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Spiders or arthropods have eight legs, six to eight eyes, and distinct mouthparts that can be modified into fangs. If this doesn’t sound scary enough, those fangs can be utilized to inject venom into victims. These are just amongst some of the reasons that spiders are one of the most feared insects on the planet. It also makes them one of the most interesting. Combine this with the fact that there are over 40,000 different species and they possess a unique ability to extrude silk from their abdomens, it makes the species all that more interesting. It is this silk production from their abdomens that allows them to weave webs to catch prey.
Spiders have been known to prey on smaller insects and other spiders, but they can also take on insects as big as lizards or even birds. It’s the more communal colonies that take on bigger insects. Some spiders build colonies as large as 50,000 or more. That being said, most spiders only live for about two years, but some more unique species are capable of producing 25 years of life in protected spaces. It is the female of the spider species that are larger than the males. Sometimes dramatically larger.
Males are usually pretty recognizable thanks to the presence of enlarged palps or mouthparts. If you happen to find a spider in the home, it’ll more than likely be of the male species. This is because they tend to disperse during the mating season, seeking out mates. Spiders are, all in all, truly unique, as they can come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some are smooth, whereas some have light fur that covers their entire bodies and legs. Learning to identify these species and knowing how to deal with each specific species could be the difference between a spider-free home and an infested one.
Are Spiders Dangerous
Given their intimidating presence, this is the number one question that homeowners find themselves asking, are spiders dangerous? Do they pose a threat to me and my family? Well, it comes down to the species you are dealing with. As you’ve likely heard some spider bites can be amongst the most deadly in the world. However, what you likely don’t know is, most spider bites are either accidental or defensive. All this being said, 99 percent of spider bites reported are considered harmless.
There is the rare occasion where the symptoms of a spider bite can include narcotic wounds, systemic toxicity, and in very rare cases, death. The biggest concern with spider bites is the venom. Venom can sometimes be injected into the victims via the mouthparts of the spiders or the fangs, as was mentioned earlier. All in all, most spiders found in a residential setting don’t pose a threat. This is not to say that a spider bite isn’t unpleasant or won’t be a traumatic experience because saying otherwise would be a total lie.
Such events can be traumatic to some individuals and have ever-lasting effects.
Spiders may invade your home because they’re searching for warmth or insects to eat. Alternatively, male spiders may be searching for female mates. Regardless of the reason, it is pertinent to get rid of the pests quickly. Our highly trained exterminators can remove spiders while ensuring that nobody gets bit.
Hiring A Qualified Pro
You might be able to eliminate a spider infestation by getting rid of the nests. Remove woodpiles, rocks, and other debris outside of your home. Doing so will stop them from building nests and living on your property. You can also try vacuuming them up and disposing of them. However, you shouldn’t expose yourself to unnecessary risks. Contact our office and we’ll get rid of them for you. Besides working with a pro, you’ll also want to take steps to defend your home. Properly seal your exterior walls, windows, and doors. Using caulk or sealant to fill in any gaps, cracks, holes, or crevices that you find.
If you do this, you can rest assured knowing spiders will have a harder time finding a way to invade your home. If spiders get in, you’ll need to contact us. Our spider service programs are cost-effective, efficient, and consistent.
Is Treating Spiders Safe?
Over the years, pest management specialists have developed different ways of dealing with spiders. While some might take different approaches, all approaches are fairly safe. This is especially true for most pest management professionals. These professionals utilize natural products, baits, and mechanical means whenever possible. However, if unconventional means are required, they are trained and certified to take the safest and most cautious approach possible. All techs are certified by the EPA and properly trained as to how to handle, distribute, and dispose of hazardous chemicals commonly used in the treatment of spiders.
These companies follow very strict guidelines and procedures when using the products around pets and children. Most skilled technicians can even educate you about any specific safety measures that need to be followed after treatment. All products used in the area by local pest management professionals are approved by the EPA and service technicians will let you know if and when residents can return to the area after treatment. It’s possible that you might not even have to evacuate the treated area in some instances. Whatever the situation, the treating technician should inform you about all of this.
Call us to get the ball rolling. Someone will contact you within 24 hours. We’ll help you schedule an appointment and send someone to your home before you know it.
Preventing Spider Invasions
Again, take the time to clean your yard to keep spiders away. Make sure that your property is clean and tidy. Do that and you’ll be able to remove spiders from your property. Then, there won’t be any spiders to enter your home. Keep your property free of clutter and debris. Don’t forget to take steps to seal the exterior walls of your home. Perform a thorough examination of your exterior walls. Carefully check around the windows and doors. When doing this, you may find small gaps or cracks. Spiders might use these holes to sneak into your home. Prevent this from happening by sealing the holes using some type of sealant.
It is impossible to stop all spiders from invading. Therefore, you should be ready to call us.
Worried About Brown Recluse Spiders?
Most people are worried about brown recluse spiders. You shouldn’t be. They’re not as common as you might believe.
- These spiders are not found in our region often
- They can reach many areas by traveling in shipping boxes
- They’re tough enough to survive in our area and elsewhere
- Brown recluse spiders aren’t found outside in our city
- They can live in dwellings with people without bothering anyone
- They prefer staying away from people and pets
- These spiders can be eliminated with the right products
- Brown recluse spiders are sometimes confused with grass spiders or funnel weaver spiders
- It is wise to be cautious around spiders. However, you shouldn’t let your fear of spiders ruin your life.