What Do Spiders Look Like?

    Whether you love them or hate them, spiders are everywhere in Arizona neighborhoods, and they play an important role in our lives; not least through the management of the insect population. What else should we all know about spiders? Continue reading to learn more about these animals that thrive so well in the state of Arizona.
    A large black widow with a red hourglass on the bottom of the spider as the spider crawls across a web outside

    What should I know about spiders?

    Belonging to the ‘arachnid’ family, spiders are eight-legged animals and cause much distress to many scientists. Why? Because different scientists have different views on how spiders should be classified. Although there are currently around 20 different classification systems, the one most widely accepted show nearly 46,000 different species and over 110 families. All adult spiders have eight legs, are wingless, lack antennae, have two body regions (cephalothorax and an abdomen), and six to eight eyes.
    According to Spider ID, there are at least 15 unique species of spiders found in Arizona. Spiders here range from friendly daddy long legs to tarantulas, and western black widow spiders.

    Common Types of Spiders in Arizona

    With so many species of spider, it makes sense that many thousands can be found across the US but there are a few that cause the most problems in Arizona specifically. For example, this includes the Arizona brown spider (recluse), black widow, hobo spider, tarantula, house spider, and the wolf spider. The recluse, house spider, wolf spider, and black widows can be found in residential communities all across Arizona. Tarantula spiders are more common in desert landscapes.

    Are Spiders Dangerous?

    Some of these spiders can be very dangerous for infants and the elderly, so if you notice one of these spiders on your property it may be necessary to have the interior and exterior of the home treated for spiders. Stinging insects that regularly take over Arizona yards and homes include the following:

    • Black Widow Spider: Shiny black spider with a red hourglass-like marking on the bottom of the abdomen
    • Brown Recluse Spider: Light brown spider with a darker brown marking on the top side of the head region
    • Wolf Spider: Large, hairy dark brown spider with paler markings or stripes
    • Tarantula: Large black or dark brown spider densely covered in hair.
    • Jumping Spider: Stocky bodied spider that is black, gray, or brown with pale or white-colored markings on the body and legs
    • Banded Garden Spider: Pale yellow-silver spider with many black bands, and legs that are pale yellow with darker spots or bands

    What Do Spiders Eat?

    A large brown spider looks at the camera on the counter of someone's bathroom
    Typically, spiders wait for meals to come to them by creating a web; this means they commonly come across flies, ants, mosquitoes, and even bees. However, many species are actually rather fussy; some will go for small animals like centipedes, frogs, and birds, while others are cannibalistic in nature and will eat other spiders.

    Are Spiders Important?

    As mentioned previously, spiders play an important role in managing the insect population. Large webs are an obvious sign you have spiders in your home or yard, however, there are some species that hide well and you may not notice their webs. Black widows and tarantulas won’t build exotic webs overhead, most of the time these spiders build their homes out of the way where they can be difficult to notice.

    Like with other pests around the property, you can avoid infestations by limiting the amount of junk and clutter around the yard and in the home. Spiders like to hide and live amongst the clutter, wood stacks, boxes, and junk around the yard become shelters that spiders will occupy.

    Are Spiders Dangerous?

    Most spiders living in our home are harmless; either their mouthparts are not strong enough to puncture people’s skin, or their venom is not potent enough to create health problems in people. However, they are an annoyance to have living in our homes, their webs are a nuisance to deal with, and no one wants to be startled regularly by these reclusive creatures.

    Can they hurt my pet?

    According to experts, only around 30 (out of 46,000) species of spider can be considered dangerous to our health; unfortunately, Arizona is home to venomous spiders including the black widow and the tarantula. With fewer than seven Americans dying of venomous spider bites each year, they’re more likely to cause problems for our pets.

    It is important to note that in Arizona, the warm weather allows some dangerous spiders to thrive. Tarantulas, black widow spiders, and brown recluse spiders are all dangerous species, and all live in the Phoenix area. Spider bites are painful, and the venom they inject causes health issues in people that should be managed by a medical professional.

    Signs That You’ve Been Bitten By A Spider

    For the majority of spider species in Arizona, they aren’t dangerous and, even if they did attempt an attack, they aren’t strong enough to puncture the skin. With this in mind, most spider bites would cause an itchy red patch.

    How To Treat A Spider Bite

    If you have any concerns and believe you’ve been poisoned, we always recommend visiting a medical professional. Otherwise, apply ice to the swelling, take an antihistamine, clean the wound, and use antibiotic ointment if blisters show.

    Why Do I Have A Spider Problem?

    If you have lots of vegetation on your property, you probably have a lot of insect activity; if you have a lot of insect activity, you will probably also have a lot of spider activity. Spiders will live in any outdoor space that offers them ample shelter and plenty of insects to hunt.

    What Can Attract Spiders?

    Spiders typically only move into homes that provide them with food to eat and a place to hide. A lot of insect activity, clutter, and humidity allow spiders to thrive inside a home or other structure. Having large populations of spiders living in or around your home is an indicator of an overall pest problem.

    Where Will I Find Spiders?

    Spiders are some of the most adaptable animals on the planet which means they can live in various habitats; they only really avoid mountains, polar regions, and near the ocean. For us in Arizona, we’ll find them in trees, in outdoor spaces, and in dark, undisturbed locations; this could be in the basement, behind a bookshelf, or in a cupboard.

    How Do I Get Rid Of Spiders?

    Get rid of eight-legged arachnids from your Arizona property with the help of Green Home Pest Control. Our eco-minded pest control solutions solve pest problems using products safe for the environment, children, and pets. We are committed to providing you with the best spider control services possible.

    Our professionals understand how stressful dealing with spiders and other pests can be. We will act fast and work around your schedule to remove them! Call Green Home Pest Control today to get rid of spiders from your residential or commercial property.

      We offer spider removal services in the following areas:
    • Phoenix
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    How Can I Prevent Spiders In The Future?

    Use the following prevention tips to avoid problems with spiders:

      • Carefully check over the outside of your home. Seal any spaces or gaps you notice.
      • Outside, reduce the amount of vegetation planted near your house.
      • Check any boxes, potted plants, and other items that were once outside for spiders before bringing them into your home.
      • Reduce the clutter in closets, basements, and other storage areas to limit hiding spots for spiders.
      • Remove things like fallen trees, rocks, and woodpiles from your yard that could provide spiders with hiding spots.
      How Should I Prevent Spiders?

      To finish, we should mention a couple of spider prevention strategies; the most important we believe are being aware as a homeowner and keeping their choice of homes to a minimum. Aside from this, there are various repellent products available that contain ingredients like lavender, peppermint, cedar, and citrus. There are many essential oils spiders dislike and many DIY products will help keep your home a spider-free zone! There are other eco-friendly spider repellents out there that you can try out.

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