Spider Control Gilbert / Phoenix Metro

Spiders feed off other insects, including harmful ones, considering spiders beneficial to the environment and regular home pests. But their webs are a nuisance, and spider bites can be painful or dangerous to humans. Controlling spiders begins with reducing their food supply: proper sanitation and control of other insect species will eliminate most spider problems. Regular vacuuming and sweeping of infrequently used spaces such as storage areas, crawl spaces, and attics will also help. Below you will find information on spiders that frequently harbor around residential and commercial buildings.

Black Widow Spiders harbor in areas that are close to the ground for protection. This usually means that black widows will draw a web in areas such as firewood and boxes so that they aren’t exposed to danger. Black Widows are easily detectable as they have an hour glass red shape on their abdomen. Black Widows are found in areas such as firewood, boxes, and eaves so that they can be safely transported into homes and buildings undisturbed. Black Widows do not bite humans out of instinct rather out of survival and irritation. When black widow spiders bite they can cause severe pain. Black widows let out a venomous neurotoxin when they bite so young and elderly people are most susceptible to a severe reaction.

As the name “recluse” suggests, Brown Recluse Spiders, are shy. They retreat when possible, and prefer dark, undisturbed places near or on the ground for their webs, which are used for nesting, not for trapping prey. In fact, the typical web seen in visible areas such as a wall or eave is most likely not due to a brown recluse, but to other types of spiders that may even pursue the brown recluse as prey. Brown recluse spiders usually live in dense clusters. Usually where one is found, there will be more. They are scavengers, preferring dead prey to live.

Brown Recluse Spiders have:

  • Long thin legs
  • Oval shaped abdomen
  • 6 eyes in dyads (pairs)
  • Uniformly colored abdomen with fine hairs
  • No spines on legs
  • Legs are uniformly colored
  • Light tan to dark brown in color
  • Distinct violin-shaped mark on the back points to the posterior of the spider
  • Body not more that 3/8″ in length

The nocturnal brown recluse spiders hunt for insects some distance from their webs. Contact with humans usually occurs because they have taken temporary refuge in clothing or bedding. Items left lying undisturbed on the floor, such as supplies, toys, or clothing, are perfect daytime refuges for these spiders. Such objects should be shaken out thoroughly if they have been on the floor or in a closet for any length of time.

The brown recluse spider is a non-aggressive spider and will only bite when disturbed. Usually, the brown recluse spider bite is not felt and the pain sets in from six to eight hours later. A typical bite area may resemble a pimple, pustule or blister formation from six to 12 hours later.

What to do if you are bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider?

The recommended treatment for most actual brown recluse bites (the ones that do not become traumatic) is simple first aid: RICE therapy.

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

The patient should be taken to the emergency room for treatment. The bite may not appear to be very severe and may take some time to progress to a more severe state. However, treatment is important to minimize complications. If possible, bring the spider to the emergency room for identification.

Call Poison Control or a local emergency number.

You will be instructed on what to do immediately following the bite. The patient should be taken to the emergency room.

For a POISON EMERGENCY call: 1-800-222-1222 ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES.
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