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Although spiders in Arkansas are often considered insects, they are actually arachnids and are characterized by having eight legs, no wings or antennae and they feed on insects. Hot Springs, Little Rock and all of Arkansas is home to many spider species including the American house spider, the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. An adult female house spider can measure up to 8 mm in length while an adult male only measures 4 mm. Both are typically brown or gray in color with darker markings along their bodies. Black widow spiders are found throughout Arkansas. Females can be up to 1 1/2" in length, including her legs and are a shiny black spider. Their abdomens are quite fat and are easily recognizable by a red, hour-glass shaped mark on the underside. Males are much smaller and much more narrow and along with the red markings, they have white lines on their abdomens as well. Brown recluse spiders are larger in size with both genders of the species measuring approximately 1/2 inch in length and are yellow-tan in color with long legs and a fiddle-shaped pattern close to the eyes.
House spiders will move indoors to find secure areas to build their webs. Corners, closets and areas where walls meet ceilings are all common places to find a spider web. While outdoors, spiders will often construct their webs in protected areas around doors, windows and outdoor light fixtures as well other areas that will attract their prey. If a web is not providing adequate prey it will soon be abandoned for a new location, resulting in the dusty webs that are unattractive. Brown recluse spiders are shy in nature, have a habit of taking shelter indoors and are mainly active at night when they come out to hunt for insects. Black widow spiders like to remain outdoors primarily spinning webs near the ground in dark places, such as in leaf debris, but will spin webs in the dark corners of sheds, garages, crawl spaces and basements if there is an ample food supply.
Although house spiders can bite, their venom is not dangerous to humans and they are not known to be aggressive in nature. They are considered more a nuisance pest because of their habit to build and abandon webs indoors. Brown recluse spiders will bite if disturbed or cornered and the affects of a brown recluse spider bite can range from mild irritation to slow-healing open sores and may even prove fatal for some.
Because many spiders are reclusive in nature, treatment of infestations can be a very difficult task and should be handled by trained professionals. Contacting McCauley Services is the ideal way to get rid of spiders in your home or business. We offer highly effective pest control services that will target and eliminate spiders.
The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition all of our pest control professionals are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.
At McCauley Services, we make every effort to be with you as soon as possible. In most cases we can respond on the same or next day.
The state of Arkansas offers a perfect environment for many different pests and species which all require a different treatment and therefore a different price. Our contracts are customized to meet your needs and expectations so our prices reflect that. When you contact our office we can provide you with a general price range and for many pests we recommend a free inspection, where one of our representatives will thoroughly investigate your concerns, give you our recommendation for treatment and pricing information for the service.
Arkansas spiders and other pest problems can be difficult to prevent and that is why many of our clients choose to continue service with our Prescribed Home Protection Program to keep pests out of their home or our Prescribed Commercial Program for commercial facilities.