“Kill it with fire” is a common response to anyone that has found a spider. You’ll even find plenty of memes online of people setting fire to their own houses because they found a spider inside. Of course, it’s just a joke – but the underlying fear of spiders is there.
Arizona and California share a lot of the same spiders, including some of the most dangerous ones.
Of course this list would have the black widow spider, and they are actually fairly common in California. It’s only one of the most dangerous spiders found in the country – the infamous shiny black spider with the distinctive red hourglass shaped mark on the underside of its abdomen. Sometimes, they may also have red markings on their back too.
They are typically black, but can also be dark brown in color. They hide in dark, low-lying areas, so it’s not at all surprising for people to not even suspect they’re there until they feel its bite – you may feel a pinprick, immediately followed by painful burning sensation. Sometimes they even leave double fang marks like a tiny vampire.
Redness and swelling follow shortly after. With black widow bites, pain is not limited to the bite area. You’ll likely experience muscle spasms in your chest and abdomen, and your back and shoulders may also hurt. In rare cases, black widow spider venom may lead to seizures, and even death.
Males are generally not black, and hardly ever bite. If you suspect you’ve been bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention right away.
Thankfully, the areas where desert recluse spiders are commonly reported are sparsely populated by humans – areas including the lower San Joaquin Valley and the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.
Even so, if you see this spider, steer clear of it. Recluse spiders are known to have a violin shaped mark on their back, but with desert recluse spiders, they’re a more uniform tan or brown in color so it may be hard to see this mark. Another way you can tell it’s a recluse spider is that unlike many other spiders that have 8 eyes, they only have 6 eyes arranged in 3 pairs known as dyads.
That said, it’s advised you don’t come near enough to find out – these spiders have necrotic venom.
If you’ve been bitten by a desert recluse spider, it may not be immediately painful but tissue will break down in the next several days. Because of this, if you think you’ve been bitten by a recluse spider, seek medical attention immediately.
Other symptoms from a recluse bite may be skin rashes, chills, fever, joint pain, vomiting or nausea.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
It may be challenging to keep spiders and other pests away from your home, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent them from getting inside:
- Seal cracks and crevices where spiders and other pests may enter. Be sure to use good quality caulk (expanding foam breaks down much faster over time)
- Install mesh screens on all outdoor vents
- Install screens on windows
- Install weatherstripping to close gaps on windows and doors
- When bringing inside pots, boxes, or other such materials, give them a quick inspection to make sure there are no pests hiding inside
Spiders feed on a lot of other pests, so protecting your home from pests also means making it less attractive for spiders. If you have a spider or any other pest infestation, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional pest control company to have them safely and effectively removed from your property.
For more information on spiders, check out our Spider Archives!
When we were kids, we might have heard that the most venomous spider in the world is the cellar spider, or daddy longlegs as we like to call them.
The story was that they possessed the most potent venom, but alas had fangs too short or small to puncture human skin. This story was so prevalent that back in 2004 even the show Mythbusters had a daddy longlegs spider bite one of the show’s hosts to see how potent the venom was.
WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE?
Daddy longlegs refer to Opiliones and Pholcidae.
Opiliones, also known as harvestmen, are an order of arachnids, but are not true spiders. They may certainly look and act like spiders to the average person, but they do not produce silk. They also don’t have fangs or a venom gland, and are not venomous at all.
Most species have exceptionally long legs (though some have short legs), and appear to have one broad oval body. Almost all species of Opiliones have a single pair of eyes oriented sideways in the middle of the head. They are typically brown in color.
Pholcidae, commonly known as cellar spiders, are true spiders. They’re able to produce silk, and use it for building webs and catching prey. They have small fangs and are venomous.
They also have exceptionally long legs, but have a more distinct separation between their cephalothorax and abdomen making them more distinguishable from Opiliones. They have 6 or 8 eyes, and are typically gray or brown in color.
HOW DANGEROUS ARE THEY?
Harvestmen do not have fangs or venom, but they do have defensive stink glands that they put to use whenever they feel threatened. They may also play dead until the threat has passed, or if grabbed, they will shed their leg or legs and run off with however many legs are left (like all arachnids, they have 8 legs. Or in their case, they start off with 8 legs at least). They are not known to carry diseases harmful to humans.
As for cellar spiders, the verdict from Mythbusters on daddy longlegs being the most venomous spider in the world is “busted” – that is, the bite from the cellar spider produced no more than a very mild, short-lived burning sensation. They are not known to carry diseases harmful to humans.
