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Controlling Dangerous Spider Species

There are plenty of spider species in the US that can infest your home, but most of them are harmless. Of course, we don’t want any of them in, but two in particular can be dangerous – the black widow and the brown recluse.

The black widow

The black widow is one of the most famous spider species out there. The female black widow is about half of an inch in length, shiny black in coloration, and with a red hourglass pattern on its abdomen. The good news is that the black widow is a timid spider, and will only bite if it feels threatened. The bad news is that the bite releases a nerve toxin with rapid onset, and the spider can feel threatened when you reach into an area where it is hidden or when you lift an object and reveal it. A bite will require medical attention.

The brown recluse

The brown recluse does not stand out as much as the black widow and it is often confused with other species. It has a dark cream to dark brown coloration, with a violin-shaped marking near its head. The brown recluse is a nocturnal spider, usually hiding in dark, concealed places during the day. It is also a shy species that prefers retreat to confrontation. However bites usually occur when someone invades their space by accident and corners the spider, or while sleeping and rolling over the spider. The bite of the brown recluse also requires medical attention.

Controlling the black widow and brown recluse

Because these two species can be dangerous, it is recommended that pest control is performed by a specialist in the case of an infestation. The specialist will search for the spiders in cracks, corners and dark, hidden areas of the home, usually in closets, behind furniture, crawl spaces, attics and basements. Glue traps may also be used in areas that are prone to spider infestations. The specialist will then move on to insecticides. Some insecticides are more effective than others, with spiders being able to resist a lot of the commercial options out there. In the case where dusts are used instead of sprays, the pest control professional will lay a barely visible layer, otherwise the spiders will avoid the area. If you currently suspect that you have a dangerous spider infestation, contact us right away.

Why is it necessary to remove spider-webs?

Spiders are always associated with creepy houses, poisonous bites, and other unpleasant things. Apart from some spider species, who are exceptions, like the brown recluse and the black widows, spiders are not dangerous and do not intend any harm to humans. That said, spiders spin webs in and around every corner of the house, which no homeowner appreciates as it gives an unkempt look to home and office, gives off a bad impression, and can cause a potential fire hazard.

We all have been there and done that. Therefore, we must admit that spider web removal is a messy process. But have you ever thought about how spider web removal is vital to control spiders?

If you are nodding a yes, then keep scrolling because this blog provides you with some handy tips and tricks to clean up those webs. But for starters, let us first understand the importance of removing spider webs.

Let’s dive in.

Significance of Spider Web Removal

  • It is a control method to prevent further infestation of spiders. You remove a multitude of egg sacs and potential spiders along with its webbing in one swoop
  • Once the spider webs are removed, you can spot new webs constructed in the same spots easily.
  • Removing spider webs is also a signal to the spiders to find a new property as you already on a mission of stopping spider invasion and controlling other pests.

How to Remove Spider Webs?

Figuring out ways to remove spider webs often gets a little tricky. Spider silk is both adhesive and strong, making it hard to remove from uneven surfaces. You try one trick you have seen on Google and end up removing the paint of that area. The more complicated location of the spider web, the more challenging it gets. While there are many methods to remove spider webs, we have listed out some of the easiest ones, using supplies you already have at your home.

  • Broom: Using a broom to remove spider webs is a conventional method that is useful when you have spider webs in hard-to-reach areas. Place an old cotton or flannel cloth over the broom and sweep away the cobwebs.
  • Long-handled Duster: Another excellent option to get rid of spider webs is using a long-handled duster that comes with disposable dusting pads. These can help in removing the hidden webs in cracks and crevices.
  • Vacuum Cleaner: Using your vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment is a modern and most efficient way to remove spider webs. The hose attachment will suck up the webs, and once all the webs are cleared, you can dispose of the bag in the trash bin.
  • Duct Tape: For highly textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings, all the aforementioned options may cause a problem. However, you can take the clever route, using a long, extendable paint roller and wrapping it with duct tape (sticky side out). Now, roll the paint roller with duct tape, back and forth to pick up all the strands of web from the surface.
  • Hire Pest Control Professionals: If you want to save yourself the hassle, hire pest control professionals, and get the task done. They are experts in treating such using professional equipment. They will knock down all the spider webs and treat your home to keep spiders and other pests away.

Wrapping Up

To conclude, spider web removal around your home is a great way to pest control. If you are yet to do it, start it now. If spider web removal is making no difference, and you are finding it hard to get rid of these arachnids, it’s probably time to call pest control professionals to claim your home back from spiders and other pests.

Which Spider Species Are Most Commonly Encountered In Louisiana Homes And Buildings?

There exists around 46,000 documented spider species in the world, the vast majority of which are not dangerous to humans. The United States is home to 3,000 spider species, some of which are known to inflict medically significant bites. For example, the black widow is regarded as the most venomous spider in the US, and the brown recluse has been found to inflict bite wounds that sometimes lead to tissue necrosis. There exists several other potentially dangerous spider species in the US, such as the brown widow and the hobo spider. Spiders are a common sight in Louisiana neighborhoods, especially in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the state is notable for being home to several highly venomous spider species, including the black widow and the brown recluse. But are these venomous spiders commonly found in Louisiana homes?

