Top Ten Most Venomous Spiders in the World
According to the University of New Mexico, two venomous spiders reside in New Mexico, the black widow and the brown spider. The black widow has a large round midsection. Female black widows are identified with a red spot on her abdomen. Black widow bites are venomous. The symptoms of a black widow bite include muscle spasms all over the body and can be deadly if not treated within a timely manner.
Three main species of brown spiders reside in New Mexico, including the blanda, the desert, and the Apache. All three are dark brown in color and resemble their cousin, the brown recluse.
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If you have allergies, spring time is one of the worst seasons for you. The germination of dandelions, clovers, juniper, piñon, and cedar trees can create havoc for your sinuses. Without fail, springtime winds and warm temperatures will hit the southwest region soon.
Aside from allergies, weed control is one of the biggest frustrations of keeping a lawn. In the Albuquerque area, most lawns are comprised of turf, cacti, or xeriscape, perfect for weeds and pests to make themselves comfortable.
Timing is crucial when it comes to spring weed control. The sooner its addressed, the better. Weed control should be part of any lawn care program. Thanks to southwestern winds, some weeds can travel more than 100 miles in a single setting. In addition, one dandelion plant is comprised of 15,000 seeds, which can survive six years in the soil—creating 15,000 more seeds when it germinates according to The Old House Magazine.
Tips for Getting Rid of Weeds:
- Crowd out weeds
- Water grass deeply
- Mow higher
- Stop them when they’re seeds
- Call a professional
Most conventional lawn care programs require an application of pre-emergent herbicide or synthetic herbicides to prevent the weed seeds from germinating or treat chronic existing weed problems. Ignoring the problem can lead to infestation and ultimately cost you more money in the long-run.
At Pest Defense Albuquerque, our staff is happy to help you with weed control problems, specifically in dirt and xeriscape areas. We have trained professionals to help you rid your home or office of weeds so you can get back to your busy life with peace of mind. Contact us today for more information!
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Ticks are parasites or small arachnids found throughout the world. Most ticks are found in warm, humid climates, especially the tropics or desert regions like New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Ticks live in these climates because when they undergo metamorphosis, the process requires a certain amount of moisture. Frigid temperatures impede the developmental process of the tick life cycle. Thus, the ideal tick ecosystem encompasses a host species and humidity of some capacity.
A tick’s head, thorax, and abdomen are fused together into one body region. This trait differs ticks from other arachnids such as spiders, mites, and scorpions. Most arachnid bodies’ have three separate regions for their head, thorax, and abdomen. Another trait that separates ticks from other arachnids includes the absence of an antennae and possessing four pairs of legs.
Diet and Feeding
Ticks feed on hosts and live on a diet of blood also known as a process called hematophagy. Most ticks feed on a wide range of hosts such as amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. As ticks feed, they release chemicals that prevent blood from clotting. Their mouths are small and oftentimes the host is unaware they have been bitten. Depending upon the type and life stage of the tick, the preparation for feeding may take between ten minutes or two hours. Once the tick has located a feeding spot (ears, hairline, armpits etc). the tick grasps the skin, cuts into the surface, and buries its head into the blood. Almost immediately throughout a feeding, females often swell to a larger size than males.
Ticks carry viruses, bacteria, rickettsiae, and protozoa that causes paralysis. The most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease. Symptoms of the disease include a distinctive skin rash, chills, fever, fatigue, head, joint and muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Neurological symptoms may occur as well. Lyme diease is a challenge to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. Other tick-borne diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, relapsing fever, tularemia, and many others.
Getting Rid of Ticks:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp a tick and detach from skin
- Disinfect bite area
- Tuck pants into socks or boots to prevent crawling up pant legs
- Shower after returning from the outdoors
- Perform daily tick checks on pets and children
- Call a professional
At Pest Defense Solutions, our staff is happy to help you with ticks or other pest problems. We have trained professionals to help you rid your home or office of ticks so you can get back to your busy life with peace of mind. Contact us today for more information!
Ants are tiny insects that invade many homes and businesses throughout the year, especially in the desert climate.
Ants are social insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures after the rise of flowering plants between 110-130 million years ago. There are more than 22,000 species of ants roaming every landmass of the Earth.
Ant characteristics comprise a node-like structure with a slender waist and elbowed antennae. They form colonies, which range in size from a few dozen to millions of ants, serving the female “queens.” The colonies have been described as super organisms because of the amount of teamwork involved in building their infrastructure.
Ants are the most common household pests in the country. Most ants have been categorized into five generic group names: sugar ants, grease ants, piss ants, red ants, and black ants. Ants can be organized into two general categories: inside and outside ants.
For additional identification and control of Ants in New Mexico, download this booklet provided by Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund.
Prevention of Ants in Your Home:
- Inspect your home for cracks, voids, weep-holes, or other areas ants can gain access. Seal these areas upon inspection.
- Make sure windows and doors are closed tightly
- Check brushes and shrubs to avoid contact with your house
- Don’t stack firewood, bricks, or other materials next to your house where ants can nest
- Flood unwanted colonies with club soda or white vinegar
- Use bait to deter ants from food sources
- Kill off the ant trail
- Squish the soldiers
- Keep your home clean
- Call a professional