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Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders belong to the class Arachnida and are closely related to daddy long legs, ticks, mites, and scorpions. These arachnids are characterized by having two body regions, eight legs, and chelicerae (fangs). Spiders lack antennae and wings. Spiders are environmentally beneficial predators and feed on a variety of insects and other spiders, keeping populations of nuisance and garden pests in check. They are shy and reclusive by nature, and therefore, spiders are most often attracted to properties in southern Nevada that provide ample sources of food and shelter.

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Are spiders dangerous?

There are approximately 3,000 species of spiders living in the United States. The good news is that most spiders are harmless to people. While all spiders possess venom and can bite, most have venom that isn’t strong enough to cause health problems in people. However, there are a few species living in the U.S. that are dangerous spiders and possess venom potent enough to cause health problems. Examples of dangerous spiders living in our area include the black widow and the brown recluse.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are likely on your property because it is housing a large population of insects. They will stay once they find a safe, secluded shelter to burrow or build their webs and are content with the food supply in the area. Spiders mainly live outside but will move into homes and outbuildings if the weather becomes too hot, cold, or wet. Spiders will also move inside when tracking prey. Buildings with many insects often have a lot of spiders, too.

Where will I find spiders?

If you are looking for spiders, you will most likely find them in your gardens, in tall grasses, in dense shrubbery, under roof eaves, in doorways, behind shutters and siding, and underneath decks. They also like the secluded shelter that garages, sheds, barns, and other outbuildings provide. Indoors, spiders reside in quiet areas of your home or business including under furniture, in closets, in bathrooms, in basements, behind curtains, and in crawlspaces.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Get rid of your current spider infestation and prevent future ones with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we’ve provided the effective pest control services needed to keep spiders and other household pests out of Las Vegas homes. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your home or business from our area’s toughest pests, contact Ace Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our professional services, use the following tips to help stop spiders from invading your home or business:

Indoor prevention tips

  • Keep any storage areas in or around your property free of debris.

  • Vacuum floors regularly.

  • Regularly dust the corners of rooms.

  • Eliminate insects and other food sources from your property with help from your local pest control provider.

Outdoor prevention tips

  • Seal up openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your property.

  • Place gardens and woodpiles a distance away from your property.

  • Remove excess debris from your yard.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of debris.

  • Place tight-fitting mesh covers over vents entering into your home or business.

  • Cut tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home or business.


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