Secret Site Map
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Home News Southern California Crawling with Brown Widow Spiders

Southern California Crawling with Brown Widow Spiders

Spiders

New research shows the brown widows are outnumbering their feared cousins, black widows, in certain residential areas

| July 6, 2012

 (Photo: Wendy Varnado, Mississippi Department of Health)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A new survey shows Southern California is seeing a growing population of brown widow spiders, and in some areas, they are outnumbering the long-feared black widow, according to The Los Angeles Times. 

Richard Vetter, staff research associate at UC Riverside and coauthor of the survey, told the newspaper the brown widow is "really taking over."

The survey was conducted by several California entomologists and will be published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. When searching near homes in Orange and Riverside counties, brown widows were found at a rate 20 times greater than the rate of black widows.

Vetter told The Times the spiders are fond of cheap patio furniture such as plastic chairs. Read the full story here.

Top news

In Memoriam: Vern Toblan

Toblan was the longtime executive director of Pi Chi Omega. He passed away on Saturday.

Purdue Announces Dates, Speakers for 79th Annual Conference

The Purdue Pest Control Conference will be held Jan. 12-14, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Syngenta Announces 2014 Fall Savings Program

Syngenta recently announced its 2014 Fall Savings Program, which runs through Sept. 30, 2014. PMPs that qualify for the program are eligible to receive discounts on a variety of Syngenta products, such as Arilon insecticide, Demand CS insecticide and the company's new Zyrox fly granular bait.

PCT Gift Shop Offers Insect-Themed Items for PCOs

PCT magazine, in partnership with the Philadelphia-based Insectarium, is offering a variety of insect-related items to pest control operators via www.pctgiftshop.com.

Reminder: PCT’s M&A Virtual Event 3.0 is Tomorrow

The half-day conference provides expert advice from some of the industry’s leading authorities on mergers and acquisitions and family business issues.