Spiders

Identifying And Controlling Spiders In Seattle

  • A spider has eight legs and up to eight eyes. It has a pair of jaws with a hollow fang connecting to the poison duct
  • Spiders do not have wings or antennae
  • Females tend to be bigger than males and their color differs as well
  • Spiders acquire their food by killing or paralyzing their prey using venom. They then inject a pre-digestive liquid into the prey and feed on the digested food in liquid form
  • 35000 spider species across the world, 3000 of these species are found in North America
  • lay up to 100 eggs one week after mating.
  • spiders is between one and two years.

The Highly Toxic Spider Species in Seattle

There are different spider species in Seattle. However, people should be weary of these two species whose venom is highly toxic.

a.The Hobo Spider

  • This is brown spider with markings that are chevron shaped at the back. Its leg span is around 1.5 inches.
  • Its bite can cause necrosis on surrounding tissues leading to a big open wound, headaches, nausea and vision problems.
  • The hobo spider prefers to stay in undisturbed sections such as crawl spaces, storage sheds, and unused closets.
  • Its web is built in a funnel-like pattern.

b.Western Black Widow Spider

  • This spider species is nocturnal. It has a big abdomen with a conspicuous red hourglass shaped marking whose leg span is up to two inches.
  • Its venom is capable of affecting muscle and nerve functionality causing sever, prolonged and painful muscle contractions.
  • They webs are built in an asymmetrical and disorderly manner.
  • Females are said to be dangerous compared to the males.

Why Spiders are Detrimental in Homes

  • Spiders that live outdoors help in controlling various insects naturally
  • Within Seattle, the hobo and black widow spider species are a threat to people since their bites can destroy the skin tissue and is extremely painful
  • Majority of spider species are nocturnal and tend to stay away from any disturbance except when taking care of young one or egg sacs
  • Spider webs created by domestic house species are a nuisance to people. Though they pose no health risks, domestic house spider bites can affect persons that are allergic to spider bites

How to prevent and control Spiders

  • Extermination of spiders is recommended in situations where their indoor presence becomes intolerable or where there is an invasion of harmful spider species such as black widow or hobo.
  • Areas that have persistent spider populations, there are standard ways of undertaking spider prevention and control measures for purposes of securing the comfort and health of occupants
  • Some of the basic prevention measures include removing spider webs present in the house, rectifying any moisture issues and conducting routine cleaning services.
  • Where spider population growth is as a result of a heavy presence of other pests that provide food to spiders, tending to the pests helps control spider presence
  • It is best to contact pest control experts when a spider infestation gets out of hand or when there is an infestation of harmful spiders in a home



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