If someone placed 100 glasses of juice in front of you and told you that just one of them contained poison, how likely would you be to take a sip? Not likely, right? Just the thought of one glass having poison in it would make anyone hesitant to take a risk, even though the other 99 are safe beverages. The same holds true with spiders! Out of the 43,000 different species of spiders that exist in the world, less than 30 have ever been responsible for a human fatality. That’s an incredibly small percent. Yet whenever we see a spider, we always assume the worst. We are here today to set the record straight, as well as give you some practical ways you can keep spiders out of your Las Vegas home.
What Sets Spiders Apart From Other Pests?
Many things set spiders apart from other pests. For one, spiders have two segments to their body and eight protruding legs. These legs allow them to climb vertical surfaces and even upside down. Unlike many other pests, spiders do not have wings or antennae. They do, however, have multiple eyes. Depending on the species, spiders have either 8, 6, or fewer eyes—although never an odd number. Finally, spiders are mostly nocturnal—primarily because it is easier to hunt insects at night.
Which Las Vegas Spiders Are Dangerous?
All spiders have venom, but not all spiders’ venom is potent enough to harm humans. In fact, here in Las Vegas, there are only two species of spiders capable of sending you to the hospital—the black widow and the brown recluse. You can identify the black widow spider by its jet black body and red hourglass mark on its abdomen, whereas, the brown recluse is a sandy brown color and has a backward violin-shape marking extending down from the top of its head.
If you see any spiders in your home or on your property that look like they may be either of these venomous spiders, it is generally a good idea to avoid them and call a professional pest control provider. The last thing we want is for you to try to handle one of these dangerous spiders yourself and get bitten.
Helpful Prevention Tips For Spiders
If you have come here today looking for a way to keep spiders, both venomous and non-venomous, out of your home, you’re in luck! Not only will the following steps help keep spiders away, but they will also help protect your Las Vegas home from the insects that these spiders hunt, as well.
- Purchase a caulking gun and some quality caulk. Use this gun to seal gaps and cracks in your foundation and the spaces around utility piping and window and door frames.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors around your home.
- Reduce moisture issues by fixing leaky piping, making sure your gutters are clear of debris, and installing dehumidifiers in your home.
- Keep your yard and landscape well-maintained. Also, make sure no branches are touching the exterior of your home.
- Pick up and clean out pet food and water bowls before going to bed at night.
- Keep your home as clean as possible and pick up food and drink messes as they happen.
- Do not leave out leftover foods or fruit. Instead, store them either inside the fridge or within a sealed plastic, glass, or metal container.
- If your home has exterior lights, consider investing in some insect-repellent bulbs for them.
How To Get Rid Of Spiders
If you are noticing an abundance of spiders in your home in Las Vegas or nearby areas, it is time to call in the professionals. For a solution that is easy on your wallet and the environment, we have options for you here at Evolve Pest Control. We specialize in getting and keeping spiders and other pests out of homes. Whether you need a one-time service visit to get rid of invading spiders or are looking to set up a year-round pest prevention program that ensures your home remains pest- and spider-free all year round, we have a solution for you. Give us a call at Evolve Pest Control today to speak with our experts about any questions you have or to set up an appointment for your Las Vegas home!