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Don't Let Spiders Hide In Your Tucson Home

June 16, 2022

While many spiders have a reputation for being relatively harmless, they are not a pest you want to have in your house in large numbers, and you don’t want them at all if they are dangerous. If you have been seeing spiders more often than you would like, now is the time to learn about the different spiders native to Arizona, determine which ones can be potentially dangerous, and how to control and deter them effectively. If your house has a spider infestation, Pest Friends provides quality Tucson pest control you can rely on to get rid of them safely and effectively.

What Kind Of Spiders Might I Encounter In Tucson?

There are several different kinds of spiders you might encounter in Arizona. Here are the main ones you are likely to encounter:

  • Arizona brown spiders: Small and brown in color, with long legs that are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length (longer than their body), Arizona brown spiders have a violin shape on the upper part of the thorax.
  • Black widow spiders: Round and shiny black, black widow spiders have a red hourglass shape under the abdomen, with occasional red or white spots on top.
  • Orb-weaver spiders: Some of these spiders can be brown or gray, while others are brightly colored. Orb-weavers have a large abdomen compared to the rest of their body, and hairy legs.
  • Wolf spiders: With a body between 1/2 to 2 inches long, wolf spiders tend to be gray, large, and hairy.

Many spiders in Arizona are venomous. If you are unsure of which type has taken over your house, a professional pest company can help you identify it.

Are Most House Spiders Dangerous?

In general, common house spiders are fairly harmless. That being said, because most of them are at least somewhat venomous, they can cause anything from mild irritation to more serious allergic reactions that might require medical intervention. In the case of black widow spiders, the risk goes up exponentially, as they are considered dangerous to humans, especially children and the elderly.

Besides, if they have invaded your house, they will start to multiply, becoming harder to control and deter in the future.

Five Ways To Deter Spiders In Tucson

Getting rid of a spider infestation can be achieved using various methods, depending on your own situation and type of spiders to exterminate. Here are five ways to deter spiders that you might want to try:

  1. Keep your home free of dust and clutter, as they provide hiding spaces for spiders as well as the insects they feed on.
  2. Keep your home well sealed, patching up cracks and maintain door and window screens as needed to prevent spiders from getting inside your house.
  3. Fix any water leaks or areas of standing moisture, as these may attract spiders and the pests they feed on.
  4. Ensure you don't have a secondary pest infestation, such as ants, flies, or cockroaches, as spiders will enter your home to follow their prey.
  5. Remove leaf piles and firewood stacks from near your home, as they will bring spiders closer to coming indoors.

There are many methods you can try to deter spiders, with some being more effective than others. If your efforts are not as successful as you would like, it might be time to reach out to a professional pest control company.

Total Spider Control For Your Home Or Business

The best way to get rid of spiders is to have your home assessed by an expert. Because there are many different reasons why spiders are getting into your home, and because different treatment methods are required depending on the type of spider infestation, it is best to have a professional tackle the infestation before it gets out of control.

If your home has been invaded by spiders, don’t give them time to reproduce and take over. Pest Friend can help you get rid of an existing infestation safely and effectively, and can advise you on how to best keep your Tucson home free of spiders for good.