Indoor spider sightings are common in Tucson. We have lots of creepy, crawlie spiders, but seeing a lot of spiders inside your home is a warning sign that something isn't quite right. There are many things you do to keep your home beautiful, and many tasks you do every day to maintain your home, but you may not realize that staying on top of these tasks is critical because they also help you keep spiders out. Join us today as we look at common spiders in Tucson, what it means when you see lots of spiders in your home, and several all-natural prevention tips to help you get rid of spiders. If you're concerned about spiders and spider bites, you're sure to get some insights here that perhaps you've never heard before. We'll connect the dots and tell you how tasks you commonly do in and around your home have a big impact on common spiders. Many of the facts we'll share today are likely to surprise you.
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The Types Of Spiders You May Find In Your Tucson Home
Many of the spiders in our area present little or no risk to humans; they're just creepy. But not all spiders in Tucson are harmless. Let's quickly go over some of the spiders you can expect to see in your Tucson home.
- Common Spiders: These are the tiny spiders that create webs in your home. They rarely bite and when they bite the wounds are only small, itchy, and irritating. A select few cannot bite at all because their fangs are not strong enough to pierce human skin.
- Jumping Spiders: These spiders are annoyingly creepy because they jump. The good news is that they aren't prone to bite humans. If you are bitten by a jumping spider, you should have a minor reaction if you don't have an allergy to spider venom.
- Tarantulas: While certainly scary spiders, they are mostly docile toward humans and they rarely bite. If trapped, a tarantula may bite you, and the result will likely feel like a bee sting. It isn't pleasant. So we don't recommend handling these spiders—not that you would.
- Wolf Spiders: These are one of the most common "hairy" spiders we see in our service area. They are docile, like tarantulas, and have a bite that is far less painful. They are considered nuisance spiders.
- Black Widow Spiders: These spiders rarely get into homes and stay. They are considered outdoor spiders. Be cautious around areas where they are known to hide and keep watch for their webs. A bite from a widow may only result in a bee-like stinging feeling, but strong flu-like symptoms are also associated with these spiders.
- Brown Recluse Spiders: These spiders get inside and are able to create large indoor populations. While they rarely bite, we do not advise allowing these spiders to remain in your home. The venom of a brown recluse spider can cause necrosis. Seek medical assistance if bitten.
These are the spiders to watch out for in your Tucson home. There are many other species, but these general descriptions apply. In most cases, spiders aren't dangerous, and some are harmless. But it is best not to live with them.
What It Means If You're Seeing Spiders Inside
Spiders go where food is found. When you see spiders in your Tucson home, it is likely due to an available exterior or interior food source. Spiders eat flies, bugs, and other pests. General pest problems typically lead to spider problems.
Another reason spider visitations increase inside Tucson homes is that entry points are available. The more holes, cracks, and gaps they can find, the more likely spiders will get in.
One last common reason spider activity increases inside homes is that spiders are not properly managed. There are steps you can take to reduce spiders in your Tucson home. We'll cover them in the tips below.
Easy & Effective Spider Prevention DIY Tips
What can you do about the spiders inside your Tucson home? It's easy: All you have to do is get them out and keep them out, and there are many all-natural ways to do this. Some of the ways you deal with spiders are things you may already be doing. Knowing how important these tasks are will help you put more emphasis on doing them and help you get better results.
- You already put your trash out, but do you know how important it is for spider management? The scent of garbage attracts insects and other pests. When you see flies buzzing around your trash, remember that spiders eat flies. Every step you take to maintain a clean and unscented trash receptacle will reduce spider activity.
- You already turn off lights you're not using, but turning them off doesn't just save you money it can reduce spider populations. Insects are attracted to white light. More lights and long light usage increases insect populations. Keep lights off or replace white exterior bulbs with bulbs that cast light in the yellow spectrum. Insects can't see yellow light and are not attracted to it.
- You already remove spider webs. They're unsightly. But removing webs also impacts spiders in a way you may not realize. Webs can have spider egg sacs, and a spider egg sac can have 300 spiders in it. Do we need to say more? Removing webs and crushing those sacs provides excellent spider prevention.
- You fix your home up when things wear out, right? Some repairs are critical for keeping spiders out. Old and sun-rotten weatherstripping or door frames provide gaps for spiders to slip past. Missing or damaged door sweeps allow spiders to crawl right under your exterior doors. Damaged screens or gaps around screens allow spiders in. Chipped concrete around utilities creates gaps and provides quick entry.
- You don't put up with fruit flies (or any other flies) being in your house, but expeditiously dispatching flies to the hereafter is about more than a quality of life improvement. Flies are a desirable food for spiders. Quickly addressing interior pest issues reduces your chances of having spiders move in.
- You pick up toys in the yard if you have kids. But are you aware that toys provide protected hiding places for insects? They get under toys because toys offer protection from the hot sun, which dries insects out. Spiders get under toys to eat the insects and will sometimes create webs if a toy sits long enough.
- You rake up fronds, leaves, sticks, and other debris. When you do this, you remove all-natural hiding places insects use. They love these places because they capture moisture from your sprinklers, and many insects eat plant sap.
- You address weed problems in your lawn. Do you know that weeds provide a source of plant sap for insects and that flowering weeds give them sweet nectar to eat? When insects enter your yard to feed, spiders follow right behind.
- Do you like to save a buck? Do you get used furniture? If so, take the time to thoroughly check your furniture for spiders and other pests that spiders eat. Pests don't just come into your home from the outside. They can hitchhike.
Do you see how it works? You already do some natural spider prevention. If you become intentional about tackling these tasks, you can have a spider-free home.
The Most Effective Spider Control For Tucson Homes
All-natural spider control in Tucson is the best way for Tucson residents to handle spider issues. Control products don't provide a great solution most of the time. The products available to consumers typically fall short because many are topical. They don't get into wall voids where spiders are hiding. Along with this, spider control is less about the products used and more about the methods. For example, glue boards help capture spiders, monitor spider activity, and arrest infestations, but they are not a solution on their own. Web removal, exclusion work, and routine crack and crevice treatments work together with glue boards to get complete results.
When you hire a licensed professional, you don't just get spider management, you get pest management as well. Since spiders eat pests, reducing the number of insects and bugs impacts spider populations. The two work hand-in-hand.
Are you in Tucson? If so, contact Green Home Pest Control for a residential pest control service plan. Proactive pest management is the best way to reduce spider activity around your home and the best way to keep spiders out of your home. Our technicians provide your interior and exterior with essential treatments all year long. If you are concerned about spiders, scorpions, rodents, termites, and other potentially harmful pests, connect with us today to find the right solution for you. We're here to help you get answers to all your pest concerns.