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How to Identify Harmful Spiders

Though there are only about three species of Colorado spiders that are really dangerous to humans, they still pose a threat to your everyday life. And, for people who are afraid of spiders, even the common ones need to be eradicated from the home.

The three dangerous species previously mentioned are: the black widow, the yellow sac, and the hobo spider. To help protect you from them in Colorado, here are some ways you can identify each of them:

Black Widows:

  • Have a body that is approximately ½ inch long
  • Are usually shiny black in color and have a orange-red hourglass on their underside
  • Hide often in woodpiles, under stones, and in cluttered areas of the garage or basement

Yellow Sac:

  • Are generally yellow in color
  • Can be attracted to the chemicals in gasoline and might create nests in fuel lines
  • Often seeks indoor shelter during the winter, though it prefers to live in vegetation

Hobo:

  • Only grow to be a little smaller than 2 inches long
  • Have a zigzag design on the back of their abdomen
  • Are generally brownish in color

Prevent the Presence of All Spiders

Spider Pest Control in Denver

As people honor the season with synthetic web displays and plastic spiders, true arachnids begin to make more public appearances. Many of the nation’s spider species are harmless, certain exceptions to the rule could be moving in with you as we speak.

Yellow Sac Spiders

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Yellow Sac Spiders do make a positive contribution to society by feeding on insects and other arachnids in your home, but they’re not exactly innocent. Their bites are similar to bee stings on the pain equivalency scale.

Often mistaken for their potentially deadly doppelganger the Brown Recluse, Yellow Sac Spiders like to weather winter in and around the warmth of human homes. You might find them and their silken hideouts in your firewood cache, under eaves, high up where your walls meet your ceiling and even around picture or window frames. They usually sleep during daylight hours, reserving nighttime for their more active routines.

Hobo Spiders

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Within half an hour, the affected site will become numb, swollen, red and callous. Over the next couple days, blisters will crop up, break and begin to weep, potentially followed by what the medical community calls a necrotic lesion. This ominous-sounding term translates to dying skin.

If the spiders themselves manage to remain hidden from view, signature funnel-like nests are telltale signs of their presence. Now, it’s worth mentioning the Hobo Spider is often referred to as the aggressive house spider.

According to their bios, Hobo Spiders typically don’t bite unless they or their eggs are in danger. When you’re bringing in firewood or cleaning in and around your home, you could stumble upon them without even realizing until it’s too late.

Black Widows

Redness, pain and swelling at the venom injection site
Headache
Sweating, excess salivation and watery eyes
Dizziness
Nausea
Muscle cramps
Chest and/or abdominal pain
Difficulty breathing
Trembling
Limb paralysis
Deaths at the hands of Black Widows are extremely rare with none reported in more than a decade, the official stats offer little comfort in light of the potential danger. Young children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to their venom. Immediate medical attention is highly recommended for those who believe they’ve been bitten by this particular spider.

At this point, we reach the true villains of the North American spider population. Females of this slick, black species ranging from half an inch to an inch and a half in length are easily identified by the red hourglass on the underside of their abdomens, and these are the ones to watch out for.

From Slight Nuisances to Serious Nightmares

Contact Beeline Pest Control if you’ve seen spiders or signs of their presence in or around your home. We’ll rescue you from the ones already there, help you secure your home against future invasions and make sure no bigger issues await you come springtime.

Spiders don’t instinctively prey on humans; unfortunately, with the borders between their natural habitats and ours becoming less defined, we just inadvertently get in their way. A spider or two of even the more harmful varieties isn’t necessarily cause for panic, they do tend to bring their egg sacs into the safety of our homes this time of year. When warmer weather returns, seeing one arachnid foe in your home could mean a few hundred are waiting to hatch out.

What Beeline Pest Control Can do to Eliminate Your Spider Problem

If you’re struggling under the burden of a spider problem, let us come out to survey your property today. We can provide you with an accurate analysis of the type of spiders invading your property, what the danger level is, the cost, and the amount of time it will take our team to complete an extermination.

Don’t wait for a large spider infestation or a painfully venomous bite to have your home inspected. Denver is home to a large number of arachnids that could take over your home quickly. Get in touch with Beeline Pest Control today for an estimate to prevent spiders.

3 Tips for Spider Prevention in Your Home:

Yellow Sac Spiders do make a positive contribution to society by feeding on insects and other arachnids in your home, but they’re not exactly innocent. Now, it’s worth mentioning the Hobo Spider is often referred to as the aggressive house spider. Don’t wait for a large spider infestation or a painfully venomous bite to have your home inspected. Install Spider Traps: While cleaning you will notice places that spiders have migrated to. Call Beeline Pest Control to prevent spiders from entering your home.

Clean Up: Making sure that your home and yard are dusted off and all spider webs are removed will prevent spiders from gathering in your backyard.
Install Spider Traps: While cleaning you will notice places that spiders have migrated to. Corners and window seals are popular places for spiders to hide. Install a spider trap to stop them from multiplying.

Call Beeline Pest Control to prevent spiders from entering your home. We will provide you with the reassurance and tools to make sure your home is spider free.

We provide services in Littleton, Colorado Springs, Arvada, Aurora, Englewood, Lakewood and other areas in Colorado. To find out more about our services call us at (720) 863-6676.

Don’t wait for spiders to invade your home, whether they are harmful to humans or not! Call Beeline, which offers the most experienced spider control in Denver!