Why You Need Professional Pest Control for Spiders
February 11, 2018
There are many home remedies for spider repellents and do it yourself pest control for spiders. They have pleasant odors and simple, familiar ingredients. Often these homemade repellents appeal to people with pets and children, as well as to eco-friendly homeowners. Unfortunately, most of these home remedies just don’t work. For real spider control, nothing beats a pest control professional.
Professional Spider Control
Some pest control gets a bad rap. People assume that pest control products are harsh or dangerous to people and pets, and harmful to the environment. So instead, they turn to the internet in search of a “better” option.
A quick internet search will turn up many articles promising home remedies that will banish spiders. Some of the most popular include fragrant essential oils such as lemon and peppermint. Some use seemingly harmless ingredients like dish soap. The truth is, these would all be excellent solutions if they worked.
The problem with these home remedies is that they don’t do the job people expect them to do. Some of these do-it-yourself repellents may have a limited effect, keeping spiders away from the exact area where the repellent was applied for a limited time. But using these repellents to really control a spider infestation would be expensive and impractical. The areas and amount you would have to spray, and the regularity of reapplication would make these natural remedies unlikely candidates for a real solution.
The only real, lasting solution to spider infestation is profession pest control. People’s Pest Control offers a variety of services to keep your home truly pest free.
Which Spiders Are Dangerous
The first thing to realize about spider control is that not all spiders are dangerous. Spiders, like most creatures, play an important role in their environment, so just going after all spiders might do more harm than good. Some spiders that are not harmful to humans actually help to reduce the population of other pests by feeding on species of bugs that you wouldn’t want to see around.
In Georgia, the most common venomous spiders are the brown recluse and the black widow. While most spiders are harmless, if either of these spiders are making an appearance in your home, it’s definitely time to call in the experts. Trying to use home remedies will not only be ineffective, but it might even put your family in danger.
Identifying a Brown Recluse Spider
The most outstanding feature of a brown recluse Spider is a dark brown violin shaped pattern on the light brown or yellowish upper half of the spider’s body. The neck of the violin points away from the eyes and toward the lower half of the spiders body.
But be careful about your identifying skills. There are other spiders with a similarly shaped marking, so it is important to look for some secondary features as well. brown recluse Spiders have uniformly colored legs. If you see any variation in color on the spider’s legs, it’s probably not a brown recluse. But if you have any question about what type of spider you have, don’t wait around until someone gets bitten. Call in a pest control professional and they will help determine if the spiders you are seeing are actually the harmful brown recluse.
Signs of a Brown Recluse Infestation
The most likely sign of a brown recluse infestation is a spotting of the spider itself. Brown recluse spiders are hunters, so they tend to roam around looking for prey rather than wait patiently in a web for something to get caught. brown recluse webs are not pretty and evenly built like some typical outdoors spiders. Instead, they have sloppy, disorganized webs that they keep hidden away in the dark sheltered spaces where they prefer to live.
Brown Recluse Bites
Brown recluse spiders are venomous, so their bits can be dangerous. They tend to be shy, no aggressive, so it is unlikely that a spider would crawl into your bed and bite you in your sleep. Instead, a brown recluse is likely to bite when it feels threatened or otherwise provoked. That’s one reason to hire a professional pest control expert to deal with a brown recluse infestation. Trying to capture or kill the spider yourself actually increases your chance of being bitten.
A brown recluse bite can be painful, but in most cases does not cause serious harm. For the first few hours you may not even know that you were bitten, because it takes time for symptoms to develop. The most common symptoms are swelling, redness, and pain. Usually, that is the extent of the symptoms and eventually the symptoms subside and the victim has no further medical issues.
However, although it is uncommon, in some cases a brown recluse spider bite can cause more serious tissue damage or necrosis. In this case it is important to seek medical intervention as soon as symptoms are noticed to help prevent the spread of tissue damage.
Of course, where there are no spiders there are no bites, so the best way to reduce the chance of brown recluse spider bits is to keep them out of your home with professional pest control services.
Identifying a Black Widow
The other common venomous spider in Georgia is the black widow. A black widow is small and shiny black. They can range from 3mm to 10mm in length, with the larger females sometimes growing up to 13mm. The telltale sign of a black widow is a bright red hourglass shaped marking on the spider’s underside, though it can be hard to see without really examining the spider.
Black widows, like the brown recluse spider, are generally timid and will only bite when provoked, so it may not be a good idea to get to close to the spider trying to see its underside. One helpful behavior is the female black widow’s tendency to hang upside down in its web, exposing its underside with the distinctive red hourglass marking. However, if you think you have a black widow infestation, it is best to call in a pest control professional to make the proper identification.
Signs of a Black Widow Infestation
Black widows, like brown recluse spiders, prefer dark, sheltered areas to build their webs. Their disorganized and asymmetrical webs are most commonly found in sheltered spots or under a ledge. They prefer to build webs outdoors or in areas just inside a door to the outside, such as a basement or garage.
Unlike the brown recluse, the black widow uses her web to catch prey. This includes flies, ants, mosquitoes, and other insects considered pests by humans. They also feed on crop destroying insects such as locusts and grasshoppers. For this reason, black widows are often considered beneficial.
Black Widow Spider Bites
A black widow delivers the most venomous bite of any spider in the United States. A black widow’s venom contain neurotoxins that affect the nervous system. The symptoms and seriousness of a black widow bite depend on several factors. These include the location of the bite, the amount of venom delivered, and the individual’s sensitivity to the neurotoxins.
A black widow bite can feel like a pinprick or nothing at all. Within the first hour of the bite the victim may feel dull muscle aches throughout the body. A little later, the area of the bite will become red and swollen, developing a lesion in a target pattern. The muscle aches will eventually settle into the lower back and abdominal area. An especially sensitive victim may feel severe discomfort or even intense pain. The pain begins at the site of the bit and spreads out to the lower back and abdomen.
Other symptoms of a black widow bite may include increased blood pressure, sweating, muscle tremors, difficulty breathing, fever, increased blood pressure, and nausea. The worst symptoms tend to decrease after 2 or 3 days, but milder symptoms can continue up to several weeks. An individual who is bitten by a black widow should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Natural Spider Repellents
While the various concoctions purported to repel spiders are largely ineffective, there are some non-chemical ways to avoid spider infestations. Removing piles of wood or debris form outdoor areas limits habitat for spiders. Limiting the use of artificial light after dark will cut down on the insects that make up the spider’s diet. This forces the spiders to go elsewhere to feed.
Ultimately, most over-the-counter spider repellents, whether they are natural or chemical-based, are limited in their effectiveness. The best way to prevent spider infestation to call in professionals like People’s Pest Control. Spider removal and prevention is not a one time service. Keeping spiders at bay requires continuous treatment. People’s Pest Control offers great service plans with transparent pricing and no long term contracts. You can find out more here.