Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial to keeping many insects and pests at bay, home spider control may be necessary for a number of reasons. First, it will help you avoid webs from appearing in and around your home. Spider control will also help protect your family from spiders whose bites can be dangerous, such as the black widow and brown recluse.
Do you know how to tell harmless spiders from dangerous ones? Which spiders can you carry outside and which should prompt you to call for pest control? Pest control companies have the training to tell the potentially dangerous ones from the ones that are not. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, especially when vastly different species can look extremely similar.
Brown recluse spiders
You have probably heard of the brown recluse spider, a dangerous species whose bite can result in skin lesions in humans. Brown recluse bites are serious and require medical attention immediately. Recluse spiders build irregular webs that frequently include a shelter consisting of disorderly threads. These spiders frequently build their webs in woodpiles and sheds, closets, beds, garages, cellars and other places that are dry and generally undisturbed. These spiders can squeeze through tight spaces and are often near or in a home. Typically about the size of a quarter, brown recluse spiders range from tan to dark brown, with the abdomen and legs uniformly colored. One of the best ways to identify these spiders is by their eye pattern, which is a semi-circular arrangement of six eyes in three groups of two, as opposed to the eight eyes of most other spiders. If you see a brown recluse spider, contact your local professional pest control company.
Black widow spiders
The black widow and western black widow spiders are also poisonous and common in North America. They are characterized by a similar body shape and reclusive habits. Both are shiny black with a red hourglass shape or markings under the abdomen. Black widows are shy, preferring to build their webs in a dry protected location where their prey is likely to travel. Outdoors they can be found among rocks and wood piles, under decks, in hollow stumps, rodent burrows, beneath benches, etc. They prefer basements, crawls spaces, and garages in structures as well as other protected areas. Black widow spiders are not as common in homes as the brown recluse, but when they are found indoors, they are usually found in garages and under appliances or heavy furniture and not out in the open. Black widow spiders are usually timid and will only bite in response to being trapped against skin. With both brown recluses and black widows, bites are very serious and require immediate medical attention.
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