How Did The Dangerous And Invasive European Red Fire Ant Arrive In Maine?

The Myrica rubra ant species, or the “European fire ant,” as the species is more commonly known, originated from Europe, making this species an aptly named pest within the northeast United States where it has long maintained an invasive habitat. Like its red-imported fire ant relative, the European fire ant does not often invade homes, but they do invade residential yards where they can cause damage to lawns and gardens. [...]

July 23rd, 2019|

How Should Residents Respond To The Presence Of Indoor Spiders And Their Webs In Maine

Maine is home to more than 300 documented spider species, some of which appear menacing and unusually large in size for arachnid specimens that are native to the far northeast. Whether a person is an arachnophobe or not, it seems likely that just about anyone would, at the very least, become startled upon finding, say, a large and hairy wolf spider crawling about within his/her shower, shoe or bed. The [...]

July 16th, 2019|

Can Bed Bugs, Spiders, Roaches And Other Pests Continue To Be A Problem Indoors After Being Removed With A Vacuum Cleaner?

Finding bugs around a home is disconcerting to most people, especially when the bugs are insects like cockroaches or dreaded bed bugs. While most arachnids do not often infest homes in large numbers, the mere sight of one single large and hairy spider can send homeowners running to the nearest pest control company. It would be a mistake to assume that the climate in Maine is too cold to allow [...]

July 8th, 2019|

You Wouldn’t Believe How Many Hospitalizations Result From Human Contact With Venomous Caterpillars

Most people associate bees, wasps, and ants with venomous insect stings, but the danger posed by venomous caterpillars is often overlooked by the public. The term “caterpillar” refers to the wormlike immature form of both moths and butterflies. Butterflies are one of the few groups of insects that people often enjoy finding in the wild, and they are ecologically beneficial due to their pollinating activity. Moths, on the other hand, [...]

July 1st, 2019|

How Many And Which Species Of Spider Are Known For Entering Homes In Maine? And How Many Prefer Indoor Habitats?

Just about everyone has found spiders within their home, and most people have found spiders that are particularly large, fast and altogether frightening to look at. The most commonly feared spiders exist within hot tropical or desert regions. For example, the largest spider in the world, commonly known as the Goliath bird-eater, is abundant in central and northern South America, and other excessively large tarantulas are by no means rare [...]

June 25th, 2019|

Close Relative Of The Black Widow Is A Fixture Within Maine Households, And They Can Inflict Painful And Dangerous Bites To Humans

There does exist a small minority of people who consider tarantulas to be ideal pets, but most people do not consider arachnids of any sort to be approachable. Although spiders may appear threatening, it is now generally accepted that the vast majority of the world’s nearly 40,000 spider species are largely harmless to humans. Of the 3,000 spider species that have been documented in North America, only two are commonly [...]

June 18th, 2019|