A possible explanation of why they’re thought of to be so dangerous is because they are known to hunt other highly venomous spiders like the Australian Black Widow. So if they’re able to bring down these spiders capable of killing humans, they must be dangerous. But in truth, web and wit is the key to their victory – cellar spiders are able to incapacitate these deadly spiders from a safe distance by casting silk from afar.
Of course, having an infestation of these spiders in your home can still bring trouble – while they are excellent hunters of spiders that are dangerous to humans (like the black widow and brown recluse), they are still prey for a lot of other pests that will come knocking on your door to get to this food source.
If you have an infestation of these spiders, get in touch with a professional pest control service for assistance in getting rid of them.
For more information on spiders, check out our Spider Archives!
We all know to be afraid at the sight of a black spider, especially when it has a distinctive red hourglass shape – that means a black widow, and venomous. We’re also wary of the brown recluse – another one of the most dangerous spiders in the country – both of which can be found in Arizona.
But there’s also something quite unsettling about seeing a white spider too. Pale, and for some people, even somewhat alien-looking spiders since we’re used to seeing more of the brown variety.
There is no one white spider, and what white spiders you see would be from a number of different species of spiders.
In this blog entry, we’ll be talking about some of the white spiders you’ll find in the state of Arizona.
Crab spiders, or specifically Misumenops deserti (since the common name crab spider is shared by a number of species of spiders), have an off-white or pale yellow color with light-brown markings on their abdomen. Adult males mature to be a more tan color, with more pronounced dark-brown markings on their abdomen and legs.
These spiders don’t spin webs, and instead wait for prey on foliage. Once a prey comes along, it uses its first and second pair of legs – which are rotated forward – to capture and hold it. While they deliver venom to paralyze their foe, their bites are rarely dangerous to humans (not to be confused by bites from Giant crab spiders, which can be quite painful).
While these spiders don’t spin webs, they do spin silk for their eggs sacs and for transportation, spinning a thread of silk and letting it glide into the breeze. Once it latches on to something like a neighboring plant, the spider then uses it as a bridge to cross.
Similar to crabs, these spiders crawl sideways.
Other spiders in the Thomisidae family of spiders are also referred to as crab spiders (like the Goldenrod Crab Spider that we’ll be discussing next), while other species of spiders can have varying names of crab spider, such as wall crab spiders, or six-eyed crab spiders, etc.
Goldenrod Crab Spider
The Goldenrod Crab Spider, Misumena vatia, is the largest and best known flower spider in North America – called as such because they like to wait for prey on foliage, particularly on flowers. These spiders in particular are often found on goldenrod plants, though they may also hunt on other flowers like daises and sunflowers.
They are white or yellow, depending on the flower where they’re on. White variants of these spiders may have two distinct red marks on the sides of their abdomen, while yellow variants of these spiders will have two distinct light-brown or slightly orange marks on the sides of their abdomen. However, they employ active camouflage and are able to alter their color to blend in their surroundings (this change will take a few days).
Some flower crab spiders may even imitate flowers, waiting for unsuspecting prey to fall victim to its trickery.
Other White Spiders in Arizona
Some of the other white spiders you may spot in Arizona may be the Marbled Cellar Spider and Coneweb Spider, but many of these spiders may also have much darker colors and patterns.
Yellow Sac spiders may also be confused by some people as being a white spider, since they are typically pale in color. Check out our dedicated blog entry for them here.
The Giant Crab Spider, Olios giganteus, may be called as such because they are able to quickly move sideways. They also have a propensity for extending their legs at right angles relative to the rest of their bodies, giving them a crab-like appearance.
While crab spiders are actually comprised of many species of spiders, the Giant Crab Spider is one of the largest spiders you’ll encounter in the state of Arizona.
They are also known as Golden Huntsman Spiders, or just Huntsman Spiders because of their speed and way of hunting. They can wander around in search of food, and while they are ambush predators, they’re also able to run quickly to close in on prey. Some species are also referred to as Wood spiders, because of their preference for woody areas.
They are medium to light brown or light orange, and have a leg span of over 2 inches. Some species have even longer leg spans of 3 to 6 inches. They have 8 legs as all spiders do, however something unique about them is that their legs are laterigrade – this enables them to be oriented in a horizontal plane rather than a vertical plane, and allows them to move sideways very quickly though unlike a lot of crab spiders they may also move in a vertical direction. Their bodies appear to be smoothly furry, but they do have prominent spines on their legs.
