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Spiders

Spider ExterminatorsAll spiders have 8 legs and 2 body regions. They are predators, feeding primarily on insects and other arthropods. When feeding, spiders inject a digestive fluid into their prey, and then suck up the digested food. They can survive for long periods of time without feeding.

Spiders are of interest because some enter homes, some are considered poisonous and still others are raised as pets. Several species of spiders enter homes and become a nuisance. When numerous, spiders are annoying because they construct webs. Abandoned webs collect dust, resulting in cobwebs. However, spiders are considered beneficial because they feed on insect pests.

The brown recluse spider is recognized by the distinctive dark violin-shaped mark located on its head and thorax. It is a medium size spider, about 1/4" to 1/2" long. It is light tan to deep reddish brown. It is usually found in sheds, garages and areas where items are stored. It may hide in arms or legs of stored garments or in beds that have been unoccupied for some time. Persons bitten by the brown recluse usually do not feel the pain for 2 - 3 hours. A blister arises followed by inflammation. Eventually, the tissue dies leaving a sunken sore, and may take 6 - 8 weeks to heal.

The black widow spider is glossy black and has a complete, red hourglass marking on the underside of its abdomen. It is usually found outdoors, in protected areas, such as under rocks and boards, and in and around old buildings. With its legs extended, the black widow is about 1 1/2" long.

The bite of the black widow spider feels like a pin-prick. The initial pain disappears rapidly, leaving local swelling and 2 tiny red marks. Muscular cramps in the shoulder, thigh and back usually begin within 15 minutes to 3 hours. In severe cases, pain spreads to the abdomen. Death seldom occurs if a physician is consulted and treatment is prompt.

Controlling Spiders

Barrier treatments, in conjunction with pest proofing, can effectivly protect your home from spiders. Sealing off cracks and crevices in siding and foundation will help prevent entry into the home. Applying Delta Dust Insecticide or a residual liquid insecticide to the areas they make there webs will assist in spider prevention.

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