BEARS ARE DANGEROUS
Black bears are wild and unpredictable. Though rare, attacks on humans do occur, causing injuries or death.
- Never feed or approach a bear
- If a bear follows or approaches you, stand your ground. DO NOT RUN. Make yourself look large and throw rocks or sticks at the bear.
- If you are attacked by a black bear, fight back with any object available. The bear may see you as prey.
- If you see a bear near the cabin, hit your panic button on your car (if you have one). The loud noise will force the bear to leave.
To report a bear incident call (865) 426 – 1230. For more information visit www.nps.gov/grsm
THE ASIAN LADYBUG (Ladybeetle)
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is almost 95% forested with some 100 species of native trees and over 1,500 flowering plant species. Some summers ago, the National Park Service introduced several million ladybugs into the park to control tree-feeding aphids and scale insects. The ladybugs are very beneficial because they eat the food source and larva of the pests that feed on the landscape and gardens.
The Gatlinburg area is occasionally host to vast populations of ladybugs. In the winter, ladybugs will make their way inside for warmth to hibernate. Scores of removals have been undertaken, only to have them reappear in less than a day’s time. There is no safe treatment for ridding them other than simply vacuum them up.
Ladybugs are not aggressive to people but will tests new environments by nipping. Their bite is nothing more than a pinch – they never break the skin and are mostly just an annoyance to renters.
If you see the ladybugs in the cabin, please just leave them alone. The bugs will defend themselves by secreting their own blood which emits a foul odor. The secretion also stains.
We will continue to remove the small reddish or greenish bug at checkout, but if they appear during your stay we will do all we can to take care of them.
Many people do not realize that scorpions are common in Tennessee. The two species that reside her are the Plain Eastern Stripeless Scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus) and the Striped Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus). The Plain Eastern Stripeless is the only known native to TN. The other species was accidentally introduced to the state.
There is not a lot that Kajun Cabin Rentals can do to prevent or control scorpions except educate you on the species.
Scorpions belong to the Arachnida class and are closely related to spiders. They are nocturnal hunters feeding at night and hiding during the day. Most active at temperatures greater than 77 degrees and become sluggish in cold weather. Scorpions are cold blooded creatures – they are the same temperature as their surrounding environment. They feed about once a week (summer months) on crickets, cockroaches, ants, beetles, mealworms, spiders and butterflies, etc and will survive long periods of time without food.
Scorpions have compact heads (cephalothorax), a broad segmented abdomen and a tail-like structure (telson). The tip of the tail is enlarges and contains a venomous stinger (they control the amount of venom injected) used for self-defense or to subdue overactive prey. The venom is injected by thrusting the tail forward over the dead and into the prey. The venom of scorpions in Tennessee is similar to that of a honey bee sting. The severity of the reaction is dependent upon the sensitivity of that individual’s body to the venom.
The Plain Eastern Stripeless Scorpion is reddish to dusty-brown in color and lacks a tooth located at the base of the stinger. “Weak Burrower” means they prefer areas where they have spaces which require little digging. They hide under rocks, leaves and the bark of dead trees. They enter the cabins looking for water and usually travel up the outside of the water pipes. Scorpions are usually found in the cabins in the bathrooms near the tubs and sinks.
The Striped Scorpion is yellow-brown in color with two dark longitudinal stripes on the back of the abdomen and a tooth called a “tubercle”, located at the base of the stinger.
If you encounter one, remember that they are beneficial in controlling the insect population. Natural predators include birds, frogs, centipedes, spiders, lizards and snakes. They are very discreet creatures of the night and would prefer to stay hidden. Please remember they are venomous and should be left alone.