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Spider Control the Hearts Pest Management Way

Spiders can bring out a fearful reaction in many people. Spider bites can do substantial harm. While spiders are generally beneficial, consuming a significant number of insects that would otherwise infest the home, we don’t need to have spiders living in our environment to do their job.

When spiders come into contact with humans, we may often sense the worst. Although the vast majority of spider encounters are harmless, the occasional exception should not be taken for granted. Spider bites can sometimes be painful and have lasting effects. Their presence in the home can cause a variety of problems. Spiders present a challenge to our sense of security and well being, from spider bites and cobwebs to sometimes overwhelming and debilitating fear.

Spiders can be frustrating to live with and to treat. Spiders are prolific breeders and spread quickly. They often hide in inconvenient places, only discovered when going through old boxes, while cleaning and, occasionally while doing normal activities around the home.

Hearts solution for spiders is comprehensive and effective. We will inspect your entire property, with the goal of a full targeted treatment for spiders. Inside your home, we will work with equal precision and care, targeting spiders, without needless pesticide and potential adverse harm to family members. Hard to reach or secluded areas are also a concern. Together with Hearts, a pest control plan and cleaning strategy can be put in place to eliminate spiders and spider harborage areas.

Spider Inspection – the Key to Fast and Lasting Control

Hearts pest control technicians are adept at locating spiders and spider nesting sites. We know that wherever insects can go, spiders will be there. Our inspection will include a thorough overview of insect infestations present in the home. Every aspect of your property will be considered. We’ll find out what’s been causing the proliferation of spiders and how to control them. We train our pest control technicians to be good listeners, to listen for environmental signals and to listen to you and your needs.

Spider Treatment that Guards Your Family

When it comes to your family, images of spiders near them can be menacing. Your Hearts pest control technician will develop a spider control program to eliminate spiders and restore your peace of mind. Hearts is the first EcoWise Certified company in southern California. For those who are concerned about chemicals in and around their house, Hearts has organic solutions for spiders.

Hearts understands that eliminating the food supply that spiders depend on (mostly insects) is an important step to maintaining control. We have the knowledge and expertise to effectively reduce or eliminate that food supply.

Spider Prevention is Common Sense

Prevention around the home is a good way to make sure that spiders stay under control. We are licensed, trained and certified to provide advice concerning sanitation, exclusion and other methods to help prevent spiders from coming back.

Vacuuming is a very effective way reduce the spider population. By eliminating their nests and, when possible, the spiders themselves, spider breeding will be reduced. When vacuuming, make sure that hard to reach space behind furniture gets vacuumed out regularly. Be sure to clean the corners!

Spider Species in Southern California

Black Widow

Black Widow Spider

Black Widows are common in Southern California. They are successful hunters and breeders and are great at hiding during the day. Most Black widow spiders are black and shiny with a red hourglass shaped marking on their bellies. Some variations may have the two triangular markings that make up the hourglass shape, but they may be separated and somewhat indistinct. They are up to 1/2 inch long. The males are about half the size of the female, they are brown and may have yellow or red bands and spots on their backs. Black Widows build their webs in places that are dark and / or undisturbed, under shrubs, construction openings, crawl spaces, wood piles, and behind furniture. They may build a web in a place exposed to sunlight, but it will have access to a good place to hide.
A good example would be a house or commercial structure with an overhang near the foundation. Black widow webs, called tangle webs, have no pattern to recognize and look very random. Black Widows are a non-aggressive species. People rarely get bitten by them. But, the bite of the female, when it does happen, is extremely dangerous. Typically the symptoms of a black widow bite will increase for the first day, and will persist for the following two days. If you have been bitten by a Black Widow, you should see a doctor. Fatalities from black widow spiders are rare nowadays due to medical attention being readily available.

 

For more information within our website regarding the black widow, click here.

For more specific information on black widows, visit the University of California Davis IPM Website.

Brown Widow Spider

Brown Widows are presenting a new threat in Southern California. Their bite can be very painful, with pain lasting up to a week or more.

Check here for more information about brown widows.

Brown Recluse / Desert Recluse

Brown Recluse spiders are not found in Southern California, though there has been a strong fear among the public that they are finding brown recluse spiders. The Brown Recluse has been found here, but only in identified cases where they have piggy-backed on property moved from other parts of the country. Nowhere in the west has the brown recluse become established.