On the center of their abdomen is a dark thin line which ends in a point.
They don’t spin webs as nests, instead hiding in infrequently disturbed places such as woodpiles or under piles of rock. They’re able to flatten their bodies to an extent where they can fit in small cracks or fissures. They also typically settle into one place only when they lay eggs (and stay to guard them). Otherwise, they wander around (mostly) at night to look for food.
BEHAVIOR AND DIET:
Giant Crab Spiders don’t have spider webs to nest and hunt in, and instead go around looking for food, often wandering inside homes in search of prey. They like to prey on small insects like crickets that don’t give them too much trouble, even using venom to immobilize prey despite it being typically much smaller than the Giant Crab Spider.
HOW DANGEROUS ARE THEY?
They aren’t typically aggressive towards humans, only striking in defense. It will be more aggressive in defending itself when it’s also protecting its egg sacs and young.
Their bites aren’t generally considered dangerous to humans, but it does cause pain. Some more extreme symptoms include the following:
- Local swelling
- Heart palpitations
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, or present any other allergic reaction (or think you may be allergic), seek medical attention immediately.
WHEN ARE THEY MOST ACTIVE?
They are most active during the hot summer months.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM?
If you find a Giant Crab Spider in your house, do not handle them with your bare hands. Wear gloves, and place a glass jar over the spider. Insert paper under the glass, flip the glass over, and carefully carry the spider outside where you can release it. You can also use a vacuum for this purpose.
If you’d like to make sure that that spider is permanently eliminated, a strong spray of insecticide will do the trick. Of course, you can also use a blunt tool to squish it (if you intend to step on it, it would be a good idea to wear heavy boots).
Otherwise, get in touch with a professional pest control company to take care of the problem for you.
To learn more about spiders, check out our other blog entries in our Spider Archives !
Yellow sac spiders – also called Cheiracanthium – are typically pale in color, and have an abdomen that may range from a slightly greenish yellow to beige.
They have a lance-shaped mark from their waists (where their abdomen meets their cephalothorax) that runs down mid-point of the abdomen, and they have dark-colored fangs and feet (because of this, they’re also sometimes called the “Black-Footed Spider”).
Their chelicerae, or fangs, point diagonally forward and cross in a pinching action, as opposed to fangs pointing straight down that you may find in other spiders.
They have eight dark eyes sized similarly and arranged in two horizontal rows.
They’re small spiders at only about a quarter of an inch for both males and females, with males being more slender and with a slightly longer leg span of up to an inch. The front legs are the longest.
Yellow sac spiders don’t build your typical spider web and instead construct sac-like web structures often found in protected areas such as within leaves, under logs or at the junctions between walls and ceilings (they’re often found inside homes, and one species of yellow sac spider is a common house spider).
These nest sites are also where they molt, mate, lay eggs, and hibernate.
BEHAVIOR AND DIET:
They’re nocturnal spiders and only hunt at night. They don’t have spider webs where they wait for prey to catch, and instead actively hunt their prey.
While they actively hunt arthropods, even spiders larger than themselves, they are not particular about what they eat and will hunt just about any small insect. They also eat insect eggs, If they fail to find other food sources, they can also turn cannibalistic and consume their own eggs.
HOW DANGEROUS ARE THEY?
Even though they’re quite small, their fangs can easily penetrate human skin and their bites are mildly venomous to humans.
There are many species of yellow sac spider, and they all have venom with necrotic properties (though none are as potent as the infamous brown recluse spider). Their bite can be quite painful, and cause swelling and lesions. Other reactions may be slow-healing sores and itchiness (it may be interesting to note that a lot of reported Brown Recluse spider bites may actually be from yellow sac spiders, since the symptoms are much less severe).
The good news is that there are no reported fatalities from yellow sac spider bites.
WHEN ARE THEY MOST ACTIVE:
Male yellow sac spiders will look for females to breed with during the early summer. They only mate once but produce as many as five egg sacs, each sac containing approximately 40 eggs.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM?
Seal or caulk cracks along your walls.
Use weather stripping on doors and windows.
Use nets on windows, and any outside vents.
Remove clutter that may serve as harborage for spiders.
Keep your home clean and insect free to minimize their food source.
