Secret Site Map
Saturday, November 01, 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

UPFDA Recognizes Contributions of Tommy Reeves at Board Meeting

Reeves recently completed a two-year term as UPFDA president where he was instrumental in establishing the future direction of the association.

Cope Named Director of Technical and Regulatory Services at Terminix

Dr. Stan Cope (retired Navy), who has been with Terminix since 2012, has been promoted.

Backed By Bayer Web Portal Relaunched

New Backed By Bayer is a a comprehensive customer-centric platform with new and expanded resources for pest management professionals.

P+L Systems Announces Acquisition

Group De Ceuster of Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium announced the sale of its Environmental Care division to P+L Systems (Holding) UK of Knaresborough, UK, for an undisclosed sum.

Phil 'Doc' Nichols Joins Safer Home Services

Industry veteran Nichols has joined the Clearwater, Fla.-based company as its technical advisor.

x