Spiders

Why do I have a spider problem?

Having a spider problem usually means your living quarters are highly conducive to a particular type of spider. For instance, if you have a lot of shrubbery or a flower garden, you’re opening the door for orb-weavers and garden spiders. Is there a damp, dark place in your basement that you rarely frequent? Cellar spiders and cobweb spiders are going to find their way down there.

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Many of the other spiders will find their way into your garage or home through cracks and crevices, and may hitch rides on you or your pets, trying to get out of the cooler weather. Most times, you aren’t actually doing anything wrong to develop a spider problem.

What spiders are there to worry about?

Below are listed some of the most common species of spiders in the Aspen and Vail, Colorado area. Some of the spiders on the list are poisonous and pose a serious threat to humans and their pets, while others aren’t venomous at all, but can still bite you if threatened.

  • Banded garden spiders

  • Black widow spiders

  • Cellar spiders

  • Cobweb spiders

  • Funnel weaver spiders

  • Ground spiders

  • Jumping spiders

  • Orb-weaver spiders

  • Tarantulas

  • Wolf spiders

  • Yellow sac spiders

Are these spiders dangerous?

The aforementioned list of spiders poses varying degrees of danger. From a human health standpoint, there is definitely cause for concern when it comes to black widow, and yellow sac spiders. Black widows have bites that result in serious pain with uncomfortable symptoms that may last up to two weeks, with no treatment necessary. Yellow sac spider bites are similar to black widow bites, except symptoms usually dissipate within a day or two.

Wolf spiders may bite if feeling especially threatened or repeatedly provoked, but the pain, itch, or irritation caused will only last for a few hours. Tarantulas act and react similarly to wolf spiders, but the symptoms can be more serious and last for days. All the other spiders can be annoying with their webs or make people uncomfortable, but they pose no health concerns to speak of.

Where will I find spiders?

In a word? Everywhere. Every part of your home, business, or lawn is conducive to some form of spider that is indigenous to Colorado. Their webs may vary in size, shape, purpose, and location, but chances are there are multiple types of spiders living on your property at this very moment!

How do I get rid of spiders?

If you have identified a particularly venomous type of spider that you want to get rid of, please call the professionals at RAM Wildlife & Pest Management. We’ve been trained to handle venomous spiders and will humanely dispatch whichever breed you find. For residential and commercial spider control solutions, contact RAM today!

How can I prevent spiders?

In order to maintain an environment with the fewest spiders possible, there are a few preventative measures you can take to keep them at bay:

  • Keeping places neat, tidy, and clean helps prevent spiders from taking up residence.

  • Vacuuming regularly. It creates sound that will scare off potential inhabitants and can suck up eggs that have been laid.

  • If you don’t have a pet, a dog or a cat can help prevent spiders by simply disturbing areas that you don’t usually disturb (under furniture, tables, and beds).

 

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