What are spiders?

Spiders are in the Araneida or Araneae order. These arachnids are arthropods, just like mites, scorpions, and ticks. Over 45,000 species are in existence. Part of what separates spiders from insects is that they have eight legs instead of six. Further, their bodies have two sections, as opposed to three. While their behavioral patterns vary by class, most of them are eager predators. Many use webbing or venom to debilitate their targets and most prefer to be around organic matter. Brown recluse, black widow, and orb-weaver spiders are prevalent in the San Mateo region.

Are spiders dangerous?

If a brown recluse or black widow spider bites you, always seek medical attention. Lesions, fever, and nausea are symptoms to watch for, especially with brown recluse bites. Death is rare but possible. Black widows have neurotoxins in their venom, which may lead to nervous system complications or failure. When orb weavers bite, it will only be critical if you’re particularly allergic to pest venom. 

Why do I have a spider problem?

Remember that spiders flourish near vegetation, so having an unkept lawn can attract them. Because their diet consists of insects, rodents, and the like, unruly pests are a problem as well. Incursions of spiders indicate they have left a previous habitat.

Where will I find spiders?

The following list will give you an idea of where spiders hide:

  • Brown recluse spiders: These arachnids are tan or brown, as their name reveals, although a few are yellow-gray. Concerning size, they are around 1/2 an inch long. A mark shaped like a violin will be on their abdomen. Outdoors, they nestle in piles of natural debris. Indoors, they favor dark rooms, storage bins, boxes, shoes, and clothes.
  • Black widows: This subgroup is between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch long. Their body has a luster. Females have a spot on their stomach that looks like an hourglass. You’ll discover them by wood stacks, brush, and similar. In homes and businesses, they’ll go to dimly lit areas, for instance, a closet or garage.
  • Orb weavers: These critters vary greatly in size and color. You can more easily identify them by their round, grid-like webs. Their workings are rather large, sometimes several feet in diameter. Sets of them will be in shrubbery and bushes, high grass, and trees. While in your place, you see them crawling up fixtures or in the basement. They gravitate to darkness and quiet.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Commercial pesticides and “do it yourself” avenues aren’t effective in stopping spider infestations. At best, a single batch of critters will die. Independent options aren’t worth their high price tag. On top of that, they may be too toxic. We at Pacific Pest Management offer cost-friendly and safe spider control solutions that are industrial-grade. You can rely on our expert team of technicians. Give us a call today to find out more about our home pest control or commercial pest management solutions available in San Mateo!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keeping spiders out of your San Mateo home can be difficult, but there are some things you can do to deter them from your home and property!

  • Get rid of clutter.
  • Thoroughly clean the kitchen and wash the dishes often. 
  • Put food and trash in airtight containers. 
  • Take out the garbage regularly. 
  • Sweep floors, vacuum carpeting, and dust surfaces frequently. 
  • Dispose of spider eggs and cobwebs.
  • Patch up holes in foundations, windows, and doors.
  • Verify screens and sweeps are in good condition.
  • Use a dehumidifier. 
  • Inspect wood, plants, and storage items prior to taking them indoors. 
  • Cut the grass and trim greenery on a routine basis. 
  • Place plants and wood feet away from the property. 

To find out more about spiders in our area and what you can do about them, contact us here at Pacific Pest Management.

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