If you think you have a spider infestation in your home, get in touch with your local pest control company right away!
Agelenopsis, or American grass spiders, are so-called because they’re commonly found in grass and shrubs. They are quite small, with females being around 10 to 20 millimeters and males being slightly smaller than that.
They’re often mistaken for Wolf spiders, or even the more dangerous Hobo spiders because they can be quite similar in appearance – grass spiders have a similar color pattern on their cephalothorax or head region. They are tan in color, and have two darker lines running down on each side(though these lines aren’t quite as thick as the lines you’ll find on Wolf spiders). A distinctive pattern found on their abdomens that distinguish Grass spiders from Wolf spiders would be light chevrons, or inverted triangles. Another thing is if you find what you think is a Wolf spider near a funnel web, that may be a Grass spider as Wolf spiders live in burrows.
Unlike the Hobo and Wolf spiders that have very painful bites, the Grass spider does not possess venom poisonous or toxic to humans. In fact, their fangs are so small that they have difficulty penetrating our skin. They are very shy, and very fast – so Grass spiders rarely end up biting humans since they very quickly move out of the unsuspecting human’s way.
Grass spiders are a genus of funnel weavers, and belong to the family of Funnel Web Weavers, so-called because they build sheet-like webs with a funnel at one end. The grass spider then sits at the end of the web and waits for prey. Their web isn’t sticky, but Grass spiders make up for it with their speed in catching prey that stumble on their nest, scurrying to bite and paralyze its victim to later consume at its leisure.
Only female Grass spiders make funnel webs, while males spend their time wandering in search of females to mate with. Once they mate, they die shortly after. The females then bide their time and build their strength until they give birth in the fall, depositing their egg sacs in narrow areas such as between rocks near their nests. Sometimes the egg sacs can be found on the edge of their webs, but sometimes these eggs can be found beside their dried up mother, whose arms may still be clinging to her yet to hatch children.
When they do hatch in the spring, they will build their own nests spread away from one another, nests that will increase in size as the spider grows. These webs are most visible after a rain, when raindrops still cling to the silk and reflect light. Try spotting one in your own backyard. While they are commonly found among blades of grass, they can also be found on weeds, shrubs, ground covers, bushes, and brush piles to name a few.While they prefer the outdoors, you may find them seeking shelter indoors (and in your own home) in autumn when temperatures drop.
Grass spiders are considered beneficial since they are quite harmless to humans and feed on pests found in our homes – but if you do find yourself infested, don’t hesitate to reach out to a pest control company for assistance in dealing with Grass spiders and other pests.
Spiders don’t typically go around biting people. Almost always, they end up biting people as a form of self-defense and that usually happens when you go stumbling about and not see that you’re about to come in contact with one very frightened spider. Sometimes, you’ll feel a stinging pain and not see anything right away – for some people, visible symptoms may take days to manifest, or even weeks.
Most spiders you’ll find lurking around in your home, garage, or woodshed are pretty much harmless (though their bites can still sting!). However, if you suspect you’ve been bitten by one of the deadlier types of spider such as the black widow spider or the brown recluse, their venom can do nasty, even deadly things to our bodies so immediate medical attention is needed.
Some symptoms of these spider bites include severe swelling, intense pain, muscle spasms, fever, and chills. You may also get abdominal pain, vomiting, and experience difficulty breathing and have lightheadedness. Note that the very young and the elderly are especially vulnerable to feeling the effects of a spider’s venom. If you feel any of these, get yourself to a hospital or clinic right away.
The effects of a general spider bite from spiders that are less deadly may be inflammation, redness, mild pain, and itching, and for these you may want to try a natural, at-home treatment.
The first step in treating the general spider bite is by washing the bite area with soap and warm water. Then apply ice or a cold compress, for 10 minutes, taking small breaks as necessary, to reduce swelling. Repeat several times during the day, especially in the first 24 hours. Do not apply the ice directly unto your skin.
This common household item has a lot of uses, and that includes spider bite treatment. Mix baking soda and water until it becomes a paste (three parts baking soda, one part water), and apply it to the spider bite area with cotton for about 5 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. If the discomfort remains, repeat the process after an hour.
Salt has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, which make it helpful for treating spider bites at home. Wash the bite area and pour a little table salt on a damp washcloth, and wrap the washcloth around the bite area for at least 2 hours. This is equally effective using Kosher salt or sea salt. Reapply as needed.
