Phoenix Resident's Complete Guide To Dangerous Spider Identification

Serving Families Throughout Vista
a black widow spider on its web

Would you like to know how to identify dangerous spiders here in Phoenix? It is a valuable skill to have, especially if you don't want to live your life in fear of spiders. To help you better understand these eight-legged pests and the threats they pose to humans and animals, here are some things to consider today and a few tips and tricks to deter spiders from invading your Phoenix home.

What Do Spiders Eat?

You probably already know this, but spiders eat insects, arthropods, and sometimes other arachnids. This is important for you to know because the main reason spiders break into area homes is to hunt or capture their prey. You should also know that some spiders make webs to snag their victims and others to prey on their next meals from the ground. The two dangerous spiders in our area are a ground spider, and the other makes webs.

Bad Spiders Vs. Good Spiders

All spiders can be bad spiders or good spiders. It all depends on where they are. Out in nature, these arachnids are incredibly beneficial because they cull invasive insect populations. Even webs around the exterior of homes are useful at keeping pest pressures down. Unfortunately, nests around homes also increase homeowners' chances of finding spiders indoors. Speaking of which, this is where good spiders become bad spiders. Even spiders that do not pose a medical threat to humans are a nuisance indoors with their presence and how they sometimes build webs. Spiders become even worse if they bite a person.

Two Venomous House Spiders You Should Know How To Identify

Of all the species in our area, there are only two venomous house spiders you should be worried about: the black widow and the brown recluse. The black widow is identified by its bulbous abdomen, black color, large size, and the distinct red hourglass mark on its underside. The brown recluse is a bit harder to delineate from other area species. Still, it can be distinguished by its brown color, small body, six forward-facing eyes, and the backward violin-shaped mark located behind its head.

Some Prevention Tips For Spiders

Because spiders mainly invade homes to hunt or catch prey, we advise using general pest prevention tips to keep them out. Here are a few great tips and tricks to use today:

  • Repair damage to your window and door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.
  • Keep exterior lights off at night or invest in insect-resistant bulbs.
  • Knockdown webs in and around your home using a long broom and store that broom outdoors.
  • Reduce the clutter in and around your home.
  • Keep your living areas clean and do your best to keep up with food messes and drink spills.
  • Address moisture issues like leaky pipes, damaged gutters, and humidity.

How To Deter Spiders From Your Property For Good

If you do not want any chance that dangerous spiders will invade your Phoenix home, your best option to keep them out is to hire a professional. At Green Flash Pest Control, we offer comprehensive service options to combat spiders and the pests they invade to hunt.

It starts with a thorough inspection of your home and property. After this, we will recommend treatment options to eliminate current pest threats and prevent future invaders from getting indoors. We will then schedule future services to ensure that treatments continue to be effective and stand by if you need help between our visits.

Call us today to learn more about our pest control plans and schedule your Phoenix home for a visit.