Protecting Arizona Homes From Brown Recluse Spiders

7/20/2018


brown recluse spider up-close

Arizona is beautiful and has many great attractions and wonders, but unfortunately is also one of the states that is home to many species of spiders, including with a heavy population of brown recluse spiders. As a homeowner in Arizona, the first step in identifying a brown recluse spider is by its sandy or dirt brown coloring and a darker brown violin-shaped mark behind its head. Their legs are the same color as its body with no markings or patterns. If you are able to get up close and personal, you will notice that these spiders have only six eyes arranged in pairs as well as the fact that they have many short, fine hairs all over their bodies. However, it will probably be quite difficult to find one of these spiders to look at because, as their name indicates, brown recluse spiders tend to prefer to hide away in the dark corners and recesses of a home or yard.

Although brown recluse spiders prefer to live in secluded areas and to avoid humans, they still are known to bite. Their bite is usually painless and can go unnoticed for several hours after which time a burning sensation will develop and the tissue around the bite will begin to and the skin around the site will turn slightly red. Within a few more hours, the site will become pale with a red ring around it and become larger and oftentimes blister. After one or two days, the blisters will sink and turn bluish-black, indicating a larger area of tissue has died, and will leave a large gaping wound that will not heal. If bitten by a brown recluse spider, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Due to the serious dangers caused by brown recluse spider bites, most people are frightened by the idea of having these spiders inside their homes. A spider infestation can be unnerving, cause stress and anxiety, and even keep people awake at night worrying. An infestation can also be an indication that there are other pests infesting your home that the brown recluse considers as prey for food.

A homeowner’s best option when it comes to controlling spiders and other pests is to sign up for a year-round pest control protection plan that will eliminate pests and keep them away. In addition, there are a few tips and strategies you can employ to stop brown recluse spiders from getting inside your home:

  • Seal off all cracks, crevices, and gaps in your homes foundation and exterior walls
  • Caulk areas around window and door frames
  • Install door sweeps under all exterior doors
  • Keep storage areas tidy and clutter-free

The professionals at Schendel Pest Services in Arizona know how annoying pest problems can be and are committed to assisting people in eliminating and controlling pest problems. We offer guaranteed services that are both prompt and effective. Give us a call at Schendel Pest Services today for more information!




 

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