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Spiders

Our Oklahoma spider guide is helpful to determine the type(s) you may be encountering and how to get rid of spiders from your home.

What Are Spiders?

All species of spiders have a few features in common. They have two main body parts – a fused head & thorax, and an abdomen. Spiders have eight legs, no wings, no antennae, and chelicerae (fangs). Spiders do not have chewing mouthparts. Instead, they use digestive enzymes in their saliva to break down their food before eating it. Spiders are arthropods and have exoskeletons, meaning that their skeletons are located on the outside of their bodies.

Spiders come in a wide range of sizes, colors and patterns depending on the specific species. Two species of spiders that Oklahoma residents need to be aware of (and avoid at all costs) are the black widow and brown recluse.

Black Widow Spiders
Black widow spiders are easily identifiable by their orang-red “hourglass” mark on the underside of their abdomen. These spiders also have light-red or white markings on their abdomen and back, and their round bodies are shiny black in color.

Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders range in color from a yellow-gray to dark black. Their long legs are darker than their bodies and they have a distinct “violin-like” pattern found on the top of their body. They also have three pairs of eyes that are specifically arranged in a semi-circle.

Are Spiders Dangerous?

Most house-invading spiders are a mere nuisance. Their venom is not strong enough to cause significant health risks for people. In general, spiders are shy by nature and they stay hidden away from people as humans are generally their largest threat. Spiders usually only bite when they feel threatened, are startled or are being directly handled.

However, there are species of dangerous spiders living in the United States including Oklahoma. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders both have venom that is strong enough to trigger serious health concerns in people and pets. The severity of symptoms depends on the location of the bite and how much venom is injected. If bitten by either a brown recluse or black widow spider, seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY to treat the bite.

Why Do I Have A Spider Problem?

Spiders prefer to live outside because there is plenty of food sources, water and areas to seek shelter. Since spiders are a predatory species and they feed on a variety of insects, they help keep nuisance insect populations down (including mosquitoes). Properties with areas of dense vegetation, gardens, tall grasses and debris piles (wood, composted, etc.) tend to harbor large spider populations. Spiders can also found living inside homes and other buildings, making their way inside while following food sources. Once inside, spiders typically stay (especially during winter months) where they will feed on insects that have also found their way inside.

Where Will I Find Spiders?

Spiders will set up their nest and hide out in dark, quiet out-of-the-way places. Outside, they make their webs or burrows in tall grasses, inside bushes and shrubs, between rocks, underneath decks and porches, in gardens, in wood piles, under lawn furniture, and in the corners of entryways. Black widow and brown recluse spiders both like to place their irregular-shaped webs at ground level. Inside, spiders hide out in dark, dry, quiet areas, creating webs in basements, closets, attics, crawl spaces and under furniture. Spiders will often try to create their habitat away from humans.

How Do I Get Rid of Spiders?

If you have spiders in or around your home, the best method for controlling existing populations and prevention is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dependable technicians provide year-round services to rid your home and property of spiders. We are committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove household-invading pests while preventing their return. To learn more about removing spiders from your home or business throughout Greater Tulsa, reach out today to schedule your free 58-Point pest inspection.

How Can I Prevent Spiders From Invading In The Future?

Hiring a professional spider control team will be the best method of defense, but there are a few steps you can take to keep them away from your home:

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