Spider Control

A pest control service that includes spider control is one of the most often requested services by customers of AmeriGuard Pest Defense. While most spiders are harmless and some are beneficial, a creepy factor is definitely associated with these 8-legged arachnids that make homeowners a little too uncomfortable.

There are over 3,500 species of spiders throughout the world, including 3,000 in North America.The most common spider found indoors is the House or Domestic spider. This spider is a nuisance pest, mostly because of the webs it spins. It constructs webs in garages, corners, sheds and barns.


Common House or Domestic Spider

The two species of spiders that are of special importance and considered dangerous to humans are the widow and recluse spiders.

Black Widows are easily recognized by the red hourglass shape found under the abdomen. Despite popular opinion, after mating female black widow spiders do not eat their mate. Black widows construct webs usually near ground level and in protected and undisturbed areas like boxes, wood piles and eaves. Black widows enter residences through transportation of boxes and wood to the interior of a structure. Black widows are dangerous to humans, especially the elderly and children due to the venomous neurotoxin. A black widow spider bite can cause extreme pain.

This black widow was found hiding in a rodent bait feeding station during a routine rodent control service. Our technician, Nic, snapped this great photo.

Black Widow spider venom is a neurotoxin.
Black Widow spider venom is a neurotoxin.

Black Widow Spider

The below female black widow spider was found during an inspection for a spider control service.

Black Widow spider control

Brown Recluse spiders are identified by the dark brown violin marking on the back. Their preferred habitat is outdoors in debris and wood piles. Brown recluse spiders do not instinctively want to bite humans, but will bite in defense. However, brown recluse spiders are not native to California and are not a threat in Southwest Riverside County. Brown recluse spiders live in the central midwest.

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse spiders do not live in California.

Spider Safety

Spider safety is important when it comes to black widows. Here are some tips of caution when it comes to spider safety.

  • Inspect and shake out shoes, especially when they have been stored in the garage
  • Minimize undisturbed spaces between storage boxes
  • Use caution when moving stored firewood, rubble piles and cleaning sheds/barns
  • Look carefully under eaves and stucco and other dark hiding areas
  • Inspect dark corners and voids in dark places, such as garages and corners
  • Use caution when dealing with stored vehicles that have been parked and unmoved

Spider Control Service

Are spiders making themselves too comfortable in and around your home or business? Contact your local and licensed spider control professionals at AmeriGuard Pest Defense by calling (951) 652-0505 or submit an online Contact Us request. We are happy to help you work towards spider control at your home.