Surprisingly, potatoes aren’t only very tasty and a great addition to many dishes, but they also have anti-irritating and soothing properties.
Peel a potato, wash it, and grate it. Place the wet potato shreds on a cloth and tie it, and rub it on the affected area. Leave it for half an hour before washing the area with warm water. Reapply with a fresh batch and repeat the process until the symptoms are gone.
Lemon juice helps lessen itching and swelling – simply extract the juice from the lemon and apply it to the bite area using cotton balls. Once dry, rinse the area with water.
It neutralizes the venom and has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities that control swelling and inflammation. Make a paste with 1 to 2 aspirin tablets by soaking it in water. Once paste-like texture is achieved, simply apply it to the bite area and leave it for about 2 hours. Then rinse the area with water, and repeat until symptoms are gone.
If the bite area gets worse or spreads, if the person bitten experiences difficulty breathing, severe pain, or you’re unsure if the spider was venomous or not, seek medical attention right away. It’s also possible to experience an allergic reaction to a spider bite, and symptoms of this include swelling of the lips, throat, tongue or eye area – seek medical attention right away.
Please note that the information in this article is for informative purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If you suspect that you have spiders on your property, get in touch with a pest control company right away to keep you and yours safe.
These spiders are found in the hot and humid desert environments of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Recluse spiders are known to have a violin-shaped mark on their backs, but with the Desert Recluse spider, these markings may be a bit more difficult to see as they’re mostly a uniform tan or brown in color.
Wolf spiders, commonly mistaken for recluse spiders, have 8 eyes whereas the Recluse has 6 eyes arranged in three groups of two – this separates them from a lot of other spider species since most spiders have 8 eyes.
They’re ¼ to ½ inch long, and spin irregularly shaped webs where they spend most of their day in, before going out to hunt for food during the night. They feed on small insects but will occasionally dine on a large insect if it’s already dead.
They’re rarely found indoors, and prefer the outdoors in dark, undisturbed places. They may be found in dead cacti, wood, and may even stay in rodent burrows where they may also have a steadier stream of insect food.
If found indoors, like most other spiders, they may be found resting along cracks and crevices on your walls, or even under an undisturbed pile of laundry or other debris.
They typically live for 2 to 4 years, and may produce over 100 spiderlings a year.
Desert Recluse bites may cause reddened skin that may develop blisters, and the bite site will be quite itchy for the first few hours. Their bites, while perhaps not immediately painful for all bite victims, are necrotic and may cause a breakdown of tissue several days after the bite, which may then take several weeks or months to heal.
Other symptoms of a Recluse bite may be fever and chills, skin rashes, vomiting or nausea, or even joint pain.
Necrotic flesh is black, dead tissue, so if you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a Recluse spider, seek medical attention right away.
If possible, try to capture the spider that bit you so you can bring it in for positive identification by professional staff.
Now if you’ve found a Recluse spider in your home or property, you may want to get in touch with a professional pest control company to have them come and take a look – there may be more Recluse spiders in your home that you haven’t discovered yet. Professionals can remove these dangerous spiders and other pests to help ensure your safety, and companies like Watchdog Pest Control will put in measures to prevent them from coming back.
Measures you can put in place to prevent Desert Recluse spiders from finding your home appealing are sealing the cracks along your walls that they can use as entry points. You may also want to invest in screens for your windows, and place steel mesh on any outside vent.
These measures would also help deter other pests from coming in to your home, and remember, since Desert Recluse spider feed on insects, the less you have in your home, the less appealing it is for them to stay there.
Spiders are quite common in Arizona, whether they’re in houses or apartments spinning their webs or traipsing through the desert – there are about 26 different species of spidersthat call Arizona their home, and these are some of the most common spiders you’ll see in the state:
Tarantulas are one of the most common spiders you’ll see scuttling about in Arizona. While there are many species of tarantula, the ones you’ll see are usually brown in color and can grow to 5 inches in size. They’re hairy and large, and while they have been known to go into houses, they’re typically found outdoors. While many people find tarantulas frightening, they’re actually quite shy and only bite if they feel threatened. They possess only mild venom, and people who’ve been bitten by tarantulas say the pain is similar to that of a wasp’s sting.
Check out our dedicated entry for tarantulas here.
