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LEARN ABOUT SPIDER CONTROL & EXTERMINATION
Spider control can be a major concern for homeowners – particularly for those who live in the southwest. There are about 3,000 species of spiders throughout North America, but only two in the southern and western United States can cause serious harm when accidentally disturbed – the black widow spider and brown recluse spider. This is why it’s particularly important to hire a well-trained spider exterminator to eliminate an infestation.
If spiders are infesting your home, contact a spider control professional. Spider exterminators will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species of spider and recommend a course of proper spider control.
Types of Spiders
Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)
Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass shape under their abdomen. This spider gets its name from the popular belief that the female black widow spider eats the male after mating, although this rarely happens. Black widows are poisonous when ingested during the first 17 days of their life.
Color: Usually black, sometimes brown, tan, or gray, and usually with pale markings.
Shape: Compact with relatively short legs
Size: 1/8 – 3/4 inches
Region: Found throughout the U.S.
Black widows are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions. Black widow spiders spin irregular webs, which they build at night near ground level. Once complete, these spiders hang upside-down in their webs.
Outdoors, black widow spiders commonly live in protected areas like under stones and in firewood piles. They are often found in barns, outhouses and sheds. Indoors, black widows prefer cluttered areas of garages, basements and crawl spaces.
While male black widow spiders rarely bite, females are known to be aggressive and bite in defense, especially after laying, and when guarding eggs. Symptoms of a black widow spider bite include fever, increased blood pressure, sweating and nausea. Fatalities are unlikely, as long as proper medical treatment is sought in a timely manner. If you notice black widows or signs of infestation, contact a professional immediately for a proper course of black widow spider control.
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER PREVENTION
Avoid black widow spider bites by reducing clutter in basements and garages to eliminate hiding spots. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area. You should also wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time and shake out shoes before wearing them. Outdoors, store firewood at least twenty feet from the home and five inches off the ground. If you suspect a spider infestation, contact a black widow control specialist immediately. This is the safest way to get rid of black widow spiders in the home.
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