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Controlling and Reducing Spiders in your Home

Despite their recognizable and beneficial qualities, many people are fearful of spiders. As one of the most common small pests around, spiders are often found inside homes and businesses. A large number of people suffer from arachnophobia, an overwhelming fear of spiders. In fact, it is one of the most common phobias affecting people. Even though most spiders found within the Colorado and Wyoming area are not poisonous or dangerous – people prefer to live spider free. Creature Control’s technicians can quickly assess any spider issue within your infrastructure and offer guidance on whether treatment is necessary.

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Common Spiders Including the Western Black Widow

Familiar spiders found in Colorado and Wyoming include the Common House Spider, Wolf Spider, Daddy Long Legs (Cellar Spider), Orb-weaver Spider, Jumping Spider, Funnel Web Spider, and the Yellow Sac Spider. None of these spiders pose a threat to humans except for the Black Widow and Brown Recluse, the two poisonous spiders found in the area. The Brown Recluse, which is not native to Colorado, cannot live in temperatures below 40°F, making them a rare sight. It is believed that they hitch a ride from vehicles coming from southern states. Western black widow spiders are native to our area and can be found throughout the region.

The western black widow is small, only about a half-inch long or 1.5 inches if you include the legs. They are entirely black, except females have a bright red, hourglass marking on their abdomen. Males lack this distinctive feature, but they may have red or yellow bands on their backs. Widow spiders rarely bite, but it’s usually a female within their web protecting an egg sac when they do. If bitten, toxins are released, possibly affecting your nervous system, causing muscle tightness and chest pain. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you have been bitten – the young and the elderly or those who are very ill are at a higher risk of severe complications. Black widows prefer to nest near the ground and they are commonly seen near woodpiles, under eaves, in boxes, and other dark, undisturbed places.

Most spiders have webs, but not all. These webs are made of silk, which is unbelievably strong and comparable to high-grade steel and is half as strong as Kevlar, a protective, synthetic fiber. Silk also stretches incredibly well, up to 1.4 times without breaking. Spiders use their webs to catch prey, travel, nest, and live. Be vigilant when coming across a spider web; like those of brown recluses and widows, you’ll want to tread lightly.

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Spider Benefits and Hazards

Since spiders prey on other undesirable insects such as mosquitoes, ants, flies, wasps, and even other spiders, they benefit our environment. The dangerous brown recluse spider, for example, eats cockroaches and silverfish. Agricultural fields profit from spiders too, as they range from the thousands to millions per acre, reducing pest numbers considerably.

Spider bites are what concern most when it comes to these eight-legged arachnids. However, the most common spiders in Colorado and Wyoming pose no threat to humans via their venom. The bite from a spider result in small bumps on the skin that is itchy and painful. Spider eggs are also a threat, as they release thousands of tiny offspring potentially within your home or business. Spiders often create webs in the corners of ceilings, basements, windows, behind picture frames or furniture, and other remote areas. Eggs sacs or furry little white balls should be removed to control overwhelming spider populations.

Contact Creature Control when there are numerous spiders and bites have occurred. Our professional technicians will conduct a thorough inspection and recommend possible treatments.

Spider Removal

It is challenging to prevent spiders from invading your infrastructure completely. However, it is possible to implement a combination of pesticide applications and minor outdoor modifications to lower the chances of having these pests find their way indoors. Spiders can be kept at bay thanks to pesticide applications near areas of entry. Indoor spot treatments can help reduce their population as well. Buildings and homes near lakes, rivers, and ponds are at a higher risk for spider entry. Routinely vacuum and clean corners of dark areas regularly to remove spider eggs and ensure that all entry points of your home or business are properly sealed.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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