“The itsy-bitsy spider went up the waterspout” is how the children’s rhyme goes, and if people had their way, kids’ songs would be the only place that they show up. With eight legs, sticky webs, and a creepy appearance, it’s no wonder why spiders strike fear in so many people. While they help us by chowing down on the local insect population, their showing up can indicate a larger issue. Some of these sneaky crawlers are dangerous to mammals as large as humans, which only adds to our desire to get rid of them and keep them away.
Spiders are one of the most widespread household pests in the world, and they’ve got the population numbers to prove it. With over 49,000 different recorded species, these arachnids rank seventh in the world in total species diversity. Except for the Bagheera Kiplingi, a South American jumping spider, the rest of the pests are carnivorous and predatory.
There are several different techniques used to catch their prey and prepare it for feasting. Some dig holes and wait for an opportunity to ambush, while most spin their web and patiently bide their time until an unsuspecting insect finds itself tangled up in the sticky silk. With abdomens that are too small to take in solid food, they use their fangs to inject their venom to cause paralysis while wrapping their prey in its thread, while an enzyme causes the unlucky creatures’ insides to liquefy. Once the process is complete, the predator has its meal, enjoying a macabre version of a smoothie.
Arizona is known for being home to many dangerous creatures, and spiders are on that list. At least 27 different species have been spotted and photographed, three of which are known for their especially toxic bites. Almost all spiders are venomous, as opposed to poisonous. The three most toxic offenders in the Phoenix metropolitan area are the Arizona Brown, the Brown Recluse, and the infamous Black Widow. Some of the others we have hanging around are the Regal Jumping, Green Lynx, Beach Wolf, Giant Crab, Giant House, and the Hobo spiders. Even though the majority of the spiders you encounter are not dangerous, those with specific allergies and compromised immune systems are at greater risk.
If you’ve noticed multiple spiders around your home and are worried about what kind they are, it is best to call a professional rather than risk getting bitten, or having a pregnant mother drop a swarm of babies on your hands.
With so many freaky-looking arachnids hidden all over the place, it can be tough to tell exactly what type they are without the experience of a professional. Luckily for the folks of Arizona, 520 Termite & Pest Solutions have experts on hand and ready to get those spiders, whether large or itsy-bitsy, out of your waterspout and anywhere else they may be hiding out. We have been serving the Scottsdale, Tucson, and Phoenix area for decades, providing top quality service. Contact us today and let’s get started on a plan for getting these pests out for good.