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What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and classified as arthropods, like scorpions and ticks. On earth, there are over 45,000 species. These bugs have eight legs, large abdomens, and prickly fangs to inject venom into prey. Some make webs for feeding and breeding; others don't. Their habitat depends on the subgroup. Many favor outdoor settings, such as forests and deserts. A few will reside in greenery or on the ground, but an equal number will be underground. Several enjoy interior spaces. The black widow, brown recluse, and common house spider are the prevalent species in the Oklahoma City, OK area.

a spider on a wall

Are spiders dangerous?

Multiple species, like common house spiders, are not lethal. If they bite you, pain, swelling, and inflammation will be localized. Lesions and headaches are signals for hospital care. Black widow and brown recluse spiders have strong toxins that can critically affect your bodily functions. Severe allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, nausea, and fever are among the most concerning symptoms. Always seek immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders often consume critters, such as insects and rodents, so an abundance of spiders suggests a broader pest issue. They'll violate your domicile or establishment when they're looking for a meal, and an unkempt yard is an invitation to them, as they'll nestle around wood and debris.

Where will I find spiders?

Below is some information on our area's most common spiders:

  • Common house spiders: These arachnids are yellow-brown and have white stomachs and chevron markings. They are small, usually around 1/4 of an inch. They like to settle in quiet, dark rooms, and you may see them creeping along ceilings, windows, and fixtures.
  • Black widow spiders: These spiders can grow up to 1 1/2 inches. Their skin is very shiny. A red blemish adorns the abdomens of females. Outdoors, you'll find them in organic debris, high grass, and firewood. Indoors, they'll crawl around attics, basements, and other dim areas.
  • Brown recluse spiders: These spiders are 1/4 to 1/2 an inch, and an imprint in the shape of a violin is on their stomachs. If there is no natural matter to gather in, they'll hide in garages, closets, and the like, finding shadowy places where they won't be disturbed.

When are spiders most active?

Spider activity doesn't stop, but late summer and early fall are eventful for these pests. They'll be busy mating and laying eggs.

Interesting facts about spiders

Below are three remarkable things about spiders:

  1. Some spider subtypes have males that will purposely put themselves into the mouth of a female to be eaten.
  2. Spiders with bristle-like hairs can use the fibers to deter enemies. 
  3. Spiders can sometimes see both UVA and UVB light, which is a wider spectrum than humans. 

How do I get rid of spiders?

"Do it yourself" products and retail pesticides aren't fit for infestations. Further, they can be pricey and toxic to humans, pets, and greenery. At Epoch Pest Solutions, we employ affordable, environmentally-friendly treatments. Some of our industrial-grade avenues are perimeter barriers, dusts, lawn applications, and more. Give us a call today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control options!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keep spiders at bay by performing these tasks:

  • Eliminate clutter both inside and outside your home.
  • Inspect plants, wood, and storage items before bringing them indoors.
  • Trim grass and greenery regularly. Distance plants from the property by at least two feet.
  • Thoroughly clean the kitchen routinely. Take out the trash and wash dishes frequently.
  • Vacuum carpets, sweep floors, and dust surfaces.
  • Use airtight containers for food and garbage.
  • Remove cobwebs and spider eggs.
  • Seal gaps in foundations.
  • Confirm door sweeps and screens are intact.
  • Use a dehumidifier.

Whether you need support with spider prevention or infestation, Epoch Pest Solutions is available to you. You can depend on our expertise. Contact us now for spider control in Oklahoma City and Idaho Falls!

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