Summer in Southwest Florida is hot and wet this time of year with lots of wonderful rain. On the upside the rain brings us a few cool moments and we enjoy a much-needed break from the hot sun. On the downside all the spiders are trying to find a dry space to call home and a good supply of fresh bugs to eat! If you research Spiders you will quickly find that most informational sites state that spiders are generally good to have around because they help to minimize the population of harmful insects. Well that may be true but I haven’t met one woman that’s happy to have a spider or two around her house to keep the bugs away!
A creepy crawly spider can be a real scary thing for some people and I’ve known a woman or two to run for her life, screaming bloody murder just because one walked by. You’d think a brain eating Zombie was after her only to find it’s just a little tiny thing with lots of legs. Truth is spiders like to eat bugs and bugs love leftovers lying around on your kitchen counter. Spiders also love to hide in nice dark corners where clutter and messy spaces make for a cozy home. So once again, I’m not trying to tell you how to run your home or anything but cleaning up the mess, taking out the trash and putting away leftovers is a good idea to keep the bugs and the spiders away. Aside from that, even though some spiders don’t have Zombie like powers, they can bite humans, and they are poisonous, so it is a good idea to have Lenny’s Pest Control treat your home for spiders.
Several spiders pose a serious threat to humans. The two spiders that are the deadliest to humans in the United States are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Since a few people die each year from the bite of either of these two spiders, it’s extremely important for any person that is bitten by one of these spiders to seek treatment immediately. In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary.
The Black Widow spider can be easily recognized because she is black with a red hourglass on the underside of her abdomen. The male is considerably smaller than the female, and he has a body up to half an inch long. The Black Widow typically remains outdoors.
The Brown Recluse spider has a darker brown hourglass on its back. The Brown Recluse loves to be indoors and generally stays out of sight. It may never be seen until you reach into a dark spot where it is hiding. Then it will bite.
There are plenty of other spiders in the United States, such as the Grass Spider, Wolf Spider, Hobo Spider, and the Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider, just to name a few. These spiders do not have the same strong venom in their bite, but it is very painful and treatment may be required.
If you have noticed spiders in your home, call us at (239) 945-6543. Our team of Pest Control experts is happy to present your with the best and safest way to eliminate your spider problem, and make recommendations about how to keep them away in the future. In the mean time here’s more on spiders below!
Spiders are arachnids, they are not insects. Insects have six legs, antennae and some have wings. Spiders have eight legs and do not have antennae or wings. Arachnids and insects do have something in common: they both have a hard outer skeleton and legs with jointed sections.
The word arachnid comes from arachne, which is the Greek word for spider. According to Greek mythology, a young weaver named Arachne believed that her weaving skills were better than that of the goddess Athena. Athena challenged Arachne to a contest and Arachne proved that her weaving was just as good as Athena’s. However, Arachne insulted Athena in the way in which she portrayed the gods in her weaving. As punishment, Athena changed Arachne into a spider.
Most spiders are not poisonous to human beings. There are about 3,000 different spiders in North America, but only a few of them cause problems for people.
If you are bitten, try to capture the spider that bit you if you can catch it quickly and safely. Later, if needed, you can get an accurate identification of the spider.
Preventing Spider Problems
There are many ways to make your home less appealing to spiders.
- If there are cracks in your foundation or around windows and doors, seal them up.
- Check places where water pipes and electrical lines enter your house, and caulk any openings.
- Keep woodpiles and debris away from your house.
- In storage areas, put boxes up off the floor and away from walls. Seal boxes with tape to keep spiders from living inside them.
- In general, cleaning up clutter will mean you have fewer spiders.
- Pruning vegetation away from your house and keeping the area next to the foundation clear will also make your house less attractive to spiders.
- Outdoor lighting sometimes attracts insects, which in turn attracts spiders. You can move outdoor lighting away from windows and doors if this is a problem around your home.
- You can remove a spider from inside your house by putting a jar over it. Then slip a piece of paper under the jar so that the opening is sealed, pick up the jar, and take the spider outside.
- A good vacuum cleaner easily removes spiders and their webs from your house. Since spiders have soft bodies, they usually don’t survive vacuuming. A broom is also a useful tool for moving a spider outside.
- Crushing spiders with a fly swatter, rolled up newspaper, or your shoe are other simple ways to deal with unwanted spiders.
- Not all spiders spin webs.
- Female spiders are usually larger than male spiders.
- Crab spiders can change their color to match their surroundings.
- The Daddy Long-Legs is not a spider.
Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home and space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We would love to come out to your home or business and inspect your property, give you an estimate and get your protected. Please give us a call at (239) 945-6543 for all your pest control needs in southwest Florida.
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