Desert Recluse

Desert Recluse Spider

Desert Recluse spiders are residents of Southern California, but only east of the Anza-Borrego area. They are an extremely shy species, as are their cousins, the Brown Recluse. They are about 1/4 inch long, light brown and have the distinguishing ‘violin’ shape on their backs. This distinguishing feature is somewhat less noticeable on the Desert Recluse as its entire body is lighter in color, including the fiddle mark. They can be found in areas that are rarely disturbed such as behind book cases, in attics and basements, and in closets. They will inhabit clothing, boxes toys and paper and they seem to prefer layered or piled up clutter. They spin an irregular shaped, off-white web. Many times a bite will occur when someone accidentally presses a formerly hidden recluse close to the skin by putting on or going through old clothing. Otherwise, the Desert Recluse will avoid human contact altogether.

The bite of the Desert Recluse reportedly has a lesser effect than the bite of its cousin, the Brown Recluse. A bite may sting or feel like nothing at all. Later, a burning sensation may begin, then blistering and possibly, necrosis (tissue death). Although necrosis is not a guarantee, anyone bit by a Desert Recluse or Brown Recluse should see a doctor immediately.

For more information on Brown Recluse spiders, visit the University of California, Riverside

Yellow Sac Spider

Sac Spider

Yellow Sac Spider

Yellow Sac Spiders are very common and can be found under rocks, old wood and almost any undisturbed object outside. Their web is a small tube or sack placed under or behind an object that is rarely moved. In that sack they retreat to consume their prey and lay their eggs. They hunt for their prey, moving around at night and hiding during the day.

House Spider

House Spider

House Spider with Egg Sac

House Spiders are found in nearly every home, in every climate, all over the world. The House Spider is about 3/8 inches long, brown with various darker markings on its back and abdomen. The number and size of Common House Spiders found in the home will depend on the availability of prey insects for them to eat. The bite of a Common House Spider should be of little concern to most people. These spiders are non-aggressive and will shy away from any larger organisms, like people and pets. The major issue in any house that has this species in abundance will be removal of the insects and other small organisms that they feed on, and the dust collecting webs. Common House Spiders will build their webs in random places, and then abandon them if they are not producing enough food. These webs can be located anywhere and will continue to collect dust until removed.

Cellar Spider / Daddy Longlegs

Cellar Spider

Cellar Spider – Daddy Longleg

Cellar Spiders are most commonly confused with another arachnid of the opiliones order called a Harvestman, that is sometimes similar in appearance. Opiliones are not true spiders because they only have one body section, as opposed to spiders which have two.

Harvestman - Daddy Longlegs

Harvestman – True Daddy Longlegs

Most commonly found Cellar Spiders have an elongated abdomen, are grey to pale in color and are about 1/3 inch in length with legs up to 2 inches. They are prolific web makers and usually will not clean out their webs which have a tendency to accumulate. Cellar Spider bites are usually nothing to worry about. Their presence is determined by the availability of insects to feed on. They don’t shy away or approach humans. Instead, they stay in their irregular webs and shake violently or spin around if someone disturbs them.

Funnel Weavers / Funnel Weaver Spiders

Funnel weaver spider

Grass spider coming out of her funnel web

Funnel Weavers or Grass Spiders can be found throughout the home and in the garden. Their web is a funnel shape with the bottom being open for escape and usually situated somewhere good to hide. For this reason, funnel web building spiders may make homes in window sills, power boxes and access panels. They are largely harmless.

Funnel Weaver

Grass Spider – Funnel Weaver

Funnel Weavers are beneficial in gardens, though their webs may be unsightly on hedges and other forms of landscaping. They are up to 1/2 inch long with a striped abdomen and thorax. Hobo spiders are a type of funnel weaver with a dangerous bite, but are not found in California.

Orb Weaver / Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb-weaver, Garden Spider

Orb Weaver – Garden Spider: A beneficial Arachnid in garden Landscapes – it eats insect pests.

Orb Weavers are so named because of their elaborate, flat, circular webs. You may have seen what looks like a population explosion in the fall of these somewhat large (3/8th to 1 inch long) spiders. They may be dull or brightly colored with a variety of patterns and a variety of body shapes. In truth, they hatched in the spring and were largely unnoticeable because of their small size. In the fall they build large and intricate webs. Sometimes the placement of these webs may pose a problem for residents. They are also a beneficial species and help with insect reduction. They are largely harmless to humans and will only react if their webs are disturbed.

An arachnid related to the spider is a Vinegaroon.  Please visit our page on this unusual creature: Vinegaroon

vinegaroon

Male Vinegaroon (whip scorpion) Mastigoproctus giganteus

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