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Yellowish-brown carapace (bony shield). Abdomen is dirty white with a few dark spots, sometimes even a triangular spot. They're also a fan of the army look, and may be nearly black with several dark V-shaped stripes, like those of an army sergeant. The male has orange legs while the female's are banded yellow.
Females' abdomens are rounded, while males' are elongated. They have serrated bristles on the last segment of the fourth pair of legs, and 8 eyes with two lateral pairs almost touching.
Throughout the world, and common in the U.S. and Canada.
As hunters, spiders must be tactical, lurking in protected places, unbeknown to their prey. Good spots are under windows or eaves with light, which will draw prey. Inside, they take to garages, sheds, barns, warehouses, in corners and closets, and under furniture.
Rest assured; your food is safe. Thus spiders aren't actually that bad, as not only do they stay away from your food, they clean up other pesky insects roaming around your house. They can go weeks or even months without eating if there aren't any bugs around.
Like many good mothers, spiders are natural multitaskers. In order to keep an eye on their eggs and catch bugs at the same time, they usually place the sac in the middle of the web. Eggs are laid; a cozy 250 to a brownish, silky sac, and enclosed in a tough, papery cover. It is about ¼-⅜ (6-9mm) in diameter. If need be, it may be moved to a warmer or cooler place. Egg sacs may have to share the web, so things can get pretty cozy. A female can produce up to 17 sacs in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in 7-10 days, yet first instar(stage) spiderlings remain in the sac until after the first molt. The spiders then come out of the sac, ballooning down. They go through 6 or 7 molts to mature, then live as adults for 1 year.
Mainly they just eat up those pesky bugs crawling around your kitchen. But their webs collect dust.
There are 6 steps to controlling spiders. 1) Inspection: determine what conditions need to be corrected to achieve desired level of control. 2) Identification: determine target pest and possibly treatment strategy depending on species habits. 3) Prevention: examine building conditions allowing entry; lighting that may attract their prey. 4) Sanitation: consider debris outside such as woodpiles, high weeds, rocks and overgrown shrubs that give shelter. Indoors, eliminate clutter and areas out of regular access. 5) Mechanical Measures: control is enhanced when removing webs mechanically. Spiders are all about going green, and recycling their silk, so a light dusting of non-repellent insecticide dust on the remaining webs will help control. 6) Pesticide Application: along with the above listed recommendations, pest control materials will greatly reduce active populations and regain overall control. When using any pesticide, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions, and precautions. For large infestations or multiple sightings, we recommend using the services of a professional exterminator.
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