Don’t Come Knocking at His Door

2Spotted almost exclusively at night, the opossum is often known to play dead when alarmed. They will, however, frequently bare their teeth and growl in order to fend off a perceived threat—particularly males of the species.

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NCPMA PestLine Offered to Answer Consumer Pest Management Questions

The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) has opened the NCPMA PestLine, an electronic hotline that allows consumers to receive answers to their pest management questions directly from pest management experts… read more

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How to Handle a Squirrel Bite

While it is not an especially frequent occurrence, a squirrel bite should be treated in the same fashion as most other small animal bite. Like most rodents, squirrels rarely are carriers of rabies, which is actually found more commonly in skunks, bats, foxes and raccoons. Here’s what to do if you should happen to cross paths with the wrong rodent.

Suffering a Minor Wound

If the skin is barely broken from the bite, you can treat the injury as you would with any minor wound. First, wash it thoroughly with soap and water, and then apply antibiotic cream to protect against infection. Cover the cleaned wound with a sterile bandage to heal.

Dealing with a Deep Wound

For bites which penetrate the skin deeper, or if the skin is otherwise torn and bleeding, first apply pressure with a clean and dry cloth. The first priority is to stop the bleeding. Once this is done, contact your doctor for further assistance.

Cases of Infection

Symptoms of an infected animal bite can include swelling and redness around the bite area, an increase in soreness, or discharge oozing from the site of the wound. Please consult your doctor immediately if you notice any of these signs of infection.

It is also important that you seek medical attention if you have not had a tetanus shot in the past five years and you suffer a deep bite, or if the wound is dirty. For more information on wildlife removal in Raleigh, please visit this website.

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An Expression That Says it All

1This feisty little raccoon’s facial expression gives the impression that he may recently have gotten his paws somewhere they should not have been. Natural scavengers, raccoons usually prefer to work under cover of darkness in their search for food.

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Common Symptoms Resulting from Bee Stings

With over 25,000 species stretching across every continent except Antarctica, bees are one of the more common flying insects that most people will encounter. Although they usually will not employ their defenses unless provoked, a bee sting nevertheless can produce pain and various side effects depending on the individual.

Common Reactions

Bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket stings can be painful, but that is typically the extent of the injury. Symptoms usually subside within hours. The most common reactions to stings are mild:

  • Sharp pain at site of sting
  • Swelling of skin
  • Red welt around white spot where stinger penetrated

Stronger Reactions

Less commonly, people stung by bees suffer more severe reactions. These symptoms tend to resolve themselves within five to 10 days, and don’t necessarily indicate a dangerous allergy. If reactions become more severe with subsequent stings, consult your doctor. Some symptoms of a moderate reaction can include:

  • More noticeable redness near sting site
  • Swelling around area which grows larger for 1-2 days

Allergic Reactions

People who are allergic to the venom from bee stings can experience a potentially life-threatening reaction if stung, called anaphylaxis. Signs of a severe allergic reaction are as follows:

  • Itchy hives and flushed or pale skin
  • Swelling of tongue and throat
  • Difficult breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Loss of consciousness

Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience any of these symptoms, or if you are stung by multiple bees, which can result in a dangerous accumulation of venom in the system. For more information about honey bee removal in Durham, please visit this website.

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Say Cheese!

5A common full-grown raccoon spotted in the wild. Perched atop a tree, the animal probably was likely in the midst of searching for a meal when it noticed the camera and decided to show its good side.

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The Many Bats of the World

The only mammal that is able to fly, the bat is also one of the most widespread and varied animals in the world.  With around 1,200 different types living today, they represent the second largest order of mammals, only ranking behind rodents. Bats are divided into two primary groups: megachiroptera, or megabats, and microchiroptera, or microbats.

Megabats typically do not rely on echolocation, as microbats do. They subsist on nectar, pollen, and fruits. Species include:

  • Black flying fox
  • Dyak fruit bat
  • Dusky fruit bat
  • Eastern tube nosed bat
  • Giant golden-crowned flying fox
  • Greater and lesser short-nosed fruit bats
  • Panay giant fruit bat
  • Pygmy fruit bat
  • Spectacled flying fox
  • Spotted-winged fruit bat
  • Straw-colored fruit bat
  • Talaud flying fox

Meanwhile, microbats have very poor visual capabilities, and do rely on echolocation or sonar-style navigation to hunt the insects and small animals that are their prey. Species of microbats are as follows:

  • Ghost bat
  • Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, the smallest in the world (6-inch wingspan, less than .1oz in weight)
  • Lesser horseshoe bat
  • Northern ghost bat
  • Seychelles sheath-tailed bat
  • Vampire bat

The smallest bat in the world is the Kitti’s hog-nosed, with a total wingspan less than six inches wide and a weight typically lower than .1oz. By contrast, the giant golden-crowned flying fox looms as the largest bat in the world, with an average wingspan over five feet and weight of up to four pounds. Please visit this website to learn more about bat removal in Cary.

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