The ringtone on my iPhone (crickets – what else would you expect?) reminded me today that we are well into October and near my favorite holiday – Halloween.
And what insect is most often associated with this ghoulish, fiendish holiday? The answer is: SPIDERS!
Spiders are remarkable, fascinating creatures that are the perfect symbol for Halloween. In my decades of studying and observing insects, these arachnids have risen to the top of my list.
That’s why I am thrilled that Western Exterminator Company is once again sponsoring the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum’s Spider Pavilion that is currently on display until Sunday, November 2nd.
Visitors to the Spider Pavilion will have the opportunity to view and observe more than 300 species of spiders from around the world, all in their natural habitats. You can experience what it’s like to be a giant wood spider (the largest orb weaving spider in the world that can spin a web 10 feet wide!) or a golden silk spider (one of North America’s largest).
You can go nose to nose, or nose to tarsal in this case (!), with your favorite spider or choose to observe them from a more comfortable distance. Either way, there is a lot to learn about these fascinating creatures whose web silk, in case you didn’t know, is actually stronger and tougher than steel is for its weight. Just try knocking a spider web down – they can really hold on to most any surface.
As you stroll through the Spider Pavilion, you can observe feeding demonstrations (Did you know spiders like to eat insects, including other spiders?) and have all your spider-related questions answered by one of the museum’s knowledgeable interpreters.
From jewel garden spiders to common orb weavers, the Spider Pavilion at the L.A. County Natural History Museum is not to be missed.
And while the spiders at the museum can be observed from a safe distance, we know that sometimes humans and spiders can get a little too up close and personal for comfort with each other to the chagrin or horror of both.
Although most spiders have no interest in humans, and they prefer to just stay hidden away, if you do come in contact with one it could cause serious injury (i.e., skin lesions or infection) from its bite. We can all greatly reduce the chance of surprise encounters by following my “Mr. Little’s Spider Prevention Tips.”
- Remove and reduce trash and rubbish from your property, such as woodpiles and any un-used items that are rarely moved, where spiders are apt to hide.
- To avoid spider bites when working in the yard or removing boxes from storage areas, wear a pair of heavy duty work gloves to give protection while reaching into areas where spiders might be resting.
- Check boxes, packages and shoes (yes, shoes!) that are stored outside or even in your garage before opening them or putting the shoes on. Save your hand or your big toe an unpleasant encounter with a spider by double checking!
- Regularly remove spider webs from eave areas and ceilings. No point in making them feel too at home.
Special Note: If you seek medical attention for what you think is a spider bite, make sure to nab the offending spider. Everyone reacts differently to insect bites, and just looking at the bite will not allow medical personnel to correctly identify the biter!
If you spot a spider lurking in your backyard or garage, approach with caution. If you are concerned, I recommend you give us a call, or send me a picture, and we will help identify it for you. It may be nothing more than a nuisance spider, but I think we’d all rather be safe than sorry.
For a really fun approach to the spiders, and a great day of fun, I absolutely recommend exploring the cool world of spiders by making plans to visit the Spider Pavilion. You can get more information on hours and tickets by visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County website at: www.nhm.org. If you dare, you may even want to attend “Halloween at the Museum” on October 26th. Remember, the Spider Pavilion exhibit runs through Sunday, November 2nd, so hurry on over and don’t miss out on the fun of this ‘spooktacular’ event!
Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator Company “The Final Word in Pest Control®”
Have a pest free day!