Spiders

Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is something plenty of people suffer from – and such fear is not always unfounded. It’s true that some spider species are beneficial, helping to control obnoxious insect pests by feeding on them. Other kinds of spiders – not so much. Here in our part of Arizona, exterminators find themselves dealing primarily with several different spiders.

Spider Control

The black widow can be identified by a red or orange hourglass-shaped marking on its body. Its bite is not always fatal (although it may be to young children). It can however make one very sick for almost two days, and symptoms from the toxin – which include muscular pain and swelling – can go on for a month or more.

The wolf spider looks a bit scary, but they are harmless. They are lone scavengers and do not spin webs. They are often mistaken for small tarantulas with their larger bodies and fur. They most often feed on other insects and find themselves inside of homes or businesses looking for food and water.

We also treat for a variety of common house spiders, which we generally find in the eaves of homes, corners of the foundation, corners inside the home and at the base of windows.

Cause

Spider infestations can have multiple causes. Most commonly, spiders are seeking food sources. Their diet consists of insects, which may be attracted by light, moisture or food scraps, and those insects may in turn attract spiders. Spiders also seek shelter in rock and wood piles as well as in bushes and ornamental vegetation. In fact, a home spider infestation may result when arachnids hitch a ride on a houseplant that you bring into the home.

Treatment

Blue Sky technicians take multiple steps in our general treatment approach to rid your home of unwanted spiders. We knock-down visible webs in the eaves and around patio furniture, which will help to control infestations. We treat in the corners, the foundation at the lip of the stucco homes, the base of plants, river rock close to the home, the base of the block wall and in the eaves.

Prevention

The first thing you should do is knock down any spider webs that may exist, especially those close to the building, and be vigilant in checking for new webs every week or so.

Making certain that all the cracks in your home are sealed up will prevent spiders from entering. Another way to discourage spiders is to deal with the other pests they feed on. Minimize outdoor lighting at night or use yellow-colored bulbs that are less attractive than white light.

Finally, avoid allowing items such as boxes, clutter, roof and floor tile, wood piles, and scraps of lumber to pile up, as spiders find these to be highly desirable shelters.

Arizona pest control companies will always be tackling various spider infestations. Blue Sky Pest Control is a located owned and operated company based in Phoenix, Arizona. We are known for sending service technicians that you can personally trust in and around your home and also have the confidence that they have the skills and training to properly and effectively address your pests challenges.


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Further Reading

7 Spider Spider Myths Debunked: The facts on spiders.

How do I get control of the black widows around my home?: What to do when you find a black widow at home.

Recluse Spiders in Arizona: Learn how to identify and prevent recluse spider infestations in Arizona.

Common Spiders in Arizona – Black Widow, Brown Recluse, & More: Arizona's most common spiders.