Pest of the Month: Spiders

Earlier this year, we blogged about “Six Pest that will Bug You in 2016” and spiders were right up at the top of that list. As we’re sure you’ve noticed if you’ve lived in Oklahoma long enough, we have the perfect weather conditions here for spiders to flourish. And that means we have a wide variety of spiders here as well. There are the harmless garden and house spiders, like the Southern House Spider and the Spotted Orb Weaver, and there are the dangerous, venomous spiders, like the Southern Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. All of these—and many more—are native to Oklahoma and can be found in homes, businesses and gardens across the state.

Jumping spiders, tarantulas, wolf spiders—all these unsettling creatures call our state home. And while they serve a great purpose in nature, providing natural pest control, they become a real problem whenever they begin to invade our home in search of warmth, shelter and easy prey. The trick is to make sure these pesky pests stay in the garden and out of the kitchen. That’s where Arrow Exterminators comes in. With over 60 years of experience keeping Oklahoma homes and businesses free of all kinds of spiders, we have the tools and expertise you need to make sure you stay spider-free all year round.

Southern Black Widow Spiders: this is one job you definitely don’t want to take on without professional assistance. The venom of female black widow spiders is extremely dangerous and can cause severe pain, muscle cramps and spasms and abdominal pain. In severe cases, it can also cause nausea, vomiting, chest pain, dizziness and fainting. Children, the elderly, people who are already sick or who have sensitivity to black widow venom will be more affected than healthy adults. However, these bites are painful and dangerous for anyone to endure and should be avoided at all costs. The Southern Black Widow can be found all over Oklahoma and is easily identified by its black body with a red hourglass on the abdomen. If you see one around your home or business, call the black widow experts at Arrow Exterminators immediately. We’ll set up a plan to eliminate this intruder—and any others—immediately.

Brown Recluse Spider: this is another common Oklahoma arachnid and another job you definitely want to leave to the professionals. Much like the Southern Black Widow, the Brown Recluse Spider has a painful, highly venomous bite. As its name implies, the spider is reclusive, shy and is rarely seen by people. However, when it is disturbed and scared, it will bite to defend itself. A bite will result in severe pain at the site for a few hours, itching around the bite, vomiting, fever and muscle pain. Also like the black widow, the bite of the Brown Recluse is much more sever for children, the elderly and those who are already ill. However, it is painful and potentially dangerous for anyone exposed to the venom. These spiders are light brown and can be recognized by the distinctive, violin-shaped mark on its back. If you see a spider matching this description, give us a call right away! We’ll figure out the best course of treatment to get rid of this venomous invader before they harm you or your family.

Other Oklahoma Spiders: we all know that the Southern Black Widow and the Brown Recluse aren’t the only spiders in Oklahoma, but if we went into every single species of spider in the state we’d be here all week! Thankfully, the other spiders you might run into in your business, home, barn or shed are generally harmless. However, that doesn’t make them any less creepy! And we completely understand if you want these non-venomous intruders taken care of as well. At Arrow Exterminators, there is no spider we can’t get rid of. Give us a call today and we’ll get started on your personalized, complete spider elimination plan!

We hope this information helps you better prevent spider infestations and keeps your home spider-free all year long. And if you see any of these spiders—or any others—in your home, contact the experts at Arrow Exterminators right away. We’ll get rid of them in no time! You can also find us Facebook and Google+ for more pest prevention tips and tricks.

Pest of the Month: Spiders in Oklahoma

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