How many legs does a creature have to have before it becomes creepy? This is a hard question to answer. All we know is that spiders have eight legs and that they are creepier than most insects that only have six. This could be a coincidence. What matters is that spiders are unpleasant and do not belong inside your home. To help you combat these pests, here are some quick facts, spider prevention tips, and professional Oklahoma pest control options to deal with problems inside your home. Feel free to reach out to our team at Brandley Pest Control if you need direct help with pest problems. We offer fast and reliable solutions to handle all sorts of invasive species, including different types of spiders.
Characteristics Of A Spider
There are many different types of spiders around the globe. Some are large. Some are small. Some build webs. Some hunt from the ground. Typically, ground spiders have thicker legs and wide-set bodies to stay low to the ground. They hide in between storage boxes and hunt for their insect prey as quietly as possible. Web spiders, on the other hand, typically have thinner legs, bulbous abdomens, and a much more patient approach to hunting. Some web spiders build intricate and appealing webs while others create irregular cobwebs. Both work the same for catching prey. If you notice webs inside your home without spiders attached to them, they could still be nearby on the edge of a strand. Some species wait until they feel a tug or struggle within their web before emerging from hiding nearby.
Most Spiders Are More Of A Nuisance Than A Danger
You have seen spiders before. These eight-legged pests are terrifying to look at. The question is, are they all dangerous? Thankfully, most local species pose no real threat to human health. Although some kinds of spiders, like wolf spiders, can bite, their venom is usually not strong enough to cause any serious harm. There are only a couple of local spiders that do pose a medical health risk. They are the brown recluse and the black widow. The brown recluse is a small ground spider that has a dark, backward, violin-shaped mark behind its head. Its bite can be necrotic and can cause an infected ulcer to form at the site of the wound. This ulcer can be accompanied by many other uncomfortable symptoms including fever, chills, body aches, and nausea. A black widow bite, on the other hand, is not necrotic but rather acts as a neurotoxin. This large, web-building, black spider’s venom is said to be more painful and comes with side effects like cramping, nausea, vomiting, tremors, sweating, irritability, fatigue, agitation, and in some cases seizures. It’s safe to say that you should avoid both of these local arachnids if possible.
Six Simple And Effective Spider Prevention Tips
One of the most valuable pieces of advice we can give you about spiders is to take some action to keep them out of your home. This could be DIY or professional spider control. Let’s start with six simple and effective prevention tips.
- Use some silicone caulk to fill in holes, cracks, and other small openings around your home’s exterior foundation.
- Make sure all of your exterior doors and windows are in good repair and sealed with things like door sweeps and weather stripping.
- Replace or repair damaged screens around your home.
- Keep clutter to a minimum both inside and around your home.
- Turn off exterior lights when it gets dark at night to deter the pests that spiders invade to hunt.
- Keep all unscreened doors and windows closed when you are not using them.
These tips will help you deter spiders. They will not, however, guarantee that these pests stay out of your home. For this, you need professional spider control.
Quality Pest Control Makes The Best Spider Control
In order to deter spiders from invading your home, you need to trust a pest control provider. For unmatched customer support and a dedicated staff that is going to take care of your pest problems right the first time, turn to our team at Brandley Pest Control. We will pay you a visit, assess the current state of your home’s pest problems, and recommend a solution to get and keep spiders out.
Reach out to our team at Brandley Pest Control now for direct information about our services and schedule an appointment for your Oklahoma City home and property.