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Spider Identification

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What are spiders?

Spiders are one of the most prevalent and recognizable pests that invade our properties. A type of arachnid, spiders have two body segments ( a combined head, thorax, and abdomen), eight legs, and usually between six and eight eyes.

Spiders are predators, and some spiders hunt prey by creating a web from the silk they produce, while other spiders chase down and capture their prey. Whether they hunt with a web or not, all spiders produce silk; those spiders that don’t build webs use it to do things like line burrows, wrap up prey, or as a climbing rope.

Spiders that live throughout Ventura County include wolf spiders, garden spiders, huntsman spiders, daddy long legs, and black widow spiders.

Are spiders dangerous?

Most of the spiders we run across daily are harmless. They are outside just trying to live their life and have no interest in people. If a spider bite were to occur, there might be some localized pain or swelling but no major side effects.

Nonetheless, some spiders in Ventura County are dangerous, which you need to be aware of. The black widow is one such spider. Their venom is strong enough to cause symptoms that require medical attention. You can identify a female black widow spider by its shiny black body and reddish hourglass-like marking on the bottom of its abdomen. If you think you have black widow spiders on your property, it is best to contact a professional so they can quickly and safely remove them.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Unfortunately, our yards and homes provide spiders with perfect hunting grounds. Spiders will happily feed on insects that live outside in our yards and gardens but will also follow insects that have moved indoors into our homes. Once spiders are inside your home, if food and shelter are available, they often stay until either their food source runs out or until forced out.

Having insects living inside or outside your home in large numbers means that you will likely have spiders lurking nearby to hunt those insects. Spiders act as natural pest control, but when they take over our homes or yards, they quickly wear out their welcome.

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Where will I find spiders?

Spiders will live in almost any environment indoors or outdoors that provides them with food, water, and shelter. Spiders live in large numbers all around us, but because they are naturally shy and reclusive, we are generally oblivious to their presence. When spiders decide to take over areas where we spend a lot of time, it is then that we take notice.

Gardens, flowerbeds, shrubbery, play structures, deck areas, sheds, and garages are some of a spider’s favorite outdoor hideouts. The areas outside our homes also provide spiders with a range of hiding spots. They hide under roof eaves, behind shingles or siding, behind windows shutters, and around windows or doorways. Inside our homes, spiders hide in dark, quiet areas like closets, basements, cabinets, crawl spaces, and utility rooms.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Reach out to the professionals at Ventura Pest Control to eliminate unwanted spiders from your yard and home. We are proud to be Ventura County’s oldest family owned and operated pest control company. With longevity comes the knowledge needed to solve and prevent local pest problems efficiently and effectively. Our professionals will come to your property, perform an inspection, and put together a specific plan of action to meet your property’s needs.

To learn more about the exceptional pest control services we offer, give Ventura Pest Control a call today and speak with one of our knowledgeable professionals!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent spiders from invading your property:

  • Many spiders are good climbers, so cutting shrubbery and tree branches away from your home can stop spiders from gaining easy access to your house.
  • Keep the grass cut short and remove things like excess woodpiles, brush piles, and leaf piles from your property where spiders can hide.
  • Clear out clutter from in your home, especially in storage areas. Dark, quiet, cluttered closets and basements make perfect hideouts for spiders.
  • Seal gaps around windows and doors with weatherstripping and door sweeps.
  • Make sure screens in windows and doors are intact and secure.
  • Clear away spider webs that you find in, on, or near your home to deter spider activity.
  • The insects that spiders feed on are less attracted to yellow LED lights. Switch out your white porch lights for LED lights to help reduce insect activity around your house.
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