Six Simple Spider Control Tips For Mesa Property Owners

Brown Recluse Spider on a wall.

Spiders play a vital role in pest reduction, preying on insects we might otherwise find in our homes or yards. However, most homeowners don’t want a spider infestation anywhere near their home. Besides being a nuisance, spider bites cause irritation, pain, and swelling, and may even require a visit to the hospital in a worst case scenario. Mesa, AZ, residents will want to keep on reading for more information on spiders they are likely to find in the surrounding area, as well as prevention tips to help avoid an arachnid-filled season. 

For any existing spider infestations, call the experts at Pro Active Pest Control. Our service technicians will have you sleeping easier at night in no time. 

Common Spiders In Mesa & Their Habits

Arizona’s climate is hospitable to spiders year-round, meaning Mesa residents don’t have a spider “off-season” to look forward to when protecting their home. These pests typically make their way into the home following their prey. Often spiders only bite because they feel threatened, and are not considered an aggressive species. While spiders are not typically dangerous, it’s important Arizona homeowners understand spider basics in order to prevent having to deal with a large-scale infestation.

Spiders common in Arizona are:

  • Grass spider: Light to dark brown in color, with thin legs and a narrow abdomen, grass spiders are rarely found indoors. These pests are typically found in their webs near grass and shrubs, and their bite is not dangerous to humans.
  • Carolina wolf spider: Identifiable by mottled gray and brown markings on their back, wolf spiders do not make webs but do hunt actively. While not aggressive toward humans, the wolf spider will bite if provoked, causing pain and swelling.
  • Arizona blond tarantula: Perhaps the most famous spider in Arizona, the tarantula can reach up to five inches in size and has large, hairy legs. Tarantulas will also bite if provoked, and have urticating hairs they may shake or “throw” at their target. Both tarantula bites and urticating hairs may cause allergic reactions.
  • Brown recluse spider: ¼ to ¾ inches in size, brown recluse spiders are known for the distinctive violin-shaped marking on their back. These spiders are aggressive, and those who have been bitten by what they suspect to be a brown recluse should seek medical assistance. These spiders often hide in wood or debris in the yard.
  • Common house spider: Similar in appearance to the brown recluse, house spiders are not dangerous, and their bites heal relatively quickly. These harmless spiders may be further identified by the brown sacs in their webs.
  • Black widow spider: These shiny black spiders typically seek refuge in low-traffic areas, underneath rocks, or in the garage. Female black widows are known for the red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Those bitten by black widow spiders should seek medical assistance, as this spider is venomous and potentially life-threatening. 

If you are experiencing an infestation of any kind of spider in your home, seek licensed professional pest control help with Pro Active Pest Control to make spider worries a thing of the past. 

Six Easy Steps To Spider Control & Prevention 

Follow these six simple steps in controlling and preventing spiders, and their prey, in your home:

  1. Properly store food and trash, and clean up any food messes promptly.
  2. Declutter your home on a regular basis and sweep away any spider webs found.
  3. Inspect the exterior of your home for any potential entry points, such as space around outdoor utility pipes, or any torn window/door screens. Fill any access points with a silicone-based caulk.
  4. Address moisture issues in a timely manner, such as leaks or faulty air conditioners.
  5. Clear yard debris and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and five feet off the ground.
  6. The best way to deal with pests — and therefore the spiders that prey on them — in the home is with ongoing professional assistance with Pro Active Pest Control.

Our experts will not only inspect your home for ongoing concerns and threats, but also re-service throughout the year to guarantee a happy, healthy, pest-free home. 

Make Your Mesa Home Pest-Free, Guaranteed

Pro Active Pest Control is the local best when dealing with pests in your home or yard. Our methods are pet- and eco-friendly, and our service technicians guarantee 100% satisfaction. We treat residential and commercial properties in protecting against insects, spiders, bed bugs, rodents, and more. We love our Mesa, AZ community, which is why we are dedicated to keeping your home protected against pests, year-round. Whatever your pest concern, call the experts at Pro Active Pest Control, today!