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One of the most common spiders here in Gaston County are the Carolina Wolf Spiders. See picture below of the one I found in the floor of my home. ..

Carolina Wolf Spider on the floor of my home

Most people are not concerned with these scary looking creatures because many folks are under the misconception that the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse are the only two spiders that produce venom; and therefore believe they are the only two spiders that will bite. WRONG!  Many spiders will bite you, and ALL SPIDERS are venomous!!!  Notice the difference between the markings on the Carolina Wolf Spider compared to the more venomous Brown Recluse Spider. Picture below in order are the Brown Recluse Spider, Picture of a Brown Recluse Bite, and picture of a common black widow we found in a rodent station box here in Belmont.

Brown Recluse Spider – Notice the fiddle shaped marking on TOP

Brown Recluse Bite – Severe damage because tissue is killed by the venom and will not hill back

Black Widow Spider – Notice the orange hour glass on the BOTTOM of the abdomen. Much unlike the Brown Recluse which has identifying markings on TOP

Fact is most all spiders produce venom. We are lucky that many of the smaller spiders with small mouth parts are not capable of piercing our skin. However, most all spiders with an abdomen bigger than the size of a pea can and will bite us and inject venom with those bites. Most literature on spiders claim than these “non deadly” spider bites are similar in nature to a pin-prick or bee sting and state that the venom usually is not dangerous to humans. Out of curiosity, I decided to let a large carolina wolf spider bite me to see how the sting compared to what BASF’s Spider Guide suggested was similar to a pin prick. HOLY HELL, the bite was analogous to being stabbed with a dagger and the ensuing pain was way worse than any bee sting I’ve ever encountered. And trust me when I say that I’ve had a ton of wasp, yellow jacket, and hornet stings. I’ve even let non poisonous snakes bury their fangs in my arm and  NOTHING compares to the pain of this spider bite!!!! Throbbing, high intensity punishment that brought tears to my eyes!!!!! The venom seemed to kill only my top layer of skin and below is a picture exactly one week after I let the spider bite me.

Fall is the time when many outdoor species including that Carolina Wolf Spider make their way into our homes for overwintering harborage. Be aware that any spider is capable of biting you especially those larger size spider species and remember ALL spiders have venomous poison. Something else to be aware of is even though my Carolina Wolf Spider bite healed relatively  fast, many folks with hypersensitivity could have nasty wounds that may or may not heal over time. Another concern would be that bacteria could be injected with and compound the severity of the spider bite. … SEE BELOW, AND Check out our seven websites for more information on my firm, Envirosafe, and the services that we offer. Spider calls this month have been incredible and our service technicians perform several preventative jobs a day for spiders to protect property and health.

My spider bite from a Carolina Wolf Spider after one week – notice how only the outer skin died from the venom

Today, I found a dead black crow in my backyard. I recalled reading somewhere that this is a bad omen. A sign of death or something to that effect. I decided to google “Dead Black Crow Meaning” and found out amongst superstitions, seeing a lurking  Black Crow is considered by some a sign of evil and bad things to come, BUT, finding it dead is good. Meaning your guardian angel or protector saved you. Another site suggested finding a dead crow represents an old witch doctor searching for souls while another website dedicated to the Wiccan Religion suggested a dead crow means a curse has been put on your family.
Fortunately for me, I’m a realist and look for more scientific reasons a big black bird decided to take a permanent dirt nap in my backyard. As an accredited Asbestos Abatement Contractor, I receive email bulletins from the North Carolina Health Hazard Control Unit in Raleigh. Additionally as a member of the National Pest Management Association I’ve obtained many of my continuing education units from mosquito certifications. Therefore I am very aware that West Nile Virus is epidemic here in North Carolina with two deaths occurring earlier this summer in Cabarrus County and a confirmed case on a little girl here in Gaston County as recently as September 8, 2012. See Story at the link below..<br><br>
Now, we as humans are dead end hosts meaning that the West Nile Virus is not known to be transmitted by mosquito to other humans or animals from mosquitoes biting us. However, birds, especially Crows and Jays are a primary path of transmission of these diseases from bird to human by means of mosquito vectors. (Source Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Operations, page 355). Additionally, Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Operations goes on to state, “Mortality in Crows and Jays serve as a warning that the virus (West Nile) may be active in an area. This may serve as a practical scientific answer to the reason this black crow was found belly up in my backyard and indeed a danger sign of possibly things bad to come and way worse than anything a witch doctor could curse me with.
With danger lurking, I’m taking a proactive approach. Firstly I’m eliminating all breeding sites of mosquitoes from my property especially the rain barrels, numerous flower pots, standing water in the bottom of my hot tub, etc. Additionally, I’m going to treat all the vegetation around our pool. My backyard is like a tropical oasis and the favorite resting spots of adult mosquitoes is vegitation. Notice in the picture below the dense tropical vegetation in the pool area of our back yard. (Bailey Allman smiling)  Coupled with our irrigation system, this creates a conducive breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Likewise the first line of treatment after larvaciding in mosquito control is to treat the vegitation which is a breeding oasis for them. I’m also sending this Dead Crow off to the North Carolina Health Hazard Control Epidemiology Lab for testing to find out if indeed this Crow is infected.

