Spiders can enter your home or business from even the smallest opening. For the most part, spiders don’t pose a serious health threat and can even help eliminate other pests in your lawn or garden. However, there are a few types of spiders in the Okanagan whose venom is dangerous to humans. While you can safely remove a spider or two on your own using a vacuum, if you think you have a full force spider infestation, your safest options is to contact the experts at The Bugman Pest Control to get rid of spiders in your Kelowna, Penticton or Vernon home.
The dangerous spiders common to the Okanagan include the black widow and hobo spider. The venom from these spiders’ bites can pose health problems, especially for children and those with weak immune systems.
The black widow is easily identified by its black colouring and red hourglass-shaped marking. Black widows typically live in dark, undisturbed areas with warmer temperatures. They typically remain outdoors but will live in basements, storage areas or cluttered homes.
Black widows generally only bite when threatened or after laying eggs, but their venom is neurotoxic. This means it directly affects the victim’s nervous system, causing pain and symptoms such as:
Increased blood pressure
Inability to urinate
Rigid abdominal muscles
Their bite is not typically fatal when treated correctly. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a black widow spider in Kelowna, Penticton or Vernon, be sure to call a medical professional immediately.
The hobo spider is brown with white and dark brown markings on the abdomen and a comb-like row of bristles on its back legs. These spiders can be found in almost any habitat containing holes, cracks or crevices. They are poor climbers, so they are most often found at ground level, and they enjoy dark, moist areas such as basements and crawl spaces.
A hobo spider bite typically produces a necrotic legion, similar to the brown recluse spider. The typical cycle of a hobo spider bite is as follows:
Within the first 3 minutes, the bite will develop a small hard bump surrounded by a reddened area of skin
Within 15-35 minutes the red area blisters
Within 24 hours the blister typically breaks open and oozes serum
The blisters on your skin eventually scab over, but a hobo spider bite can take several months to heal and often leaves a scar.
If you are trying to identify spider infestations on your premises, here are some common signs to look out for:
Spider webs: The spider web’s size and shape may vary according to the species, but all spiders invariably form webs. Some webs are orb-shaped, while others are funnel-shaped. Webs can usually be found under furniture or in corners of rooms.
Spiders are often attracted to moisture, therefore your basements, walls, sheds, and other damp locations are more susceptible to hosting spiders.
Egg sacs: Spotting a spider egg sac is a sure warning sign to prevent an infestation. The sacs have a silky texture and can contain hundreds of spider eggs. The egg sac can be found hidden in a web, affixed to surfaces or guarded by the mother.
At The Bugman Pest Control, we can provide you with comprehensive pest control services. From inspection to control and removal, we can ensure that spider problems are solved once and for all.
Want to make sure spiders never find a chance to thrive on your property? Cleanliness is key. Neat and organized indoor spaces that get sufficient light and air deter spiders from creating webs and nests. These insects typically occupy dark and damp corners, like objects crowding a messy room, neglected cellars, and cracks in walls and windows for years at a time, feeding off smaller insects.
If you have a garden, they may be living in heaps of rubble and wood chips, tree stumps, and on the underside of stones left untouched for long periods; alert maintenance helps prevent potentially dangerous infestations in such green spaces.
You may be tempted to eliminate spider infestations on your own. The professional exterminators at The Bugman Pest Control can help you get rid of the pest infestation in your home.
From removal to treatment to sanitation, we perform a thorough job to treat the problem of spiders in your home. Our licensed technicians have years of experience and expertise in dealing with all kinds of spiders, from common house spiders to black widow and the dreaded hobo spiders. To prevent any spider infestation, we can inspect every corner and crack to intensify your home’s sanitation and remove all potential hiding places such as woodpiles and other debris.
We follow an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to manage pest and spider control. This ecologically conscious approach focuses on preventing, identifying, and removing spider problems.
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