Spiders. It seems like these fear-inducing insects are everywhere around this time of the year. You can find them in your lawn, your home, and even in your car on the drive to work. While they may cause you to scream, shout, and run for your life, the truth is that most spiders are harmless.
Here are a few things you should know about what attracts spiders in Arkansas and how Hopper Termite & Pest can help.
WHAT ATTRACTS SPIDERS?
Like humans and other pests lurking in and around your home, spiders need the three basic life necessities of food, water, and shelter in order to thrive. And for most spiders, your home creates the perfect environment.
Food - Most spiders come lurking into your home in order to get their next meal such as other insects.
Water/Moisture - Like most living creatures, spiders need a source of water. It doesn’t have to be a large source. Dirty dishes in the sink, water in the pet’s bowl, and a wet towel on the floor are just a few examples of water sources.
Shelter - Spiders also need a place to nest and get ready for the next generation. Most spiders search out places that are warm and dark.
COMMON SPIDERS IN ARKANSAS
There are several different species of spiders in Arkansas. The Arkansas chocolate tarantula, trapdoor spiders, garden spiders, and bold jumping spiders are just a few found in our state. However, most people are more concerned with the spiders that can cause harm. Arkansas is home to two spiders that can cause severe reactions and harm to humans: the brown recluse and black widow spiders.
Brown Recluse: These spiders hang out in dark, warm, and dry environments. These small fiddleback spiders usually don’t seek out humans. However, they can become aggressive if you invade their territory by putting your foot in a shoe or hand in a glove that they have been inhabiting. Their bites cause different reactions to humans and should be closely monitored.
Black Widow Spiders: These spiders are a little bit larger than the brown recluse and are black. Their identifying mark consists mainly of the red marks on their abdomen. The female black widow is the one you should be worried about since it is the one that bites. Like most insects and spiders, you can find the black widow in a web in the corner of a basement or garage, under rocks or ruble, or in a pile of leaves. Like the brown recluse, the bite can cause different reactions to humans and should be closely monitored.
SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP SPIDERS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
Clean Up Inside
One of the easiest ways to keep spiders and other bugs out of your home is to keep it cleaned up inside. Create a cleaning routine to make sure dishes are out of the sink, keep food in sealed containers, and hang up any clothes that are just lying around.
Clean Up Outside
Keeping the outside of your home is just as important. Keep shrubbery cut and away from the home, stack firewood and rocks away from the home, and cut your lawn on a regular basis.
Call Hopper Termite & Pest!
Dealing with spiders is more than just trying to get rid of a bug in your home for some people. However, it is almost impossible to get rid of every single spider. If you think that you have more than the normal amount of spiders running around your home, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call. From a few spiders here and there to a spider infestation, we have seen a thing or two. Our experienced and trained technicians also know what steps to take next in order to help you feel better about living in your home.
Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 or fill out the form on our website to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION. Our technicians can evaluate your home or business and create a custom plan of action to help get rid of spiders inside your home.