We all know about how those spiders and snakes have been on the planet for zillions of years and how it is us that are living in their environment, but sometimes you have to make a stand against them! Depending on what part of the country you live in, there can be an awful lot of these annoyances popping over to your home without so much as an invitation. The problem with snakes and spiders is the possibility of them being dangerous, as if their freaky shape wasn’t enough, they usually have a nasty old bite as well! So we’ve got a few Smartphone Apps here that can actually help hapless homeowners to check out the ID of their latest gatecrashers. We’ve also got a rather cute game review onboard as well, just to relieve any stress these varmints may have caused you Enjoy!
Poisonous Snake Identification Free
With regards to having any venomous snakes, Canada is fairly lucky compared to the USA, but there are still some bad boys out there. It has been known for rattlesnakes to be found in the south and we all know about how crazy they tend to be. You’ll also get Milk snakes and Gopher snakes in south-western Ontario. Well the good news is that this App will help you to ID these if you are unlucky enough to cross their paths. You can also identify any non-venomous snake with this application and there’s a nice little fact file on each species. We’d like to point out that dangerous snakes are not actually ‘poisonous’ but they are venomous! If you happen to find a viper or rattlesnake in your garden or home, never attempt to catch the snake. They can kill you and the venom is extremely painful, usually causing massive tissue damage even when death does not occur. Instead of this, you should contact a registered pest control company who specialise in dealing with these animals. If you see a non-venomous snake in your garden, the best advice is to leave it be. These usually feed on rats and mice and would prefer to be left alone if possible.
Audubon Insects & Spiders $2.99
Our second pest ID App is an all Android affair and what a find this one is, especially considering the huge contents and features onboard. Audubon Insects & Spiders is all about those creepy crawlies we find in Northern America and boy are they covered in force right here! Did you know that we have over 500 species of insects and spiders in our country and 510 of the most common ones are included in the App? This App has already been downloaded over 1 million times and it is not hard to see why that is the case. There are hundreds of beautiful digital photographs in the database and the connecting information is just as impressive. If you have a spider or insect in your home and it isn’t covered by the Audubon guide, we suspect you have an illegal immigrant with 6 or 8 legs in your property. The search facility is extremely easy to use and we reckon that a 5 year old could ID the insect or spider without any big issues. In fact, this App is so good that we’d recommend it for any nature fan regardless of the insect and spider population in their homes!
Spider Bite By Sno Apps – $0.99
This App will run on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and it requires iOS 3.0 or later for smooth running. Okay, this is not going to help you deal with that huge black spider or those darn cockroaches, but it will raise a smile and give you a chance to relax for a change. The game itself is incredibly addictive and not altogether easy to master. Essentially you are required to run away from the hideous spider and as each of the 15 levels changes, the escape becomes more frantic. We spent a good hour on this App and were unable to get past level 5, but maybe that’s just us!
We hope that the first 2 Apps will help you to ID those snakes and siders and maybe the 3rd one will improve your reaction time somewhat!
Author Bio: Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Peregrine General Pest Control Inc., leading pest control skunks in Calgary. She loves nature and she visits various national parks on weekends. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.