While most critters enter your home simply in search of food and water, spiders have a little bit more on their agenda when it comes to invading. Spiders will enter homes through any crack and crevice they can fit into, looking for nourishment, warmth, moisture, and even a mate.

Having an existing colony of another insect can also be a reason for spiders to enter your home. As ants are interested in eating your food, spiders enter your home looking to eat the ants!

Another cause of a spider infestation is spider colonies nesting in an item that is then brought into your home. The most common place to stumble upon a spider is in a damp area such as your basement or a crawlspace. It is possible you have been sharing your home with spiders without even noticing them because they don’t like to be out in the open. Here are the most common types of spiders found in homes in Nevada.

Black widows are identified by red hourglass markings on the underside of their abdomens. Black widows are shiny black in color. Females are larger than males and can measure up to 10 millimeters in length. These spiders are members of the genus Latrodectus.

Not all adult female black widows exhibit the red hourglass on the ventrum or underside of the abdomen — some may have a pair of red spots or have no marking at all. Female black widows often exhibit various red markings on the dorsal or top side of the abdomen, commonly two red spots. However, it is believed that black widow young have at least some sort of marking on their abdomens. Adult male black widows are a quarter the size of the female, and are usually gray or brown rather than black and red; while they may sometimes have an hourglass marking on their ventral abdomen, it is usually yellow or white, not red. The bite of a male black widow is not considered dangerous to humans; it is the bite of the adult female black widow from her much larger venom sacs that has given this spider its dangerous reputation. While there is great variation in specifics by species and by sex, any spider exhibiting a red hourglass or a pair of large red round spots on the ventral abdomen with an otherwise black shiny body is an adult female black widow. The bright red hourglass & spots are never located on the dorsum, which is the more visible aspect; the identifying features are on the underside, anatomically known as ventrum; i.e., the spider must be lying on its back to reveal the markings.

Identifying Types of SPIDERS in Your Nevada Home

Thorough spider control treatment includes treatment on the exterior, interior, attic, and crawl space (if present). Excessive interior clutter, storage, and undisturbed areas can contribute to the magnitude of the spider population. Exterior conditions such as dense vegetation, wood piles, stored items, yard clutter, etc. can also contribute and allow conducive conditions suitable for spiders.

If you find yourself needing to remove spiders from your home, know that you can trust the experts from Rebel Pest Control to get the job done right. We take a proactive approach in our spider control treatment plans, meaning we stop the infestation at the root of the source. Our methods are long lasting and minimally invasive, with respect to you and your home. Before we make a recommendation to eliminate a spider problem, we will need to determine if Brown Recluse or Black Widow Spiders are present within your home. Once this evaluation is made, we will recommend a treatment strategy to best solve the problem.

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