Pest Control Services Temecula Ca Calls to Wheeler’s Pest Control up due to more spiders.
Know Your Spiders:
The Brown Recluse Spider
This spider has a violin shaped marking on its back. But don’t worry about this guy; there are NO ACTIVE POPULATIONS OF THIS SPIDER IN TEMECULA!
But there is a cousin of this spider that does show up here.
It’s the Desert Recluse.
As you can see from the map there are several types of recluse spiders that exist in the U.S. All have similar behaviors and their poison that’s injected by a bite has similar effects on humans. But it’s important to note, that where this species of spiders is heaviest, bits are rare and what you read on the internet or see on TV is more hype than fact.
Spider Bites: Desert Recluse Spider Bite
In fact most spiders are absolutely harmless to humans. Of the over 20,000 different types of spiders in the U.S, only 60 are even capable of biting humans. And within that small group, there far fewer spiders in Temecula that are known to be dangerous to humans: the desert recluse, the black widow, the brown widow the wolf spider, and the yellow sac spider are the most common in Temecula. Within this group, only the black widow has ever been associated with a significant number of bites here and there have been no reports of death from black widow bites here.
These bites often go unnoticed initially because they are normally painless. You may experience some minor burning that feels like a bee had stung you. These symptoms usually show up several hours after a bite. Most bites cause little tissue loss.
You may see two small red marks which would be made by the fang and within a few hours the site around the marks would take on a mild redness. This will change to a round red ring surrounding where the fang marks had been found or may look more like a bull’s eye in appearance.
The center area of that red ring will often blister and within 24 to 48 hours start to sink. That center area will often start turning bluish then black as the tissue within the bite area dies.
When should you seek Medical Care?
If you think you or someone you know has been bitten by a desert recluse spider you should get them to a doctor that day. It so important to bring the spider that did the biting in question to the doctor’s office to make sure he knows what he is dealing with. That would make sure the correct diagnosis is made. If you can’t get to see your doctor quickly then go to the emergency room.
Wheeler’s pest control can help you with spider control problem for your home or commercial property. Give us a call, we’d be glad to help. 877-595-2847.
Experts say calls to pest control are up due to more spiders finding ways to crawl, scurry or run into homes after a rain-filled summer. Homeowners aren’t having it, however, and they want these uninvited “guests” gone.
Pest control companies get more calls on spiders, but also more callbacks after treatments because spiders are reinvading.
Wells credited timely rains to the sightings. He said with more moisture, insects multiply – causing spiders to come out and catch them.
“Rain tends to turn spiders to going into your home,” Wells said.
For the last two to three years the company’s seen three times the number of black widows, and spiders in general have been a problem this entire summer.
They’ll keep coming
“Let’s face it: The spiders were here before we were,” said Bob Bauernfeind, Kansas State University professor of extension etymology, horticulture and youth and family.
“Nature was here before we were here, so my stance is you just have to live with certain things,” said Bauernfeind. He worked at the Hutchinson-area K-State Research and Extension office from 1978 to 1992, before every county had an extension office and there were just five Kansas districts. He moved to Manhattan in 1992.
Bauernfeind admitted he likes to deflect the fear of spiders, partly because he’s an entomologist. He believes the fear of spiders comes from a person’s upbringing: If someone’s parents are afraid, they most likely will be, too.
All spiders are venomous, he said, which allows them to capture prey.
If people were to be bitten, “that venom probably is very mild – maybe it might cause an itch,” Bauernfeind said.
Spiders aren’t looking to bite people, he said, and most bites are often “accidental encounters that don’t even hurt.” Also, sometimes spiders fangs will break before human skin breaks, he said.
Many times people will caulk holes that spiders could come through to help keep them out.
There are always cracks and crevices in homes, no matter how hard you try, Bauernfeind added.
“It’s an impossible job to seal a house so tightly to exclude things. They will find a way,” he said.
Dealing with critters
One tip is to call a pest control service to use chemical or nonchemical treatments to manage pest problems.
Wells said spiders have tiny “fingernails” and walk over chemicals without making contact with sprayed surfaces like other bugs – which is sometimes why chemicals don’t work as well for spiders.
They’ve found that using encapsulated chemicals and wetable powders does a better job to get into spiders’ hair follicles. Chemicals can also be sprayed around the home, as a perimeter treatment to deter spiders from entering a home.
But Bauerfeind questioned whether perimeter treatments are effective.
“They are going to have to crawl over it so quickly maybe they won’t have enough time in it,” he said.
Wells said it’s not about how much chemical is used, but about consistency. Every three or six months usually works well.
Sticky traps can also be put down, which do a good job of trapping spiders, but that “doesn’t mean you’ll get rid of all of them,” he said.
“It’s called pest control, not pest elimination,” Wells said.
For those wanting to use a store-bought product, Wells suggested reading the label and being “extremely careful” to follow directions. Putting more chemical product than specified can jeopardize the safety of people and their animals.
“You can only kill a bug so dead,” Wells said.
Also, make sure the insect you’re spraying for is on the container and not to put chemicals in kitchen cabinets or near food products. Wiping down counters with cleaning products is also important after a chemical is sprayed.
Bauernfeind said he’s not trying to take away from pest control businesses, because he believes people have a sense of relief knowing an exterminator has sprayed. But he questioned: If a person doesn’t find more spiders after spraying, who’s to say they would have come back before the treatment?