Common Pests: Spiders
Black Widow spiders generally live in trash, closets, attics, woodpiles, garages and other
dark places. They are found throughout California, especially in the warmer regions such as
the Central Valley and Southern California. The female Black Widow Spider is much larger
than the male and is easily identified by the infamous red hourglass on the bottom of its abdomen.
Because of the females larger size, it can deliver a much larger volume of venom than the male and
is considered more dangerous as a result.
The jumping spider is probably the
most common biting spider in the United States. People are
caught by surprise and scared when they see the spider jump,
especially if it jumps towards them. Bites from a jumping spider
are painful, itchy and cause redness and significant swelling and are
generally considered to be no worse than the venom of a bee.
Other symptoms may include painful muscles and joints, headache,
fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms usually last
about 1-4 days. However, jumping spiders usually escape and hide
and will only bite if provoked and cornered.
Daddy Longlegs are usually found hanging upside down in corners, eaves or basements.
They are very common and are found in most homes. The Daddy Longlegs is not a true
spider in that it cannot make silk and does not have fangs or venom glands.
They have long thin legs with flexible claw-like "fingers". Daddy Longlegs can pinch
but rarely penetrate human skin. They have scent glands on the front part of their
bodies that can give-off a bad-smelling fluid. This stinky fluid is used as a defense
mechanism to keep enemies away. Some people might have a reaction to the fluid but
Daddy Longlegs are not considered dangerous to humans.
Many spiders are associated with moisture and, therefore, are found in basements,
crawl spaces, and other damp parts of buildings. Others live in warm, dry places so
are found in sub floor air-vents, in upper corners of rooms or in attics. Most species
hide in cracks, darkened areas, or other retreats which they construct of silk. Many
species of spiders are common household pests in the United States. Certain common
household spiders spin webs over lamps, in corners and in basements. Remember that
every "cobweb" was made by a spider. Although all spiders use venom when they bite
and kill their prey, the black widow and the brown recluse spiders are the only North
American species consistently dangerous to humans.
Everguard Exterminators performs thorough inspections which are necessary in order to
find all these spider harborages. We will provide safe sanitation, removal, or
insecticide treatment for your home or business.