Arizona is home to beautiful views, warm temperatures, and great people. Unfortunately, our desert climate provides the perfect habitat for many pests to thrive. Spiders are an example of pests that thrive in our region and regularly terrify homeowners throughout San Tan Valley.
Outside, in nature, spiders are a vital part of the ecosystem. They provide a free and natural source of pest control. These predators keep insect populations in check and reduce the number of insects that can harm people, crops, and gardens. We want spiders to be successful, just not inside our home!
At Ozone Pest Control, we will help you keep Arizona spiders out of your San Tan Valley home. We want to provide you with helpful information about the types of spiders that live in our region and some of our most helpful prevention tips. Read here to learn why our San Tan Valley pest control options are your best bet for maintaining a spider-free home.
Spider Identification: How To Recognize Different Species
San Tan Valley is home to many types of spiders. Some are large and hairy and actively hunt down their prey. Others are small and hairless and rely on the webs they build to capture their prey for them.
If spiders have decided to move indoors and have become a problem in your home, they are likely one of the following species:
- Black widow spiders: These spiders are shiny black, have long, thin legs, and have a red hourglass-like marking on their abdomens.
- Brown recluse spiders: Brown recluses are light brown with a darker, violin-like marking on their backend. They only have six eyes, unlike most spiders that have eight.
- House spiders: These small or medium brown spiders have white or cream-colored markings in a chevron-like pattern.
- Wolf spiders: Wolf spiders are large stout spiders that are usually gray or black with darker or cream-colored markings. These spiders have strong legs and run very quickly.
Partnering with a professional to accurately identify the spiders on your property is critical to removing them and preventing spiders from returning. Contact us today for more information about the spiders that call our region home.
Symptoms Of Spider Bites: What To Expect And How To Treat
When talking about spider bites, there are two essential things to remember. First, most spider bites are an accident; they aren’t aggressive towards people, and they don’t seek us out to bite. Bites typically occur when you make accidental contact with spiders, like when reaching into a dark cardboard box or gardening in areas of dense vegetation. When spiders feel threatened or need to protect themselves from being crushed, their only means of defense is biting. The second thing to remember is that most spider bites are not serious and do not require medical attention.
Symptoms of a spider bite are going to vary by species. But in the case of the most common house spiders, the bites themselves are relatively painless. Most spider bites result in some redness and a bit of pain around the bite site that usually resolves quickly.
Unfortunately, not all spider bites are harmless because Arizona is home to dangerous spiders like black widows and brown recluses. Bites from these spiders can result in more severe symptoms like muscle pain, nausea, headaches, fever, extreme pain at the bite site, difficulty breathing, and necrotic tissue at the bite site.
Luckily, in most cases, you can manage a spider bite at home by keeping the bite area clean. However, if you start showing signs of a severe spider bite reaction, you should immediately seek medical attention.
Spider-Proofing: Tips For Preventing Spiders In The Home
Avoid sharing your home with Arizona spiders with the help of the following prevention tips:
- Cut back shrubbery and bushes from the exterior of your home.
- Limit outdoor exterior lights that attract insects and spiders to your home.
- Seal cracks or gaps in your home’s exterior that provide spiders with entry points.
- Place stored items in plastic containers with locking lids instead of cardboard boxes in your home.
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep the insects that spiders like to eat out of them.
- Get rid of excess clutter from your home and yard that offers spiders dark, secluded hiding spots.
For more helpful information about preventing problems with spiders and other common household pests, please reach out to us today.
Professional Spider Control: When To Call In The Experts
If you spot a few spiders around your yard, it isn’t usually a cause for concern and is likely helping control nuisance and dangerous insect populations. However, when spiders decide to move into your home, you should reach out to us for professional San Tan Valley spider control services. Spiders are predators and like to live close to their prey. If spiders are in your home, so are the insects they use as a food source.
At Ozone Pest Control, we offer several home pest control options to meet San Tan Valley homeowners’ unique needs. Our professionals provide inspections, identification, effective treatments, and year-round pest protection. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection or to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in San Tan Valley.