Do you wonder why spiders get into your home or are you curious how they do it? While different types of spiders have different food and harborage preferences, they all operate the same way. All spiders want to live where food is easily accessible. What do spiders eat? Bugs. Lots of them. You can use this knowledge to get rid of spiders and keep them from getting into your home. Let's look at which spiders get into homes in Phoenix, which ones you should be concerned about, factors that attract them, and what works to keep them out. If you want ongoing and systematic control of spiders and other pests around your home and you would prefer to have a licensed professional handle your pest control, we can help you with that too. Action Termite & Pest Control offers year-round pest control in Phoenix to reduce pest activity outside and prevent indoor pests. Jump to our contact page for assistance. With that said, let's look at why spiders invade Phoenix homes and how you can keep them out.
The Types Of Spiders That Invade Phoenix Homes
We have quite a variety of spiders. Perhaps you've noticed. The majority are harmless spiders. These are the spiders that can't bite you, don't care to bite you, or have a venom that is a minor irritation at best. If you're concerned about spiders and their bites, it should bring you comfort to know that spider bites are rare, and in most cases, minor. The main issue with spiders is that they're creepy and gross. They can also startle you when they appear in unexpected places, like the drain of your shower.
Spiders in Phoenix can be broken down into two categories. We have outdoor spiders and common house spiders. Outdoor spiders are spiders that tend to live out in the open and create webs in landscaping, gardens, and other vegetation. House spiders are spiders that live in tree holes, logs, and caves. The reason they get into Phoenix homes is that homes offer protection from the elements, and they remind them of their natural habitats. A house spider is as happy in your wall voids as it is a tree cavity, and as comfortable under your siding as it is the bark of a tree. If your home doesn't have siding, these spiders can still make your home their home. They get into boiler rooms, attic spaces, garages, and other secluded spaces.
Some Phoenix residents allow spiders to live with them because spiders are beneficial. They catch annoying and potentially harmful flies, such as house flies, bottle flies, phorid flies, fungus gnats, fruit flies, and drain flies. On the outside of your home, spiders catch mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and more. But, while it is good to have spiders catching those pests, they are not career pest professionals. You can't expect them to do a great job. Plus, you'll have to put up with their webs and their presence in your home. It is better to hire a human to take care of your pest control. The technicians here at Action Termite & Pest Control work hard to give you great results, every time, and we don't live in your house with you, like those spiders do. If you want to get control of spiders and many other pests, give us a call.
Some Spiders Are More Dangerous Than Others
While most of the spiders in Phoenix won't do more than cause an itchy bump on your skin, we have two that are a concern: widow spiders and recluse spiders. Widows spiders come in two lovely colors of black and brown. Recluse spiders come in a variety of species. The most common recluse spiders we see are the brown recluse and the Arizona brown spider. What can you expect from these spiders?
Widow Spiders: You may experience uncomfortable symptoms when a black widow or brown widow spider bites you, symptoms such as pain, swelling, stomach cramps, muscle aches, sweating, nausea, chills, and other flu-like symptoms. A severe bite will warrant a trip to the hospital. The good news is that widow spider bites are rarely fatal in the United States. According to a 2018 survey, there were 1,015 cases of black widow spider bites and no fatalities. The last recorded death in the U.S. from a black widow bite was 1983. On top of this, sometimes widow spiders don't envenomate a bite wound. Enomologists call this a dry bite. While painful, there are no medical symptoms associated with a dry bite.
Recluse Spiders: These spiders are known for their necrotic venom, and there are many scary pictures of recluse spider bites online. The good news is that it is rare for recluse bites to turn into a disfiguring wound. While we certainly recommend going to the hospital and having a physician monitor a recluse wound, you don't need to fear. Most recluse bites don't amount to more than an itchy bump with an ulcer at the center. On top of this, the last recorded fatality from a brown recluse was in 2004, according to the AAPCC.
We understand that many people have a fear of spiders. If this includes you, take comfort that spiders don't want to bite you—even black widows, brown widows, and recluse spiders. You have the ability to reduce the risk of spider bites by taking steps to reduce spider activity outside, and keeping spiders out of your home. Let the facts above provide motivation, not fear. Let's look at why spiders want to live near your home (or inside your home) and what you can do to put out the un-welcome mat.
Factors That Attract Spiders Into Your House
When spiders enter your yard, they're hoping to find food, a drink of water, and a hiding place. You can manage spiders by controlling what attracts the food they eat, altering the conditions that make water or moisture available, and by removing harborage options.
What attracts spider food?
Spiders don't eat what you eat. But the things you eat can attract the insects and bugs that spiders eat.
- A piece of fruit or a soda bottle left out on your patio can draw the attention of insects and other bugs.
- A dirty trash receptacle will attract insects from a distance. Get your trash to the curb and clean your receptacles if they start to have an unpleasant odor.
- Insects are attracted to light. Keep exterior lights off at night if possible, or consider replacing white lights with bulbs that cast yellow light. Insects can't detect yellow light and are not attracted to it. You may also consider exterior lights that are motion sensitive, which only come on when someone approaches (like a delivery person).
- Many pests eat nectar and plant sap. If you have a lawn weed problem, you'll attract spider food. Address weeds as quickly as possible and remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping.
Some of the attractants that lure insects and other bugs to your property are also attractants for spiders, such as moisture and hiding places.
How do pests get a drink in your yard?
There are many ways water can collect and moisture may be captured. Here are a few of the most common.
- A clogged or broken gutter can cause ground saturation that will allow puddles to form after it rains.
- Dense landscaping can hold moisture and provide the perfect environment for spider food.
- Objects in your yard that collect rainwater create watering holes for spiders and other pests.
Use these to help you find all the sources of water and moisture in your yard and address these conditions.
Where do pests hide?
Any object in your yard that has a void is able to provide a hiding place for spiders. Spiders have a preference for natural materials, so a wood piles is ideal. Remove lawn clutter and any objects that sit next to your home. Also consider the fact that your home is a hiding place for spiders and the pests they eat. Use cans of expanding foam and a caulking gun to seal potential entry points.
These tips can give you the control you want for spiders if you don't mind doing a little work. They are all-natural and provide ongoing deterrence.
Why Professional Pest Control Is The Best Spider Control
A professional is trained in the use of a wide-range of control products. Our service team members perform many task during service visits to provide layers of protection. Here are a few product/services we may provide.
- Interior products to repel and control pests
- Spider web removal
- Water-activated granular applications around the exterior of your home to reduce pest activity
- Liquid applications to key areas, such as around utilities, in expansion joints, and around patios
- Placement of glueboards to monitor pest activity and evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment plan
- Bait application to target certain pests
- Dust application in voids to prevent pest activity and block routes
- Install TAP (pest control) insulation
- Apply mosquito control around the exterior
- Provide recommendations to address trouble spots
Do you see how pest control provides the greatest level of protection against spiders? Routine service visits and appropriate applications of control materials will reduce the food that spiders eat and deter spiders from coming near your home or entering your home.
Would you like to start service? Connect with us and let one of our service team members guide you toward the right solution to address your pest concerns. Now is the time to take action and call Action…Action Termite & Pest Control.