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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Spiders migrating to Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska - They make your skin crawl when you see them and Anchorage is seeing a lot more of them these days. With an increase in spiders come more reports of spider bites. Just within the last week Providence Alaska Medical Center says more and more people are coming in to be treated after being bitten. Exterminators say business is booming.

If you're in the pest control business you're doing pretty well for yourself. Exterminators are dealing with an ever-increasing bug problem.

Russell Perry is on a hunt. Searching in the darkest, wettest corners for a culprit so tiny you almost don't see it. For $300 Perry will get rid of these guys. He's been exterminating a lot of spiders lately.

“It's been extremely heavy this year compared to previous years,” said Ken Perry of Paratex Pied Piper Pest Control.

Almost two jobs a day. Ken Perry, Russell’s boss, says spiders have become big business this year. He suspects it's because of milder winters.

“We had a gorgeous beginning of summer, very dry and warm at the beginning of the summer and the insect population has exploded and the spiders follow that population explosion,” said Ken Perry.

An explosion that could affect your wallet and your health. Just ask Connie Suchan.

“I went to the doctors’ July 24 for what I thought was just a scrape that for some reason wouldn't heal,” said Suchan.

It didn't turn out to be a scrape. Suchan says it was a spider bite from a Brown Recluse, an insect not native to Alaska.

It’s one of the most dangerous spider bites you can get, but according to Ken Perry, it's not the only one. He's also seen Hobo and Black Widow spiders in Alaska.

Providence says if it is a spider bite it will become red and swollen. Some of these bites don’t go away for several months. It might be several days before you realize that you’ve been bitten. You may get sores or start itching.

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Blogger Ken said...

Spiders? No kiddin'? Lessee, two jobs a day is ... 600 bucks! I could stomp spiders for half that!

Out here in Sand Point we have only Daddy Longlegs.

BTW: I notice you've been getting some blog spam. Mac Tonnies, over at Posthuman Blues, had the same problem. He solved it with an easy system which I believe is available from the, uhh, blog sponsor, or what ever hosts you fellas.

And, in fact, you DO have a good blog, and it IS bookmarked on my PC. :-}

Constitutional monarchy? I don't see how it could be any worse than the system as it is today. I'll check that out. I can see it now ... King Kenny!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Here it is:

"BTW: No more Blog Spam. Your system seems to work, Mac. Cool.

Thank Blogger, not me. But yes, weevee seems to have done the trick nicely -- thank god."

So, what ever weevee is, it works. It will make your life easier.

7:26 PM  
Blogger The King of Alaska said...

Ken,

Thank you for your input.

A very few people have scoffed at the idea of an independent Alaska, but most, when presented with the reasons, consider it to be a good idea.

11:42 PM  
Blogger daveinga said...

Spiders are a lot worse here (Ga.) than I have ever seen before. Take a branch and wave ahead of you in the woods. Not too big a branch. You might look like a rutting buck.

Alaska as a seperate country? Where have I seen something similar? I too fear for your safety.

4:49 AM  
Blogger The King of Alaska said...

Welcome Dave in Ga.

Stay tuned, and thanks for your input.

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