Spiders love the mountains as much as we do!
Welcome to the beautiful region of Northern Arizona, where stunning landscapes and unique wildlife coexist. Today we will delve into simple yet effective tips to help you reduce spiders in your home, ensuring a tranquil and worry-free environment. By implementing these strategies, you can bid farewell to our eight-legged intruders and enjoy the beauty of Northern Arizona without the hassle of unwanted arachnid guests.
Spiders and their true identity!
Spiders are arachnids, a class of joint-legged invertebrate animals that also includes scorpions, ticks, and mites. These creatures play a significant role in maintaining nature’s balance, keeping the population of insects in check within their respective habitats. Although we may be frightened by them at times, we must remember that they are simply fulfilling their place in the harmonious nature of our world.
Spiders are typically inhabitants of outdoor environments, but occasionally they might find their way indoors, often while pursuing prey or due to accidental circumstances. To help prevent or minimize the presence of spiders within your living spaces, consider the following tips:
Proper Usage of Screen Doors:
One of the easiest and most practical ways to keep spiders out of your home is by using screen doors effectively. Ensure that your screen doors are properly installed, well-maintained, and free from any tears or gaps. By keeping doors closed and using screens as a barrier, you can significantly minimize the chances of spiders finding their way indoors. For extra peace of mind, you can rely on Sutton Weed and Pest Control’s expertise in ensuring your screen doors are in optimal condition.
Spiders thrive in cluttered areas where they can find hiding spots. To discourage them from taking up residence in your home, make it a habit to regularly declutter your living spaces. Pay particular attention to storage areas, basements, and attics where items tend to accumulate. By keeping your surroundings tidy and organized, you eliminate potential hiding places for spiders and make it more challenging for them to establish themselves. If you need assistance in identifying potential problem areas, we are here to help.
Mindful Door Habits:
If you leave doors open you inadvertently invite spiders and other pests into your home. Make a conscious effort to close doors promptly after entering or exiting to prevent unwelcome visitors from sneaking inside. By adopting this simple habit, you reduce the risk of spiders finding their way in and minimize the need for spider control measures. If you’re concerned about any spiders that do manage to make their way into your home, Sutton Weed and Pest Control’s professional team is just a phone call away.
Sealing Cracks and Gaps:
Spiders can exploit even the tiniest cracks and gaps in your home’s structure to gain entry. Conduct a thorough inspection of your walls, windows, and doors, and seal any openings using caulk or weatherstripping. By sealing off potential entry points, you create a barrier that spiders will find difficult to penetrate. For expert advice and assistance in identifying and sealing off these vulnerable areas, Sutton Weed and Pest Control is your trusted partner.
Remember, if you come across a spider that looks dangerous, don’t hesitate to take a picture and call us at Sutton Weed and Pest Control for expert assistance!
Species of spiders found in Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona is home to a variety of spider species, each adapted to its specific habitat and ecological niche. Here are a few examples of spider species that can be found in this region:
These spiders are found in Snowflake, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Heber, Ovegaard, Greer and all over the White Mountains.
Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus): This spider is known for its shiny black body and the red hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of the abdomen. While its venom contains neurotoxins, bites from the Western black widow are not commonly life-threatening, although they can cause pain, muscle cramps, and other symptoms.
Wolf Spiders (Lycosidae family):Wolf spiders are large, robust spiders that are common in many parts of the world, including northern Arizona. While their venom is not considered dangerous to humans, a wolf spider bite can cause localized pain, redness, and swelling. They are typically ground-dwelling spiders that do not build webs but actively hunt for prey.
Non Venomous species
Orb Weavers (Araneidae family): Orb weavers are known for their intricate, circular webs. They are commonly found in gardens, forests, and grassy areas. These spiders are generally harmless to humans. One common orb weaver found in northern Arizona is the Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus), which has a distinctive white cross-shaped pattern on its abdomen.
Jumping Spiders (Salticidae family): Jumping spiders are known for their impressive leaping abilities and distinctive eye arrangement. They are active hunters and do not rely on webs to catch prey. Jumping spiders are often colorful and can be found on vegetation, walls, and other surfaces. Theyare curious and may approach humans, but their bites are not harmful.
Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae family): Cellar spiders, also known as daddy longlegs spiders, are known for their messy, irregular webs found in dark corners, basements, and other sheltered areas. They are not venomous to humans and are considered beneficial because they help control other insect populations.
Garden Spiders (Araneidae family): Garden spiders, also known as writing spiders or zipper spiders, are orb-weaving spiders commonly found in gardens and grassy areas. They create large, intricate webs and are known for their striking and colorful markings. These spiders are not harmful to humans.
By following these straightforward yet effective tips, endorsed by Sutton Weed and Pest Control, you can significantly reduce spiders in your home and enjoy a peaceful living space here in the White Mountains. Embrace the use of screen doors, declutter your surroundings, practice mindful door habits, and seal off any potential entry points. With these proactive measures and the support of Sutton Weed and Pest Control’s professional services, you can bid farewell to unwanted arachnid guests and create a comfortable, spider-free environment. Embrace the beauty of Northern Arizona without the worry of sharing your home with our eight-legged neighbors. Remember, if you encounter a spider that looks suspicious, take a picture and call us at Sutton Weed and Pest Control for expert assistance and peace of mind.
Article written by Rememlyn R.