Las Vegas's Step-By-Step Spider-Prevention Guide

Spiders are creepy. Fortunately, that is as bad as it gets for most spiders in Las Vegas. If you run into a daddy longlegs, American house spider, southern house spider, wolf spider, or an orb weaver, you don't have too much to fear. These spiders aren't much of a threat. The only two spiders that are considered medically important are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Widows and recluses have venom that can make you sick or cause injury. Here are some spider-prevention tips, with an emphasis on black widow and brown recluse spiders.

black widow spider upside down on web

Step 1: Behavior modification

There are some things you do that can make you more prone to a spider bite, especially one from a black widow or a brown recluse. If you change your behavior, you could avoid a bite.

  • Shake shoes, clothing, and towels before using them.

  • Before bed, turn your bedding down and look for spiders that might be hiding.

  • Wear gloves when working in the yard.

  • Be cautious when opening boxes and other containers that have been stored in a secluded location.

  • Use a flashlight when going into a crawl space.

  • Examine holes and recesses in the ground or in low areas of your home. This is where these two types of spiders hide.

Step 2: Structure Modification

There are some ways you can alter your home to prevent spider bites. Again, these are targeted at the black widow and the brown recluse, but they may prevent bites from other spiders as well.

  • Make sure box springs and mattresses are on bed frames.

  • Pull beds away from the walls.

  • Remove skirts from beds.

  • Don't allow bedding to touch the floor.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home and seal any potential entry points.

Step 3: Reduce Food Sources

All spiders come into your yard in search of food. One reason they stick around is that they find food. Insects and invertebrates are the primary food source of spiders. Use these tips to reduce insects and invertebrates.

Insects are attracted to light. Keep lights off at night where it is not a security concern. Keep shades down. Replace white lights with yellow lights. These aren't as attractive to insects.
Reduce moisture around your home. You would be amazed at how much of an impact you can have on pests by simply reducing moisture around your home. Clean gutters. Fix gutters. Remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping. Water your plants in the morning.
Insects are attracted to trash and the scent of trash. Remove trash from your property weekly. Clean containers if they begin to stink. Make sure your receptacles have covers, and that those covers are closed.

Step 4: Remove Webs

Many spider species create an egg sac in their webs. If you remove spider webs, both outside and inside of your home, you can significantly reduce the spider populations. One egg sac can have as many as 300 eggs inside it. Keep in mind that some spiders don't create an egg sac in their webs. The black widow can create her sac in a web, but will also create them in secluded locations, such as in wood piles, natural debris, abandoned mouse nests, under rocks, etc. Whether a web has an egg sac or not, it is always a good idea to remove webs to deter spider activity. 

Step 5: Get Some Help

Removing webs can be a nasty and troublesome job, and it can be a pain to properly dispose of spider webs. Remember that Red Rock Pest Control offers de-webbing services in our residential pest control programs. We also apply routine treatments that reduce insect activity. If spiders come to your yard and have a hard time finding food, they may move to another yard. Above all, our residential pest control programs provide ongoing inspections and appropriate treatments for over 15 common Las Vegas pests, including scorpions. You don't have to do all the hard work of keeping pests out of your home. Reach out to Red Rock Pest Control today and let us guide you in selecting a residential pest control plan that will meet your specific needs and budget. We're here to help.


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