Are The Spiders That I Find In My Denver, CO Home Dangerous?
December 05, 2021 - Spiders
Most people have an idea of what spiders look like because these arachnids are terrifying to look at with their eight long legs and many eyes. Many people have phobias of these pests, and even people who aren't as bothered by them don't enjoy finding them in their homes.
Spiders usually get inside Denver homes because they are hunting their prey. Unlike other pests that seek out shelter from bad weather or are looking for bits of human food, spiders will inadvertently get inside as they hunt down small insects. However, spiders can also live inside homes in out-of-sight areas, especially if there is ample prey around for them to eat.
In this guide, you'll learn about how to identify dangerous spiders in the area and discover some of the best spider prevention tips that you can implement easily.
Are All Spiders Dangerous?
One of the main reasons spiders are feared is that people assume their bites are dangerous and even lethal. However, this isn't usually the case. Most spiders in the United States aren't considered medically significant to humans at all.
But, all spider species have fangs and venom used to eliminate their prey, which means they can bite. While spiders don't seek out people to attack, bites occasionally happen, and they can be painful even when they aren't dangerous.
However, two species are considered dangerous, and it is important to be aware of them. These are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Luckily, most of the spiders that invade homes are not dangerous species.
You can identify black widow spiders by their jet black coloring and the bright red mark on their underbellies in the shape of an hourglass. On the other hand, brown recluse spiders are tan and have a violin-shaped marking behind their heads. They don't have markings on their legs.
Five Spider Prevention Tips
Because spiders come around in pursuit of prey, the best way to prevent both nuisance and dangerous spider species is to address underlying pest problems. These five simple steps can help keep spiders and their insect food away:
- Keep small insects out by cleaning up food and drink spills right after they happen. Also, keep kitchens cleaned by doing dirty dishes and mopping floors.
- If you have pet food around the house, store it inside in sealed containers.
- Invest in lids for all the garbage cans you have both in and around your home.
- Many spiders, including black widows, hide in woodpiles. So, make sure to store firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.
- To make it more difficult for spiders and their prey to get inside, seal up cracks in the walls and foundation using products like foam and caulk. Also, repair broken screens in doors and windows.
Limiting food sources and access points are great ways to prevent spiders and their pest prey.
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