A Useful Spider Prevention Guide For Phoenix Homeowners
February 28, 2022
Few pests elicit the response from humans that spiders do. It doesn’t matter if they are tiny or the size of a toilet paper roll; spiders are creepy, end of story. The question is, are all creepy spiders dangerous? Today we will be talking about the kinds of spiders that live in the Phoenix area and providing homeowners with some simple prevention tips to keep these pests out.
The Many Kinds Of Spiders Found In Phoenix
There are many types of spiders that call Phoenix home, such as beach wolf spiders, banded garden spiders, giant daddy long legs, marbled cellar spiders, Carolina wolf spiders, and many more. The good news is that not all local arachnids invade homes. Many species in our area prefer to live outdoors and rarely find their way into local structures. The most common home-invading spiders include cellar spiders, daddy long legs, wolf spiders, and house spiders. All three of these pests are mostly harmless. Wolf spiders have a bite that compares to a bee sting.
Some Spiders Are More Dangerous Than Others
There are two types of spiders in our area that are medically threatening, the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. The brown recluse spider is ¼ to ½ an inch long, light to dark brown pest, with six eyes and a dark backward violin-shaped mark behind its head. A bite from a brown recluse elicits symptoms including chills, dizziness, fever, rash, vomiting, mild to intense pain, itching, and an open sore created by necrosis around the bite site. The black widow is 1 ½ to 1 ⅜ inches long and black with a red hourglass mark on the underside of its bulbous abdomen. A bite from a black widow brings on symptoms including nausea, sweating, abdominal pain and cramping, swelling, weakness and tremors, numbness, headache, high blood pressure, mild to severe pain, and occasionally more severe neurological damage. If a black widow or brown recluse spider bites you, seek medical attention immediately to help reduce symptoms and lower your risk of serious, long-term injury.
Six Simple Yet Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Around The House
No one wants to find potentially dangerous spiders inside their home. If you are looking for a DIY method to protect your living areas against these pests, here are six simple yet effective prevention tips:
- Use a long broom to knock down spider nests around your home’s exterior.
- Make sure all of your window and door screens are rip-free and installed properly.
- Install door sweeps under all doors leading out of your home.
- Identify and fill holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Turn off exterior lights at night. An alternative is changing out all your exterior bulbs for insect repellant ones.
- Keep your living areas clean and tidy. The less clutter, the better.
Professional Pest Control Is The Best Spider Control For Phoenix Homes
If you don’t want scary big creepy spiders or any other types of arachnids in your Phoenix home, you are in the right place. At Uni-Tech Pest Control, we invest all of our time, energy, and resources into protecting members of our community from the many problems pests cause. Let us visit your home today to perform a detailed pest inspection to assess pest pressures and develop a course of action that will quickly address any issues we find.