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Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders are eight-legged arthropods that belong to the scientific classification of arachnid. Though most types of spiders differ greatly in appearance, every species has fangs used to inject venom, a spinneret for releasing silk, and six to eight eyes. And while there are many different spider species identified today, only a handful of spider types are commonly seen around human structures. 

Spider species you need to look out for in our area include the black widow spider, brown recluse spider, wolf spider, and cellar spider. While the wolf and cellar spider species are considered generally harmless spiders, caution is necessary around the black widow and brown recluse.

Are spiders dangerous?

Most common house spiders you run into around your property are unlikely to be particularly dangerous outside of being frightening or delivering an itchy bite. However, black widow and brown recluse spiders are medically dangerous. These spiders can deliver bites that result in serious symptoms such as pain, swelling, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, or even fatalities in certain vulnerable individuals.

You should also note that all spider bites can trigger allergic reactions, and you should meet symptoms like difficulty breathing or swallowing with immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a spider problem?

If you notice an increase in spiders around your property, you likely have several factors attracting these pests, such as easy access to pest prey food sources, excess moisture, and secluded areas to build webs. An essential part of defeating spider problems is eliminating the factors that draw this pest to your property in the first place.

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