Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and closely related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. All spiders have two body regions - the cephalothorax and abdomen. They have eight legs, fangs (chelicerae), but no wings or antennae. Spiders have eight eyes, but some species may only have six. All spiders have fangs that deliver venom. However, only a couple of spiders in the United States have venom that is strong enough to cause health problems in people.
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Black Widow spiders are typically identified by an orangish-red “hourglass” mark on the underside of their abdomen. These spiders also have light red or white markings on the abdomen and backs. Their round bodies are shiny-black in color. Black widow spiders also have a comb foot (a row of strong, curved bristles located on their hind pair of legs), allowing them to cover their captured prey in silk.

Are spiders dangerous?

Black widow spiders are a dangerous species of spider found living throughout the United States. Their venom is strong enough to trigger serious health problems in people, attacking the nervous systems of their victims. The severity of the symptoms is dependent on where the bite was delivered and how much venom was injected. If bitten by a black widow spider, medical attention should be sought so that the symptoms can be managed. The good news about spiders is that most house-invading species are nuisance pests and pose no real threats to people. In general, spiders are shy and reclusive and want to stay out of the way of people. Bites usually only occur when they are being threatened, directly handled, or become startled.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders like living outdoors where there is plentiful food, water, and shelter. Spiders are a predatory species and feed on a variety of nuisance insects and other spiders. Dense vegetation, gardens, tall grasses, sheds, barns, and piles of debris can all attract spiders. Spiders often find their way inside while following food sources. Spiders may also move inside during the cooler winter months to feed on the insects that have moved inside for the winter season.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders are shy, nesting and hiding in dark, quiet, out-of-the-way places. Outside, they make their webs in tall grasses, inside bushes and shrubs, between rocks, underneath decks and porches, in gardens, in wood piles, under lawn furniture, and in the corners of entryways. Black widow spiders like to place their irregular-shaped webs at ground level. Spiders that create burrows instead of webs typically do so in the soil under rocks or underneath debris. Inside, spiders hide out in basements, closets, attics, the corners of rooms, crawlspaces, and under furniture.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Partner with a trusted pest control expert to control spiders. At All Clear Pest Control, we offer family-friendly and eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control services to quickly resolve your Arizona property’s spider problem. Our trained technicians provide the inspection, treatment, and prevention services needed to eliminate spiders and to stop their return. For a free estimate, or to learn more about our spider control services, reach out to us!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Put into place the following prevention measures to minimize future issues with spiders:

  • Remove water sources from your home and property.

  • Place wood piles and garden areas away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove debris from your property.

  • Replace torn screens.

  • Maintain your lawn.

  • Seal gaps or cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Make sure weather stripping is placed around exterior windows and doors.

  • Place covers over vents leading into your home from its exterior.

 

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