. They have come from their colony underground or from within your home now that it’s warmer outside. Termites are very invasive and once they find a food source, they’ll eat all that and then move on to the next food source.

What to do
Monitor areas in your home that are usually damp and also keep your gutters free of leaves. Remove mulch and any wood from around the perimeter. If you suspect termites, don’t delay and call to address the issue. It is critical that you correct it right away or you could have significant problem in you home.

What to look out for
• Crumbling drywall or a several wings on your windowsill
• Mud tubes used to travel to food sources or sawdust like droppings in a pile
• If your wood feels soft or hollow when tapped
• Darkening or blistering of wood structures
• Cracked or bubbling paint

To learn more about Termite Service, click here


Evict Unwanted House Guests

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Evict Unwanted Houseguests

Are you comfortable sharing your home with flies, ants, roaches and rats? Some homeowners are unaware they are being invaded. This is the time of year, especially with warmer temperatures, when pest start to come out in droves looking for food and searching for mates.

The average home has about 100 species insects, spiders, bugs and rodents as tenants. Many of the species are small, not much larger than a grain of salt. Contact a professional pest exterminator to evict those unwanted guests. After they are evicted, consider the following Entry Point Elimination tips.

Proper Preparation and Pest Prevention Tips

  • Inspect for pests and pest-proof your home restricting access.
  • Since insects target kitchen pantries and cupboards for food sources, insects are found in kitchens where a lot of crumbs fall between the gaps. Be sure to clean food debris frequently.
  • Insects create nests in walls or floor voids when indoors. Seal any floor voids and gaps around moldings.
  • Pests may crawl indoors through cracks and crevices in the foundation. Seal all cracks, crevices and entry points around doors, walls and windows.
  • Roaches and other pests will gather at water sources. Don’t leave dishes in the sink with water in them. Repair any leaky pipes or dripping taps. Remove the water and humidity that pests, including termites and ants, need to survive.
  • Ensure trash bin lid stays firmly shut, especially if you put food scraps in there
  • Empty the trash bin regularly of all rotting food. Flies lay their eggs in rotting meat.
  • Use bug-proof containers for storing food. Ants are particularly drawn to sugar, so keep anything sweet in air-tight containers.
  • Screens over windows and doors to help stop flies from gaining entry.
  • Notice a trail of ants coming through a crack in the windowsill? Fill the gaps.
  • Trim, prune or remove any trees, landscaping, vegetation or mulch touching your home. Thus, removing a direct pathway for entry beneath the home’s siding.
  • Spider webs should be removed. Attempt to prevent web building by sweeping and vacuuming in closets, under furniture, and in corners. Use a long pole to remove webs from hard to reach corners inside and outside your home.
  • Termite infestation? Look for swarmers (winged termites) seeking to mate and start a new colony. Inspect dwelling’s foundation for mud tunnels.
  • Work closely with pest management professionals.

Need help identifying pest or just want to know what just ran across your kitchen counter, click here to view a pest identification guide.

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Southern Pest Control Announces New Corporate Headquarters Location

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Virginia Beach Location Little Neck Road

Due to our increased growth, and our continuing efforts to ensure superior customer service, exact time appointments, along with customized pest control and exterminating services to better serve our clients, we are proud to announce the opening of a new office.

397 Little Neck Rd, 3300 South Building, Suite 203, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

This new location houses our corporate offices which will help us continue to grow and evolve keeping pace with our client’s needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way. It will be our pleasure to serve you at our new location with the same quality and service you have come to expect of us.

For more information about our new operations and services, please visit
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