There are 7 common spiders here in Arizona, and of these, the black widow is the most feared. Lifehacker says “Unless you’re incredibly unlucky” there’s no reason to fear the black widow spider. Yes, its venom is 15 times more powerful than a rattlesnake. But they are one of the most non-aggressive spiders and usually won’t bite even when there are people near.
One scientific study revealed black widows didn’t even bite when handled. They had to be pinched before they would retaliate. Odds are pinching spiders isn’t something you’d consider.
Brown spiders of Arizona – specifically, the brown recluse – are more aggressive and more venomous.
What To Know About Brown Spiders Of Arizona
You’re outside and miserable. You see a warm, well-lit site and in addition to being attracted to its light and warmth, there’s water, too. You want to be there, so you slip inside a tiny crack and join the family. That’s likely how brown spiders of Arizona think.
Spring and especially March-October is the active season for brown recluse spiders. Here are 9 interesting facts about the brown spiders of Arizona:
- Brown recluse spiders thrive in Arizona.
- Brown spiders are attracted by light but they hide in the dark and look for food at night.
- Brown spiders of Arizona bite but the bite is often unnoticed. Many people experience a mild, pimple-like eruption. But some people get a necrotic lesion; it’s scary-looking and slow to heal. It’s a potential site for infection and should be treated. If you’re bitten by any spider, try to capture it to show to medics.
- During adulthood, female brown spiders of Arizona give birth to about 40-150 spiderlings. Newborn brown recluse spiders are tiny, and it will be 6-12 months before they reach full-size. They live for about 2-3 years.
- Most spider bites don’t require medical attention. Brown recluse spider bites often do.
- Most spiders have 8 eyes. Brown recluse spiders have six.
- Sticky traps are great DIY (do-it-yourself) ways to trap brown spiders of Arizona. They won’t reduce the number of spiders in your home but provide a good method of monitoring the population.
The only way to significantly eliminate spiders from your home is treatment by your local pest professional.
- Store-bought insecticides aren’t effective. They must be sprayed directly on the spider or the spider must come into direct contact with the dampened area. You must be willing to devote a good portion of your life to hunting spiders for this to work.
To reduce the population of spiders and other unwanted pests, you should:
- Dust furniture/vacuum upholstery frequently
- Inspect window/door frames and seal tiny cracks
- Remove clutter and debris inside/outside your home
- Seal cracks in foundation/walls
- They prefer feeding on dead insects, so brown spiders of Arizona are very attracted to other spiders’ cobwebs. They build their own cobwebs but don’t use them. However, they can (and will) attack live prey.
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One way to avoid spider bites is by not sticking your hand into dark crevices or anyplace where pests might hide. Your pets and toddlers may not understand that concept. So, the best way to avoid spider bites and spider infestations is to schedule a spider elimination service treatment.
Most home and commercial property owners in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, and surrounding communities have regular pest control maintenance service agreements. Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination offers spider elimination as a part of that ongoing service. Don’t wait until “a couple of spiders” becomes a full-scale infestation. Contact us today.