Spiders in Arizona

How to know you have a spider problem:

You likely have a spider problem if you see spiders in your home. Spiders are not naturally occurring indoors, so if you see them inside, they come from somewhere else.
Check for cracks and holes in your walls, windows, and doors, as these are possible entry points for spiders.

Spiders are also attracted to various insects. So if you have a spider problem, you will likely have an infestation of some other kind of pests.

What kind of spiders are in Arizona?

There are many different kinds of spiders in Arizona, but the most common include:
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Black widows
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Brown recluse
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Tarantulas
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Giant desert hairy
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Arizona Brown Spider
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Black Widow Spider
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Daddy Long Leg Spider
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House Spider
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Wolf Spiders

Spiders you could see:

Black widows

These spiders are black with a red hourglass shape on their stomachs. They’re found in dark places like closets and basements. It can be found worldwide and is considered the most venomous spider in the U.S. This spider prefers protected shelters such as under rocks and wood or in quiet parts of basements and garages. Females have a shiny black body and a red hourglass shape on the bottom of the abdomen. Males are about half the size of females, with smaller bodies and longer legs. This is because the venom sac of the male never fully develops, and they are less likely to bite with less venom to inject. The female, however, is highly venomous, with venom fifteen times more potent than that of a rattlesnake!

Brown recluse

Brown recluse spiders are light brown with a dark brown violin shape on their backs. They’re found in dark places like closets and basements. The bite of this spider can be necrotic, meaning it can cause damage to skin and tissue. The bite is usually not felt, and reactions vary with factors such as the amount of venom injected and the sex of the spider. Some people will not react to the bite, while others will feel an immediate sting, followed by severe pain. Blisters may form, leading to a wound that can take weeks to heal. If you suspect a brown recluse spider bite, seek medical attention.

Tarantulas

Tarantulas are giant spiders with hairy bodies. They’re found in the desert. Their bite is not deadly, but it can be painful. These spiders are nocturnal, so they’re most often seen at night. Although tarantulas produce silk, they do not create webs to catch their food. Instead, they ambush prey and conquer it using its legs, injecting venom. They are solitary; if you find one burrowing in your home, it will be alone.

Giant desert hairy

Giant desert hairs are large spiders with furry bodies. They’re found in the desert. Their bite is not deadly, but it can be painful. These spiders are nocturnal, so they’re most often seen at night. Although giant desert hairs produce silk, they do not create webs to catch their food. Instead, they ambush prey and conquer using its legs, injecting venom. They are solitary; if you find one burrowing in your home, it will be alone.

Arizona Brown Spider

Arizona brown spiders are brown with a white stripe down their backs. They’re found in the desert. Their bite is not deadly, but it can be painful. These spiders are nocturnal, so they’re most often seen at night. Although Arizona brown spiders produce silk, they do not create webs to catch their food. Instead, they ambush prey and conquer using its legs, injecting venom. They are solitary; if you find one burrowing in your home, it will be alone.

Daddy Long Leg Spider

Daddy long-leg spiders are long and thin with very long legs. They’re found in dark places like closets and basements. The bite of this spider is not deadly, but it can be painful. These spiders are nocturnal, so they’re most often seen at night. Instead of consuming old webs (as many spider species do), Daddy Long Leg spiders will keep adding to their webbing, creating a mess to clean. Sealing entry points and sweeping up and vacuuming webs, egg sacs, and spiders is a great place to start when seeking ways to remove these pests.

House Spider

House spiders are tiny and brown with a striped pattern on their backs. They’re found in homes, usually near windows and doors. They construct webs in upper corners, window frames, basements, and cellars to capture their food. They are not considered essential pests from a health perspective. Instead, they are considered a nuisance pest because of their webs. These webs are random and can be numerous. If a web is not successful in catching food, the spider will abandon the spot, selecting another location so it can try again!

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are giant and brown with a striped pattern on their backs. They’re found in the desert. They are among the few spiders that do not make webs to catch prey. Instead, they will wander on foot until they encounter a suitable insect on which to feast. Once this spider has found a target, it will ambush it and quickly dig in! One distinguishing physical characteristic of the wolf spider is eye placement. Eight eyes are arranged in three rows: the first row has four small eyes, the second row has two larger eyes, and the third row has two medium-sized eyes. The two eyes in the second row are noticeably the biggest of all the eyes. Wolf spiders might wander into your home looking for a tasty snack, and once inside, you could find it cozy enough to stay.

What do spiders eat?

Most spiders are predators and hunt other insects. Some spiders, like the black widow, eat small vertebrates like lizards and mice.

Do spiders bite?

Some spiders, like the brown recluse and the black widow, can bite humans. These bites can be painful and cause swelling and redness. In rare cases, they can also be deadly.

What should you do if you see a spider?

If you see a spider, it’s best to leave it alone. Spiders are not naturally aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened. If you must remove a spider from your home, the best way to do it is to capture it in a jar and release it outside.

What should you do if a spider bites you?

If a spider bites you, you must seek medical attention immediately. The venom from some spider bites can be very dangerous. In addition, if you have any reaction to the bite, such as swelling or difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.

Otherwise, wash the area with soap and water and apply a cool compress to the site to reduce swelling. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed. Finally, watch the space for any signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, or pus. If you see any of these, call your doctor right away.

Spiders can be a nuisance in your home, but most are harmless. If you see a spider called Horn Pest Management today!

How to get rid of spiders:

The best way to get rid of spiders is to address the underlying issue that’s attracting them in the first place. For example, if there are cracks and holes in your walls, windows, or doors, seal them up. If you have an infestation of another pest, get rid of that first. Then, once you’ve addressed the underlying issue, you can focus on eliminating the spiders themselves.

There are many different ways to get rid of spiders, but some of the most effective include:

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Vacuuming them up
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Using a spider trap
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Applying a spider repellent
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Hiring Horn Pest Management
If you have a spider problem, you need to take action quickly. Spiders can multiply rapidly; before you know it, you could have a full-blown infestation on your hands. However, by taking preventive measures and addressing the underlying issue, you can get rid of spiders for good!

Have a Spider Problem: Call us today!

Horn Pest Management is your local spider control expert. We have years of experience dealing with spiders and other pests. We know how to get rid of spiders quickly and efficiently. Call us today for a free consultation!

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