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Arizona Pest Prevention has serviced thousands of homes and businesses with spider concerns.
(Annoying and Destroying)
We will focus on the primary spider threat which is the Black Widow. Black Widow spiders with highly recognizable Red Hourglass marking, live in sticky webs near the ground, in dark areas. They are often found in sheds, garages, or other enclosures where they can be undisturbed. While normally found outside the living area of a home or in an office the Black Widow can be found inside a structure. Especially where there is new construction or storage, debris or items not frequently used. Their web is complex, almost 3D looking and is very sticky. When a flying or crawling insect, scorpion or a small lizard becomes entangled the next meal is available for the Black Widow Spider. The Female Black Widow spider produces an egg sac that can contain up to several hundred spiderlings with 1-4 egg sacs within the webbing. Upwards of one hundred young will survive. The female usually eats the male after a mating process. The bite (Neurotoxin) from a Black Widow Spider can be serious and Medical attention is advised. The venom is said to be 10 to 15 times more potent than a Rattlesnake’s venom.
In Arizona there are a dozen plus species. A few have a venomous bite, being dangerous to people. There are many areas supporting Arizona brown spiders, and the black widow inhabiting desert areas. We only on rare occasions find or hear of the Brown Recluse in the Valley.
Venomous Spiders include
The Black Widow, Arizona Brown, and the Brown Recluse
Less Venomous Spiders include
The Orb Weaver, (Garden) Cellar, (Giant Daddy Long Leg) Huntsman, (Crab) Jumping, (Landscape – Grass) Funnel Weaver, Web Dweller) and the Awesome but sometimes Feared Tarantula Spider.
The Camel and Sun spiders are in the Arachnida class and are native to Arizona, but they are not technically spiders. Just know any Spider can be intimidating especially when discovered In tight areas or when one falls on or crawls onto you as you least expect it. These instances can often cause greater injury than the spider encounter itself.
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER TREATMENT
Little is more effective than a routine brushing, and removal of the web produced by the black widow spider. Liquid treatment can be applied or a material such as web a way can be effective but contacting spiders like scorpions directly with applied material is necessary to achieve a lethal dose. Unlike soft bodied insects that groom themselves arachnids don’t!
Other Spiders in Arizona are plentiful and most come of the Garden variety. Generally speaking, they are harmless but can be intimidating. We do encounter the tarantula and wolf spider on occasion. With well-maintained landscapes and routine pest control service the concern can be remedied.