Spiders

What are spiders?

All spiders have two body regions (head and abdomen), eight legs, are wingless, and lack antennae. These arachnids are predators and feed on a variety of nuisance and garden insects, helping to control their populations. All spiders also have spinnerets at the end of their abdomens that they use to produce silk. However, while all spiders produce silk, not all spiders build webs. Those that don't build webs use their silk for things like lining their burrows, wrapping up prey, and climbing.

In the Las Vegas area, some of the most common species of spiders invading our homes and yards are listed below:

Black Widow Spiders

black widow spider on web

Black widow spiders have round, shiny black bodies with a red "hourglass" marking on the underside of their abdomens. Some may also have lighter red or white markings on their abdomens and backs.

Wolf Spiders

wolf spider climbing exterior wall of a home

Wolf spiders are dark brown with pale or yellowish markings. Their large, robust body and powerful legs are covered in hair. These spiders are hunters, creating burrows where they then wait for prey to come by.

Wind Scorpions

wind scorpion crawling on the ground

Wind scorpions (also known as sun spiders or camel spiders) are known for their quick movements. These agile arachnids are neither scorpion nor spiders, but rather another member of the class Arachnida. They have rounded abdomens and are yellowish-brown in color. They have four pairs of legs, but only walk on the last three pairs, using their first pair of legs as feelers. They have pedipalps located behind their heads that they use to capture their prey and large, pincer-like jaws to crush it.

Desert Recluse Spiders

desert recluse spider on spider web

Desert recluse spiders look very similar to and are often confused with brown recluse spiders. In our area, there is a higher volume of desert recluse spiders than there are brown recluse spiders. Desert recluse spiders have six eyes, bodies that are a sandy or tan color, and the underside of their abdomens are light brown. Like brown recluse spiders, desert recluse spiders also have a dark brown "fiddle-shaped" marking on the top of their bodies.

Desert Tarantula Spiders

desert tarantula crawling on rocky ground

Desert tarantula spiders can reach up to four inches in diameter. These large spiders have brown bodies covered in bristly hairs. While their large size and hairy bodies frighten most people, these spiders are actually very docile and, like most spiders, only bite when threatened.

Southern House Spiders

southern house spider in basement

Southern house spider females are a gray color, and look similar to a small tarantula. Males are often confused for brown recluse spiders due to their similar appearance; the males have eight eyes, long thin legs, and a dark narrow violin-shaped marking on their backs.

Daddy Longlegs

daddy longleg spider in bathroom

Daddy longlegs are arachnids, but aren’t actually spiders. Attached to their one round body segment are eight very long legs, hence their name. These arachnids only have two eyes, and their bodies are either a brown or grayish color.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders are not known to spread diseases and most of the species that people come into contact with don't have potent enough venom to pose serious health risks for people. However, there are still some spider species that are dangerous and do have venom capable of causing serious health problems. In our area, dangerous venomous spiders include the black widow spider and the desert recluse spider. If you find either of these species on your property, a pest control professional should be contacted to eliminate them safely.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders seek refuge in dark, secluded places, and our homes and yards offer many hidden spots for spiders to build their webs and burrows. Our properties also provide ample areas for a variety of insects that spiders feed on. Like all pests, spiders live near their food sources.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders are reclusive by nature and prefer to stay out of sight. Gardens, tall grass, woodpiles, rock crevices, window shutters, wooden shingles, and areas under decks can all function as sources of shelter for spiders. While these pests prefer the outdoor life, they will move inside homes, garages, and sheds through cracks and other openings in the exterior to escape harsh weather or while chasing down prey. Inside, spiders will hide in dark, quiet areas and usually gravitate to the corners of rooms, closets, basements, attics, and under furniture.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that spiders and other household pests are difficult and stressful to deal with. Our certified pest control technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests found throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and properties from them. We offer professional pest control services you can trust to eliminate spiders from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.

If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, contact Red Rock Pest Control today!

 How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keep spiders out using the following helpful spider prevention tips:

  • Clean up piles of debris that can attract spiders like leaf piles, woodpiles, and fallen trees from your yard.

  • Keep storage areas in your home organized and free of clutter to reduce indoor hiding spots for spiders.

  • Repair any cracks that form on the exterior walls, foundation, or roofline of your home.

  • Repair or replace any damaged window and door screens.

  • Cut back bushes and shrubs away from the exterior walls of your home.

  • Mow your lawn regularly to keep the grass in your yard trimmed short.

  • Set up garden areas a distance away from the exterior of your home.

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