Spider Wars: How To Win The Battle Against Arachnids In Roseville

Life can be full of fights. Most of us have to fight to get out of bed, we have to battle our way through traffic to get to work, and as the day drags on, we have to resist falling asleep while working. As we move through our daily routines, we constantly battle against forces that, if they win or we give in to them, would keep us from doing what we need to accomplish.

Common house spiders are an opposing force in our Roseville homes. When these arachnids invade our space, we know we have to remove them if we are going to sleep peacefully at night. We don't want to walk into spider webs or live in fear of being the victim of a painful bite from these eight-legged creatures. Furthermore, spiders are downright scary for most people due to their quick movements, hairy body, and creepy faces. 

When spiders infest your home, you know you have a battle on your hands. You need a strategy if you are going to win the war against spiders in your house, and the first step in your plan must be to secure pest control in Roseville from Neighborly Pest Management. The fact that we have been removing spiders since 1978 tells you that our service technicians know how to win against this insidious pest. Our locally owned and operated company knows how to defeat spiders in your Roseville house so you can rest easy at night.

As a homeowner, we understand you have a role in this fight. Military strategists will tell you that you need to know your enemy, so in this article, we provide helpful information to aid you as you partner with us to stop spiders from infesting your house.

Spider Identification: How To Recognize Different Species

We need to understand the basics about our opposition (spiders) to quickly identify spiders, not confuse them with other pests, and understand their habits and behaviors. Spiders are arachnids and not insects. Insects have six legs, but most spiders have eight. Insects have antennae; some have wings or stingers, but spiders have neither. An insect's body has three parts, but a spider only has a two-segmented body. If you get close enough to see a spider's face, you will notice two or three rows of multiple eyes.

The habits and behaviors of insects and spiders also vary. Many insects feed on organic plant matter, but all spiders are carnivores who eat insects. Spiders hunt or create snares to catch prey, but insects forage for food in plants, trash, and other locations. Many insects are social creatures that live in colonies, but spiders are primarily solitary animals that live alone in dark, secluded spaces.

Let's briefly examine the following spiders that frequently invade Roseville's homes so we can quickly identify them:

  • Black widow spiders
  • Brown recluse spiders
  • Cellar spiders
  • Orb weave spiders
  • Yellow sac spiders
  • Wolf spiders

We will begin with harmless spiders and conclude with the venomous spiders in our area. 

Cellar spiders have long or short, pale yellow, grey, or light brown bodies. The eight almost two-inch long thin legs extending from their cylindrical bodies are the distinguishing feature of these spiders. These spiders build irregular webs in damp, dark areas in basements, crawl spaces, cellars, and garages. 

Wolf spiders have a hairy, dark brown 1/4 to 1 3/8-inch body with pale stripes or markings. You will find wolf spiders underneath furniture and alongside walls. Orb weavers are responsible for large, intricate webs up to three feet in diameter in corners and outdoor foliage. A large, round abdomen is another feature of orb weaver spiders. 

Black widow spiders have a shiny black 1 1/2 to 1 3/8-inch body with two orangish-red triangles that meet to create an hourglass mark on the underside of their abdomens. These spiders create irregular, messy webs in dark, undisturbed areas near ground level in the garage, basement, or crawl space.

Brown recluse spiders have a light to dark brown 1/4 to 1/2-inch body with a mark that resembles a violin on their back. These spiders build messy, quirky webs in undisturbed areas and are known to reside in seldom-used clothing and shoes. 

Yellow sac spiders have a 1/4 to 3/8-inch pale greenish, tan, or yellow body. The main distinguishing feature is their two front legs are longer than the other six. These spiders move indoors when the temperatures drop, where they live in ceiling corners and behind curtains, pictures, and window molding. 

Neighborly Pest Management will remove whatever types of spiders are in your Roseville home. When our trained technicians inspect your home, they will identify the invader and develop a strategy targeting the specific spider species. 

Spider Bite Symptoms: Warning Signs To Watch For

Now that we've identified common spiders that invade Roseville homes, we will examine those same spiders and their bites. Contrary to what you may have seen in horror movies, spiders do not attack people. All spiders on our list avoid humans and will only bite as a last resort. Of the spiders on our list, cellar spiders do not bite humans, so children often have fun with them.

The other arachnids will bite if manhandled or if they feel threatened. Wolf spiders may bite if provoked, but their bites are harmless to humans. A bite from an orb weaver spider may result in slight pain, numbness, and swelling, but they typically do not cause a problem unless the victim has extreme allergy sensitivity. However, a bite by the other three spiders on our list is more serious.

Sac spiders, brown recluses, and black widows are venomous spiders whose bites can cause medical conditions. Sac spiders are responsible for most spider bites and are often initially confused with brown recluse wounds. Initially, both spiders cause pain, a burning sensation and may trigger a fever. Muscle cramps, nausea, rash, and blistering are other yellow sac spider bite symptoms. Restlessness and sleeping difficulties often accompany bites from a brown recluse. 

A wound by a yellow sac spider may also cause skin issues such as erythema, edema, and pruritus. Likewise, the venom from a brown recluse bite destroys the tissue underneath the skin at the bite site creating an ulcer; without treatment, the ulcer can form that extends to the bone. While the venom from both spider species may affect the skin, a brown recluse causes more severe ulceration. 

A bite from a black widow spider may produce nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure, and fever, but it does not cause skin ulcerations. Also, the pain at the wound site increases over the next few hours; although it peaks in intensity after about three hours, it lingers for up to three days. The venom from a black widow bite is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's, but fatalities are rare with immediate medical attention.

Neighborly Pest Management protects your family against venomous spiders in California. We remove spiders and their nests from Roseville homes so you can rest easy at night without fear. 

Prevention Is Key To Effective Spider Control

Once Neighborly Pest Management eradicates the spiders in your Roseville house, you don't want them to return. Prevent spiders in the home with the following tips:

  • Remove yard clutter and items that collect and retain water
  • Provide proper drainage to gutters, ditches, and low-lying areas
  • Reduce humidity in the crawl space, basement, and attic with a dehumidifier or vents
  • Keep inside and outside trash containers closed
  • Replace outdoor incandescent lights with bug lights or LED lights
  • Repair leaking pipes, faucets, and drains
  • Fix holes in door and window screens
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors
  • Eliminate clutter in the garage, attic, and basement
  • Vacuum the house regularly
  • Suction corners and cracks with the sweeper

Spiders are predators that eat insects. When insects enter a home searching for food or water, spiders follow. These suggestions will deter insects and spiders from invading your house.

When a service technician from Neighborly Pest Management inspects your Roseville home for spiders native to California, we can provide additional suggestions specifically for your location. 

Professional Pest Control: A Great Spider Control Solution

Go to war against California spiders by enlisting the experts at Neighborly Pest Management. We will dispatch a highly-trained service technician to inspect your location. Our technicians will identify the entry points, attractants, hot spots, and spider species causing the problem. In addition to the inspection, our technician will remove all spider webs from the interior and exterior of your house. We will then use four decades of experience and knowledge to create a strategic home pest control plan to eradicate the spiders in your home by attacking the current population and destroying the eggs to stop future generations. 

We are an environmentally-conscious company that offers green and organic treatment solutions when possible. We will let you know when a synthetic product is our only option. We have bi-monthly treatment options to ensure you never experience a future spider invasion.  

Neighborly Pest Management is your best defense against unwanted pests. Contact us today to request a free quote and to learn more about your pest control options.