How To Keep Dangerous Spiders Away From Your San Diego Home

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In California, there are four venomous spiders to be worried about: the brown widow, desert recluse, Chilean recluse, and the western black widow. They are capable of injecting toxic venom, qualifying them as highly dangerous. Even though these spiders are typically non-aggressive if left alone, they cause concern if you find them in your San Diego home. One bite from these spiders is strong enough to send you to the hospital. Homeowners must familiarize themselves with these dangerous spiders to know when to contact a San Diego pest control professional to manage the problem.

How To Identify Dangerous Spiders

While many different types of spiders are common in the San Diego area, identifying dangerous spiders will help you determine if you need professional help to keep your home safe from spider bites. The following are hazardous spiders in San Diego: 

  • Brown Widow: The brown widow is typically tan with an orange hourglass, with the males being much smaller than the female. 
  • Desert Recluse: This brown-colored spider is often confused with the brown recluse. Both the male and female are about half an inch long with a fiddle-shaped marking on their body. 
  • Chilean Recluse: Like most recluses, the Chilean recluse is brown and has a black shape on its back that looks like a violin. When looking at this type of spider, you might think, how many eyes does this spider have? Recluses only have six eyes and build irregular spider webs that include a shelter consisting of disorderly threads. 
  • Western Black Widow Spider: The good thing about black widows is they have a distinct appearance and can be recognized by most people. They have a round, black body with a red hourglass shape under their abdomen. Females can be ¾ of an inch long with legs over one inch long, with the males being half the size of females. They prefer sheltered and protected areas, such as cluttered or seldom-used the basement, garages, or crawl spaces. 

Knowing the critical characteristics in identifying the dangerous spiders in San Diego can help you avoid encountering a potentially severe and safety-threatening spider bite. 

The Side Effects Of Being Bitten By A Dangerous Spider

Symptoms associated with spider bites can range from minor to life-threatening. Possible symptoms resulting from a venomous spider bite include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Fever, chills, and body aches
  • Nauseous and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased sweating
  • Redness, pain, and swelling
  • Muscle pain or cramping
  • Pain radiating from the site of the bite
  • Itching or rash 

If you get bitten by a spider, it’s essential to try to stay calm and identify the type of spider, if possible, as it will help with the medical treatment. Even if you aren’t sure the bite was from a dangerous spider, it’s essential to seek medical care immediately.

How To Safely Get Rid Of Dangerous Spiders Around Your Home

The trained professionals at Green Flash Pest Control know how to remove spiders from your San Diego home safely. As a locally owned, family-based company with over 25 years of combined industry experience, we strive to offer a better quality of service to the San Diego community that focuses on reliable solutions and outstanding customer care. We provide same-day service to ensure you get the correct answer for the dangerous spiders in and around your home. 
We know that dangerous spiders can make you miserable when they come into your yard or home, but we’re here to help. Contact us, and we’ll give you an expert evaluation of your property, and you will be informed of your pest pressures and control services options. We know that one size does not fit all, so we provide a range of services to provide you with the best choice for your budget. When dealing with dangerous spiders, it’s critical not to cut corners. We guarantee a solution for your pest problem every time. 

How To Prevent Future Dangerous Spider Problems

Taking the necessary precautions to make your property less attractive to spiders will help avoid problems with dangerous spiders in the future.  

  • Dust and vacuum your house regularly. 
  • Keep outdoor and indoor eating areas free of food debris that can attract insect activity. If you have more insects on your property, you will have more problems with spiders. 
  • Seal cracks or gaps in the siding and foundation of your home. 
  • Replace any torn door screens or windows. 
  • Move woodpiles away from the foundation of your home. 
  • Cut back bushes and tree branches that come in contact with your home. 

While these techniques are useful, they won’t eliminate an already present infestation and are not entirely foolproof in preventing future spider problems. Luckily, the pest control experts at Green Flash Pest Control can help you at every step.