Spiders, or Araneae, are a very diverse group of organisms, ranking seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. There are approximately 1,000 species of spiders in the United States. These arachnids can be found virtually anywhere, from your backyard or sidewalk, to inside your bedroom or kitchen. Almost all spiders are considered venomous, however, only the brown recluse and widow spiders are dangerous to humans.
Appearance of Spiders
Spiders have eight legs, two body regions, and have chelicerae (mouth parts) with fangs that inject venom. For specific identifying characteristics of three most common venomous spiders see:
Behavior of Spiders
Almost every species of spider is a predator. This means that spiders either actively search for prey, or build webs to trap flying insects. The web is produced by a gland on the spiders’ abdomen and has multiple purposes, including the construction of webs, safety lines and egg sacs. spiders construct and abandon several webs per year.
Male and female spiders live separately, and only come together for the specific purpose of reproduction. A large female can lay hundreds of eggs, which are protected by a silken sac. This sac is either carried on the back of the mother throughout maturation, or safely stored on her web. The eggs take from two to three weeks to hatch, with young spiders reaching adulthood in about one year.
Tips for Preventing Spiders
Although spiders are not characteristically aggressive, their presence is simply intolerable for many homeowners. The Spider Bite is often the most feared consequence of having this pest in one's home or office. Despite their function as a natural deterrent for insects, the abandoned webs of spiders quickly collect dust and become unsightly cobwebs.
Prevention against spiders is difficult. Newly hatched spiders are extremely small and can fit through screen doors, and loose window and door fittings. The presence of mosquitoes and other insects invite spiders who constantly seek new food sources. Trash and lumber piles often act as their breeding grounds. The most effective way to prevent spiders is to rid your home of the prey and breeding conditions they seek. Keep your home free of insects, and your property clean of trash and wood piles. Chemical treatments exist to combat spiders, but must be repeated often and usually treat the symptoms and not the cause of spiders.
What to do if Spiders Have Already Infested your living space.
The most effective way to combat spiders is with an inspection by Tomasello Pest Control. If you suspect that your home or property has been invaded, call Tomasello immediately and we will quickly rid your home of spiders.
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