The Dangerous Spiders Of Anthem
Most of the types of spiders you're likely to see in Anthem are nuisance species, but there are two dangerous spiders you should be aware of, the black widow and the brown recluse.
The black widow spider is arguably one of the most dangerous species around. Their venom is reported to be 15 times as strong as a rattlesnake's venom. Black widows are one of the easier species to identify. In addition to their black bulbous body, most species have a red hourglass shape on their abdomen. If you are bitten by a black widow spider, you can expect to experience a fever, an increase in blood pressure, excessive sweating, and nausea. Pain from the bite is generally immediate. It peaks after a few hours but can last for up to three days before subsiding. Luckily fatalities from black widow bites are rare when medical treatment is sought soon after the bite.
Brown recluse spiders also have a dangerous bite and can often be harder to identify. Unlike black widow spiders, it's actually a lack of markings that defines the brown recluse. While brown recluse spiders share a similar brown coloring with several other species, most have stripes or markings on their legs, while brown recluses do not. The only marking you are likely to see on a brown recluse is a darker violin-shaped mark on their back. Another feature that's different from the black widow is that most brown recluse bites are not felt right away. Instead, the intense pain from their bite is generally delayed for six to eight hours following the bite. Other symptoms of a brown recluse bite include a small blister, restlessness, and fever. The tissue around the bite will begin to die over the course of a week or two, leaving an open ulcer and the potential for dangerous infection.
What You Need To Know About Spiders In Anthem
While dangerous spiders exist in Anthem, most you'll find around the house are nuisance species. All spiders have fangs and venom to catch their prey, but most do not pose a health risk to people. The primary thing to know about a spider infestation in your home is what it signifies.
While most pests invade Anthem homes in search of a few table scraps or protection from the elements, spiders do not rely on us for these resources. So if you are noticing an increase in the spider population in or around your home, it more than likely means that you have an underlying insect infestation that spiders are hunting. Often an increase in spiders is the first sign of another pest problem.
Stopping Nuisance Spiders From Invading Your Anthem Home
There are a variety of ways you can help prevent spiders and their pest prey from entering your home, including:
- Keep food put away. Spiders may not be after your leftovers, but the prey they are chasing is. Keep food in airtight containers, cover trash with tight-fitting lids, keep floors and counters clean, and don't leave pet food out overnight.
- Eliminate excess water. All pests, spiders included, need water to survive. Limit this potential attraction by fixing leaks, addressing condensation issues, maintaining drainage, and using dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas.
- Seal cracks and crevices. Equally important in keeping spiders and other pests out of your home is eliminating access points. You can do this by using caulking or foam to seal gaps and cracks in your home's exterior, replacing or repairing torn screens, and installing weatherstripping and door sweeps around windows and doors.
- Eliminate clutter. Spiders often hide in cluttered storage areas like basements and closets. By eliminating clutter, you reduce the number of places they can hide and make it easier to keep your home clean.
- Maintain landscaping. Other ideal hiding spots for spiders include fallen trees and piles of rocks or wood. You'll want to remove potential nesting areas as well as check potted plants and other outdoor items for spiders before bringing them inside.
These tips should help minimize common spiders in Arizona from making themselves at home in Anthem. You can also regularly sweep away or vacuum spider webs to discourage spiders from sticking around.
Anthem's Complete Guide To Effective Spider Control
Prevention methods can help minimize spiders and other pests in your home, but they may not be enough to eliminate an existing infestation. If you are struggling with dangerous or nuisance spiders on your Anthem property, Green Home Pest Control experts can help. Our spider control options will get rid of spiders and help you keep spiders and other pests from returning to your home.
Green Home Pest Control has the answer for eco-minded pest control solutions that are safe for the environment, children, and pets. Call today for more information about our spider removal services.