Arizona is hot and dry, making it a favorite of many different species of spiders. While some spiders are beneficial, others can inflict a painful bite or may be poisonous. Below is an overview of the most common spiders found in Arizona homes and how to remove them. As pest control experts in Phoenix, AZ we specialize in spiders as well.
While wolf spiders look scary due to their large size, they pose no danger to humans. If you disturb them they may bite but they are not poisonous. Wolf spiders are beneficial to homeowners because they feed on other types of pests such as roaches.
Violin spiders are named for their shape and are a close relative of the brown recluse spider. These spiders are venomous but are not typically aggressive in nature. Violin spiders like dark damp places such as garages, basements and piles of clothing. If you have violin spiders inside your home, it is best to hire an exterminator because they can cause serious health issues.
Desert Recluse Spiders
Desert recluse spiders are a common Arizona spider species that like dark, dry places to build their webs. For this reason, they are typically found in piles of wood, garages or indoor closets. While desert recluse spiders are poisonous, they are not aggressive. Most people are bitten when they accidentally disturb them. However, because they are venomous they have the potential to make you sick and extermination is recommended for homes where these spiders are found.
Black Widow Spiders
Arizona’s dry, hot climate is perfect for black widow spiders. They are usually found in children’s playground equipment, shoes, garages and around perimeter walls. The bite of this spider can be painful and make you very sick. Certain people are at a higher risk of getting very ill from a black widow spider bite, such as young children or the elderly. Black widow spiders have a distinctive red hourglass on their body that makes them easy to recognize. They spin sticky webs and lay eggs in dark areas around the home. If you see black widow spiders in and around your home, contact an exterminator at once.
These are just a few species of spiders that you may see in your Arizona home. If you are concerned you have an infestation of spiders or are unsure what kind of spiders are inside your home, contact an exterminator for advice. Always seek medical attention if you or anyone else inside your home is bitten by a spider to avoid serious illness.
If you have a spider issue and need help getting rid of them call our spider pest control experts at Atomic Pest Control at 480-832-8888. We service Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe and other surrounding cities.