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What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and predatory pests, benefiting people by helping keep other pest populations under control. However, they are also one of the most feared critters due to their fangs and venom.

Common spiders here in the Phoenix area are black widow spiders, the Arizona brown spider, and the brown recluse.

Are spiders dangerous?

While most of the types of spiders in our area are not dangerous to people, two are; the black widow and brown recluse. However, a bite from one of these spiders is rarely fatal and can be treated by a medical professional. Like most other spiders, the black widow and brown recluse are timid, preferring to keep their distance from people, and won't usually bite unless in defense.

Why do I have a spider problem?

For the most part, spiders become a problem in homes with plenty of prey pests to feed on. They can make their way through cracks in foundations, open doors and windows, and gaps in the exterior walls.

They can also be brought in inside packages and on potted plants by accident, but when this happens, it's usually only one or two spiders and not a big problem.

Where will I find spiders?

Where you find spiders may vary depending on the species as some prefer to build their webs in secluded, lightly-trafficked places, while others make them out in the open to better catch prey pests. And some spiders don't use webs but actively hunt for prey. However, they will be attracted to areas of a home that attract prey pests, so kitchens, bathrooms, basements, garages, and storage areas.

How do I get rid of spiders?

To eliminate spiders from your home, work with our service team members at ACTION Termite & Pest Control. Our home pest control services help eliminate active spider concerns and prevent future ones, whether your home needs a one-time treatment or ongoing monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly visits.

Our Phoenix pest solutions won't only help keep all spiders away, but will also address the prey pests that attract spiders in the first place, so don't wait, call us at ACTION Termite & Pest Control today to get started!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

As mentioned above, the most common reason spiders find their way inside homes is that they are following prey pests, so to prevent spiders, you will want to focus on making your home less attractive to the insects they feed on. You can do this by using these prevention tips:

  • First, check around windows and doors, your foundation, and other areas on the exterior of your house for cracks and gaps where pests can get inside and appropriately seal them.
  • Next, ensure your home is free of food sources by storing dry goods in airtight containers, using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, and cleaning up crumbs and spills immediately.
  • Check to ensure there is no excess moisture or clutter inside your home.
  • Finally, keep your yard maintained by cutting the lawn and foliage short, removing organic debris, and storing firewood away from your home.

Don't forget to contact us at ACTION Termite & Pest Control; our ongoing pest control services can be the solution to keeping spiders and prey pests out of your home all year.