June 29, 2012
Summertime means more energy to tackle those home projects both in and outside. But if you are planning to do some organizing in the shed, garage, attic or other desolate spaces of the home, be on the lookout for spiders! Because most spiders prefer to be in hidden areas where they can spin their web and find food, it is the storage spaces that are most likely to be hosting a creepy crawly or two. And unfortunately in Arkansas, some of the commonly found spiders are not just a scary sight but also dangerous.
The black widow is one of the dangerous spiders spotted in Arkansas. They prefer to spin their webs outside in dark, hidden areas but as long as there is ample food supply, they will have no problem spinning a web inside of a home. Black widows are not aggressive by nature but they can bite if they feel threatened. Their bites do cause problems because they have unusually large venom glands and medical treatment is likely necessary to prevent any infections.
The brown recluse is another spider to be on the lookout for. As their name suggests, the brown recluse is not an aggressive spider but their bites can contain venom that can result in skin infections, necrosis and other serious health problems. In extreme cases, brown recluse bites can end in death. Bites of a brown recluse are very rare as they have tiny fangs which are rarely able to get to the skin. Most bites come from a spider that was hiding in clothing or a towel that was then used by a human and caused the spider to feel threatened.
Despite the general non-aggressive nature of both the black widow and the brown recluse, it is important to learn how to prevent spider bites this summer. Here are the top tips to avoid spiders in Arkansas this summer:
Shake out and even wash all the clothing that has been hidden away in storage before using it.
Shake out your towel before each use just in case a spider has crawled in.
Keep storage spaces organized and clutter free to avoid spider infestations.
Put personal belongings into totes with lids before storing them.
Cut back bushes and shrubs near the exterior of the home.
Seal off any cracks, holes, or crevices on the exterior of the home to keep spiders from getting inside.
By following these spider prevention tips you can reduce your chances of hosting black widows or brown recluse spiders this summer. But if you do notice spiders on your property or inside of your home, then please contact McCauley Services right away. Our pest control professionals are ready to keep spiders and other pests out of your home in Little Rock, Benton, and Hot Springs as well as elsewhere in our Arkansas service area. You can trust the home pest solutions from McCauley to keep you pest free this summer!