What are spiders?
Spiders are members of the arachnid family meaning that they have eight legs, unlike adult insects which have six. Spiders are closely related to scorpions, ticks, and mites, but with the unique ability to create webs. The webs they create function not only as their homes, but also as their hunting grounds.
While spiders are important in the ecosystem as a natural form of pest control, their presence around human dwellings can lead to lots of problems and could be indicative of other pest problems occurring in and around the home.
The most common spiders found around Ogden, UT include:
Black Widow Spiders
Black widows are the most notorious spider species in the country, and for good reason—their venom can have very serious ill effects. However, they are generally shy and try to avoid contact with people.
Black widow spiders are recognizable by their black coloration with a distinctive red “eyeglass” pattern on its backside. In homes, their webs are most commonly found around the foundations of the home, in-between any flat rocks on the property, in woodpiles, and inside secondary structures like barns.
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders are the other common venomous spider threatening people and pets in our region. Brown recluse spiders are larger spiders, with brown hair covering most of their bodies except for their oblong abdomens that are covered in gray hairs.
Unlike black widows, brown recluse spiders build webs as resting places and hiding places, but not to directly catch their prey. Instead, they’ll hide within a suitable hiding spot like in woodpiles, leaf piles, cracks, and shady areas around the home. Then when a prey insect stumbles by, they’ll quickly pounce.
The hobo spider is one of a member of spiders known as funnel-web spiders. Like brown recluse spiders, they hunt their prey through ambush tactics but using the funnel-shaped webs they’ve constructed as their hiding spot.
Hobo spiders are majority brown in coloration across their bodies, though their abdomens are a much darker brown. They are typically about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch in length.
Wolf spiders are dark brown to black in coloration, with stout bodies that are covered in hair. They are named for their hunting behavior, ferociously pouncing on prey like a wolf. Luckily for humans, they are nonvenomous in spite of their fearsome appearance.
Around the home’s exterior, wolf spiders are most commonly found around wood and leaf piles, around landscaping tiles, and under rocks. In the interior, they are found in places where they can find shady nooks and crannies to hunt from including the garage, the attic, in exterior buildings, and inside any room with excess clutter.
Jumping spiders are a common garden spider that is frequently found in black, tan, brown, or grayish colorations, typically with pale or white markings on their bodies and legs.
As their name suggests, they are known for their powerful jumping ability. Using their excellent eyesight, jumping spiders are able to identify other insects during daylight hours. During a hunt, these predators will spring up on their prey and devour it.
Are spiders dangerous?
The black widow and brown recluse spiders are the most dangerous spiders in our area. Black widow venom affects the nervous system that can affect different people in various ways. Immediate symptoms can include:
- Redness, burning, and swelling around the bite site
- Severe pain around the bite site
- Stiffness or weakness in muscles
- Excessive perspiration
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal pain and/or cramping
Brown recluse bites are sometimes worse than black widow bites because they can go unnoticed initially. The bites are usually painless due to their small fangs. Bitten people usually start to notice inflammation and tenderness around the bite location within 3-8 hours but with symptoms that can last 3-5 days. These symptoms include chills, dizziness, fever, rash, and vomiting.
While they are very seldom lethal, spider bites of any kind need to be taken very seriously. It can be difficult to identify a spider in the wild. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a spider, get the bite looked at by a medical professional immediately.
Why do I have a spider problem?
There are a number of factors that can make a home susceptible to spiders—namely things that make it attractive to the smaller bugs they eat. Here are some mistakes you might be making:
- Leaving exterior lights on at night which can attract small insects
- Leaving trash cans open can also attract small insects
- Moisture-damaged wood around your home
- Damp areas and excessive humidity
- Too many plants in the yard can attract insects
A spider treatment is a great way to eliminate an active spider population around your home, but if you want to completely prevent and control spiders around your property, the only way is to eliminate their food source.
For long-term spider protection, you need the kind of 24/7 pest protection only a pest control expert can provide. Peak Pest Control’s ongoing home management plans are the perfect solution to protect your property against spiders and the bugs that attract them.
Where will I find spiders?
If you have a basement, you’ll often find them there, but they can also be found in other areas such as storage rooms or bathrooms. Wolf spiders could end up anywhere in your home, but they tend to stay close to floor level. You may see them on the wall or under furniture.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Are you ready to be done with spiders around your Utah home? As with any pest problem, the best solution when it comes to spiders, the best solution is to call the certified pest management professionals in Ogden at Peak Pest Control for help.
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
There are a few helpful spider prevention tips you can use to keep spiders from getting into your home:
- Seal all cracks in your foundation.
- Look for gaps around window casings and caulk them.
- Repair holes in your siding.
- Repair any screens that have tears or holes.
- Keep moisture levels low in your house.
- Make sure you don’t have an insect problem in your home. Spiders are more likely to enter your house if it provides a steady food source.
When it comes to spiders, partnering with Peak Pest Control is the easy choice. We’re a locally owned and operated pest control company that has been providing pest control in the Ogden area since 2013.
At Peak Pest Control, our top priority is protecting you and your family, so we only use products with the highest EPA safety ratings, designed to give maximum protection in low-risk product solutions. We understand the trust we are given to protect your household, and our expert technicians are well-equipped and trained to manage spider problems of any shape and size.
When you contact us for spider control, our technicians will work with you to remove whatever types of spiders or other pests you are having a problem with. Reach out to us today for your free quote!