We don't usually think about venomous spiders all that much until we see one. An encounter with these spiders can happen in many ways. You may go to move some brush in the yard and find a black widow dangling inside or flip over a rock and see one skitter away. You may open a box that was in storage and find a brown recluse hiding inside or notice one crawl out of a whole while sitting in the grass. No matter how your path crosses that of a venomous spider, one thing is for sure: you'll be thinking about venomous spiders for a while afterward. So we're hoping you'll take some time to think about them before your paths cross. An encounter with a venomous spider can be quite dangerous and lead to serious injury. Black widow spiders have extremely potent venom and their bites can lead to hospitalization; brown recluse spiders can cause a bite with necrotic properties. Here are a few things you should know:
Venomous spiders typically go after larger prey. While house spiders are catching tiny flies, black widows and brown recluse spiders are hunting down beetles and grasshoppers. For this reason, these spiders often establish their webs near the ground. These webs will not look like the perfectly crafted Halloween-esce webs built by other spiders. They will appear quite uneven and tangled. To determine whether or not you have one of these spiders living in your home, look for these tangled webs in the low areas in and around your home.
Both brown recluse spiders and black widows are reclusive. While the brown recluse has it in its name, both of these spiders will actually gravitate toward the secluded and undisturbed locations inside your home. This makes storage areas, attic spaces, and basements prime zones of concern. When going into these locations, make sure to use a light and to wear something to cover your feet to prevent being bitten by a startled spider.
These spiders won't just get into storage areas, they’ll climb right into the boxes as well. If you don't store items in sealed plastic totes, be cautious when retrieving items out of boxes in storage.
Controlling clutter, especially in storage spaces, can help prevent spider bites. Not only will a clean and uncluttered environment help you to spot these spiders more easily, but will also provide them with fewer hiding places.
If you'll be moving items in storage, be sure to wear heavy gloves to prevent being bitten by a startled spider. Most spider bites occur when these spiders are trapped or threatened.
Both of these spiders like to hide in holes. If there is an object in your home that looks similar to a hole, it may be occupied by either of these venomous spiders. To help prevent being bitten, shake out your footwear before sliding your feet in. It is also a good idea to shake towels out before using them, especially if they have been on the floor, and to be cautious when picking up laundry baskets or when putting laundry into the wash if you have seen poisonous spider activity on your property.
If you have firewood, store it at least 20 feet away from your home and elevate it off the ground, if possible. Many of the insects that spiders feed on are attracted to wood piles.
It is important to be aware that the reduction of bugs on your property will also work to reduce venomous spiders. This is one of the many reasons every Tennessee home should have a pest control plan.
To meet the need of residential pest control in Tennessee, we offer four core packages that bundle pests so that you can address the pests that matter most to you. If all you want is protection from 30 of the common household pests we have in Tennessee and the reduction of the venomous spiders that feed on them, then our Power Pest Control Service is the way to go!
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