Eight-legged and creepy spiders are a common sight in many Mesa-area homes. You can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that only a few species pose a danger to humans. However, not everything is bad about spiders as they can be beneficial and dine on insects (but we still don't want to SEE them), although there are a few like the Black Widow and Desert Recluse that you do not want to have as a houseguest.
With over 45,000 species of spiders, they are everywhere, living on all eight continents, from underwater to high up in the Andes. They come in many sizes, from the tiny Jumping Spider to the monstrous Goliath bird-eating tarantula that can be up to a foot in diameter with inch-long fangs. Another fact is that not all spiders make webs or sit around waiting for their meal to come to them. They can ambush, chase down, and set traps. If the thought of them nearby makes you squeamish, be prepared. It is estimated that there are a million spiders per acre of land and that we are never more than 10 feet from one. On the softer side, some males present a dead fly to a prospective mate.
Here are some of the most formidable local arachnids:
Found throughout the U.S., the Black Widow frequently make its home in areas away from human activity, such as in an attic, shed, or a corner of your garage. As the name suggests, this black spider has a distinguishable red hourglass shape on the abdomen. Generally regarded as having the most potent venom of any spider, a bite from a Black Widow usually requires a trip to the ER. Fortunately, fatalities are rare in healthy adults, although they can be particularly dangerous to small children and pets.
About an inch in diameter, the Desert Recluse hides away in the dark nooks and crannies of your home. More active than most spiders, these nocturnal hunters come out at night in search of a meal. For the most part, they avoid humans, although a Recluse may find its way into some clothes or shoes that have been laying around for a few days. Like all Recluse Spiders, their bite should not be taken lightly, and you should seek medical attention immediately due to the necrotic nature of their venom. Even if you receive treatment, the wound can take months to heal and usually leave a permanent scar that can be several inches in diameter. Suffice to say; this is not a spider you want to find in your home.
Often mistaken for tarantulas due to their size (they can be up to 2" in diameter) and their hairy appearance, these opportunistic predators may find their way into your home searching for food. Being quite nimble, they can scurry across the floor quickly and send shivers up your spine, at speeds up to 2ft per second, and even scarier is that they communicate with each other. Fortunately, Wolf Spiders are more of a nuisance than a hazard as their venom is not as potent as other spiders, equivalent to a bee sting, although it can pose a risk to pets.
Sleep Easier At Night
If the thought of spiders keeps you up at night, they may not be your only problem as they are likely following food sources such as ants and cockroaches. Luckily, there is a solution in the name of Desert Castle Pest Control. With over 30 years of experience serving Mesa and the surrounding metro area, we know a thing or two about spider control. Contact us today for a free consultation where we can identify common entry points, exclusion techniques, and a comprehensive treatment plan that will keep your home spider-free.