The Parasteatoda tepidariorum species, or the common house spider, is aptly named, as these spiders are frequently encountered within homes. Luckily, these spiders are considered harmless to humans and pets. Unfortunately, the brown widow spider is dangerous to humans, and these spiders are especially common in New Orleans where they are often spotted on park benches, streets and in homes. These spiders were accidentally introduced into the United States from either Africa or South America. Brown widow venom is weaker than black widow venom, but several severe brown widow bite cases have been documented.

Another spider commonly found within Louisiana homes is the Twin-flagged jumping spider. These spiders are small but frightening to look at, and they are known for leaping at their prey before inflicting a venomous bite. These spider are generally recognized as being harmless to humans. The dreaded black widow spider is prevalent throughout Louisiana and they are often found beneath rocks and in dry locations that lack light, such as garages, sheds and open air toilets. The brown recluse is also a common sighting within Louisiana homes, and while these spiders will not bite unless provoked, they possess compounds in their venom that have been implicated in causing tissue necrosis. So you will want to avoid these creepy-crawlies.

Have you ever spotted any of the above spiders within your home?

 

 

Easy Way You Can Help Prevent Pest Issues From Occurring Around Your Home

It is always a serious blow to a person’s sense of well-being when he/she learns that a pest infestation has taken shape within his/her home. There is no benefit to having a pest infestation within a home, unless of course, the pests happen to be spiders or house centipedes, in which case these two predatory arthropods will rapidly eat every insect pest located within every nook and cranny of a person’s home.

Despite all the talk from entomologists about venomous spiders providing a free form of indoor pest control on account of their remarkably efficient insect hunting abilities, every sane person on earth would just assume pay for the services of a human pest control professional as opposed to living amongst wolf spiders in order to keep the roaches in an apartment at bay. However, many gardeners and landscapers have learned to appreciate large spider, scorpion and centipede species, as these arthropods keep gardens and lawns free of plant-damaging insect pests.

Since people obviously do not sleep, eat and live in their backyard, why not be happy about having a high spider population within a well-cultivated garden? Well, for one thing, many people choose to bring their potted plants indoors before the winter season arrives, and in some cases, unwanted spider and insect pests can hitch rides indoors along with people’s beloved plants.

The most common arthropod pests found in potted plants include ants, aphids, spiders, caterpillars, centipedes, beetles and pill bugs, just to name a few. If you choose to bring your garden or potted plants indoors for the winter, be sure to check the underside of leaves, the bottom of pots, and an inch or so below the soil’s surface.

Another way in which homeowners can prevent arthropod nuisance issues around their home is by choosing a new outside light bulb that does not attract bugs by mimicking moonlight, as many insect pests naturally rely on the light emitted by the moon in order to maintain a sense of direction at night. Insect pests that are too dumb to tell the difference between the shine of a light bulb and the awesome gleeming light emanated by the moon include moths, crane flies, beetles and even swarming termites. Replacing a traditional white light bulb with a yellow light bulb will no longer mimic moonshine, and therefore, your tragic days of sweeping the corpses of navigationally-challenged moths, flies and other bugs off of your porch can finally come to an end.

Do insect pests bother you while you spend time on your outside porch?

Brown Recluse Spiders Prefer To Live Indoors

Around 40,000 spider species have been documented worldwide, and a small minority of these species are frequently encountered within homes and buildings. Some spiders that prefer to live outdoors often appear within structures due to accidentally wandering indoors or to pursue insect prey within homes and buildings. These occasional spider invaders include grass spiders, wolf spiders, fishing spiders, and even tarantulas. Other spiders that are frequently found indoors are synanthropic pests that have lost their ability to survive in the natural environment. The word “synanthropy” refers to organisms that benefit from living in close association with humans, and most synanthropic spiders spend their entire lives eating and reproducing within structures. Synanthropic spiders are often referred to as “house spiders,” and they include American house spiders, yellow sac spiders, cellar spiders, southern house spiders, and many cobweb weaving spiders. Unfortunately, the most dangerous spider species in the United States, the brown recluse spider, maintains a synanthropic habitat where they pose a medical threat.

Brown recluse spiders establish indoor harborages in dark spaces like closets, shoes, storage rooms, beneath clutter, attics, in piles of clothing, and beneath furniture. It is not uncommon for homeowners to find large numbers of brown recluse spiders indoors, and most recluse bites that are reported to medical facilities and poison control centers occur on residential properties. Amazingly, a brown recluse spider infestation consisting of more than 2,000 specimens was found within a single-family home back in 2001. Due to their familiarity with manmade structures, massive numbers of brown recluse spiders are able to inhabit homes without drawing attention from residents. These spiders only emerge in open living areas at night to seek out food sources, and they are known for behaving boldly around sleeping humans during this time. For example, doctors recently pulled a brown recluse spider from a woman’s ear. The spider likely crawled into her ear while she was sleeping in her infested home. Brown recluse spiders are not aggressive toward humans and most bites occur when specimens become trapped in clothing or are inadvertently pressed by humans. About 10 percent of all recluse bites result in skin lesions that often develop into necrotic infections that require medical attention.

Have you ever encountered a brown recluse spider indoors?

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