Ever seen the movie “Arachnophobia?” If you have, you probably have a flashback to it every time you feel something crawling on you. Sometimes, it’s just your imagination, but it’s not those “sometimes” that you’re worried about — it’s the other times when you look down to see an actual eight-legged creature climbing up your leg. Thankfully, “Arachnophobia” is an exaggerated and unrealistic representation of spiders. Nevertheless, Fox Pest Control wants to help you get rid of spiders in Pittsburgh, and to keep your family protected from them, no matter how deadly they may be.
You might already know you have a spider infestation, but here are a couple of the most common signs spider exterminators look for in the Pittsburgh area.
Not all spiders make webs, but most of those found inside will make cobwebs in low-traffic areas. Basements, crawl spaces, attic spaces, storage containers, cardboard boxes, window frames and window wells, outdoor light fixtures, and similar areas are excellent candidates for spider activity.
Besides webs, the main sign of spiders is to find one crawling around. The only reason spiders are found inside or near a home is because of their food — insects and other spiders.
Think you have a spider problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (724) 384-7071 for a free Pittsburgh spider control quote.
Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized spider treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain spider free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the spiders don’t come back. If you see any spider activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
The main reason spiders infest homes in Pittsburgh is to find and kill insects. By knocking down their webs and getting rid of insects, you’ll get rid of spiders.
Vacuuming frequently can help scare away both insects and spiders. But Fox Pest Control has the most efficient and effective solutions for spider extermination over the long term. Call today for a free quote.
In the United States, there are two main spiders to worry about:
Black widow spider
Brown recluse spider
Nearly all hobo spiders bite and are venomous. However, because the hobo spider looks similar to other types of spiders, there is some debate as to whether the hobo is as venomous as it’s rumored to be. Some people have reported to have been bitten by a hobo spider when it was most likely a bite from a brown recluse.
The black widow spider is a type of house spider that makes complicated, messy webs. The black widow is found throughout the United States, but not quite as often in states along the Canadian border.
Depending on the species, the females have black coloration and a recognizable red hourglass shape on their underbelly. They are often found in dark, secluded places, such as basements and attics.
In most species, the male black widow venom isn’t very potent at all and isn’t likely to cause harm to humans. Reportedly, the female black widow spider’s venom is 15 times more poisonous than rattlesnake venom.
If you are bitten by any spider, seek medical attention right away.
The brown recluse spider is found mostly in the southern states. True to its name, it likes to make webs in dark, enclosed spaces.
As opposed to the black widow spider’s venom, the brown recluse’s venom is necrotic, which means it can kill the tissue. A brown recluse spider bite is life-threatening and can result in long-lasting damage.
If you are bitten by a spider of any kind, seek medical attention.
All spiders have silk, but not all spiders spin webs. Jumping spiders use their silk like a lifeline to catch them in case they miss their mark and fall. All spiders use their silk to wrap up their eggs in a silk case for protection. Some spiders line their tunnels with silk and use it like a network of antennae, so if anything disturbs the silk, the spider can sense it.
Many spiders make webs to catch prey, but not all of them do. Some spiders create a tunnel with a “lid” or trap door entrance, ambushing prey when they walk by. Others hide in dark spaces or camouflage themselves and strike when prey come nearby. Some spiders, like the wolf spider, hunt and chase down their prey.
No; there are two main types of spider venom: necrotic and neurotoxic.
Neurotoxic venom affects the nerves. A bite from a black widow can cause muscle cramps, spasms, numbness and tingling, or even total loss of feeling in a limb or area of the body. Neurotoxic venom can affect multiple areas of the body.
Necrotic venom, including the venom of brown recluse spiders, destroys living tissue. It forms purple or black discoloration that looks like a bruise. Underneath the surface, the venom will form an ulcer that can grow worse if the affected area is not treated.
If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
And if you see any pest activity between your regularly scheduled treatments, simply give us a call; we'll come back at no additional charge.
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