More than 21 types of spiders live in Arizona. Actually, birdwatchinghq.com says twenty-one is “just a fraction” of the overall spiders in Arizona. One Phoenix newcomer believed more than 21 types of spiders lived in her home.
Many people find spiders “creepy” and fearsome, but we need spiders. They are a critical part of our environmental lifecycles. “That’s nice,” said one new resident. “But they can find a habitat somewhere else. I need to get rid of Arizona spiders.”
Get Rid of Arizona Spiders: Don’t Provide Shelter
Spiders keep the insect population down and keep our birds well-fed. Only two of our Arizona spiders are dangerous. Unfortunately, they’re aggressive, too. Brown recluse and black widow bites need immediate medical attention. Their bites are very toxic and painful.
If you have a spider problem in your home, it’s not because you’re a bad housekeeper. That being said…spiders like clutter and dusty corners. To prevent or get rid of Arizona spiders inside your home:
- Clean regularly to limit the number of attractive hiding places for spiders.
- Close windows at night, especially windows of lighted rooms. Spiders are night-creatures and make their moves from outside to inside after dark. They are attracted to your house lights.
- Consider house plants that repel spiders. Hanging baskets with spider-repellent plants are great for those corners that seem to attract spiders. And some of the plants smell and taste good to humans:
- Lemon balm
- Get a pet. Dogs and cats will chase moving objects, like spiders.
- If you find any evidence of spider activity (egg sacs, webs, etc.) vacuum or sweep them away (and don’t forget to clean the handheld vacuum or your broom).
- Keep all foods in storage containers. Phoenix humidity is relatively low but store snacks and chips in tightly sealed containers. Food crumbs attract insects, and spiders are attracted to bugs.
- Knock spider webs down or sweep them up as soon as you see them.
Prevent/Get Rid of Spiders in Your Yard
Even if your yard is uncluttered, if enough spiders build webs, your yard will appear unsightly. Spiderwebs collect leaves and other debris. If you think an occasional spider-tenant in your yard isn’t that bad, remember this: Arizona spiders will move from yard to home in the fall and winter.
Grass or “funnel-web-weaving” spiders can be found in Valley yards in addition to other types of spiders. They make nests in mulch, piles of leaves, sidewalk cracks, and window wells. You can prevent or get rid of yard spiders:
- Consider using yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights (Sodium vapor lights deter bugs and they’re energy-efficient.).
- Destroy webs when you find them.
- Don’t leave pet food outside.
- Eliminate litter/trash.
- Keep your lawn mowed.
- Remove brush piles.
- Trim shrubs to increase space between foliage/house.
We Eliminate Spiders Where They Live (With You)
You might be sharing your home with 1 or two spiders. Then one spider lays her eggs. There can be as many as 1,000 spiderlings in one egg sac. You now have a spider infestation.
A spider infestation – inside or out – responds best to treatment by a trained pest management professional. Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination will use specialized materials that are best for your home and family (including pets). Most importantly, we will eliminate your spider infestation.
If you have questions about our spider elimination process, just ask. We put safety first. But we also have 20+ years’ experience here in the Phoenix area. We know how to get rid of Arizona spiders. Contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination.