A big brown spider crawling across your ceiling is certainly cause for concern. Is it just another one of those lone spiders you’re likely to swallow in your sleep (just kidding, this doesn’t actually happen)? Or could you have an infestation on your hands?
More realistically, you are right to be concerned about whether there are more spiders in your home, and knowing whether they are poisonous or not. Here’s a handy guide to the most common household spiders, as well as some preventative measures for staving off any potential infestations.
Why Do I Have Spiders in My House?
Outside the nefarious reasons we tend to imagine, spiders are simply looking for places to take shelter, find food, and lay eggs. These are often seasonal occurrences – as the weather and their mating timetable dictates – so you will often see spiders come out in the fall and winter months.
Spiders look for clutter and bugs to eat, so cleanliness and pest control can overall help mitigate spiders in your home.
Most Common House Spiders in Arizona
Contrary to popular belief, not all house spiders are dangerous or a red flag. Knowing is half the battle, so here are some of the most common spiders in your house:
- House Spiders: There had to be one to bear the name. These domestic spiders are usually small and greyish-brown. They are the most commonly seen spiders in houses, and will hide in cracks and crevices in the woodwork of your home.
- Grass Spiders: These lanky-legged spiders are brown and white and typically live outdoors. However, they find their way into garages, woodpiles, and clutter on occasion. Don’t panic; they’re perfectly harmless!
- Daddy Long Legs: Also known as Harvestmen Spiders, these are harmless and some of the best sources of natural pest control in Arizona. They are characterized by their long, thin legs and mechanical movements, but they are more friend than foe.
- Desert Recluse: One of the most dangerous spiders on this list, they are often confused for brown recluses – which are not prevalent in Arizona. These small brown spiders will hide out in corners of dark and damp places, but ultimately won’t be a problem unless bothered.
- Black Widows: Another spider that can do some harm – this is the most likely threat among dangerous house spiders in Arizona. Their classic red hourglass-shaped marking will let you know to stay away, and their tattered webs are also very unique.
- Brown Spiders: The Arizona variant and the normal brown spiders are similar looking to brown and desert recluses. However, they only have 3 sets of eyes and are not dangerous to humans – though they can cause a stir if mistook for something worse.
- Jumping Spiders: Another broad family of spiders that is commonly found in Arizona, they don’t often find their way into your house. However, they may be found around your home in bushes as they don’t build webs but launch themselves at bugs they prey on. They have noticeably large sets of front eyes, which is how they’re typically identified. – It’s best to leave them alone should you spot them, though they are relatively harmless to humans.
- Cellar Spiders: These light tan spiders are extremely common to households – especially basements, as their name suggests. They prefer cool spots underground, and look to suspend themselves upside down. They are slow, clumsy, and will shake if their web is approached. However, they remain harmless to people.
- Tarantulas: One of the most famous and easily identifiable spiders, these large hairy arachnids are everywhere in Arizona. Their bite can cause mild discomfort and minimal side effects, but they are certainly just as scared of us as we are of them.
These common house spiders are the most likely types that you’ll find in an Arizona household. If you see a house spider that you can’t identify immediately, don’t panic! Most spiders are harmless by themselves, and with proper practices and pest control, you won’t have to worry about spider infestations in your home.
How to Prevent Spiders in Your Home
For the most part, you can’t take proactive measures to get rid of that one spider you see every so often. However, if you are experiencing consistent crawlers throughout your home, try the following:
- Keep your home clean and tidy.
- Vacuum and wash where webs are.
- Turn off outdoor lights that attract bugs.
- Remove bushes and trees that come in contact with your house.
- Diffuse eucalyptus oil or plant eucalyptus (spiders don’t like it).
- Use professional pest and spider control services.
Consistent spider problems are often symptoms of nests or a mild infestation. Having a regular pest control inspection of your property will help mitigate and prevent this, as licensed technicians will easily see signs of spiders and work to eliminate their presence.
Insectek is Arizona’s Best Spider Control Provider
At Insectek, our licensed technicians use detailed plans of action to provide high-quality spider control for your home. Let us save you the brave task of taking on dangerous spiders as we assess points of entry and apply the most effective and appropriate treatments.
If you are looking to protect against spider infestation in Arizona, please reach out to us today. We’re ready to provide vigilant spider control around the clock.