It’s no secret, spiders are some of the least welcomed pests out there. After all, they’re creepy, crawly, can bite, and are overall just not something you want to see around the house. Add on the fact that some spiders can cause serious health problems, and you should do everything in your power to keep these pests out of your San Tan Valley home. In order to do this, you should know how to identify spiders that are common to the area and the steps that you can take to prevent spiders from entering your home.
Identifying Common Area Spiders
In San Tan Valley, there are several spider species that you may encounter around your home or property. These include brown recluses, common house spiders, Arizona blond tarantulas, and black widows.
Brown Recluses are spiders that grow to be about ¼ to ¾ inches in length. They have brown bodies that feature a dark brown violin shape on their upper backs. Brown recluses can inflict quite a bit of damage if they bite.
Common House Spiders derive their name from the fact that they often are found infesting homes. They are similar in appearance to brown recluses which causes many people to misidentify them. You can tell if it’s a house spider if you notice brown egg sacs in their webs. These spiders are not prone to biting but will if they are threatened. However, their bites are not considered to be dangerous.
Arizona Blond Tarantulas grow to be a large five inches in length, and their bodies and legs are covered in hair. Though not aggressive, these spiders can produce extremely painful bites if they are handled. Moreover, they can throw urticating hairs from their bodies if threatened. Their bites and urticating hairs can cause allergic reactions.
Black Widows are predominantly black spiders that grow to be anywhere from ½ to ¾ of an inch in length. Their most recognizable feature is a red hourglass found on the abdomens of the females. Black widows produce strong venom which is capable of killing humans, therefore all black widow bites should be treated seriously.
Are Spiders Dangerous?
Every spider you encounter here in Arizona is not necessarily dangerous, though most will bite you if they feel threatened. However, spiders such as black widows and brown recluses do produce powerful venom that can seriously injure people and in some instances prove to be fatal. Therefore, you should do everything that you can to keep all spiders from infesting your home.
Spider Prevention Techniques
When it comes to spider prevention, your goal should be to lower the populations of other pests that spiders feed on. Additionally, you should try to remove entry points as well as other factors that might be attracting spiders to your property. This includes:
Store food in air-tight containers or in the refrigerator.
Promptly wipe up any spills from countertops or floors.
Refrain from keeping dirty dishes stacked in the sink.
Take out the trash regularly.
Store trash in tightly-sealed bins.
Keep basements, attics, and crawlspaces free of clutter.
Clear away webs when spotted.
Utilize dehumidifiers to lower moister levels.
Install door sweeps on exterior doors.
Use window and door screens.
Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
Seal cracks around window and door frames.
How To Remove Spider Infestations
If you do have a spider infestation, or if you have questions about spider prevention, contact the professionals here at All Clear Pest Control. Not only will we remove any spider infestation with which you are currently dealing, but we will help you take the proper steps to prevent future infestations. Don’t let spiders take over your home. Give us a call today.