Often mistaken for the more dangerous Brown Recluse, wolf spiders are typically brown to gray in color. They have distinctive markings on their backs – but not the violin-shaped marking behind the head of a Recluse Spider. They rarely show aggression to humans, and while they’re venomous, their venom is not toxic to us. Same as a number of other spiders like the tarantula, they only bite when threatened.
Wolf spiders don’t spin webs and spend the night hunting for food. They carry their egg sacs with them, and once hatched, the spiderlings will climb onto their mother’s back and stay there for several days.
While they may be found indoors near doors, houseplants, basements and garages, these spiders prefer to be outdoors near sources of water.
Also commonly mistaken for the Brown Recluse is the American house spider, also known as the common house spider. As the name suggests, they’re typically found indoors in homes, garages, and sheds. They have yellow brown bodies and grey brown abdomens with short hair.
These spiders are not known to be dangerous to humans, though they will bite if threatened.
Perhaps the most common spider in the state, Black Widow spiders are also one of the more difficult spiders to detect early since they hide in dark, low-lying places. While it’s difficult to spot them before they bite you, they’re one of the more easily identifiable spiders as they have shiny black bodies and a distinctive red hour-glass shape on their backs.
They’re not aggressive spiders, but they are venomous and their bites may cause extreme pain. If bitten by one, it is important to seek medical attention, especially for the young and elderly or those with compromised immune systems.
Recluse spiders have a violin-shaped marking on their bodies, however with Desert Recluse spiders, these markings may be hard to see. Theyare tan or yellowish-tan in color with light brown abdomens. They’re a bit more aggressive than the other spiders on thelist and their bites are painful and may be necrotic – that is, tissue-destroying. If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a Recluse spider, seek medical attention.
If you have a spider infestation in, you may want to get in touch with a professional pest control company. Not only does Watchdog Pest Control get rid of spiders on your property, but we make sure they don’t come back!
The Arizona Brown spider is the most famous of the recluse spider group, and it is commonly mistaken for the Desert Recluse because of how similar they look. These spiders are commonly referred to as violin spiders or fiddleback spiders because of a telltale violin-shaped mark on their bodies.
They also have 6 eyes instead 8 that are typical in spiders. These eyes are arranged in groups of 3, known as dyads. They have long, thin legs covered in fine hair which also covers their abdomen. They are uniformly colored light tan to dark brown. There are no spines on their legs. Their body length is about 1/3 inch and their leg span is 1 to 1.5 inches, and Brown Recluse males are slightly smaller than females.
Same with the other Recluse spiders, these spiders prefer areas that are not regularly disturbed by humans. They like to hide away under rocks, desert debris, and wood piles. They can also be found on piles of leaves, or if they’re indoors, in dark closets, basements, or attics. Bites from these spiders typically occur when they’re unknowingly trapped against us, such as putting on shoes or slippers left outside or someone reaching into an unseen area to try and grasp something.
People react differently to their bites – some people only experience a reddish bump that they can treat on their own, and others need to seek medical attention because the bite has caused tissue damage, which is worse when the bite occurs in particularly fatty areas of the body. Very young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to the effects of this spider’s bite. Other symptoms may include chills, fever, nausea, joint pain, weakness, and in more extreme cases, seizures or a coma.
These nocturnal creatures typically feed on ants, especially carpenter ants that are active at night. They may also eat larger insects if those insects are already dead.
If you live in an area that’s known to have Arizona Brown spiders, than be wary of picking up items that have been left unattended on the ground. Piles of laundry or clothing or toys may be a temporary refuge, so make sure to carefully shake each item before you put them away.
If you’re putting on shoes, especially ones you don’t regularly use, make sure to carefully inspect them – spiders and other small insects could have claimed that as their resting places, and many bite victims have stated that it was because of carelessly putting on shoes or clothing items that they’ve been bitten.
Things you can do to keep them out:
- Properly dispose of trash and other rubbish – woodpiles, storage boxes, tires etc. are safe havens for spiders
- Keep the perimeter of your house free from shrubs which insects can use as bridges to get to your house
- Make sure to keep your grass trimmed
- Always check clothing or other items that have been outside before using them or bringing them indoors – spiders (and other insects) may have temporarily taken refuge in them
- Seal gaps or cracks on your walls
- Invest in screens or mesh for windows and vents
- Consider weather stripping for doors and windows
- Remove webs and egg sacs as soon as you find them
Pesticides only work when directly sprayed on the spider, so if you’re doing your own pest control, make sure you wear protective gear.