We found this terror of an infestation in a Charlotte home. Envirosafe Pest Control Charlotte Pest Control & Bed Bug Exterminator We were initially called out for ants in the kitchen and found a massive infestation of this pest in the garage. Guess the pest correctly and win an Envirosafe T-Shirt. Winner must live in our service area of Gaston, York, and Mecklenburg Counties. We will also have contests at our Orlando Florida office. Envirosafe Pest Control & Bed Bug Exterminator of Orlando FL

What’s up with Charlotte? For the third time this month we’ve received a call about rats in a Charlotte resident’s toilet. Rats are creepy, but when they invade the smallest room in our house via plumbing pipes connected to the toilet, it’s enough to make anyone feel violated.  The sewer rat, aka Norway rat, swims like a fish and is commonly known to invade toilets in big cities, but rarely do we get calls about this happening in the Queen City.

There have been no major events such as significant rain, construction, or other environmental factors that we are aware of that would cause such a sewer to bathroom invasion. Our clients are panicked and with good reason. Our rodent service includes sanitizing harborage areas of the structures rats are invading and we hit the crawl space of this home with anti-microbial because there were dead rats there too, but the source of the problem was ultimately traced to the city sewer lines. It’s understandable how this real life terror with toilet infesting sewer rats has turned our client’s life upside down. She shared a few nightmares she’s had at night about her toilet rats and after I sent my nephew, Storm Davis, into enemy rat territory armed only with a Swiss Army knife, respirator, shovel, and a pair of nads, I would opine his dreams may likewise be not so sweet tonight.

Storm Davis of Envirosafe posing with what we lovingly refer to as small game trophies. 

– Rodney Allman

CIE, Envirosafe Environmental Services

1800 Camden Rd #1071

Charlotte NC 28203


A decade ago calls in our office for Asian Needle Ants, Bed Bugs, and Kudzu bugs were non-existent. These days, we’re finding all three in abundance. Asian needle ants are like fire ants on steroids except instead of building mounds they nest sporadically under rocks and throughout the landscape making homeowners more susceptible to encountering on of their highly toxic stings. I’ll save Bed Bug discussions for another blog post and elaborate more on the Asian Needle ant later, but for now, this blog post is to discuss the invasion of the Kudzu bug.

The Kudzu Bug is classified as an occasional invader. Similar in terms of being a general nuisance to that of box elder bugs, and lady bugs. They are proliferating here much like the namesake Kudzu vine. We first got a call about these in 2009 when a customer brought them in to the office for Patty to identify.  An insect most everyone here at Envirosafe had never encountered. Thanks to Paul Johnson at Clemson, we were able to identify this insect, which in 2009 was relatively rare. In 2010 we became well acquainted with the Kudzu Bug as calls increased exponentially about them.

Even my grandmother’s house was covered with Kudzu bugs that year (see photo above at her Gastonia NC Home). 2011 was the year of the Kudzu bug explosion though.  All summer we treated them and found out a repellent wettable powder (Demon WP) was the most effective treatment for Kudzu bugs.  The map below was published by the NPMA which is obviously flawed since we were getting calls apparently two years before they got the memo.

We just purchased a high powered microscope for positive identification of pest species. I’m looking forward to this year and discovering what new pests will be creeping into our customer’s homes.

-Rodney Allman

CIE, Envirosafe Environmental Services,

HomeSpectors Termite and Pest Control

1800 Camden Rd

Charlotte NC 28203


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