Arizona Spiders What you should know about Arizona Spiders

Arizona Spiders are not your ordinary household pest(s)…for starters they are arachnids and not insects.  Spiders are predators equipped with fangs and poisonous venom to attack insects.  Spiders should not be taken lightly even if their venom is not lethal.  Spider bites can be painful and may cause health concerns. Don’t take spiders in or around your home lightly.

Are Arizona spiders difficult to control?

Spiders walk on the tips/pads of their eight legs which keeps their bodies away from most surfaces.  Unlike most insects, spiders do not groom themselves making it difficult for conventional insect treatments to be effective against Arizona spiders.  Most pest control products are effective if sprayed directly on spiders, however spiders are not always present and residuals left behind need to contact the spiders body to work.

You’ll often hear from less experienced Phoenix exterminators that the only way to control spiders is to eliminate their food source…or other pests.  While it is important to eliminate the food source for any invading pest it is not the only step in spider control.

Arizona Spider control tips:  

  • Eliminate or shield outdoor lights or bright indoor lights that attract other pests, the spiders’ insect food source
  •  Trim weeds around your foundation, remove debris and stored items to discourage spiders and pests from living near your home.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove webs, spiders and their egg sacs. Spider elimination includes prevention of entry, reduction of spider food and any condition that might encourage spider invasion or reproduction.
  • Apply weather stripping to all doors and windows. Also, it is a good idea to install door sweeps. You need a tight seal to keep spiders out.
  • Repair all window and door screens using silicone caulk or screen patches. Windows are a common spider entry point, so be sure that each layer, from screen to glass to trim, is sealed completely.
  • Buy some outdoor sealant and a caulking gun. Walk around your home looking for cracks and crevices around your foundation and fill them in. Next look at your siding. You may need a specialized sealant depending on your siding material and color. Be sure to check the lowest edge of your siding for cracks and holes. Lastly, fill in all holes created by utilities: cables, wires, pipes, faucets, outlets, plumbing…etc. Concrete, mortar, or expandable foams are also options for filling in holes.
  • Screen all vents leading into the home.

Things you might not have known about spiders:

  • Spiders belong to the Arachnid family. Scorpions, mites, and ticks are also part of the arachnid family. Arachnids are creatures with two body segments, eight legs, no wings or antennae and are not able to chew. There are more than 30,000 known species of spiders. Because spider skeletons are quite small and fragile it is difficult to find whole fossilized spiders. The word spider is from an Old English verb spinnan, meaning “to spin.
  • Spiders cannot chew or swallow, so they must digest their food outside their bodies and then drink the liquid. Spiders will inject venom through their fangs and paralyze their victims. The poison turns the insides of insect to a liquid and the spider sucks it up. The insect will often look normal except that the body is empty. Web-spinning spiders will wrap their prey in a web and then crush it’s body with their teeth. They then pour digestive juice over the body and liquefy it. All spiders are predators and many will eat other spiders. Spiders also have these tiny little things on their legs called ‘pedipalps’ that are next to the mouth fangs. They help to hold prey while the spider bites it. Almost all spiders have venom in them. Phoenix Spider Control
  • Most spider poison will not harm people because it is quite weak. There are a few spiders with poison strong enough to cause pain or even some nerve damage in humans. These spiders include the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse spiders. If a bite from one of these spiders is left untreated, death could result. The feared tarantula isn’t poisonous. A tarantula’s bite can be painful, but it isn’t any more dangerous than a bee sting. A fear of spiders is called arachnophobia. It is one of the most common fears among people.
  • Spiders have silk spinning glands called spinnerets, at the tip of their abdomen. All spiders spin silk, but not all spiders spin webs. The spider’s body has an oil on it to keep the spider from sticking to it’s own web. Silk is used for climbing, to create webs, to build smooth walls in burrows, build egg sacs, and wrap prey. Many spiders use their silk for something called ‘draglines’. This is a rope-like web that helps the spider climb back home if they fall or let themselves drop. Different spiders produce different types of silk. Silk can be sticky, dry or stretchy. Surprisingly, silk is so strong that some spiders use it for traveling. With one end attached to a surface such as a tree branch, the spider will hang onto the end and let the wind carry it away. This is called ‘ballooning’ and can carry the spider many miles. Spiders will recycle their silk. They eat up what isn’t useful anymore and start over with fresh silk. Spider silk is possibly the strongest material in the world. Scientists believe that if they gathered the same weight of spider web as a piece of steel, the web would be much stronger than the steel.Spider Control Phoenix
  • Male spiders are usually smaller than female spiders. Spiders are serious predators so mating can be dangerous especially for the males. Male spiders have to be careful when meeting the female. Using his claws he will send gentle, even vibrations through the web, unlike the quick, jerky movements of scared insects. This announces his arrival, but he still has to convince the female that she shouldn’t eat him in order for them to mate. Spiders are oviparous, which means their babies come from eggs. Spiders will lay between 2 and 1000 eggs, depending on the species. Almost all female spiders protect their eggs by making a silk ‘bed’ and then covering them with a silk ’blanket’. She then wraps them in more silk to make the egg sac. She hangs the sac someplace safe and guards it until the babies hatch. When the babies hatch they often stay inside the sac to finish developing. Some mothers stay until the spiderlings leave the sac, others will either leave or die before seeing their babies. Many spiders will go off on their own after their eggs hatch, leaving the babies to fend for themselves.
  • All spider webs are designed to catch food. Since spiders do not have great eyesight, they usually use the vibrations of the web strands to locate their prey. When they do, they rush on over and wrap their victim in silk, turning it around and around until it is covered. Phoenix spider control experts
  • Because they are small, spiders have many enemies. Toads, birds, lizards and monkeys hunt them. Spiders are also used as food by many smaller creatures. Ticks will attach themselves to a spider and eat away at it for a long time while the spider goes about its business. One of the spider’s worst enemies is the Spider-Wasp. The female wasp will paralyze the spider by stinging it. She then digs a hole and puts the spider and an egg into it. When the egg hatches, the baby wasp will eat away at the paralyzed spider. Humans are also enemies of spiders. Besides stepping on them, the pesticides we use to control other insects can kill spiders.

 If your seeing spiders in and around your home…call our Phoenix spider control experts to prescribe a service tailored to your home and surrounding environment.

Contact our Phoenix Spider Control Experts @ 602.308.4509