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How to Deal With a Black Widow Spider

800px Adult Female Black Widow 300x225 How to Deal With a Black Widow SpiderSpiders perform essential tasks in nature, such as controlling insect populations when they feed. Although spiders are beneficial, there are some species that are harmful to humans. Black widow spiders are one of the top venomous arachnids in the United States. They prefer the outdoors for web-spinning, but they can migrate indoors for shelter. If you come upon a black widow, it’s best to have a smart strategy to remove it before it can harm young children or pets.

Bug Catcher Vacuum

If you want to get rid of a black widow, but want to stay far from it, try using a bug catcher vacuum. These inexpensive plastic tubes have a motor and vacuum attached to a handle. You place the tube near the spider and press a button. The vacuum sucks up the spider, allowing you to capture and dispose of it as necessary. You can even look at the spider up close as it sits in the transparent tube without any threat of harm.

Chemical Pesticides

A black widow found outdoors may find its way into your home. If it isn’t near any desired plants, such as edibles, you can spray spider pesticide directly on the arachnid. However, don’t miss the target. Sprays aren’t effective if you spray the spider’s surrounding habitat. They simply walk over the application. Cover the spider and web with chemicals and it will die relatively quickly.

Old-Fashioned Shoe Solution

Although it’s a messy alternative, some people still prefer a swift crushing to remove the spider from the house. Using a sturdy shoe and a fast swing, crush the spider with the sole. Remove the spider carefully to avoid contact with any venom. If possible, rinse the shoe sole off to completely clean it of spider parts. You don’t want anyone being exposed to possible venom in the home.

Discouraging Infestations

You don’t have to deal with a black widow if you take some precautions against them. Keep outdoor clutter to a minimum to avoid an infestation. Use caulk to fill crevices in the home. Spiders often use these cracks for shelter or passageways. Periodically vacuum dark corners inside the home, especially near the ceiling, to remove black widows that may be too small to actually see yet. Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control can come out to help you find the best management strategy to keep your family safe.

If you have any questions about black widows or spider infestations, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. We’re happy to evaluate your needs at home with a personal inspection.

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Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?

Do you have arachnophobia? By some estimates, up to 50% of people are afraid of spiders. Why, you may ask? No one knows for sure! There has been a lot of research done and there is speculation it might be a leftover survival instinct from mankind’s early days. Others believe it may be more of a cultural or learned fear. Maybe all the scary movies with spiders (think of the scene in the Harry Potter series where the spiders, large and small, terrify Ron Weasley) feed the fear, or maybe it started when your brother dropped that spider on your shoulder when you were two. If you are afraid of spiders, the reason doesn’t much matter!

Brown recluse spiders 300x244 Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?Scientists say there are around 40,000 different types of spiders in the world, and they’ve existed for more than 300 million years. While all spiders can bite, most of those bites cause no problems for humans. There are only two spiders in North Carolina you need to avoid. These are the black widow, easily identified by the red hourglass shape on its back; and the brown recluse (shown left). Of the two, the bite of a brown recluse is likely to cause more damage to humans. These spiders prefer dark areas, so if you encounter them inside your house it may be in your garage, attic or storage area. Learn how to identify a brown recluse and what to do if you find one in your house.

Common Spiders in North Carolina

Salticidae sm permission from author 051614 Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?Most spiders live outdoors and feed off of insects. Some build sticky webs so they can trap their prey, while others hunt. They do not eat the insects immediately, but instead grind and liquefy their food with digestive enzymes before ingesting it. Spiders are beneficial to the landscape as they keep the insect population down. Some of the most common spiders you’ll find include the Black and Yellow Garden Spider, most commonly seen during the summer in large webs; the Wolf Spider, usually gray, black and brown with a noticeable stripe down its back; spider on baseboard 300x204 Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?the Grass Spider (shown left crawling along a baseboard); Crab Spiders, small, colorful spiders that live in flowers and prey on small insects; and Jumping Spiders (shown above, right), that stalk their prey. Harvestmen, sometimes referred to as “Daddy Longlegs,” are also common to the area. These insects are not spiders at all, but are Opiliones. They also hunt and eat other insects. For a great resource and more photos of area spiders, visit the NC State University website.

The more you know about spiders, the less afraid you’ll be. If you see spiders in your yard or garden, just leave them alone. If you do find one or more black widows or brown recluses in your house, you may want to call a pest management professional.

Steps to Take When You Encounter a Brown Recluse

Brown recluse spiders 300x244 Steps to Take When You Encounter a Brown RecluseAre you dealing with spiders? Whether you have a fear of spiders or not, you probably don’t want them in your home, especially if they are brown recluses. Here are some steps to take if you do encounter a brown recluse:

1. Identify it as a Brown Recluse
First, it is important to identify if the spider is a brown recluse. The nickname for a brown recluse is the violin spider because of a mark on its back resembling a dark brown violin pointing backwards. As its name suggests, it is brown in color and only has six eyes instead of the usual eight, with one pair in front and another pair on either side. Its body is only about 3/8 inches long, and its legs have no stripes.

2. Don’t Panic
Second, don’t panic if it is a brown recluse. Although brown recluse spiders have a reputation of being extremely dangerous, experts say most bites heal quickly without any serious consequences. The severity of a brown recluse’s bite depends on the amount of venom injected. Redness and swelling typically result, although the bite may go undetected for several hours. If you are bitten by a brown recluse, though, and experience medical concerns appearing to be serious, you should seek the aid of a medical professional.

3. Be Aware of Hiding Places
If you encounter a brown recluse, chances are fairly good that others are around. Therefore, you should watch for places they may be hiding, such as in your slippers or clothes lying on the floor. This is where neatness becomes a virtue. Because brown recluse spiders like to live under and between items, such as cardboard boxes or wooden boards, you can reduce the possibility of an encounter by eliminating clutter. Remove bed skirts and ruffles to help keep spiders out of your bed, and store firewood away from the house.

4. Hire Pest Control Services
One of the best solutions for eradicating brown recluse spiders is to use the services of Clegg’s Pest Control. They have the necessary knowledge and experience to formulate an effective treatment plan that will work well for you. Their service personnel are knowledgeable in what areas to treat, and they have the specialized equipment to get the job done right.

Brown recluse spiders are nearly impossible to eradicate completely. However, by implementing the measures outlined above, you should be able to drastically reduce their number and avoid painful contact with them in the future.

Request pest control services online or call us at 888-672-5344.