Are Desert Tarantulas In Las Vegas Dangerous?

Tarantulas are never a welcome sight because they're big, they're hairy, and they're creepy. But, when you see a desert tarantula, known commonly as an Arizona blond tarantula, how scared should you be? Here's what you need to know about this Las Vegas spider.

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Does a desert tarantula bite?

Yes. This species, Aphonopelma chalcodes, can bite you, and there can be localized pain. The pain of a desert tarantula bite can be compared to the sting of a wasp. Fortunately, this is a fairly mellow spider. As long as you don't harass it, you should be fine.

Can you get sick from a Desert Tarantula bite?

No. The venom of a Desert Tarantula is mild. You're not going to have to go to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, or worse. These spiders just look scary. They're not medically important. 

Do desert tarantulas have other defenses?

Yes. The bite of desert tarantula isn't the only concern. This spider species has special, defensive hairs. These hairs can be found on top of the abdomen. If you scare a desert tarantula, it can brush these hairs at you. This can be very unpleasant as the hairs have barbs that can lodge into your skin, making them difficult to remove. Once lodged in your skin, the hairs can cause discomfort. 

Do people have desert tarantulas as pets?

They sure do. These mellow spiders can make great pets, especially if the individual spider has a relaxed temperament. But you can get one that doesn't like to be handled, and this can lead to a bite, or some unwanted hairs sticking out of your skin.

What does a desert tarantula look like?

This spider can be anywhere from 3 to 4 inches long as an adult. Males have copper-colored hairs on the abdomen and black hairs on the legs. Females have blond hairs on the legs and cephalothorax, and brown hairs on the abdomen. Keep in mind that there are some color variations. These are the most common colors you can expect.

Where do these tarantulas hang out?

They prefer to live in burrows. They can be found near your foundation walls in humid or damp environments that attract insects. You may find them at the base of shrubs, ornamental plants, and trees. You may find them in the cavities and recesses of stones. If they get into your home, you may find nests in secluded areas, such as your garage, attic, or storage rooms.

Is there a way to reduce tarantulas near my home?

Yes. If you remove clutter from around your home, and remove unnecessary plants from your landscaping, you'll reduce hiding places for desert tarantulas. It also helps to reduce insects and to get control of moisture. These spiders are drawn to dampness and they feed on insects.

How do you keep desert tarantulas out of your home?

Tarantulas will take advantage of low entry points such as gaps around wires, wire conduits, and plumbing pipes. They can get through broken window panes and they will quickly access wood holes created by wood-destroying pests such as rats or mice. Seal entry points to keep these spiders from entering your home.

How worried should you be about having a desert tarantula in your home?

A female desert tarantula can lay as many as 300 eggs in her nest. When these eggs hatch, you're going to have 300 new spiders living in your home. The worst part about having these 300 new spiders is that females can live to be as old as 25 years old.

How do you get control of desert tarantulas?

If you have an infestation, it is best to contact a licensed professional. There are methods for locating and addressing desert tarantula infestations, and this is a pest control issue you're going to want to get right the first time. For assistance with spider control in Las Vegas and the surrounding area, contact Red Rock Pest Control and request a free inspection. This inspection will give our service team the information they need to establish the right plan for addressing your infestation. Reach out to us today for assistance. You don't have to live with those spiders for 25 years.


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